U2 to stream entire concert live on YouTube

Lead singer Bono (R) of the rock band U2 performs with guitarist The Edge (L) and bass guitarist Adam Clayton (C) during the first of two concerts at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

LONDON (Reuters) - U2 will stream an entire concert live on the YouTube video sharing site this weekend, the Irish band said on their website. Sunday’s show at the Rose Bowl in California is already a sellout, with an audience of 96,000 expected, and U2 said it would be the first time for such a large show to be streamed live.

“The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said manager Paul McGuinness in a statement.

“As we’re filming the LA show, it’s the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 -- this time U2 can go to them, globally.”

Google Inc’s YouTube will stream the concert across five continents, and two replays will be available after the live feed -- on and YouTube.

The band behind hits like “Beautiful Day” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” kicked off the U2 360 Tour in Barcelona in June and has boasted high attendances by using a circular platform that can be viewed from all sides of arena.

YouTube has had an uneasy relationship with the record industry in recent years, with labels arguing that popular social networking and online video sites should pay them more for the right to feature their artists.

At the same time they recognise the importance of maintaining their presence on sites that help shape young fans’ musical tastes.

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison