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Many social media users have shared their photos and videos of U2‘s opening night of her Vegas residency: “U2:UV Attention Baby Liveand gave their reviews of the unique venue and show.
People from far and wide flocked to see U2 on opening night at The Sphere
The opening night of the $2 billion investment went smoothly as U2 opened the Sphere and performed to a sold-out crowd. The Sphere has been entertaining Vegas residents and guests with its digital outdoor show for months, so opening its doors to the public was a long-awaited event in itself. People traveled from far and wide to get their first look at the futuristic Vegas venue, located just off the world-famous Strip.
Jessica Serna of Dallas, Texas, is running My curly adventures Reiseblog was present on the opening evening and told her story of visiting the Sphere Tick tock. She also sat down with The Blast to share some of the details of the exciting evening.
“I was just so fascinated. I had tried reading about what to expect, but there still wasn’t much out there. I knew that with such an expensive project it had better be good. It wasn’t until the show started that I really got the hang of it and was just blown away by everything from the artistic to the realistic,” she told The Blast. “At one point there is abstract art that is a work in its own right, and at another point they have projected the Las Vegas skyline so that it really looks like you are in an open-air stadium on the outskirts of Vegas while U2 performs.”
Serna first caught a glimpse of the sphere before setting foot a few days later. This was her first visit to Vegas and certainly a memorable one. Before the show, she had dinner at a Wynn restaurant and followed the people from the casino to the Sphere.
“We stood in line for a while and I thought we would wait a while, but it happened so quickly,” she said. “It was huge inside and the ceiling was several stories high. Everything was futuristic and even the beams matched the futuristic space theme.”
One thing that many social media users have pointed out in the comments on videos from inside the sphere is the size of the stage. Although it’s a smaller stage than usual, the ever-changing walls and ceiling ensure the magic really comes through.
“The stage is small, but you could see it. I felt it was no different than the high seats in a concert hall, except now you have a huge, high-quality screen that brings the artists to you,” she continued. “I would also like to say that I’m sure many people, including myself, film at 0.5x magnification because that gives you the full perspective of a dome shape and that can make it appear further away .”
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Another thing to keep in mind when choosing seats at a show at the Sphere: There are no bad seats!
“Not when you compare other concert halls and especially considering how high resolution the screens were, it was a completely different perspective,” Serna said. “At one point they blew up the stage on the dome screen, and the way you could see all the details on their faces and the scale, you almost felt like this digital stage could have been the real stage. Of course it would have been great to be there first hand, but it was still a phenomenal experience.”
A new stage setting for every song!
Michelle Smith of Las Vegas also attended the Sphere’s opening night and said it was the “most unique and incredible venue for a concert.”
“It was an experience that was completely different than the typical arena or stadium,” she shared exclusively with The Blast. “It is an experience that is completely different from the typical arena or stadium. The sound was much better and the feel of a much more intimate concert than a typical 18,000+ seat venue.”
Smith said she had no set expectations for the new venue and that the best thing about it was that each song offered a completely new stage setting.
“I was expecting more of a traditional stage setup where the inside of the sphere is used for some video content,” she explained. “The minimal physical staging allowed the interior of the sphere to create experiences that ranged from a psychedelic zoo of images that changed and rotated, making it feel as if the space was spinning to a song that was like “It felt like a traditional concert stage where the focus is on everything in the band.”
Smith plans to see the U2 residency one more time before it’s over. As someone who works in the special effects concert production industry, she has seen many high-profile productions but says this one was “so special.”
“During the show I kept thinking, ‘This is where I see the future of the industry,’” she said.