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Singin' in the rain

July 25, 2011


U2 rocks a sellout crowd at the U's TCF Bank Stadium

By Deane Morrison

Excitement reigned Saturday night as superstar band U2 rocked the 58,000 fans packed into the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

The event was the first concert at the 2-year-old venue and the Twin Cities' first large outdoor concert in 33 years.

Here's a look at how it went. Photos are by Patrick O'Leary and Preston Smith.

Fans, some of whom had lined up at 6 a.m., streamed into TCF Bank Stadium. The stadium, dominated by a gigantic portable stage, filled up quickly. Midsummer dusk cast an eerie glow throughout the stadium. Fireworks from the Minneapolis Aquatennial festival added to the atmosphere. U2 lead singer Bono worked his magic on the mic. There's nothing like a slow song played to a sea of flashing cell phones. Bono and guitar hero The Edge gave the crowd what they came for. Fans were treated to a "360" view of the action. When the rain came, the band played on. Fans will remember the show as a colorful experience, and not just musically.

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