(Eagle News) – U2 at the Philippine Arena.
The combination sets fans’ imagination on fire as the popular Irish rock band known for its socially relevant songs stages its first ever concert in the country at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena.
With lead vocals Bono, drummer Larry Mullen Jr., bassist Adam Clayton and guitarist “The Edge,” U2 promises a unique visual and aural experience, going by their previous concerts where the latest digital and visual technology was used to involve the audience in their performances.
Judging from their previous concerts where visual stage displays have put their audience in awe, U2’s concert at the Philippine Arena would be no different.
The concert starts at 8 p.m., but long lines of fans can already be seen outside the Philippine Arena as early as 4 p.m.
U2’s “The Joshua Tree Tour 2019” in Manila comes after its jam-packed shows in Singapore, Tokyo, and Seoul.
The concert title from the title of its fifth album, The Joshua Tree, in 1987 which was the band’s greatest critical and commercial success that topped the chart in over 20 countries, made the band members into international superstars.
U2, in its website, urged their fans to “use #TheJoshuaTreeTour2019 when uploading to social networks,” so they can “highlight the great content coming direct from fans on show day.”
After their Manila concert, the band is set to to play their first ever concert in India, wrapping up the band’s Joshua Tree Tour 2019 in the coastal megacity of Mumbai on December 15.
U2 has so far released 14 studio albums.
They are among the world’s best-selling music artists, with 150 to 170 million records sold worldwide.
-Band with the most number of Grammys-
U2 holds the record for the musical band with the most Grammy Awards at 22.
The band and its members have promoted various human rights and social justice causes.
Bono, U2’s lead vocalist and primary lyricist has been particularly active in campaigning for Africa, particularly for third-world debt relief and raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic.
Bono is also a member of Amnesty International.
He was granted an honorary knighthood by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom for “his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work”, and has been made a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters).
Bono was named one of the Time Persons of the Year in 2005.