U2 on YouTube

Sunday, U2’s mammoth 360° Tour pulls into the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., where a sold-out crowd of 96,000 fans is expected to soak up the spectacle. But they won’t be the only ones watching: The band announced Monday it will stream the concert live on YouTube for free in the United States and 15 other countries.

Billed as the first live YouTube concert, the Rose Bowl show (“Good evening Pasadena!”) is slated to begin at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time and will be shown at youtube.com/u2official. During the show — which is being filmed for DVD release — fans will be able to chat with each other via an integrated Twitter feed on the page.

In a statement, U2 manager Paul McGuiness said:

“The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time. 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.”

And after Sunday’s Webcast, and “following two full replays,” according to U2.com, the concert will be available as video-on-demand on the band’s site and its YouTube page.

See a promo video for U2’s Webcast after the jump…

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