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More on Why U2’s Latest Tour is Among the Most Innovative Ever

If you’ve seen any of the shows on the Innovation + Experience tour, you’ll know that it’s a pretty cool technological production. Yet they make it look so effortless.  Well, most nights they do.

Mashable has this story on the tech guts of the production.

About an hour into the third of U2‘s eight-show run at Madison Square Garden this week, Bono hands a smartphone to a woman he’s pulled up on stage.

“We’re live streaming onto the Internet,” he says, while a massive display shows a feed from U2’s Meerkat app account.

As the fan captures the scene with the phone, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon jumps on stage for a surprise duet of “Desire.” The Meerkat viewer count at home surges; the display shows a flux of people sharing happy face and heart-shaped emoji.

The band repeats the smartphone spectacle each night for at least one song, although Fallon’s appearance this time was a first. While onstage live streaming may be a gimmick of sorts (or a nice bonus for devoted fans), this is just one of the many ways U2 is packing technology into its Innocence and Experience tour.

In fact, the band is putting on one of the most technologically advanced shows around.

How? Keep reading.

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