Today in Music: 4/25/19

U2 Pop Mart Tour 97

TODAY IN MUSIC: On April 25, 1997, U2 launched the first leg of their wordwide PopMart Tour in Whitney, Nevada, at Sam Boyd Stadium. The elaborate tour, in support of the group’s ninth studio album Pop, featured a lavish stage design with a 165-foot-wide LED screen, a 100-foot-high golden arch and a large mirror-ball lemon. In a departure from the band’s usual earnest approach, the PopMart Tour embraced themes of consumerism and pop culture, with U2 displaying an ironic, even self-mocking performance. The show was designed and conceived by longtime U2 stage show designer, Willie Williams and stage artchitect Mark Fisher. Williams’ concept was inspired by facades of American post-war suburban stores and Bono felt it was an apt metaphor for U2’s songs often dealing with faith and desire. The tour had five total legs visiting North America, Europe, South America, Oceania, Asia, and Africa and generated total revenue of more than $171 million dollars. The final show of the PopMart Tour was March 21, 1998, in Johannesburgh, South Africa. The concert was captured for the concert film PopMart: Live from Mexico City. #u2 #pop #u2pop #popmart #popmarttour #whitneynevada #nevada #samboydstadium #lemon #consumerism #popculture #williewilliams #markfisher #markfisherarchitect #faith #desire #concerttours #johannesburgh #southafrica #mexicocity #liveshows #popconcerts #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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