Here's the 411 on U2's 360° Tour – the biggest, most expensive concert trek ever – coming to the U of M

Bono always thinks big. He had a vision for rock's biggest concert tour. "Let's play an entire stadium, not just part of a stadium," he told his longtime designers, who also did the Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies. So it's U2 in the round (dubbed the 360° Tour) that will be the first concert at the University of Minnesota's two-year-old TCF Bank Stadium. For U2, it's the home stretch (only three shows left), but for the Twin Cities, it's the first big-time outdoor stadium show in 33 years. With the so-called Claw stage (for sale after the tour ends), Bono has more places to climb than Spider-Man. But, given last year's tour-delaying back injury (this gig's original date: June 27, 2010), the lofty-thinking Irishman will perform with both feet on the ground, thank you. Most fans, however, will have their eyes fixed on the huge cylindrical live-video screen making Bono, as always, larger than life.

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more about the stage

A video screen, in the round

The wrap-around screen is made up of 888 LED panels connected to an undercarriage of "scissor beams".

The claw

The largest ever built for a stadium tour, U2's architecturally striking stage - inspired by the four-legged Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport - houses lights, speakers and video displays while making the audience part of the show.

Building the stage

Deconstructing 'The claw' at TCF Stadium.

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sizing it up

U2's stage apparatus is nearly as tall as the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, home of another outdoor musical event this month.