The numbers associated with the U2360Â° Tour are staggering: a 170-ton stage rightfully dubbed "the spaceship," 200 trucks carting it around, 250 speakers, nearly 400 employees and $750,000 a day in overhead. But the band's stadium show is more than a fantastic spectacle -- it's the biggest rock tour of all time, and Rolling Stone is onstage and backstage with U2's Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. as they make history in our new issue, on stands today.
Sales for U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon, may not match their biggest blockbusters, but the foursome are out to "engage and try and do something different," as Edge puts it, as well as prove their new material can stand up next to the classics. "I walk out and sing 'Breathe' every night to a lot of people who don't know it," Bono tells RS' Brian Hiatt of the No Line show opener in our cover story. "I'm a performer -- I'm not going to hang on to a song that doesn't communicate and add up to something. They're great songs live, and I think it's a great album." But three-fourths of U2 (save the Edge) think "Get On Your Boots" was the wrong pick for a first single.