This DVD captures U2's 2009 performance at the Rose Bowl, which was simultaneously broadcast over the Internet via YouTube. With more than 97,000 fans present, the show set a U.S. record for the highest-attended concert by a single headlining act. No one is better equipped to handle such a massive audience than U2, and the band runs through 130 minutes of new songs and old standbys during the course of this show, playing beneath a giant, groundbreaking stage nicknamed "The Claw." It's a visually arresting performance -- there are moving bridges connecting the main stage to a circular ramp, not to mention a giant video screen that expands and contracts itself -- but the band continually draws your focus back to the music, which is the real highlight of this DVD. Although most die-hard fans watched the concert during its free YouTube stream -- which, incidentally, was the website's highest stream in history -- the group also released a tangible version of 360° at the Rose Bowl in several different formats, including standard DVD, Blue-ray, and a deluxe box-set.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey