U2's big, but its Giants Stadium stage is even bigger

Bono leads U2 at Giants Stadium. (Sept. 23,

Bono leads U2 at Giants Stadium. (Sept. 23, 2009) (Credit: AP)

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The biggest star at U2's two-night stand at Giants Stadium? It just might be The Spaceship, as Bono's been calling it.

U2's rotating stage - this is the 360 Tour, after all - features a 150-foot-tall canopy and 54-ton cylindrical video screen. No, you've never seen them this big before.

The Irish hit machine has certainly come a long way since that December 1981 show at the late, lamented Malibu Night Club in Lido Beach. But that was in support of the "October" album (sigh, remember the first time you heard "Gloria"?). In case you lost count, this tour is for their 12th studio album, "No Line on the Horizon," which came out earlier this year.

The group - singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullin Jr. - play Wednesday night and Thirsday night.

Here's a look at what to expect.

THE SET LIST

Here are the songs from Sunday's show at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

* Breathe

* No Line on the Horizon

* Get on Your Boots

* Magnificent

* Mysterious Ways

* Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet)

* Elevation

* I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand by Me (snippet)

* Unknown Caller

* New Year's Day

* Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

* The Unforgettable Fire

* City of Blinding Lights

* Vertigo / She Loves You (snippet)

* I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight

* Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock the Casbah (snippet)

* MLK

* Walk On

* One / Amazing Grace (snippet)

* Where the Streets Have No Name

Encore:

* Ultra Violet (Light My Way)

* With or Without You

* Moment of Surrender

 WHAT CRITICS SAY

"The sound? Full, crisp, crystalline, not the muddy echo typical of stadium rock shows."

- Edna Gundersen, USA Today

"Even a well-tested crowd-pleaser like 'Where the Streets Have No Name' sounded refreshed, with The Edge's metallic-toned guitar taking a ride on the bass-drums rhythm train."

- Greg Kot, Chicago Tribune

 "During 'City of Blinding Lights,' Bono plucked a young girl from the crowd and essentially serenaded her as they walked the length of the outer stage, even putting his famous tinted glasses on her at one point.

- James Reed, Boston Globe

WHO U2, with Muse opening
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights, Giants Stadium,
50 State Rte. 120, East Rutherford, N.J.
INFO $30-$250 through Live Nation, 877-598-8694, livenation.com

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