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25 Aug, 2010 16:25

First Russian U2 gig rocks Moscow

The Irish group performed in Russia for the first time. Tens of thousands gathered to watch the star band filling over 60,000 seats in Luzhniki stadium.

Even the rain that came as a surprise in the capital failed to dampen the spirits of the fans bopping to their favourites. Some of the tickets which had been on sale since January, topped $1,000 .

A huge spider robot stage, which costs $75,000 a day just to run, is one of the largest sets in rock-n-roll history with a 360-degree screen right above it. It took hundreds of tracks and 250 people in the crew to drive straight from Helsinki to Moscow to set everything up working around the clock.

The band has been in town since Sunday and Bono met Dmitry Medvedev before the show.It turned out the two shared a common love of Led Zeppelin.