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John Kats' Twitter Takes on U2 Concert

Here's a rundown of John Katsilometes' tweets from behind the scenes (and stage ) of the recent U2 concert at Sam Boyd Stadium. They start around 4 p.m. the day of the show and go until 2 a.m. the morning after.

http://twitpic.com/mnbln Welcome to U2!
about 21 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mnf1n A giant, multimedia praying mantis.
about 21 hours ago from TwitterBerry

@EdwardLawrence It's U2's 360 staging, "The Claw" and it is awesome.
about 21 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mnhv3 On the roof of Sam Boyd with stadium director Daren Libonati. In the background is "The Claw."
about 20 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mnljz Up there is Jeff Chalfant, Sam Boyd Stadium operations director, 150 feet high. Up there untethered, taking photos
about 20 hours ago from TwitterBerry

I am now playing drums as part of the sound check. Not really.
about 20 hours ago from TwitterBerry

President Clinton will be here tonight.
about 20 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Clinton earlier attended a private fundraiser for Rory Reid at the LV Hilton.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mnvo7 The band onstage during soundcheck, from afar.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Massive security for Clinton has been coordinated, as expected.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mnxj1 Here's a better shot of Bono.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

This sound check was one of the best shows I've ever seen. "Elvis is back in the building," Bono says. Wow.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Doors just opened. GA crowd funneling in.
about 19 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Sightings: UNLV president Dr. Neal Smatresk and LV Events exec Pat Christensen. Dr. Neak is a U2 fan "tonight."
about 17 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/moeyq The line leading out Russell and past Boulder Hwy. Parking director Kenny Sasaki says this isn't Clinton's fault.
about 17 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Whoa, a bomb dog just barked at me, coincidentally.
about 17 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Jon Ralston sighting!
about 17 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mok8e Black Eyed Peas up! Let's get it started, they say.
about 16 hours ago from TwitterBerry

I hear the band is eating dinner at Carnevino, eh?
about 16 hours ago from TwitterBerry

George Maloof sighting! Better track this guy ...
about 16 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Fergie is not here to spectate. She is a veritable perpetual motion machine!
about 16 hours ago from TwitterBerry

The band has been given new UNLV hoops jerseys to wear onstage. They might or might not wear them.
about 16 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Bill Clinton just told me he golfed today with Edge and Édge's father. I asked where but he was drowned out, because the show just started.
about 15 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mp109 Something of what it looks like from club level.
about 15 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Bono ends an ode-to-Vegas intro of the band by saying, "My name is Wayne Newton!" Next up, "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Bono: "There's another Elvis in the audience tonight, William Jefferson Clinton!"
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Uh-oh, it's "Viva Las Vegas" time! Our anthem. "Thanka verah much!" Bono says, then it's a shout-out to the Killers.
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

I just ran into Will.I.am, for real, while getting a Diet Pepsi. Smallish fellow.
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

I think AEG Live should book these guys into The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for 30 weeks a year. That would give us some uptick, eh?
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

A song that soars every time out, "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The stadium is shaking.
about 14 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Encore time, but crews are already starting the bug-out.
about 13 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Bono ends a remarkable experience with, "Thank you for a special night in the desert."
about 13 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mpd8s The final totals, 41,500 paid, 42,241 in attendance.
about 13 hours ago from TwitterBerry

http://twitpic.com/mph2f Any cabbies interested in a fare should trek to Sam Boyd, where thousands of people are waiting for rides.
about 12 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Bottleneck!
about 12 hours ago from TwitterBerry

Not enough cabs at Sam Boyd, and there are multitudes of people without a way to leave. The expected cab line never materialized.
about 12 hours ago from TwitterBerry

People waiting for cabs are now being told to head out to Tropicana Avenue to catch a CAT bus to MGM Grand, where they'll cab it from there.
about 11 hours ago from TwitterBerry

People have been waiting 90 minutes, two hours in line. Some will have waited in line longer than the show lasted.
about 11 hours ago from TwitterBerry

What's really comical is how the MGM plans to handle all these people needing cabs flooding to the hotel.
about 11 hours ago from TwitterBerry

OK, NOW we have cabs and shuttles on the scene. Dozens. Word finally went "viral" about the absence of transportation out here.
about 11 hours ago from TwitterBerry

The cab line is now working as intended.
about 10 hours ago from TwitterBerry

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