Photo Finish “PHENOMINAL” U2 on Magnetic Hill

Posted: August 2, 2011

It started on June 30, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain and after 109 shows around the world and a record breaking $736 million plus in ticket sales – super group U2 took the tour to Moncton, New Brunswick for one last performance. 

The now legendary Claw stood magnificently on Magnetic Hill waiting to be rocked one more time – by the mega-platinum, mega-award winning foursome from Ireland.

Near 80,000 fans would bear witness - would brave the rain – would mingle with mud – would be blown away by the 110th and final 360° Tour concert.

SABS friend and huge U2 fan Penny Hannam was there. What follows is her photo journal from the monumental moment in music history. 

Thanks for sharing the shots Penny – you’re right sweet! SABS

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“PHENOMINAL” U2 on Magnetic Hill by Penny Hannam

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam crowds arrivingPeople came from everywhere for this last concert on the tour.

Folks were arriving and... 

it was so MUDDY!

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam 1

People were losing their shoes and going barefoot.  People were falling in the mud. Overall it provided for a lot of mess - but lots of entertainment too.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam warm eveningThe rain stopped and it made for a nice warm evening.

Arcade Fire was electric. 

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam the claw

The crowd loved them. It was great that U2 brought in a Canadian band to help end their tour.

Fighter jets did a few fly-bys about 10 minutes before U2 started. They really worked up the crowd.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam Arcade Fire

The excitement was growing, everyone was cheering - we were all on our feet in anticipation.

When they hit the stage the outburst of joy from the crowd was overwhelming.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam the concert start

The adrenalin was running through all of us. There was so much excitement. It was almost euphoric.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam U2

They sang one short bar of the "Springhill Mining" song too - just enough to get people screaming.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam U2 performs

Space Shuttle Commander Mark E. Kelly tees up "Beautiful Day" in a pre-recorded message to Moncton from the Space Shuttle that ends with a touching message of love to his wife.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam Space Shuttle Commander

Bono did a bit of a summary of the tour...saying they felt "like they were home". His wife was there and all their loved ones came for the show.  They played for 2 1/2 hours and ended around midnight.

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam U2 performs 2

I saw this tour in New York in 2009 and this was by far more amazing and I didn't think that was going to be possible!

U2 360 tour in Moncton, NB - Penny Hannam 360 tour

The 360° stage is amazing! The lights, the camera show they put on. All of it was phenomenal!!! ph

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Penny HannamWho are you Penny Hannam?

I'm the mother of two rescued pups Yellow & Mitts. 

I'm a newly minted advertising gal having just celebrated my one year anniversary in the business. Before that I graced the studios of CTV News on Robie street.

I love good music and good friends and mud sliding with Bono.

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