An estimated 80,000 Muscovites queued up at Luzhniki stadium for the chance to see one of the world’s top rock bands perform for the first time in their city.
Amid tight police security spectators streamed through the turnstiles hours before the Irish group U2 were due on stage for their one-off performance.
If one Muscovite was slightly circumspect about the concert saying, “I’m in a good mood …I’m not a fan of U2 and their music, but they’re worth seeing.”
A visitor to the city was more enthusiastic:
“I’m American, I came all over to Moscow to see U2 in this fabulous Olympic Luzhniki stadium, it’s my first time here in this stadium, I’m really excited.”
Sporting his trade mark sunglasses and single earring Bono showed no signs of the back injury which had laid him up for two months, disrupting the bands 360 degree world tour – much to the delight of his audience.