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Red step reality check

U2 opens new pic at Cannes

U2 took a step from reality into virtual reality early Sunday morning before the preem of their 3-D concert film, “U2 3D.”

On the steps of the Palais, Bono greeted the cheering crowd in French, then led the band into “Vertigo” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

Bono, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and the Edge then moved inside the theater to the applause of the roaring crowd, who wanted more. The enthusiasm carried on during the film, as the applause of the live aud was just as zealous as that of the concertgoers in the film — indeed, it was hard to tell where the cheers in the Palais ended and the cheers onscreen began. The Palais audience’s swaying cell phones delivered the complete concert experience.

Despite the ambulance that drove though the red carpet, sirens blaring, to tend to a woman who appeared to have been struck by a car, the performance proved to be a successful launch into the film.

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