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Singer Bono and bassist Adam Clayton thrill the crowd at Canad Inns Stadium on Sunday. ((CBC))

Some 50,000 people packed Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg on Sunday for the much-anticipated concert by Irish rock band U2.

Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. stopped in the city as part of their 360-degree world tour.

The unseasonably chilly May evening didn't deter fans, who cheered, danced and sang along.

Winnipegger Paul Martens, who lined up for nearly two days to grab a prime spot on the floor, counted Sunday's show as his fifth U2 concert.

"I don't think I've ever experienced a band that is able to connect with their audience quite like U2 does, and in such a massive setting as this as well. Yet they seem to somehow bring it down to an intimate level," he said.

The last time U2 played in Winnipeg was in 1997, at the stadium as part of its PopMart tour.

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The 360-degree tour is named after the stage used by the band. Nicknamed The Claw for the massive four-legged supporting rig, the structure has set a world record for the largest concert stage structure. ((CBC))