"The band has wanted to do something like this for a long time," the Telegraph quoted U2 manager Paul McGuinness as saying. He added: "As we're filming the Los Angeles show, it's the perfect opportunity to extend the party beyond the stadium. Fans often travel long distances to come to see U2 - this time U2 can go to them, globally."
Also, frontman of the group and philanthropist Bono said: "Thank you Los Angeles. Thanks to everyone watching on YouTube all over the world - seven continents." YouTube's music manager, Michele Flannery, also expressed his joy at the band's open heartedness.
He said: "YouTube is thrilled to be able to provide our global audience with a live streaming performance from one of the world's greatest bands. We are always looking for new ways to connect fans around the world with their favourite artists, and this is the perfect opportunity to do just that."
The show was on hand for live viewer ship in 16 countries including Australia, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, Israel, South Korea and the United States.