12 November 2006

U2 (finally!)

In November last year, I bought a ticket for the U2 concert in Sydney on March 31. However, at the beginning of March, it was announced that the Australian leg of the tour would be delayed. Friday, November 10, I finally got to use my ticket. There were two other Sydney shows as well, each one with about 70 000 in attendance.
Heather didn't buy a ticket a year ago, but when she found out Kanye West was opening, she wished she had. When a friend of hers went back to Germany in July holding an unused ticket, Heather got it. She said she was going to watch Kanye then leave. Turns out, she stayed for part of the U2 show, but left an hour early. Yet another benefit of public transportation--she can go home while I stay for the rest of the show.
Why would she leave? Answer: she's not a U2 superfan. She saw the show five years ago--this was more of the same. I, however, am a U2 superfan. She thought the show was good--I thought it was great. So she will probably think some of the following commentary is silly. That's OK, she doesn't get Star Wars either.

Here's the set list:
City of Blinding Lights-Two minutes before U2 took the stage, it started to rain. When they opened with 'Lights', it seemed right--always felt like a light rain kind of song to me. While the early rain was OK, I was glad it only lasted twenty minutes.
Until the End of the World-Video screen featured Aboriginal art. Nice touch.
New Year's Day
Beautiful Day
Yahweh-One of the gems from Dismantle. If you don't know it, it's one of those songs that is way more spiritual than anything you would hear on a Christian CD.
Walk On
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own-Dedicated to Bono's brother, written for his father. Bono said if his father was there he would have one thing to say: 'Take off your f*ing glasses'--so he did. Might be the first time I've seen him without glasses in fifteen years, including his trip to the Vatican.
Love and Peace or Else-First of the 'peace trilogy'. Bono talked about and the video featured the word 'coexist', where the 'c' was an Islamic crescent moon, the 'x' was a Star of David, and the 't' was a Christian cross. Another interesting question he raised was 'do we have to become a monster to overcome a monster?' A separate post along these lines is forthcoming.
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky
Miss Sarajevo
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Where the Streets Have No Name-An appeal for Make Poverty History led the song.
(encore 1)
Zoo Station
The Fly
With or Without You
(encore 2)
The Saints are Coming-U2's song written with Green Day to benefit musicians in New Orleans.
Angel of Harlem
Kite-Featured a didgeridoo played by a local musician.
As always, a great show, at least for a superfan.


Anonymous said...


U2 Quiz: 30 Questions For Those Who Have Ears To Hear
by David Buckna

Interview with Bono (interviewed by Rev. Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Church)


Jesus, Pope, Dalai Lama, Mandela -- and Bob Geldof!
The Vancouver Sun
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Page: C5

patrick said...

That's awesome Chirs. Sold my tickets to this tour when it was in the states. Big mistake. Cam and I had to drive about 12 hours to see the show and we made a money decision to sell and save mucho dollars. Still a huge mistake. Can't wait for the next tour. No matter how much or how far.

Billy B said...

I'm glad you were able to finally see them. It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life being able to see them in Dallas in October 2005 (Review)! My friend Michael and I are talking about going to Dublin on the next tour whenever that is and whatever the cost. Interested? I gotta see these guys on their hometurf just once in my life - it's my Mecca!!!