My anticipation for this concert has been building for some time, since the tickets were purchased over a year and a half ago, and due to an emergency back surgery for Bono, rescheduled for June 6th, 2011. I had questions, would Bono still have it? Are they getting too old? Would U2 live up to all their past performances. All my questions were answered with a ("12th Man") resounding YES! He's got it, and more! Better than ever!
Arriving at the show venue, Qwest Field, Seattle, home of the famous "12th Man"... I was awestruck by the sheer NUMBER of people, all ages, all colors and styles, gathering in ONE grand place. All hoping to get a glimpse of one of the worlds greatest rock bands, U2. Over 63,000 people in attendance ( much more than a packed out sporting event on a good day) . The stage, one of the grandest things I have ever seen in my life. A giant robo-claw of sorts, adorned with massive lighting, 360º giant video monitors, and a 360º stage, so they could be seen by all in attendance.
Opening act was not to disappoint. Lenny Kravitz, a big name in his own right, doing all his greatest hits. I will admit, I have a new appreciation for Lenny after seeing him and his band live. Not only is he decent to look at, but talented, and a bit of a diva too. Being the first act onstage, there were some technical difficulties (not that in the crowd could really hear or notice), but he made it well known it was not to his standards. In the middle of singing, he'd throw in, " I've only got two notes" , or "sorry, just a little technical $#!#" .
Intermission was with great Seattle flare. I don't know that any crowd can get into it like us Seattle folk, but I've never seen the "WAVE" so enthusiastic in all my life. Anticipation building, fans trying to come up with things to pass the time, volley beach ball on peoples heads... and THEN... THEY entered the stadium, and the roar of the some 63,000 fans screaming and cheering and whistling became deafening. It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Taking the stage, the lights died down, and U2 started tearing up the night Seattle skyline with "Even Better Than the Real Thing" And, yes--It was! U2 is SO amazing live. The sound, energy the charisma ... electric.
The setlist for this tour was their best ever ( this being my 3rd U2 concert to date) Here's the rundown.
Main Set: Even Better Than The Real Thing, I Will Follow, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Elevation, It's the End of the World as We Know It - Until the End of the World - Where Have All the Flowers Gone, All I Want Is You, Stay, Beautiful Day - Space Oddity, Pride, Miss Sarajevo, Zooropa, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I'll Go Crazy (remix) - Discotheque - Life During Wartime - Psycho Killer, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Scarlet, Walk On - You'll Never Walk Alone
Encore(s): One, Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Where the Streets Have No Name - All You Need is Love, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With or Without You, Moment of Surrender
When the band did come back out for the encore... I was SO STOKED, Bono came out swinging on a hanging microphone, singing to "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" - one of my favorites. I can say his back is not holding him back one bit! He was jumping and swiveling and walking ALL over that massive stage. He, is truly, the most amazing performer, in his element on that stage, and at 51 years young--cooler than ever. Not only is U2 impeccable as musicians and artists, but they are amazing people, great humanitarians, with huge hearts, and put their money where their mouth is.
Upon leaving the stage, the last thing that is so vivid in my memory, is seeing fans lining the exit corridor, and there was a young lady holding a sign that said "On my bucket list... Meet Bono" and as Bono walked by, he saw the sign, and reach out and gave her a high five. The lucky fan went airborne, jumping and screaming and shaking because she, could cross off that item from her "bucket list". A second in time for him, a lifetime of memories for her.
[FANTASTIC review, Heather! AGAIN, I might add! Please check out Heather's Guest Review of Depeche Mode! What would I do without all these wonderful folks who are generous enough to write reviews for Dipped in Cream??]
Written by: Diva Julia
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