Monday, October 05, 2009

u2 concert: raleigh review

was fantastic. (and not just me – see this review “Amazing. Brilliant. Electric” – here).

apart from the over officious security man who demanded to see my ticket, turning a “beautiful day” into a “stuck in a moment.”

the size of the claw is breathaking
the vision that can make an iron stage a thing of aching beauty stunning

American football stadiums are much more intimate than Kiwi/Australian football grounds, allowing a whole new level of crowd singing/engagement.

should U2 go down in history not as a great band, but as rock visionaries who reinvented (a number of times) the live concert going performances?

Oh, the U2 conference got a mention at the concert, and the “organisation” (band) apparently are very impressed with the calibre of the conference and did shape the concert last night in dialogue with some of the conference themes!!

The songs were as follows
1. Breathe
2. Get On Your Boots
3. Mysterious Ways
4. Beautiful Day
5. No Line On The Horizon
6. Magnificent
7. Elevation
8. In A Little While
9. New Year’s Day
10. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (sampled)
11. Stuck In A Moment
12. The Unforgettable Fire
13. City Of Blinding Lights
14. Vertigo
15. Crazy Tonight (fantastically funked up version)
16. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah (sampled) / People Get Ready (sampled)
17. MLK
18. Walk On

19. One into Amazing Grace then
20. Where The Streets Have No Name

21. Ultra Violet
22. With Or Without You
23. Moment of Surrender

Posted by steve at 02:08 AM


  1. Sounds fantastic. Pleased you got there. Are you disappointed they didn’t do “Bullet the Blue Sky”?

    Comment by Paul Fromont — October 5, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  2. They have not done it at all in the 360 tour, so was not expecting it.

    I have a theory about this!! (other than that after doing it 646 times, they were sick of it) 🙂 It’s to do with Cedars of Lebananon and the sense that responding to the current “other” of Islam is not best facilitated through the anger of Bullet, but through the need to listen to the other, who might perhaps share the same sound of being human.


    Comment by steve — October 5, 2009 @ 8:09 am

  3. That is a refreshing play list – I think over the past few concert tours they have been using a lot of the same material interspersed with newer stuff. It is great to see some stuff from Unforgettable Fire – which works well because NLOTH has a very UF fell to it. I am jealous! 😉

    Comment by Mark Stevens — October 6, 2009 @ 10:41 am

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