Kings of Leon sucked, U2 rocked.
Got out of the house at about 5 PM and parked a block from Gordon Biersch as planned. The wait for a table, I was told, was about 45 minutes but the guy at the door said I was welcome to try the bar if I wanted, it being full-service. So I went inside and lucked into a chair right away. I ordered the BBQ Chicken pizza but I guess the guy misheard me because what I got was a BBQ chicken sandwich. I decided to keep it and it was probably better for me than the pizza anyway. Their garlic fries, of course, are the best.
Rather than drive the 3/4 mile closer to the arena and pay $10-15 to park, I decided to leave the car in the lot I parked in since it's free on the weekend and the extra walking would be good for me. I got in and out of Gordon Biersch so quickly, I was inside the arena shortly after the doors opened. Wasn't planning on it that way, but there you go.
As I said, Kings of Leon sucked. They're one of a few bands I've heard lately where I don't mind the music, but I absolutely cannot stand the way the lead singer sounds. That's KIND of important to me. They started at 7:30, played a 45-minute set, and that led to U2 taking the stage at 9 PM. Before that, I bumped into eclipse69, of all people. I knew he was going, but with all the people there I didn't expect to actually see him.
First, the setlist:
1. City of Blinding Lights - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
2. Vertigo - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004 (included a brief verse from Stories for Boys)
3. Elevation - All That You Can't Leave Behind - 2000
4. The Electric Co. - Boy - 1980
5. The Ocean - Boy - 1980
6. New Year's Day - War - 1983
7. Beautiful Day - All That You Can't Leave Behind - 2000
8. Miracle Drug - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
9. Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
10. Love and Peace or Else - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
11. Sunday Bloody Sunday - War - 1983
12. Bullet the Blue Sky - The Joshua Tree - 1987 (included brief verses from The Hands that Built America & When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again)
13. Running to Stand Still - The Joshua Tree - 1987
14. Zoo Station - Achtung, Baby - 1991
15. The Fly - Achtung, Baby - 1991
16. Mysterious Ways - Achtung, Baby - 1991
17. Pride - The Unforgettable Fire - 1984
18. Where the Streets Have no Name - The Joshua Tree - 1987
19. One - Achtung, Baby - 1991
20. All Because of You - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
21. Yahweh - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - 2004
22. 40 - War - 1983
No An Cat Dubh or Into the Heart, but after having missed their pre-Popmart tours I was pretty convinced I'd never get the chance to hear stuff like The Electric Co., Zoo Station, Running to Stand Still or 40 live unless I had it on a recording, so some of these choices made me very happy. They sounded as good as ever, the view I had was great, and I liked a lot of what they did with the lighting of the egg-shaped set they used. The technology is really coming along. During The Fly, they also took us back to ZooTV with all the rapid-fire words flashed across the screen, and finishing the show with everyone singing "How long...to sing this song?" was just special. The scrolling of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all the cell phones held up at Bono's urging during the mention of The One Campaign were also strong moments.
A part of me is kicking myself because I COULD have brought my camera and got away with using it. Nobody was doing anything outside - no patting down, no checking of pockets, nothing. Well, I heard they were checking purses, but since I don't carry one... I'd been thinking of taking the camera but I decided against it because for the most part I'd rather just enjoy the concert. But, there were some set pics I would've liked to get along with a few other things along the way. Oh well. I can always find some online, and I bought a tour program and a couple posters.
After the show, I stopped at P.F. Chang's across the street from where I parked since I was hungry. Food was decent and I had enough left over to bring back. Crashed not too long after getting home around 1 AM. Good night.