Wow... the second most amazing night of this year. Kevin and I went into the city this afternoon to meet Lee (leelee_cakes) and her friend to exchange our cash for two really great seats to U2. We met them at the loading area and we hung out there for awhile in hopes that the band would come out. Kev went to Sbarro's to buy us food so we didn't have to leave in case they showed. Such a good boy. :) But alas, my boys did not make an appearance. Then we all went inside to check out the merchandise, and I bought a shirt! It's black with silver lettering and it says "VERTIGO 2005 TOUR" on the front with the red target and "U2" in giant letters on the back. I like my shirt! Later when we were in the arena, Lee found us again and we all were talking for awhile until Keane came on. I want to thank Lee again for making this night possible! We had so much fun, and we definitely need to stay in touch! :)
Tonight's show didn't seem quite as surreal as my first one, but that first one is my baby and always will be. It was still fucking incredible to be at MSG with the one band I am clinically insane for. My throat hurts so fucking much, it feels like I have an ear infection. About 2/3 through the show I really thought I was going to lose my voice completely in the middle of cheering. But it was soooo worth it! Oh, and Keane was amazing too. I wasn't paying too much close attention to them, but I did enjoy their performance. Anyway, they weren't Kings of Leon, so I was grateful.
Let me start off by saying that I'm really not that religious. At all. I haven't considered myself to be that in over 4 years. But when it comes to U2, all the religious imagery and vocabulary just come flowing out of me like something weird. They're the only people in existence who make me want to belong to a religion - their religion. Call me crazy, but that's how it is with these guys.
City of Blinding Lights - Again, I think this song affected me more the first time I saw it live because that was a fresh experience for me. But still, the first spotlight shining down on the Edge, followed by Bono suddenly appearing at the tip of the egg, teasing the crowd with his mere presence. Hearing a song - my song about a city *in* that city, the city I used to call home, knowing my boys were back and so was I... the chorus just got overwhelming for me. No words could ever do a live performance of this song justice. It can't be done.
Vertigo - Once more, a *smidge* weaker than at Continental, but still amazing nonetheless. Mainly the beginning Spanish count and chorus. It got me loosened up for the next 2 hours of worship. No exaggeration there, kids.
Elevation - Not much to say about this one. I sang along, I bounced around, and I shouted the oh-so feel-good "EL-E-VA-TION!" Good timessss.
Out of Control - All right, I know they've played this one a few times on this leg of the tour, but I had completely forgotten about it and certainly was not expecting to hear it. So this was the surprise of the evening. Amidst all the noise, Bono's words sounded like mumbling to me, except for the very distinct phrase "Out of Control." Within that very second, I went ballistic. I was a screaming pogo stick for 3 minutes straight. It's not like it was the greatest performance in the history of performances, but on top of the surprise that they played it, this is currently one of my favorite U2 songs. And I heard it at one of the few shows at which they played it. Boo-ya! I really can't say enough about this song, so I'll stop here.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - This time the song wasn't butchered by some amateur band, so it was much more enjoyable this time around. Also, Bono ended with a verse of "In A Little While," my favorite song off of All That You Can't Leave Behind. "Friday night running to Sunday on my knees..." Mmmmm!!!
Beautiful Day - Included in this one was a little bit of "Walk On." Bono, unless you include that in the song on a regular basis, I can't make out a word you're saying! It's not very nice.
Miracle Drug - Throughout this leg, a little story is told as the first 8 notes are played. Edge met the rest of the band when he landed in front of them on a spaceship, which happened to be playing those first 8 notes. Edge told them he was from the future, and when they asked what it was like, he replied with "It's better." That's a cute story. However, Bono recycled his speech from the spring leg, which is also quite good, but not as light-hearted. Oh well, I love this song, and it's my favorite off of Atomic Bomb. You just can't go wrong here.
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - Not a lot to say, just another great performance. But you'd expect that opinion from me, now wouldn't you?
Love and Peace or Else - My favorite line is "I'm not easy on my knees." I'm not crazy about the song overall, but the drums were great.
Sunday Bloody Sunday - I loved this song even more than I did the last time. It's a song that sounds better live. There's something powerful and prayerful about a world-renowned rock star pulling a little girl onto the stage and starting a chant of "No more!"
Bullet the Blue Sky - Excellent. Nothing more, hahaha.
Miss Sarajevo - Bono sang some fucking amazing Italian. In. Credible.
Pride - We chanted "oh-oh-oh-oh" long after the song ended. It was great. Also, I noticed around here that my throat and voice were starting to go.
Where the Streets Have No Name - This was the second highlight of the night. I loved this performance last year, I loved it again this year, if not even moreso! Again, the pogo stick in me returned and kept up the entire way through. They could do this song 20 times in a row and nobody would notice - minutes after the song finished, people were still screaming and cheering and going absolutely insane!
One / Ol' Man River - Probably one of the night's duller moments. I love the song, but I don't feel the spiritual connection to it that I have with some of their other songs. Live, it doesn't surge through me. "Ol' Man River" was pretty damn good though!
The First Time (acoustic) - I'm not a huge fan of this song, but it was good live. I just cuddled up to Kevin and calmly enjoyed it.
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of - The reason I know the band. Great, though I might have killed the song in the past.
Fast Cars - This was the second moment of the show where I heard the name of the song mentioned and I lost it. Not too many shows got this one, so this was pretty damn sweet. Bono put on a hat and had a rose between his teeth for a little bit, and even Edge did a dance with his guitar! Plus, Bono danced with a girl from the floor. Kevin knows I'm not jealous in the least, though. :P
With or Without You - This entire song is just... wow. Even a non-fan can vouch for that. And the cry at the end ended up being chanted several times. It's times like that that really make the whole thing feel like a religious experience.
All Because of You - The last upbeat song of the night. Back to the jumping, only this time I was much more slowed down. And sore. Geeze.
Crumbs From Your Table - I personally would have preferred "Original of the Species." But speaking as an economist, there had to be a trade-off somewhere. This one has to be sacrificed for "Out of Control" and "Fast Cars." It was a small price to pay.
40 - Not my top choice for a closer. But it was pretty uplifting to have the band walk offstage for the last time and the lights come up and yet the crowd still left the arena chanting "How long to sing this song..." That did something for me.
All in all, I can't say which was the better show. We had some pretty damn good selections tonight. But then there was that whole emotional high of the first show that I couldn't quite achieve this time, although it was pretty close. I didn't want to miss a single minute of my god, but I think we were having trouble connecting tonight. (Yes, The Man and I connect on a fairly regular basis, though he has no idea who I am. We connected at my first show, for serious.) In any case, I'd still see them over and over and over again, no doubt about that. And I'm just damn happy right now. :D
Also, I took lots of pictures! I need to fix them up a bit on the computer, but I do want to post them when I get a chance.