THE PRE-SHOW WARMUP
Saturday afternoon, my wife and I watched U2 - Go Home which is a DVD of a concert that U2 did at Slaine Castle in Ireland from the All That You Can't Leave Behind tour. We met Brandy's friend, Tiffany, and notgus at Pei Wei in Addison before the show. On the way to Pei Wei, we listened to Rattle and Hum. After some good Chinese food, we were off to American Airlines Center. Gus and Tiffany rode with us and we listened to How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb on the way.
The trip to the arena was surprisingly fast and parking was incredibly easy (yet freakin' expensive), so we were there pretty early. We went through security and then stood in the massive line for over-priced tee shirts. Gus and I headed up to the 3rd level to find our seats while the girls went to find booze.
Our seats were pretty damn good. I would have liked to be closer, but our view was great and we were in row A, so nobody was in front of us. I sat down most of the show a) because I could and b) because being that high up and that close to the edge gave me a little Vertigo. ;)
THE OPENING ACT
Once we were seated and sufficiently boozed-up, it seemed like forever before the show started. The arena was about 1/3 full when the house lights dimmed at 7:30 for the opening act.
Damian Marley (son of Bob) opened the show with his reggae band. They played about a 50 minute set of loud rap-reggae which included wild-dancing backup singers and a guy whose job was to follow Damian around the stage waving a Jamacian flag.
They weren't bad, but I wouldn't buy their CD or go to a concert just to see them.
THE MAIN ATTRACTION
The stage crew removed Damian Marley's equipment and got U2's stuff setup. The house lights dimmed again at just around 9pm and the packed house went batshit crazy.
U2 opened the show in dramatic fashion with City of Blinding Lights followed by Vertigo. They only did 6 tracks from their latest album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. That was just fine by me, I was more interested in hearing older songs and songs from my favorite U2 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind (they played 3 songs from that album).
During Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Bono brought a young boy up on stage and had him sing along a bit.
I think the single most visually and musically powerful performances of the show was Love And Peace Or Else. During that song, Larry Mullen walked out on to the farthest tip of the egg-shaped catwalk and played drums on a set of tom-toms while the stage lights glowed red. During a slower portion of the song, Larry walked back to his regular drum set on the stage and Bono took over the tom-toms, beating them like a man possessed.
There were two encores. During the first encore, a fan on the floor yelled up to Bono that he could play guitar. Bono brought him up on the stage, got him a guitar, and asked him what song he wanted to do. The fan chose Angel of Harlem... and HE COULD PLAY. This was hands-down the coolest thing I have ever seen at a concert. The fan played the entire song with the band, sang backup with Bono, and got to keep Bono's sunglasses after the song was over. It was unbelievable.
The second encore included All Because Of You which is one of the few songs from the new album that I really like, Yahweh which I don't care too much for on the album but sounded good live, and they ended the show with 40 which was fantastic as always.
When I bought the tickets, I justified the cost to myself by saying that this is my favorite band in the world and I've never seen them and might never see them again. Once the show got started, Gus and I both felt that we had gotten a bargain. If they tour again, I'll go again. No question.
- City Of Blinding Lights
- Vertigo / Rockaway Beach (snippet) / Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (snippet)
- Elevation, The Electric Co. / Bullet With Butterfly Wings (snippet) / See Me, Feel Me (snippet)
- The Ocean
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting (snippet) / In A Little While (snippet)
- Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet)
- Miracle Drug
- Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own / The Black Hills of Dakota (snippet)
- Love And Peace Or Else
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
- Miss Sarajevo
- Pride (In The Name Of Love)
- Where The Streets Have No Name, One / Ol' Man River (snippet)
- The First Time
- Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
- Angel Of Harlem
- With Or Without You
- All Because Of You
From Saturday's Dallas Morning News - Bono Saves The World.