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November 9th, 2005

Oakland I @ 09:50 am

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Good times, though I admit to being a little underwhelmed at certain points during the concert, maybe because apart from a couple songs nothing was really all that new. I was hoping for a little more of a variety in the setlist than the show I saw in April, but it wasn't there. They basically dropped all the old stuff from their early albums and went back to more of the hits from the Joshua Tree era. I know they've been playing "Bad" during this leg of the tour but last night was my fifth U2 concert and I still haven't been lucky enough to hear it in person.

Another reason I may not have gotten into this show as much as others is because I was taking so many pictures. It was my first time trying it at a concert and while the quality is pretty much average at best, there are a few I was pretty pleased with. I tried taking a lot of wider shots that included the entire stage, but I also got in with my two telephoto lenses so I could get some closer shots. They're not bad, not great, but about what you might expect from a non-professional camera used in the upper bowl of the arena. I'll be working on those today.

Still, a fun night. U2 always puts on an excellent show and what's said above is not to suggest I didn't enjoy it a lot, because I did. I was probably just a little too distracted with what I was trying to do to get as into it as I usually do. The highlight was a snippet of "One Tree Hill," a song they hadn't played live in 12 years. It's also the first time in 18 years it was played in the US.

The setlist:

1) City of Blinding Lights (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
2) Vertigo (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
3) Elevation (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
4) Mysterious Ways (Achtung Baby)
5) Until The End of the World (Achtung Baby)
6) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (The Joshua Tree) - w/ a snippet from In a Little While
7) Beautiful Day (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
8) Miracle Drug (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
9) Sometimes You Can't Make it on Your Own (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
10) Love and Peace or Else (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
11) Sunday Bloody Sunday (War)
12) Bullet the Blue Sky (The Joshua Tree)
13) Miss Sarajevo (Passengers)
14) Pride (The Unforgettable Fire)
15) Where The Streets Have No Name (The Joshua Tree)
16) One (Achtung Baby) - w/ a snippet from One Tree Hill
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17) Zoo Station (Achtung Baby)
18) The Fly (Achtung Baby)
19) With or Without You (The Joshua Tree)
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20) All Because of You (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
21) Yahweh (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
22) 40 (War)
 
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From:stdivine
Date:November 9th, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
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They were supposed to perform Bad last night but they decided not to which means they might do it tonight. quick question: what's the camera situation like bc I want to bring my digi tonight but I dont want them to take it away.
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From:flashfire
Date:November 9th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
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They were supposed to perform Bad last night but they decided not to

*utters a long string of curses*

I had no bag, so there was nothing to check there and I wasn't patted down, either. I thought I might've looked like I was loaded because I had my camera in one pocket, the two lenses in another, and spare batteries in a third. They weren't really checking unless you probably looked VERY obvious or had a bag.
From:stdivine
Date:November 9th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
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It sucks, hopefully they will do it tonight. I loved it when I heard it live for the first time during Elevation tour in Oakland. I hope they play it in Portland bc I will be on the floor that night.

So you think I will be okay if I bring my camera??
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From:flashfire
Date:November 9th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
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I'd guess you should be fine as long as you're not blatant about having it.

In other words, I wouldn't walk in with it hanging around my neck.
From:onebadkite
Date:November 9th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
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They played ISHFWILF twice?
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From:flashfire
Date:November 9th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Whoops. The second one was Where The Streets Have No Name. Dunno why I wrote Still Haven't Found twice, except for the fact I'm still half-awake. Fixed. Thanks.
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From:ringlunatic
Date:November 9th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
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a snippet of One Tree Hill!!!! I would murder to hear that song live!
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From:flashfire
Date:November 9th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
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For me, that part was one of the show's highlights.
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:November 10th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
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Wow they really did drop a lot of their older stuff. I'd be okay with that, though. Good setlist, great "snippets." :)
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From:flashfire
Date:November 10th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC)
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Just noticed they hadn't played One Tree Hill in 12 years.
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From:mmmmjournal
Date:November 10th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
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Then it was long overdue. Good song.
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From:flashfire
Date:November 10th, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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Also just saw it hadn't been played in the States since 1987.

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