James (flashfire) wrote in u2,

Oakland I

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
17) Zoo Station (Achtung Baby)
18) The Fly (Achtung Baby)
19) With or Without You (The Joshua Tree)
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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