M!ke (rockingthemike) wrote in u2,

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U2: Ottawa, November 25, 2005

Kelly and I arrived at the Corel Centre shortly before seven. We made a mad dash for the merchandise booth after getting our tickets scanned in. I spent for too much money at the booth, but it was completely worth it. I picked up a Vertigo Tour t-shirt, the Tour Book, a tour poster that I intend on having dry-mounted, as well as a couple pins to put on my favorite hat.

We got to our seats (sadly, Kelly and I weren’t sitting together), to watch the opening act, The Arcade Fire. Since we got our tickets on ebay, we were both in the three hundred level, behind the stage. The view was absolutely incredible though. In particular, I was looking diagonally down onto the stage, and with the open concept stage was able to see everything. I would honestly have to say that my third level seats were better than the seats facing the stage. I might not have seen the band’s faces the majority of the time, but I certainly saw them more clearly than most.

I must say that I was quite impressed by The Arcade Fire’s set. A seven (or eight) piece band with quite an eclectic sound. They were on for about forty five minutes or so, then came the intermission. Kelly called me during that to say that there was an empty seat beside her. I raced over and sat down with her for about half an hour until the real owner of my seat showed up. I jokingly told him and his companion that I was ‘keeping the seat warm, and to enjoy the show’, which they took good naturedly. I made my way back to my original seat to find that the one beside me was still empty. I leaned over to the couple on the other side of the empty seat and asked if it had been claimed yet. They said that they had actually bought that seat, but the person wasn’t attending. I asked them ever so nicely if they wouldn’t mind if my friend took it, to which they said no problem. I literally flew back to Kelly’s section and dragged her over to mine, in just enough time for the lights to go down and the "Everyone Intro" to begin.
Before I go any further, here was the set list for the evening:

Main Set: City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Elevation, I Will Follow, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/ In a Little While, Beautiful Day/ Many Rivers to Cross, Original of the Species, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love and Peace or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday/ Rock the Casbah, Bullet the Blue Sky/Johnny Comes Marching Home Again/Please/Hands That Built America, Miss Sarajevo, Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, One

Encore(s): Until the End of the World, Mysterious Ways, With or Without You, Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Yahweh, 40

Some general thoughts about the set list: I was expecting more. I am by no means disappointed, but I honestly expected to hear songs like "Miracle Drug", "The Fly" and even to a certain extent "All Because of You", but with the ever rotating set list this tour, I am not really surprised that some songs were missing. The "Vertigo" count was done in French instead of the usual Spanish. "Elevation" featured the fans doing the 'woo-hoos' at the beginning. The Ottawa fans were so worked up, that we actually just kept doing them, totally screwing up Bono’s timing for the first verse. "I Will Follow" was the single track to represent the Boy album, but definitely a song that kept the fans out of their seats. I absolutely died hearing "Original of the Species". I nearly wept during "Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own". The "Bullet the Blue Sky" medley was amazing, and for those PopTarts!, the 'please get up off your knees' line from "Please" was used. So unexpected. "One" ended the main set with Bono’s usual speech for support of Africa.

The first encore started with the ZooTV with "Until the End of the World" which was also unexpected, and was followed by "Mysterious Ways", which Kelly was pleasantly surprised by. "With or Without You", a song that I normally dislike as a piece of over hyped rock ballad was incredible live. Incredible.

The second encore began with "Stuck in a Moment", though done quite well acoustically, is still a song that I never liked. I never in a million years expected to hear "Original of the Species" and "Yahweh" played in the same show, and to have the opportunity to hear both completely overloaded my senses. As "40" started, I made my way for the exits, hoping to beat the rush, but you could hear reverberation the band and the fans singing all over the Corel Centre.

Overall, an evening that I will never forget. I was incredibly fortunate to get the opportunity to see my favorite band live during this tour. I almost did not make it, which made last night all that much more special to me. I am not counting on ever seeing them live again, though I do hope that I will again. Even if I do not have the opportunity again, I can honestly say I saw one of rock’s greatest bands during their greatest tour (to date).

x-posted from personal journal
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