I know there are some peoples who hate the concept of a tribute band...because they mostly (quite rightly) suck. But when the tribute band is actually good...and are real musicians with real voices...they really can provide and excellent and fun night's entertainment.
One such group that does so is The Australian U2 Show ( http://www.austu2show.com )...a group of 4 U2ized Aussie guys who have been bringing the joy of U2 to Melbourne (and the rest of Australia) for about 12 years! And they really have become experts at their craft. Sure...they're nothing like the REAL THING...but for someone who's never had the opportunity to see the real thing live (since they DITCHED us on the Elevation Tour...and I won't go into Popmart (rah...parents!))...I was more than happen to finally catch some "live U2" action!
The setting, appropriately, was St Patrick's Day earlier this year at the OzU2 Show's home base, The Dan O'Connell Pub in Melbourne. A cold but clear autumn night...and a park full of drunk Irish.
They pretty much just ran through the Slane Castle set list...and I must say...it rocked! They really got the crowd going...and the music was great. As I said...they are all real musicians...so they had no more help from backing and the sound board than the real U2 have. The only "look alike" really is the guy who plays "Bono"...but in the end...looks don't matter than much. They dress the right way, move the right way...and sound the right way (well...close enough)!
Anyways...here's a BUNCH of photos from the night! Be warned: could take a while to load if you're on dial-up.
Hey...I'm not too picky in life...I just love a good local night's entertainment and great music! This mob will NEVER match U2...but I had fun...and so did the crowd!