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U2 - Vertigo Tour 4th leg: Latin America

2006-02-12: Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey - Mexico

( other U2 shows at this location )

<<< 2006-02-08 - Los Angeles | 2006-02-15 - Mexico City >>>


2006-02-15 - Mexico- o - o submitted by Brian Schoen

Wow - so U2 hits Monterrey Mexico for the first time to kick off their tour in that U2 crazed country. I was really attempting to prepare myself for something different. Having not seen U2 outdoors since Pop Mart hit Chicago I was really looking forward to the magic that seems to happen when this band has the additional lighting that God adds with stars and a bright moon. I caught my self a few times closing my eyes and listening to the sound bouncing off what I believe was the mountains surrounding us. The goose bumps on my arms were caused by either the way the new billion (??) watt lights behind the stage that cut though the sky for what seemed like miles, eclipsed only by the brightness of the full moon or it might of been the fact I had no coat on in the chilly 55 degrees weather.

The band made quite a few mistakes throughout the night which I guess were the result of an extended time off. At one point Edge and Larry were so off that I thought they would stop the song at start again. I like these moments, it reminds me that these guys are human and it adds some memories. Beyond these mistakes the show was awesome. The crowd was charged up when Bono broke in to a famous Mexican folk song.

The outdoor stage setup is impressive. The lighting is probably the most simple it's been in quite a few tours. Simple don't mean not impressive by any means. The two 3 story light towers pack quite the punch and the 8 super bright torch lights behind the stage are retina burners. The screen behind the stage is massive. They attempting to recreate the City of Blinding lights effect and make use of it throughout the show. My favorite moments had to be Bullets to Blue Sky and Where the Streets have no names. During Streets, the most awesome graphics I think I've ever seen are up on the screen. I'd have gone to just seen that.

Bono seemed to be having a lot of fun. He did his thing and brought two girls on stage for a dance thought the show. Both lovely ladies where a had full for him and he had to send them back to the crown because they weren't exactly behaving. Larry and Adam had pretty solid nights with great performances. The Edge seemed off with a lot of out of tune moments and out of sync starts. Something else we found odd was they opened late (8:20pm) with Vertigo and closed with it after Bono stated "thank you for waiting for our band". It was almost as if he said it like they weren't the headliner.

To sum things up... U2 in Mexico was very cool. I'm glad to have seen it and I am really loving the outdoor experience. The Mexican people of Monterrey were great hosts to this legendary band.


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