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U2 - Elevation Tour 3rd leg: North America

2001-11-23: America West Arena, Phoenix - Arizona

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<<< 2001-11-22 - Burbank | 2001-11-25 - Dallas >>>


Review

2001-11-24 - Phoenix 11/23 Review submitted by Chuck Allen

That wasn't 'We Shall Overcome" after IGC, it was Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released". It was played with this girl Bono plucked from the audience, whom had seen the show in Salt Lake and apparently wanted to hear this song. Bono told her to bring the lyrics and they'd sing it. Well, she was inside the Heart last night with a poster that said "You told me to bring the lyrics, I have them" and Bono saw her.

He brought her up on the Heart, Edge gave her his acoustic (and the tech gave him either the cream Les Paul or the white Telecaster) and they began to shakily play the tune. It more or less sucked, and then Bono said "we might need some help Larry" so he gave them a beat. Adam threw in some bass, and they played a pretty damn good version, with Bono really belting out the chorus.

Bono talked about Michael Hutchence two or three times. At the end of some song, I forget which, Bono threw in "It will never tear us apart" which I thought at first was a nod to Joy Division, but then caught the INXS reference.

Three different "In God's Country' moments: the end of 'Elevation', and then Edge and Bono played (acoustic) at the apex (Bono saying "we haven't played that in...probably 15 years") and at the end of 'Pride' Bono again quoted the 'desert sky, we need new dreams tonight' lyrics.

At the end of 'Walk On', Randy Johnson, WORLD SERIES CHAMPION, CO-MVP, and three-straight NL CY YOUNG, walked onstage with the Series trophy! The place was deafening! He walked around the Heart with the trophy aloft, and the crowd roared its approval. It was awesome!

As good as the 4/28 Phoenix show was, this one kicked ass all over it. Incredibly emotional, Bono connected with every person in the joint, and the song selection was better. Incredible. Absolutely incredible show.

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