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U2 - 360° Tour 2nd leg: North America

2009-09-12: Soldier Field, Chicago - Illinois

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2009-09-14 - Opening night...A great 1st U2 Concert submitted by John Whirledge

The opening show of the US leg of the 360 tour was my first U2 Concert ever, and needless to say I was very excited. We had GA tickets and so we came early and waited all afternoon to get in. Once inside we made it to the field, and I first have to say that I was blown away by the stage. I had seen all of the pictures, and a lot of videos from Europe, but first of all none of that does it justice, nor does it truly portray the size. It was incredible. We hurried to the floor and ended up 4 people back from the barrier, near the loop, and close to the front leg on Edge's side of the stage. When Snow Patrol began, I was excited. I had seen them earlier this summer with Coldplay, and I felt that they put on a better show on the 360 stage then they had at the amphitheatre where I saw them before. As we waited for U2, I loved watching Dallas Schoo checking all of the Edge's guitars (as I'm a guitar player myself, and he's one of my heroes). First was the Tele, then the Explorer, and then out came the SG. I turned to my girlfriend, and excitedly announced that they were going to play Elevation! We continued to wait, and then 'Space Oddity' came on, and the lights went out. I can't explain the feeling of anticipation, and then the spotlight, and Larry coming out to his drums, and beginning 'Breathe.' Edge came up out of the stage, and then Adam and Bono. It was amazing. For those who think Breathe is a bad opener, I think you are wrong. I was a little skeptical myself until last night. I was totally impressed. As the set progressed, I was surprised how fast it felt. It was non stop all the way through, song after song, moment after moment. Bono's introductions were perfect, and the best I've heard (counting the DVD's as the others), and I loved the line: when Larry smiles, it's like the sun comes out. He was just about to crack one, and then tried to keep it in when Bono said this. It was awesome. I loved hearing Elevation, Magnificent, Walk On, Stuck in a Moment, City of Blinding Lights, Streets and One. The band was in great form, and I loved being close enough that I could see the smiles and expressions on their faces, not on the screen. I also appreciated some of the errors/mistakes that I noticed. I know this sounds weird or bad, but it just further goes to show that U2 is doing things the right way, by still playing all their music. The first was during Unknown Caller (I think) that Edge played one of the guitar parts an extra time, and it threw Bono off the rhythm a little. The other one was when Dallas brought up the black strat for Streets, during MLK, which led into Walk On. Edge was getting streets ready, and realized he had the wrong guitar. This just goes to remind us that they are humans like ourselves, and end up being very cool under pressure. I want to close my review of the show with the memory that will forever be burned into my mind. The one song that I really wanted to hear live, out of the entire catalog was 'Bad.' The entire main set had played out, and 'One' was ending. From our spot I saw Bono walk over to Edge, lean to his ear, and I saw him mouth 'Bad'. I was immediately thinking, "Oh my gosh." Then Dallas came up that stairs with the Strat for the song, and I got a little (or a lot) more excited, and finally the keyboard loop started. It was unbelieveable. This was a day and night I will never forget. I can't wait until I am able to see them again. Soon hopefully.


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