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U2 - 360° Tour 2nd leg: North America

2009-09-24: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford - New Jersey

( other U2 shows at this location )

<<< 2009-09-23 - East Rutherford | 2009-09-26 - New York >>>


Review

2009-09-25 - We heard two different shows last night submitted by Elvis' Ghost

We heard two different shows last night. Our original seats were in 104 under the overhang. Visually, not all that bad—we weren't able to see the full screen, but we had a nice view of the entire stage. But the sound was like sitting in a metal sewer pipe. Awful. Then, a third of the way into the show, one of the venue guys stopped by and gave us seats in 139, 4th row. Excellent! The sound was clear, the stage was amazing, and the band was frequently right in front of us. I even considered forking over the $40 for a t-shirt (Ultimately, the after-show traffic was a deterrent to that move. We decided it was better to just get the hell out of Dodge.)

I've seen U2 6 times, every tour from Zoo TV on. This was by far the best. A real spectacle. Like many people, I have some qualms about the setlist. The opening song order is much improved over earlier shows, but there are still too many sleepers towards the end. Instead of the show building to a climax, it kind of slows to a crawl, then comes to a rest. Replacing "Unforgettable Fire" with "Discothèque" or "Hold Me, Kiss Me, Thrill Me" might have helped. "MLK" and "Walk On" could have been something a little more upbeat, too. Putting "One" earlier in the set might be nice, too. And the album version of "I Might Go Crazy" is better than the re-mix. (In my humble opinion.) Why ruin what is probably the best song on the album? The remix isn't horrible, just not as good as the original. Lastly, closing with Moment of Surrender? Well, that's just a real puzzler. Not a bad song, "Magnificent" would be better . Or even "Stand Up Comedy". But at the end of the day, I'm being picky. The new songs overall work great live.

The band seemed into the show and moved around the stage quite a bit. The audience seemed alive, too. Perfect weather for an outdoor concert.

Side note: Mick Jagger was at the show, but a number of mentions of his name didn't get the crowd all that excited. I think it just went over their head. The Stone snippets were nice though.

I hope U2 comes around again next year. I'll be there.

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