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2010-09-12: Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich - Switzerland
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2010-09-23 - A 5th member showed up tonight submitted by AB
Okay, I've been to quite a few U2 gigs over the years and feel incredibly fortunate to have a bank account that allows me to go crazy whenever I want to. U2 never cease to amaze me with the amount of energy they put into a show, and how much they can extract from a crowd. Naturally though, once you become feeling like you're one of the crew, a sense of routine can hit. What would feel like the best show on earth to 95% of the crowd, can feel ordinary. Whilst you wait for the next truly amazing gig. back
Zurich II, you stunned me.
Waiting in the GA queue in the warm sunshine, listening to soundcheck. A near complete rehearsal had everyone thinking "this must be the night for Mercy". later the sun gently goes down during OneRepublic's support set
Then two things happened:
1) the crew start preparing for a wet show. After 2 beautiful sunny days with not a cloud in the sky, rain was expected. This was not going to be just any rain.
2) Phil gave us a sneek preview of the piece of paper he was about to tape to the stage floor. Paper title "Mercy Chords" F**k, this is real.
The great foursome then soon took to the stage. But only after the 5th member arrived with a bang. I'm not quite sure what it is that makes wet gigs special. I suspect it's the crowd saying "F**k you rain, you're not going to stop me having fun. I tell you that I'm and Englishman, from the north, and well used to a little rain. But I have never seen rain like this. At its lightest it felt like I was having my morning shower. But at its heaviest...wow...it was like having darts thrown at you.
Bono, being Bono, knows though how to use everything to his advantage. The crowd bounced in a way that I did not expect of the Suiss - sorry ;).
It's testimony to the quality of the show that I actually remember very little of it. Sure, Mercy debut was special, Rain snippets took up half of the setlist, I got wet. But the long lasting memory will be of being totally immersed in energy.
Long live the memory of Zurich II.
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