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U2 - Vertigo Tour 3rd leg: North America

2005-09-12: Air Canada Centre, Toronto - Ontario

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2005-09-13 - A total blast! submitted by Alan

My third U2 show and far and away the best!
Sure, there was a lot of preaching and politics mentioned, but seriously, half of U2's songs are political in nature!

From what I've read and understood, every tour has had some sort of political spin on it:

Elevation featured the strugle for Burmese rights as well as the troubles in Ireland (Sunday Bloody Sunday at Slane - Yes I was there! - had Bono reciting the names of the dead at the 1998 Omagh bombing)

Popmart contained a free concert in Sarejvo in an effort to help establish some kind of normalcy and solidarity among that war ravaged city.

Zooropa and Zoo TV were both a satiracle examination of how society had become bloated and materialistic. Not to mention the fact that there were calls to President Bush and other important leaders during almost every concert. One became, and still is, a song that has preached coexistence, and tolerance for all.

The tour supporting the Josh was all about the problems in South America (Mothers of the Disappeared, Bullet the Blue Sky, etc...) as well as the fact that it highlighted drug problems in Dublin (running to stand still)

I think I've given enough proof here. U2 is a highly politicized band. You get preached to somewhat, but it's all relavent to the songs and the concert.

Now, to the important stuff. The concert was amazing! Sure, there were some songs that I would have loved to have heard (Original of the Species particularly), but how can you complain?! Zoo Station, The Fly, 40, and that rendition of Bullet the Blue Sky...I was awestruck at the set list and the level at which Bono and co. played and sang it.

Miss Sarajevo was particularly moving. Who knew that Bono could sing opera?! I had goosebumps.

And they played Fast Cars for the first time!! How great is that?! :)

Seriously, the show was fantastic. So many great songs, such a great atmosphere. All the classics and so many great ones off of the new album. I have no complaints whatsoever. They rocked.


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