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U2 - Vertigo Tour 3rd leg: North America

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

( venue website | other U2 shows at this location )

<<< 2005-09-09 - Toronto | 2005-09-14 - Toronto >>>


2005-09-19 - Lights .. go down .. it's dark .. submitted by DRH

"Hello hello Toronto!" sang Bono as the boys began the third leg of the VERTIGO tour at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on a warm late summer Monday night.

Red light dominated the stage as the boys played rock 'n roll, kicking off a great night with the first track off the album HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB, VERTIGO. Then the band went way back in time with the rocker I WILL FOLLOW, sending the fans into a frenzy.

The crowd ooh-ooh'd along with Bono as the band began to play ELEVATION (which is the name of the previous tour, if you didn't know!). Two more songs from the ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND album followed, the modern classic BEAUTIFUL DAY (which rocked the joint) and IN A LITTLE WHILE (which the band hadn't played since the ELEVATION tour). Then they jumped into the JOSHUA TREE's classic I STILL HAVEN'T FOUND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR, one of my personal favourites of all time.

Then it was back to modern times, with a number of songs from the latest album. CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS was thoroughly enjoyable, and the production crew did a great job with creating what resembled a background of buildings all lit up on the curtain of lights on the stage. Bono dedicated MIRACLE DRUG to all the doctors and nurses (but especially the nurses), and explained that The Edge came from the future! Bono removed his sunglasses for the touching SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN, which he dedicated to his working-class father from Dublin, who passed away four years ago. LOVE AND PEACE OR ELSE was up next, with Bono donning a headband with the word COEXIST on it, spelled out using the crescent of Islam, the Star of David for Judaism, and the Cross for Christianity.

Then another classic was played, SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY (another of my all time faves). BULLET THE BLUE SKY was next with a bit of THE HANDS THAT BUILT AMERICA and WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME thrown in.

Items from the Declaration of Human Rights were displayed and read on the big screen on the stage, and U2 played the beautiful MISS SARAJEVO (first time played outside of Europe, by the way!). Bono managed to sing the Pavarotti portion of the song very well, in my opinion. The crowd, for some reason, was CLAPPING along with this song, and that did not seem right.

The show continued with PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE), WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME, and ONE. Bono led the crowd in OLD MAN RIVER and the boys said good night.

Bono reappeared minutes later in his bus driver uniform, and the band went back to the ZOO TV days with ZOO STATION (I was amazed to hear them play it!). They continued with THE FLY and then played WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. Then they said good night again.

They came back out for one final set, the latest single ALL BECAUSE OF YOU, FAST CARS (first time they played that one in concert, anywhere!), YAHWEH, and '40'. The band departed but the crowd kept singing the chorus "How long .. to sing this song" over and over for several minutes.

It was a great night and I consider myself fortunate for having seen what is one of the greatest bands of our time live and in person!


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