Tuesday, March 29, 2005


The U2 world tour has got off to a delayed start, after illness meant the first night got relocated from Miami to San Diego - which, luckily, "turned out to be the best place to start this", according to venture capitalist Bono.

The band give themselves a tickertape parade, and they've got a runway style stage. This would be your setlist:

City Of Blinding Lights
Cry/Electric co
An Cat Dubh
Into The Heart
Beautiful Day
New Years Day
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Cant Make It On Your Own
Love And Peace or Else
Bullet The Blue Sky
Running To Stand Still
Zoo Station
The Fly
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Where The Streets Have No Name
All Because Of You

Sign On San Diego is collecting responses from its readers: they're so far mostly of a "best gig ever" type stamp, but there is a suggestion that the Sports Arena might not, actually, have been the best place to start after all:

Again, with the acoustics in the Sports Arena...they are horrible, but maybe I expect too much from a cavern. I would like to hear Bono's voice just as clearly as I do on DVD or CD, but unless they book themselves into a concert hall, it ain't happening.

Undercover reported, oddly, that "as the crowd packed into the San Diego Sports Arena, the atmosphere was immediately apparent." As opposed to those atmospheres that aren't apparent, then. But to be fair Undercover, in fact, can barely contain itself:

The setlist featured some uber-old tracks, as well as leaving (sic) heavily on the new album, while mid-range U2 was fairly light on. The set however catered to the both the diehard and new fans.

Ah, but what did it do for mid-range U2 fans, eh?

Clearly not very happy about having to cover this rock band were the KESQ team:

They've done it plenty of times before, but the manager for the Irish band U-two says they indeed are nervous about going on stage tonight.

Yep, they do call them U-two throughout the piece.

We're sometimes a little confused as to who it is who likes the band these days. The Sun, though, is just plain rude:

The group played their first live performance in four years in front of 14,000 crazy fans at the San Diego Sports Arena.

Crazy? That's a little bit harsh. We prefer "misguided", ourselves.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

From a 'misguided' fan... I enjoyed this post :-)

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