Well...those were two fabulous shows. Never have I been so happy to stay spoiler free! I'll admit...going into these shows I wasn't as excited as I thought I would be because of the show being so similar to I+E, or so I thought. The show is so much stronger with all the changes, I do wonder why it took them so long to mix things up?
I went with two friends who were very much casual fans and they had a blast; they missed the TJT songs of course (as did I) but adored the hits and enjoyed the lesser known tracks. The big take away I got from them both was how impressed they were with Bono's voice, that was nice to hear
+ The 'Zoo TV' section may well be the best thing I've ever seen U2 do. Two of my fav songs that I never thought I would see, Stay and The Fly...wow. Didn't think the show would feature so much from Achtung Baby!
+ I missed Gloria on I+E so was chuffed to see that one. The crowd went nuts when that riff kicked in.
+ Bono sounded great on both nights, he's doing so well with the songs given his age and past health issues.
+ The Chaplin intro was spine tingling, way better than LIAWHL. Just stunning.
+ I prefer SOI as an album but felt all of the SOE songs worked better live, especially Love is Bigger. I hope that one sticks around for years to come.
+ Pride was sensational and I adore that re-worked version of NYD.
+ I had my doubts over 13 as a closer and while it did have many people scratching their heads, I thought it was very moving and closed out the narrative from the two albums perfectly.
- I had a feeling SoL might appear on the European leg but I did miss SATS, felt that could have been an easy rotation spot along with EBTTRT/Desire.
- Having looked over Milan after Manchester it's a shame Landlady didn't pop up. Great song.
- U2 should be commended for being so brave with the setlist choice, but (imo) the show lacks a euphoric moment which only songs like Streets, Bad, AIWIY and 40 can provide.
TL;DR: way more positives than negatives, both gigs a strong 8/10. One happy customer
"The lyrics don't mean shit to be honest, in my opinion. It's all about the drums"
- Larry Mullen jr.
did you know
The title for the song 'Shadows and Tall Trees' is taken from William Goldings "Lord Of The Flies", whose 5th chapter bears the same name. The song, and the album, is about boyhood, innocence and struggle, as is Golding's book.