First For Seville, Last For Spain

September 30, 2010

Just up the autoroute from the Bay of Cadiz lies Seville, Spain. Bono and his mates surely passed through the city of Seville on one of their many trips from Europe to Morocco via ferry as told in the song “Fez – Being Born.” The city was very happy that U2 choose to play their Olympic Stadium as part of the 360 Tour. U2 had never played in Seville. Approximately 80,000 fans filled the stadium to capacity, making it the largest concert crowd ever at the stadium.

No “Spanish Eyes” tonight, but the crowd was treated to an energetic set. “Ultra Violet” and “With Or Without You” were very warmly received. “New Year’s Day” and “North Star” returned to the line-up, and Bono asked the fans to sing “Happy Birthday” to his older brother, Norman, who was in attendance. Bono credits Norman with giving him his first ever guitar lesson.

The 360 Tour continues on for two shows in Coimbra, Portugal before the leg finale in Rome.

30 September 2010

Olympic Stadium

Seville, Spain

Setlist

01. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
02. Beautiful Day
03. New Years Day
04. Get On Your Boots
05. Magnificent
06. Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
07. Elevation
08. Until The End Of The World/ Anthem (snippet)
09. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet)
10. North Star
11. Mercy
12. Happy Birthday / In A Little While
13. Miss Sarajevo
14. City of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo
16. Relax (snippet) / Crazy Tonight (Remix) / Relax (snippet) /
Two Tribes (snippet)
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. MLK
19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

<Desmond Tutu Speech>

Encore:
20. One
21. Amazing Grace / Where The Streets Have No Name /
All You Need Is Love (snippet)

22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
23. With Or Without You
24. Moment Of Surrender

Thank you to U2Gigs and U2Log for the tweets and links to photos.

By kramwest1

U2 Has Spanish Eyes For San Sebastian

September 26, 2010

Continuing a string of song firsts and rebirths for the second European leg of the 360 Tour, U2 surprised fans in San Sebastian, Spain with “Spanish Eyes.” Performed live only in Spain since the Joshua Tree Tour, the song “Spanish Eyes” is Bono’s ode to his wife Ali.

Rafael Herrero of Spanish news site ABC.es sums up the rest of the night:

(as translated by Google Translator)

“The lavish spectacle offered by the Irish group U2 on their return to San Sebastian, five years later, has been successful guaranteed in advance by its Pharaonic staging, based on an impressive circular stage that exceeded the height of a packed grandstand Anoeta stadium.

The vast majority of the 45,000 spectators who witnessed the first concert in Spain this second phase of the macro-tour “U2 360″ has been awed by the magnitude of the assembly, with the giant spider that rises to nearly 50 meters and is crowned by a cylindrical screen that weighs 54 tons.

While fans digested the impression caused by the huge spider-shaped structure, New Yorkers Interpol, a luxury-openers have endeavored on stage to remember that the reason for such a great meeting was none other than music.

Once the performance of heating, the time has come long-awaited, especially by fans who were done with the admission price for nearly a year, and between the instrumental sounds of one of the unreleased tracks included in the tour, ” Return of the Stingray Guitar “have broken Bono (in black and with her ever-glasses) and his in the great circle track.

The communion between the group and the public has been total from “Elevation”, chanted throughout the stadium, to the anthem “I’m Still Have not Found What I’m Looking For”, topped by a huge choir of 45,000 souls.

A communicative Bono has stated that “this madness” tour began in Spain, in Barcelona for over a year, and now returns to a country that has said, has much in common with Ireland.

He also congratulated the Spanish for the achievement of the World Cup, which, he lamented, the Irish were unable to attend.

The tour now takes way to Seville, where the group will perform on Thursday after being delayed one day the date initially planned not to coincide with the general strike.”

Estadio Anoeta

San Sebastian, Spain

26 September 2010

Setlist

01. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
02. Beautiful Day
03. I Will Follow
04. Get On Your Boots
05. Magnificent
06. Mysterious Ways
07. Elevation
08. Until The End Of The World
09. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
10. Spanish Eyes
11. Mercy
12. In A Little While
13. Miss Sarajevo
14. City Of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo / Unknown Snippet
16. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (Remix) / Relax (snippet)
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. MLK
19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

<<<Desmond Tutu Speech>>>

20. One
21. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name

22. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
23. With Or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender

Thanks, as always, to U2Log and U2Gigs for their tweets, links and photo credits.

By kramwest1

Justin Townes Earle & the Essence of American Music

September 26, 2010

Reminiscent of times past, Harlem River Blues draws upon many influences creating an album that could easily capture a multitude of audiences.  From the graceful whine of the steel guitar to soulful horns to walking bass lines, Harlem River Blues captures the essence of American music.

As the son of singer-songwriter Steve Earle and named for Townes Van Zandt, Justin Townes Earle was bound to musically shine at some point in his life.  I think Harlem River Blues announces Earle’s arrival in the spotlight.

Though each song on the album would most likely fit in a different era, Earle’s songwriting allows his music to transcend decades.  In fact, if it weren’t for the lack of vinyl static and his mention of things such as “satellite radio,” one might feel transported to country music’s golden history.

Each track seems to build upon the one before it creating smooth transitions of sounds that take the listener on a journey from Brooklyn to Tennessee and even Chicago.  The album’s title track, “Harlem River Blues”, kicks off the record with familiar bluesy country riffs, and each consecutive track is a pleasure to the ears.

“One More Night in Brooklyn,” has an infectious quality that causes automatic hip swaying as Earle sings, “One more night in Brooklyn.  Baby, we’re getting lost.”

The third track on the album, a fast moving tune with an almost rockabilly inclination, “Move Over Mama,” is about a woman that has become too comfortable being alone.

“Slippin’ and Slidin’,” employs gritty guitar, wailing horns and poignant organ to lull the listener into a soulful, musical coma.  As Earle sings, “Darling, I just need a little company.  Ain’t seen the sunrise since I don’t know when,” emotion wells up in the listener inspiring empathy for the singer’s lonely journey.

The next track, “Christchurch Woman,” is noteworthy as well with a gently rolling rhythm and witty lyrics that one will be singing after a few listens.  With quick guitar riffs and steady piano, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Harlem River Blues is a lovely, melancholy foray into the world of Americana.  Justin Townes Earle is a truly gifted songwriter and musician that has learned how to harness the journey of life in music form.  Though not his first musical accomplishment, Harlem River Blues possesses qualities bound to set it apart from Earle’s previous records.

“Lord, I’m goin’ uptown, to the Harlem River to drown,” opening line of “Harlem River Blues.”  The only drowning involved in this album is the ability to drown out your surroundings while listening to it. –Amelia Tritico

Harlem River Blues was released on September 14.  Justin Townes Earle is on tour.

Rainy Finale for Brussels

September 23, 2010

Another 360 Degrees show, another downpour.

The umbrellas were out yet again Thursday night, and rain seemed to hang heavy as a theme during a soggy second evening in Brussels; seems that, as this moisture-drenched European leg of the tour soldiers on, the boys in U2 might be getting a bit tired of all the inclement weather.

Amongst the 11 snippets sprinkled throughout the set were allusions to The Beatles’ “Rain”, Tina Turner’s “Can’t Stand the Rain”, and no less than three references to “Singin’ in the Rain”, including one that accompanied show-closer “Moment of Surrender”.

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U2 360 Belgium: A Sort Of CLAW Homecoming

September 22, 2010

After more than a year of touring, U2’s 360 Tour made its debut in Brussels, Belgium. It is a sort of homecoming for one of the now iconic “CLAW” stages U2 uses for the tour. Several Belgian companies were responsible for designing and building the unique structures.

StageCo formed and fabricated the three mammoth, steel stages. Tait Technologies, Barco and XL Video collaborated to create the dynamic LED video screen that is suspended in the center of the CLAW. In addition to helping create the screen, XL Video also has a crew of 14 people that travel with the tour to oversee the operation of the display, as well as the 12-camera system and control equipment that provides the screen’s content during the show.

According to Carl Rijsbarck, director of product management for Barco, “The market is always asking for new technologies to visualize their ideas. The U2 360 Tour is a perfect example of unlimited creativity.”

Bono commented on the Belgian’s contribution to the tour during the show, “Actually, this tour is Belgian. They built the steel. They bring the beer…”

The set varied little from the recent Paris show. None-the-less, U2 was greeted enthusiastically by the fans. “With Or Without You” appeared to be the crowd favorite.

Roi Baudouin Stadium

22 September, 2010

Setlist

  1. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Get On Your Boots
  5. Magnificent
  6. Black Is Black (snippet) / Mysterious Ways / Norwegian Wood (snippet)
  7. Elevation
  8. Until The End Of The World
  9. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  10. North Star
  11. Mercy
  12. In A Little While
  13. Miss Sarajevo
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo / Ca Plane Pour Moi (snippet)
  16. Crazy Tonight Remix / Two Tribes (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. MLK
  19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

Encore(s):

  1. One
  2. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  3. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  4. With Or Without You
  5. Moment of Surrender

Thanks to U2Log, U2Gigs, U2TourFans and U2Tours for the information and photos.

By kramwest1

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