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Old 09-09-2005, 11:23 AM   #1
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12th December Charlotte - Charlotte Arena

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Old 12-12-2005, 11:58 PM   #2
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Guess I'll start this one off... just got in from the show, it was awesome, a film crew was taping the show, supposedly for ESPN to use COBL for the World Cup 2006, but they taped the whole show... DVD? Was my girlfriend's first U2 show, my fourth; and our first in GA.. didn't get ellipse.. but she and I wound up about 6 people from the catwalk on Adam's side, so we were pretty close. Crowd was semi-into Institute, mostly getting excited over the Bush songs (Chemicals Between Us and Machinehead). Our boys started about 10 minutes early tonight, (have heard that Charlotte city is really hard on the 11pm curfew, guess it's true). The group around us on the floor were ok, a few loudmouths/drunks/etc but that's expected I guess, but then some awesome people who were there to have an awesome time. Started with COBL which was really powerful tonight; Vertigo was played with an extra intensity; Gloria was an awesome treat; Original of the Species was the older version with Edge on Piano and Bono on acoustic (vs. the new with both on electric); LAPOE was awesome tonight, Bono played the drum into the start of SBS playing the first few beats with Larry on kit; BTBS- Edge was on fire tonight, played a few bars longer, played the Zoo TV era solo beginning, also Bono sang the "...outside it's America..." line before going into "Johnny Comes Marching Home"; Edge played a new Les Paul for One, I'm thinking its the custom Gibson that he mentions in the VH1 Katrina Save the Music Foundation commercial; I don't think Yahweh was planned, after Stuck, Bono called to Dallas to bring Edge another acoustic, and Larry's keyboard was rushed out to the stage; closing with 40 was awesome, I was at Boston 5/29 when they closed with Vertigo, and Atlanta 11/29 when they closed with Bad, so I thought "finally!" and Larry played a little bit longer of a outro solo than he has, at least in comparison to the Chicago DVD. Overall it was a great night, and the staff were decent, in Atlanta there were a few who I would have rather not have come in contact with. That's my unbiased review
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The day got off to a great start when I called the arena box office at 2pm and scored 2 lower level seats 4 rows off the ellipse on the Edge's side for me and my buddy. Many tickets were released today as it turned out. Got to Charlotte early and grabbed some drinks at RiRa, the Irish pub, which was playing the Chicago DVD on a big screen. With the door open you could literally hear U2 music playing in the streets as we approached the bar, as my friend noted. Very cool. Fantastic new arena, too, very intimate feel as I had heard.

As U2jer gave a nice overview of the set, I will note some of the highlights for me. I was psyched to see "Gloria" performed live for the first time in the 8 U2 shows I have seen. After giving the history behind the song and noting that Pavarotti couldn't be there tonight to join him, Bono absolutely blew the roof off on the Italian portion of "Miss Sarajevo." He really nailed it. My buddy, a singer himself, was very impressed. A funny moment happened prior to "Sometimes" I believe it was when Bono made a comment about his late father not liking the shades. So he took them off and gave them to someone in the Ellipse and went without for awhile. Rest assured he had another pair on by the end of the show.

On "Until the End of the World" Bono chased Edge around the entire ellipse a couple of times, literally sprinting around it. As noted by U2jer, it seems like they changed things up during the encore as the crew appeared somewhat confused by their decision to play "Yahweh" after "Stuck in a Moment." Edge was quite simply a force of nature tonight, and the fact that he was at times 20 or so feet away from me made it all the more enjoyable. Bono seemed to be losing his voice a bit by the end, but it didn't matter as the crowd picked him up nicely on the choruses of "With or Without You" and "40." All in all, a fantastic night.
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Old 12-13-2005, 02:25 AM   #4
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Please tell me somebody has pics and video of DANA dancing??!! She is the same girl that got on stage at Alanta 2.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:32 AM   #5
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Can I just say wtf was she doing to Bono's poor hair?

Anyhow, I went to the show by myself, which was fine. Drove from Raleigh, NC.

Institute was pretty boring. I had one guy ask me if I was a Bush or U2 fan. I said definitely U2. He said "you ready for them to get off the stage? and I nodded emphatically lol. My luck, it was probably someone who worked for the band institute

Then Wake Up came on and I got chills all over again (my second U2 concert). I practically had tears streaming down my face when COBL came on. It had been a stressful week last week, and I was ready to just have fun, and have a good release of stress for a while. I got there late due to work and was standing towards the back, but it didn't affect the show any. I still screamed, clapped and bounced as much

The whole concert was great. I was sooo thrilled. They played about 5 different songs than they played at the Philadelphia show I went to back in May. I got to hear "Gloria" "Until the End of the World" "Original of the Species" "With or Without you" and "Miss Sarajevo" which I hadn't heard in concert before

I'd say the one I was the most excited to hear was Until the End of the World. Bono was really sprinting towards the end too. Edge looked like he was smiling when he was running. Miss Sarajevo was a real treat. I had been hoping I'd get to hear Bono do his opera. Wonderful.

Funny Moments:

Bono yelled at someone to take off those "stupid flash assists" ? I think, towards the beginning of the concert.

The girl he brought up on stage was all over him. But it wasn't overboard(although his hair got quite a ruffling )

And on Stuck in a Moment, Bono messed up the lyrics and had The Edge repeat a part so he could get them right. He said he wrote it for a friend and wanted to sing it correctly. I was hoping to hear some acoustic stuff, and I was not disappointed

I really couldn't have asked for a better show. It surpassed the Philadelphia show as far as content. The crowd wasn't *quite* as loud as Philly, and didn't sing "40" for as long at the end(philly sang until the lights came up), but it was still really good.

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Old 12-13-2005, 07:42 AM   #6
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I sat behind the stage and the monitor read "Instant Karma" before the confusion occurred -- afterwards, it read "Yahweh." Guess Bono decided to cut that song.
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Brilliant show and setlist, but I think the last encore with an accoustic Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of, an accoustic Yahweh, and then 40, came out a bit flat. Great songs but it would have been nice just to have a little more energy. Very mellow ending when we were used to hearing Walk On for 4 Elevation shows (where was ABOY?). Bono's voice was incredible all night.

Also, I'm really glad they came out early. I think Charlotte got the shortest Elevation Tour set list because of bad weather and the curfew. It was definitely the shortest show we saw on the tour.
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:33 AM   #8
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If you've seen the setlists from this leg of the tour, it's easy to see that the Charlotte show's setlist was unremarkable, to say the least. I was disappointed that some of the more interesting songs from the first leg and this leg disappeared. Months ago, as setlists appeared online, we saw such songs as "Electric Co." and "An Cat Dubh>Into The Heart" and "Running To Stand Still" and "Bad," etc. And this recent leg revealed "Instant Karma" and various other treats. The Charlotte show was devoid of such rarities.

The show comes to a grinding halt during "Miss Sarajevo," during the Bono-soapbox portion of the concert. Thankfully, Bono wasn't overly political. U2's fans, theoretically, come from all walks, although looking around at the fans last night reveals that 95% of the fans are balding middle-aged folks like myself (35-54 is the largest demo there, by far). And among this set, not everyone is a bleeding-heart liberal. Obviously, no one booed or anything like that: on the contrary, there were cheers for the soapboxing. However, such cheers weren't nearly as raucous as they were when I first saw them 20 years ago, when we were all teenagers with no jobs or families. Bono himself alluded to the fact that it wasn't a left-thing or a right-thing but for everybody; he even thanked Jesse Helms and also thanked Teresa Earnhardt of NASCAR's D.E.I. (this is "NASCAR Valley," as it were). Bono's exhortation against the NRA received lukewarm applause.

Anyway, I digress. My point was that "Miss Sarajevo" is weak and has no place in the setlist. The rest of the songs were great, and I'm sure others will chime in with "it was soooo awesome" style reviews, so I'll leave that to them.

One other minor quibble: the sound wasn't very good at all. The boys were turned up so loud as to distort and sometimes have feedback. But the entire concert was distorted due to high volume. That was extremely disappointing.

All in all, a great show and worth every penny. FWIW, a stocky dude with lots of tats and a kilt was handing out wristbands to the ellipse back near the soundboard, near the rear staff-only exit. He was giving them away to families w/kids first.
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Thats odd, because I thought compared to Philly, it sounded better. Although I think it might have depended where you were at. I was at the back of the floor, and it sounded great.

And Miss Sarajevo was wonderful, so
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Old 12-13-2005, 11:46 AM   #10
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I was to the left of the soundboard. It sounded distorted to me. Maybe I'm just old.

As for "Miss Sarajevo," to each his own. I'm not a big fan. They have a catalog of amazing depth and breadth, and to throw that clunker out there is a shame.

One thing I forgot to mention is that when the band stopped playing "40," the crowd didn't sing at all on their own. That was weird.
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I was to the left of the soundboard. It sounded distorted to me. Maybe I'm just old.

As for "Miss Sarajevo," to each his own. I'm not a big fan. They have a catalog of amazing depth and breadth, and to throw that clunker out there is a shame.

One thing I forgot to mention is that when the band stopped playing "40," the crowd didn't sing at all on their own. That was weird.
Yeah I noticed that too. At the Philly show, it went on until the lights went up. I guess the Charlotte goers aren't as atuned to the U2 concert.
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:25 PM   #12
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Down where I was on the floor, we kept singing 40 for a little bit after the lights went up.. definitely wasn't everyone, and I sort of started it
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We were in Section 217 behind the stage and we sang it for a long time, but no one else seemed to pick it up.

Re: jgpyke's comments that the NRA comment received lukewarm applause and other comments that Bono's political comments were not well received, that's not what I heard. His comments regarding One having more members than the NRA someday received loud and rowdy shouts and applause. Ms. Earnhardt's applause wasn't very energetic, that's for sure. We all laughed, in fact.

It sure is funny how you can be at the same show and have different perceptions, isn't it?
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I’m kind of new to all this but wanted to throw in my 2 cents. This was only the 2nd U2 show that I’ve been to so I don’t have a lot of others to compare to. I saw the Elevation tour a few years ago when it came through Charlotte as well. I really enjoyed last nights show, but I would have to agree with jgpyke about the sound. I was seated in the upper deck at about the 5 o’clock position on the elipse. The first couple songs sounded like they had it up so loud that it was clipping, but they seemed to get it dialed in after that.

The only thing I was disappointed about was the setlist. Based on what I’d been reading/hearing about earlier shows on the tour, I think last night’s setlist was not quite as good. I was really hoping they would play Zoo Station, Miracle Drug, or Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (my fave). Don’t get me wrong, if they opened up the phone book and started playing through that, I’d still go see them. Overall, I liked the Elevation show better, but I still had a great time last night and hope they’ll come back to Charlotte soon.

Hope yall have a Merry Christmas.
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FWIW, I never said that Bono's political rantings "were not well received." They just weren't as raucously received as 20 years ago. Back then, *everyone* would have cheered as loudly as when the band takes or exits the stage. Nowadays, it's like 50-50 (or less?). Times change. No big deal.
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