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Old 03-23-2005, 08:33 AM   #1
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April 15, Glendale Arena in Phoenix

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Old 04-15-2005, 11:08 PM   #2
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Rocking kick butt! Awesome! Brought the house down! I can't give enough exclamation points for this show tonight. As I was leaving, all I heard was: F.Awesome, Brilliant, Great, Millions better than last night, the best ever...from everyone! I can hardly breathe...can hardly talk....

SURPRISE..........................they played................BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Talk about a hance hall, non-stop adrenaline-rush, pumping heart beat stopping thrillride!! This was U2 at its best.

You should have seen the smile on Bono's face...worth a million dollars. Thank you, guys, you nailed it. When Bono brought up a young woman to dance with him on the main stage during Mysterious Ways...the entire place went nuts! She was a great dancer, and Bono took her all around the stage to wild applause. Then when they got back he told her "You're Beautiful!" And then to the band he yelled "Stay on stage!" because normally they would take a break...but the place was on cloud-9, rocking away, and they stormed into "ABOY" and the place went frenetic. God...it put me into orbit.

(ok, get a good laugh at my expense while I'm sitting here totally exhausted after the Phoenix2 show...I put this review under the Denver slot!!! Then saw my mistake and had to copy it here! HA! Guess it's time to sleep eh? Who can sleep after such a great concert?
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What a difference a day makes

What a show. In many ways, it's not even fair to compare tonight to last night. At least in my book, tonight gets compared to the best U2 shows I've seen, and the very best concerts I've seen period.

Tonight's was one of those shows where you simply remember why you go through it all -- the lines, the ticketmaster crap, all of it, just hoping you'll catch a big fish. The kind where you're wishing, as it's happening, that every U2 fan could be in the building.

First, they fixed the sound problems. It was all much better tonight. Second, although I significantly prefer Love and Peace or Else to City of Blinding Lights on the record, City is a dramatically better show opener. The first six songs tonight were as tight and strong as any stretch I've seen in my now 22 years of attending U2 concerts through 6 tours. LAPOE is also a way better intro in Sunday Bloody Sunday. The pacing differences between tonight and last night were night and day. Third, the crowd was way better tonight, and that's not a knock on last night's crowd either. I'd add that for those thinking that a strong crowd response at the end of 40 may create another encore, if it didn't tonight, I just don't see it happening in the absence of extraordinary circumstances. It was as strong a 40 crowd participation tonight as you'd have seen in 1987.

The most noticeable thing about tonight was how stripped down the main set (pre encore) was. There was virtually no shtick at all. No crowd surfing by Bono. Very very limited fly shades (they may not have come out at all) and posing. Virtually zero playing to the back of the crowd. The ellipse was hardly used at all, except briefly for the standard numbers (Sometimes You Can't, e.g.). Only one brief instance of taking anything from the crowd, and very little hand shaking with the crowd. No hanging of necklaces on the mic stand, or pope stories, or even stories at all. Even the One public service part of the show was exceptionally brief; much shorter than last night (which is the only other show of the tour I have to compare to). Other than a couple of forays onto the ellipse, Bono pretty much stuck to his spot -- no accompanying the Edge over to the piano for New Year's day or hamming with Adam.

It was simply all about the music tonight in the main set, just a very hard driving hour and forty five minutes of technically perfect and high intensity music. One thing I was watching in particular was the Edge's guitar changes. He called a few off and just stuck with the guitar he was playing. The main set was virtually an all Fender affair -- much of it was played with the standard telecaster, which I think last night might have been around for one song. He had a new stratocaster that I didn't see last night -- It looked like a Pewter or Black Clapton custom shop model, and he also played the sunburst strat. The point is that there was virtually zero wasted motion tonight -- just song into song with quick guitar changes. One short interlude about Phoenix -- the cities and buildings of glass and steel rising from the beautiful desert. But other than that it was all about the music tonight; even the snippets were brief.

The encore was a little disappointing. It almost seemed like they just wanted to blow through it. They definitely called off some song in an audible at the beginning of the encore (Zoo Station seems most likely given prior setlists). They huddled before Yahweh and clearly made the decision not to leave the stage, whith the Edge calling for the accoustic very quickly, and they pushed through it fast. The Fly was extremely tight, though -- much better than last night and maybe the best Fly I've seen. Even during the encore, the shtick was to a minimum. No goose stepping, or audience surfing. Bono pulled up one woman from the ellipse and danced with her during mysterious ways around the ellipse. Maybe she's a regular. It was refreshing to actually see a person of color in the arena -- at one point when the house lights were on, I looked around and simply could not see any nonwhite person. Such is Phoenix, I guess.

Anyway, an extraordinary show. If it's a blue print for second nights in multiple city stands, I think people are going to be very happy.

Slightly funny story -- as we're going home, I ask Mrs. Regularguy what she thought before I told her what I thought. (Although I'm sure it was obvious from how much I enjoyed myself.) She was quiet for a long time -- as I learned later making it seem like she was thinking about the question while in fact she was thinking up something funny to say. Her comment -- "Was it really necessary to have TWO heroin songs?" Not funny you say? Well, I guess you had to be there.
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:34 PM   #4
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To show how much fun Bono was having, at one point he was pretending to do magic tricks at his mic. He didn't get much response, so he shrugged and put his arms out to both sides, probably laughing at himself. Later as he went along the ellipse, he started singing "Follow the yellow brink road...". He said once "There's Adam, back from his walk-about. I don't know what's gotten in him...but I like it!"
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:37 PM   #5
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To show how much fun Bono was having, at one point he was pretending to do magic tricks at his mic. He didn't get much response, so he shrugged and put his arms out to both sides, probably laughing at himself. Later as he went along the ellipse, he started singing "Follow the yellow brink road...". He said once "There's Adam, back from his walk-about. I don't know what's gotten in him...but I like it!"
I forgot about that. A little while later, he said, "Adam made fun of me for my magic tricks," or something like that.
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:41 PM   #6
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Since I was right behind the stage, I noticed that Bono was wearing the cross that the Pope had given him. He kept making sure it was still there and not lost! He was like a little kid, having a great time, he was bouncing, jumping all over the stage during the rocking songs. His voice on Sometimes was great. He really put his entire soul into this show tonight.
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:50 PM   #7
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bono said, "larry told me i needed to apologize for the mgaic trick"

then he said, "but im not gonna do it"


man oh man, what a great show
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:56 PM   #8
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I really love the acoustic 40 when all 4 guys are at the point of the ellipse playing. It shows that the music is something special that emanates from the great friendship and combined talents of these individuals who make up U2. It's like they go back in time literally and touch the reason why they are still making music and making us love it all so much.
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Wooohooo! Gloria and Bad. Awsome show. I will be walking on clouds for weeks.
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Old 04-16-2005, 12:18 AM   #10
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What a city, what a night, what a show! I thought it was the best live version of Bad I have heard for ages - cant wait to get the boot
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if anyone has photos of the "Mysterious Ways" girl, please please PLEASE post them!!! she is my best friend, and would be eternally grateful to have them...

thank you!!!!

btw, as an added piece of info, she was there last night with her Mom- yup, her mom waited all day with her in GA and stood on the front rail of the ellipse... a very special moment for her, indeed!!
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Looks like they absolutely nailed it!
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Old 04-16-2005, 06:21 AM   #13
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Bono said the MW's dancer's name 4-5 times at the end of the song and told her she was beautiful.

Since she posts here I would love to hear about it from her.
I congratulated her after the show.
She was still very giddy.

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I have to agree with everyone's take on last nights concert...If the 14th show was a 7, last night's was a 10...I was floor on Thursday and had reserved seats yesterday..I tell you it was a real treat to see both shows...when they played Bad...It was so special. Gloria was fabulous..and the new material really shined. I felt that last nights set had such a good flow to it..unlike thursday's show. COBL is a much better opener and then right into Beautiful Day..It ranks up there with some of the best U2 shows I have seen.
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Well after so many reports of bad sound from the previuos night I thought I had better come and check it out. The sound and the show were both amazing. Met Ruffian, Chipiz, Jesseu2 and ended up next to Martha for most of the show. Thanks to Diamond for the use of his couch.
Thats it for me for this leg - See you in the fall.
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