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Old 03-23-2005, 08:32 AM   #1
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April 20, Pepsi Center in Denver

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Old 04-21-2005, 05:41 AM   #2
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Wow. Leading up to the show i had butterlies almost like before a basketball game. i love how they opened with love and peace or else..great opener. the electric co was amazing.. it sounds great over the bootlegs but man, live, edge was JAMMIN out on the elipse. i was very surprised to see him so loose and doing more then keeping the beat with his foot. Sunday bloody sunday just comes alive live. you really forget how great the songs sound live. Edges guitar was very loud i love that but at points it would drown out bono, but i think they were going for that sound. well 1 show down 4 to go.
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-The sound SUCKED. I could hardly hear Bono all night, it should have been “The Edge featuring this other guy”. It was that bad, someone needs to be fired. The crowd was rocking though. YOu know how we are, we'll just sing it for you !!!!
-Bono forgot words on Beautiful Day and quickly subbed in stuff about hailing in Denver.
Love And Peace Or Else-Oh my god, I loved the entrance.
Vertigo / Stories For Boys (snippet) Edge=ROCK GOD
Elevation-wooooooooooooooooo woooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
The Cry-eh
The Electric Co. Edge-ROCK GODLIER
An Cat Dubh-this is terrible in concert!!!!!
Into The Heart-eh
City Of Blinding Lights. Pretty good. Bono seems to like singing it. They brought up this little 5 year old boy and he walked the stage with Bono and waved to everyone.
Beautiful Day-Good, but the sound got really bad during this song.
Miracle Drug-Tight and you could hear bono!
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own / No Regrets (snippet)-Muy bien
New Year's Day-Not very good. Guitar was turned up way too much, and Bono was almost completely drowned out.
Sunday Bloody Sunday-you know.
Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)-very u2, political, dramatic and cool. The opening to Bullet was off by a beat so it sounded weird until they got it together.
Running To Stand Still-I love this song. He could totally mess it up and it would still be perfect.
Pride (In The Name Of Love)-same as always.
Where The Streets Have No Name-Please get off the setlist.
One-Not very good, Bono wasn’t holding up to well. He sang in short bursts, it was odd.
She's A Mystery To Me –very nice and pretty live.

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Zoo Station-ROCK GOD. GOD I TELL YOU, ROCK GOD.EDGGGEEE.
The Fly-yay! I am so glad the words behind them were back, because I love going to a concert that tells me everything I know is wrong!
Mysterious Ways-bono "improvised" most of the words. The girl he brought on stage molested him and then dragged him all the way around the stage. I think Bono stopped her and said “is this your show or mine”?
All Because Of You-the crowd sang most of it which was cool, but still the sound....
Yahweh-The crowd sang it which was AWESOME.
40-totally awesome to see live and to sing along with everyone. It gave me goosebumps, and I loved how they exited the stage.

All in all, it was an ok show. I hope that they fix the sound issues for tonight. You could see Bono signaling for most of the first 3 songs to turn his earpiece down and juice his mike up.....
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-The sound SUCKED. I could hardly hear Bono all night, it should have been “The Edge featuring this other guy”. It was that bad, someone needs to be fired..
According to reports all of the shows have sound like this. I actually like it like that since im a guitar person. i was thinking that may actaully be the sound they are looking for, very guitar heavy. i liked the fact that the entire show was very loud. no acoustic breaks just non stop heart pounding rock n roll.
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Don't get me wrong. As you can see by my post, I belive Edge is a solid Rock God....its just I like to hear Bono sing. I was having a hard time figuring out if his mike was out, he forgot the words or if a breeze was blowing in the wrong direction carrying the sound away from me you know, like at Red Rocks....
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According to reports all of the shows have sound like this. I actually like it like that since im a guitar person. i was thinking that may actaully be the sound they are looking for, very guitar heavy. i liked the fact that the entire show was very loud. no acoustic breaks just non stop heart pounding rock n roll.
First show in phoenix was like this, but the second was much much better.

I'm a guitar guy too, but I did not care for it. I wasn't in Denver so I don't know, but I wouldn't necessarily call Phoenix I guitar heavy, just, well, bad. It was most noticeable on New Year's Day; the piano was way off, way too loud, way to tinny. I get the sense it's not what they were looking for either, because by the middle of the show, they'd made significant changes, and by the second night it was completely different.

Does U2 not do a major soundcheck before the shows to deal with the accoustics of each building? In Phoenix, it was almost like the first show was the soundcheck.
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it would be a safe bet to say that u2 does do soundchecks in every arena they play in. keep in mind that when sound checks are being performed there are no fans in the stands. the sound is totally different in an empty arena than when 20000 fans are yelling, screaming, and singing.
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Another vote for the sound being muddy, but the concert still was pretty good. Bono's voice is really going. He sang most of the concert ok, but when he talked to the crowd he didn't sound like himself. Like a frog speaking through a pin hole. And by the time he got to Yahweh near the end, his voice was a train wreck. He could barely get the words out. Hope he's refraining from talking and sucking on some oxygen for the benifit of people seeing them on Denver Night 2.

Love and Peace or Else rocked like nobody's business. I don't even like it much on the album, but live it kicked much ass.

Got to say I was suprised how small the Pespi Center is. I was on the floor (outside the elipse) and was packed shoulder to shoulder, front to back. Being 5'8" I could barely see the show and ending up watching the band on the screens most of the time.

I also got tired of people going back and forth getting beers pushing everybody around so they get back to "their place" in the front of the show. What bullshit.

In fact it was a pretty good concert, but having to deal with the tight quarters of the GA floor just kind of ruined it. Maybe I should have known better and gotten a reserved seat. Maybe I was spoiled from getting in to the heart during the Elevation tour. Regardless, I was shocked at what a poor view I had standing on the floor and how aggresively rude people can be when they are two inches away from your face.

I'm a U2 fan, but this concert experience didn't come together for me. I wish I had reserved seats for Denver night 2. Maybe it would be a totally different scene.
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I thought this show was freaking fantastic and that it sounded great but I was along the rail outside the ellipse so I guess it depends on where you are. I'm too tired to do a real review but I loved this show as much as Phoenix 2. Bono was in great spirits. I arrived thinking it was all too much already, 3 shows in 1 week, and that I need to retire my U2 concert shoes but this show once again reminded me why we go through that brutal GA hell and now I'll be scrounging around for 3rd leg tickets starting....tonight.
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Another vote for the sound being muddy,

I was on the floor (outside the elipse) and was packed shoulder to shoulder, front to back. Being 5'8" I could barely see the show and ending up watching the band on the screens most of the time.
I was in the back of GA for one show and you're right, the sound was muddy because of all the bodies blocking the sound.

And let me take this opportunity to say that the lottery system sucks. I approached it with an open mind but after experiencing it I do think it's a crap system. You wait outside all day braving the elements (intense heat in Phoenix and cold, rain and hail in Denver), you don't get into the ellipse but have a decent spot on the rail or even 2nd row, and while you're standing there wrecked, exhausted, dehydrated and scared to go get water or go to the bathroom for fear of losing the spot you spent all day trying to get, and then you stand there and watch freshly showered and rested latecomers arrive in the ellipse, coming and going with drinks and bathroom breaks, and I tell you it just plain sucks for the people who were at the arena at 6AM in the morning. If you weren't there early in the morning--say you got there at noon instead which is still a heck of a wait--you get stuck in the middle or back of GA where you can't see or hear shit. Sure people say oh what are you complaining about, you got the rail, well yeah, I got the rail but I also would liked to have had some water and a bathroom break after the hellish day. I am now firmly in the first-come-first-served is most fair camp.

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I went to the concert last night and let me tell you it was the best night of my life. As far as the sound went, I only noticed a few times that Bono's voice was drowned out but I totally forgot about it until I read these reviews. Maybe it was where I was sitting but the sound was great for me. I'll make this a short review because usually after something this amazing happens to me, it takes a few day for everything to come back to me. By far my favorite moment of the show was when Larry sang Elevation. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen! My favorite song is Sunday Bloody Sunday (which was so much fun) but my favorite performance was Yahweh. I loved how The Edge played the acoustic guitar and they were all at the front of the ellipse (which gave me a great view of them from where I was sitting). 40 was wonderful. A great way to end a concert! People continued to sing after U2 left the stage and even as they were leaving the Pepsi Center. Just a fantastic night that I will remember forever and I hope everyone enjoyed at least some of it!
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I was in the back of GA for one show and you're right, the sound was muddy because of all the bodies blocking the sound.

And let me take this opportunity to say that the lottery system sucks. I approached it with an open mind but after experiencing it I do think it's a crap system. You wait outside all day braving the elements (intense heat in Phoenix and cold, rain and hail in Denver), you don't get into the ellipse but have a decent spot on the rail or even 2nd row, and while you're standing there wrecked, exhausted, dehydrated and scared to go get water or go to the bathroom for fear of losing the spot you spent all day trying to get, and then you stand there and watch freshly showered and rested latecomers arrive in the ellipse, coming and going with drinks and bathroom breaks, and I tell you it just plain sucks for the people who were at the arena at 6AM in the morning. If you weren't there early in the morning--say you got there at noon instead which is still a heck of a wait--you get stuck in the middle or back of GA where you can't see or hear shit. Sure people say oh what are you complaining about, you got the rail, well yeah, I got the rail but I also would liked to have had some water and a bathroom break after the hellish day. I am now firmly in the first-come-first-served is most fair camp.

thank you. here's hoping they drop the lottery for the third leg. or maybe a compromise ... half the people in the elipse are those that were waiting all day and the other half is lottery. ... personally i would vote for ... if you've been waiting all day ... then you get in. Seems only fair.
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Was She's a mystery to me played like a snippet on the Elevation tour, or a longer version, like Brooklyn Bridge?
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