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Old 06-24-2005, 03:23 PM   #1
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Just Back From Croker... What A Gig

I'll add more in a bit, but just here in Dublin now with Mullen4Prez and that was an amazing gig, Wild Horses (as Bono said himself - best version ever!)
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thank you for the pictures (neutral posted them )
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well enough said, what a gig, no words needed you lucky sod
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just back now
F-ING AMAZING!!!!!!!

and to make it better i met and spent the show with a whole bunch of interferencers!!!

you guys rock!


oh yeah - niamh and I made the evening herald newspaper today - pics of a whole bunch of us standing in the rain at 7am!
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The Boys Are Back... What A Day!

I arrived at about 7am at Cork City airport to find that Darren (Mullen4Prez) was already there since about 6! We checked in to the flights and took off at about half 8, then we arrived in Dublin City Ireland at half 9 (after being deliberatly soaked by Darren during the flight) to be greeted by my Dad (Moon Turns Red) saying to us "Welcome to Dublin City Ireland, like all cities it has its good and it has its bad..." Me and Darren just started laughing and we headed to my Dads house, we had the Atomic Bomb blaring in the car and then watched some DVDs of U2. We caught the AirCoach to Croker at about 4, Darren got a bit worried after a dude chased him flashing over €100 at him for his ticket, but obviously I wasn't gonna let Darren ruin his chance to see U2 for the first time, but he just walked away anyway, we went straight to our seats and saw the stage, we had pretty good seats. After walking around for a while and begging a security guard to escort Darren down to the pitch so he could by us T-Shirts that were sold out in all the other stalls; The Radiators came on, there wasn't that many people in their seats, but the GA was getting crowded, we watched The Radiators but I don't remember much as I had to explain to Darren about 17 times who The Radiators were, he wasn't impressed! We had another walk about and I bought a key-ring & badges. We went back to our seats to find sitting a few rows infront of us... The Radiators, we talked to them and told them that we enjoyed their set (Darren licked some major ass) and I asked Steve Averil about graphic design etc. as its what I want to do when I leave school. Darren however asked: "What is Larry like?", Steve signed our ticket stubs and Snow Patrol came out. I have their latest album Final Straw and have listened to it before, I was never captured by them but their performance today was really exciting. Then after their set and the long wait Bono, Adam, Larry & The Edge came out on stage and saluted the fans first for a few minutes before kicking into Vertigo, it was a good performance no Stories For Boys at the end though, then I saw Dallas pass The Edge his Explorer and knew that it had to be I Will Follow, which it was, it seemed a bit dead for I Will Follow but they picked it up with beautiful performances of The Electric Co & Elevation which was then followed by New Years Day with Adam going full out on the bass, a really good performance I must say, Darren was singing every word to everysong and wasn't letting his first U2 gig go by without making it worth while, Beautiful Day was next and the crowd got really into this, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For came after which was the first time I've heard it from this tour and I must say I'm impressed. Next came Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses not always a strong live track but this was unbelievable, when the bootleg is up, listen to it and as Bono said it was the best that they have ever played it, the crowd erupted when current single City Of Blinding Lights was played next and was followed by other Atomic Bomb tracks Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own and the fast paced Love & Peace Or Else, before Miracle Drug Bono talked about how this was for the scientists, the doctors, the nurses... especially the nurses, and the Crumlin Childrens Hospital who had people in the attendance, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own brought Darren to tears as well as Bono himself, the live recordings of it hasn't sounded to good, but I learned tonight that recordings just don't do the song justice, it was beautiful to watch and see. Love & Peace was a favourite among the fans which lead into brilliant versions of Sunday Bloody Sunday & Bullet The Blue Sky in which Bono acted as an Iraqi hostage. Bono changed the lyrics to Running To Stand Still saying "I see seven towers, oh wait no, they've been knocked down, you gotta cry..." and dedicated the song to Aun San Sukyi who celebrated her birthday this week in prison, he sang Happy Birthday and a verse from Walk On the song he wrote for her in 2000. Pride was next up and again the crowd singing the "Oh Oh Oh Oh's" throughout the song, and then singing Where The Streets Have No Name which would of being louder than Bono, if he didn't have hundreds of amps around the ground. He said the usual "One" speech before One but also talked on The Special Olympics opening ceromony where U2 played 2 songs at Croke Park 2 years ago, during One all the phones came out and Bruce lowered the lights and the scene cannot be put into words. Fans started leaving during the Encore but ran back once Zoo Station started, Zoo Station & The Fly were visually the best songs of the night, with shades of ZooTV popping up during both songs which also sounded really good. With Or Without You closed this set, and fans once again started to leave and once again rushed back when U2 took the stage to play good versions of new songs All Because Of You, Yahweh & Vertigo which included a snippet of Thin Lizzy's classis: Jailbreak. Bono also told us that we wern't having Spanish lessons tonight but we were having Irish lessons and instead of the "unos, dos, tres, catorce" he said it in Irish "a haon, a do, a trí, a ceather deag" which he needed Larry Mullen to help him with, he changed to the lyrics around to apologise to the local resisidents for going 10 minutes past their 11 O'Clock curfew. It was only my second U2 concert, and my first was the U2 Go Home Slane gig, which would be very hard to beat but tonight I have to say Vertigo Tour is better than the Elevation Tour, and maybe because the boys returned to Dublin City Ireland.
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he went past the curfew? didnt do that for us twice in london
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they started late due to rain, so the gig continued past 11...
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just back now
F-ING AMAZING!!!!!!!

and to make it better i met and spent the show with a whole bunch of interferencers!!!

you guys rock!


right back at ya, hun

I've only just got up - I'm sooooo bollocksed from yesterday. I don't know how flavia and tanya can start queing at 5am again today

although I am more than a little jealous of those going tonight as well.........
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Thanks for the great review! I can't wait to hear this one!!
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Old 06-25-2005, 04:33 AM   #12
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great review - thanks for sharing you story with us
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I'm so jealous and so happy that you guys had such a great time!
Thanks for the pictures
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Old 06-25-2005, 08:21 AM   #14
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WHAT A GIG!!

my first ever U2 gig,oh my god,everything was brilliant!!!

what a satge
Love and Peace absoulutely rocked!!!!
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Croke 2 was my 24th show (including Croke 1) and it was the best I have ever seen. Phenomenal. Waiting for number 3!!!
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