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Old 12-09-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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December 9, 2010 - Suncorp Stadium - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Old 12-09-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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Great show. Despite the upper deck of the stadium being empty I thought the small crowd were a lot more into it than the first night.

The Mercy / Bad combo is pretty special. And Bad tonight was somewhat extended. After Edge's first solo part they went into almost free style with Bono adlibbing / snippeting something (can't remember sorry) and then they wound it up and Edge launched into the solo again. The ending was then nice with the band all bunched around Larry playing an extended outro (old style). A highlight.

The band intros were funny. Bono talked about what Edge, Adam and Larry were wearing. He intoduced himself as the MC for the evening.

All in all, another awesome show.
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Got lift off this time!!

I arrived at the stadium at about 4.30pm, had a short wait in a smallish GA line outside while they were finishing up sound check. Gates opened and we just strolled into the inner circle and got our wrist bands. I was on the back rail of the inner circle on the left hand side as you look at the stage. What a awesome postion!!! I loved every moment of the show but still thought the crowd was flat even in the pit apart for the big moments. Must be an Aussie thing I think.

Don't know if anyone else noticed but the first time Edge walked over one of the bridges at the top of the show, he seems to almost fall over stepping off the bridge!

Thanks for a great show boys!!
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I really didn't enjoy tonights show at all. The security supervisor around the outer ring was a Nazi! Stopping people recording video even short little bursts of it and had his staff rudely tell us to start moving even before the video for rocket man was finished! He jumped in my face at the end of mercy for videoing it.

My poor mood at the show was exasperated by Bono's promise towards the beginning of the show to "take you to a completely different place to last night". Mercy and Bad were awesome, but then when IALW came through followed by MS, I felt really pissed off cause I knew there was nothing had changed.

The band also didn't give much energy despite the fact that the crowd were quite vocal. I think Bono has a cold.

Sorry if I've put a downer on the show for anyone. Just my feelings.
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Old 12-09-2010, 08:57 PM   #6
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They’re multiplying. I got proper chills at the show tonight, despite the balmy temperature.

I was down in the middle of the pit on Edge’s side with my overly-generous Welsh mucker Brendan. One of my personal peeves about some shows is that I see them “on my own” (as such), or with a non-U2 fan couchsurf host. Therefore it was great to share seeing the show with a big U2 fan, and from a terrific spot in the pit.

And I had two of the most magical moments of the entire tour.

The first, and biggest, was during Bad. I’ve seen U2 play Bad six times on this tour but I’ve always been quite far from the stage - before tonight. And it was a glorious, extended version, more cohesive than Melbourne 1, and doubly, delightfully crescendic, nudging me deeply in that thing we loosely call our soul. But I also felt the intensity and beauty of the song physically like never before, and had goosebumps on my arms. At one prolonged stage during the song I felt a delicious chill float through my head and body, like a mild, musical MDMA rush. I quite possibly even had goatee goosebumps on my chin. (No, I hadn’t had a drop.) When the song finished I had only one response: “AGAIN!” It’s a song about the dangers of drug addiction but by golly it sure left me craving another immediate hit.

The other major highlight was standing below the bridge when Bono sang the operatic part of Miss Sarajevo. The stadium shrunk to a very small room at that moment. It was a real privilege to see him perform so majestically, at his absolute limit, so close.

And Bono may well have been ill! I noticed Bono go back to talk to Sam or Phil early in the show, and put his hand over his mouth and nose. I thought for a second that Bono might be asthmatic and he needed an inhaler. Later he was wearing a towel around his neck for a few songs. I banged into Auckland Dennis afterwards (he was centre on the outer rail). Dennis speculated that Bono had a cold and had something to keep his breathing clear on the towel. Perhaps the lack of snippets after ISHFWILF and Walk On are other clues. But if Bono did have a cold then he still sang spectacularly well. Miss Sarajevo, Bad, Amazing Grace, With Or Without You were all sung perfectly. And he was in his usual charming form, continually cracking jokes with audience and band, and energetically prowling the stage to engage the crowd, both collectively and individually.

I must say, I think U2 are playing phenomenally well on this leg, their base standard is very high. I’ve seen a few uninformed comments online that they are lazily phoning gigs in. No chance. The setlist doesn’t change much, but neither does the standard of their performances, although a couple of songs could definitely do with a refreshing wee rest.

My one big gripe with the show was the crowd in the pit. The atmosphere around us was mostly morguely, except when people were tasered into responding by specific well-known hits. Far too many people were standing passively watching the show with their arms folded, not singing or dancing, nor seemingly breathing. It reminded me of football fans mournfully watching their team lose a cup final or relegation decider. A few people even pushed past Brendan and me at the start of Bad! Bad was their pee or pint song. What an ignorant travesty.

There should be an entrance test to the pit consisting of two questions:

1) Have you a pulse?
2) Which world-famous music act wrote a song called ‘Bad’ in the 1980s?

But when the atmosphere was up, it really was up. God it’d be great to be in a pit packed with U2 fans who know Mercy and Bad. Or even Magnificent and Boots.
The band were beaten by the early Brisbane curfew, dashing urgently offstage with barely a g’night after a slightly longer version of With Or Without You. (They came onstage at 8:25pm, a little bit later than Brisbane 1.) So a slightly truncated gig, but only in time, not in intensity or enjoyment.

(Oh, and there were a lot of empty seats. The top tiers in both stands along the pitch were closed. Brisbane’s loss.)
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My one big gripe with the show was the crowd in the pit. The atmosphere around us was mostly morguely,
Clearly they were all really pissed off at having to suffer the indignity of hearing In a Little While and Miss Sarajevo.

Or quadcaster's ire just spread like the plague through the entire pit.
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Scratches head. I was in the pit, right side, at the back (was leaning on the fence behind me) and thought the crowd in there were pretty into it. More than the first night but not up to Melbourne's standards (esp Melbourne 2 which was manic).

Do we agree that on the whole the crowd were better for Brisbane 2 vs Brisbane 1?
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The first, and biggest, was during Bad. I’ve seen U2 play Bad six times on this tour but I’ve always been quite far from the stage - before tonight. And it was a glorious, extended version, more cohesive than Melbourne 1, and doubly, delightfully crescendic, nudging me deeply in that thing we loosely call our soul. But I also felt the intensity and beauty of the song physically like never before, and had goosebumps on my arms.
Yes! A believer. Bad was phenomenal last night.

Agree too they are playing really well on this leg despite all the set list hate that seems to be out there. IALW has the space station 'link up' and it also is the moment where Bono pulls the girl out of the crowd. Does anyone seriously expect them not to play it? Get over it. In the 4 shows I've seen the crowd gets off on Bono pulling the girl from the crowd and that's enough to carry the song.

Here's a +ve analysis of the set list: It contains 4 non-album tracks, 2 of which are brand new. It contains an album track never ever played live before. How many set lists in the past would look like that? So for everyone who likes to play 'measure the set list by statistics' (which is actually an excuse to bash ATYCLB) then here's a counter example for you.
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I went to both Brisbane shows, and the first one was definitely the better of the two. For that one I was pretty much in the middle between the two stages, slightly to Edge's side. Last night I was further round on Edge's side, one person off the back rail of the pit. First night I was with friends, mostly U2 virgins, 1 other who loves them as much as I do. Last night I was on my own and had the misfortune of being stuck near a bunch of drunk bogans, one of whom kept flashing her breasts (why she didn't get kicked out by security the second time she did it I'll never know). There was more inappropriate behaviour on her part, but I'm unwilling to name it on a public forum. She and her friends kept trying to push through to the barrier, but everyone stood their ground.

Apart from that unpleasantness, the show was great. I'm glad they mixed up the setlist - Bad was spectacular, I got to hear Mercy (though between that and Northern Star, I'd pick the latter - I hadn't heard either before the shows), it was good to hear Hold Me (and I LOVE Ultraviolet). I guess I'm pretty easy to please, I'm just grateful for the chance to stand on a field and listen to them play, because I love their music I have songs I like more than others, but there's something about U2 live that just gets me in a way nothing else does. I was disappointed not to hear MOS again, but WOWY was a good closer. And personally I love hearing Miss Sarajevo.

I don't feel that the crowd got into it as much last night as the first show - looking around the pit there wasn't as much dancing going on, and the audience singalongs and call outs were less prominent too. I think there were a lot more people there last night because they could get tickets, rather than because they really wanted to be there, but that's just my opinion.

I saw Edge nearly fall, and the nose/mouth gesture Bono made. Highlight for me last night was Edge playing guitar to the crowd in my section on the bridge above and just in front of me, and Larry stopping on the catwalk in front of me, and smiling at us as he went by.

I looked around at the stands a couple of times last night and I'm glad I didn't get seats, people weren't getting up to dance much even to the big numbers. I can't comment on the first night, I was too busy cutting loose to look at anyone except the band!

One other difference I noticed - the first night Dallas, Sam and the other techs got a shout out from the crowd when they appeared, but last night I didn't see any reaction at all to their appearance.

ETA - I'd say the first show was better than the second because of the crowd - the first night there was more singing along, call and response stuff happening, which in turn got the band going more, there just didn't seem to be as much of that last night.
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Video of "Bad"... Wow!

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The first, and biggest, was during Bad. I’ve seen U2 play Bad six times on this tour but I’ve always been quite far from the stage - before tonight. And it was a glorious, extended version, more cohesive than Melbourne 1, and doubly, delightfully crescendic, nudging me deeply in that thing we loosely call our soul. But I also felt the intensity and beauty of the song physically like never before, and had goosebumps on my arms. At one prolonged stage during the song I felt a delicious chill float through my head and body, like a mild, musical MDMA rush. I quite possibly even had goatee goosebumps on my chin. (No, I hadn’t had a drop.) When the song finished I had only one response: “AGAIN!” It’s a song about the dangers of drug addiction but by golly it sure left me craving another immediate hit.
ughhhh... don't tell me that. i left Brisbane Thursday afternoon

i must see U2 in Europe before i die... a friend of my cousin saw them in Athens and Milan and said that you'd be lucky to find even one person sitting down in the seats at any point during the show.
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2 highlights from last night:

2 older Pacific Islander women stood in front of me (we three kept the faith for our section ) for the whole show, sang along to every word and really belted out the more religious lyrics with enthusiasm.

Next to us, 2 teenage lads (with their mum?). They didn't stand for most of it, but really got into the songs, were rocking out in their seats and stared at the Claw a lot wondering what the hell would happen next!

I have much faith in U2 audiences

PS saw Jay-z both nights. I like (one for you, cobble )
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Last night I was on my own and had the misfortune of being stuck near a bunch of drunk bogans, one of whom kept flashing her breasts (why she didn't get kicked out by security the second time she did it I'll never know). There was more inappropriate behaviour on her part, but I'm unwilling to name it on a public forum.
were they good breasts?
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were they good breasts?
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