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Old 07-25-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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July 25, 2009 - Croke Park DUBLIN

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Old 07-25-2009, 06:08 PM   #2
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This Second night was soooooo much better for me than yesterday.

First the opening bands, two reals bands, with talent and songs : Republic of Loose and Kaiser Chiefs.

Second : Even if the night has been a bit rainy, the band seems to be in Dublin for this concert (like if yesterday was a rehearsal). The atmosphere was more intense, Bono cried I think, all the band was smiling, the crowd was a bit better today than yesterday, etc.

Between Paris I, Dublin I and Dublin II, Dublin II is the best for me.

I'm a bit tired so my post is short, but I'm speachless, on a little cloud
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This was probably the best show I have ever been too.

Got there at 6am and was 91st in line. By the time the whole thing with getting your ticket scanned and getting down to the field, which was half way around the stadium, I wound up on the rail in the inner circle on Edge's side. Couldn't see Larry or Adam for most of the show because the stage is so high. Bono was as hyper as I have ever seen him. He said the 3 shows are going to get better every night. It started raining during Unknown Caller and Bono kept adding it in the song lyrics. Larry had an umbrella type thing come up to cover him and his drumkit and Bono said that his umbrella was cool.

Got a lot of pics tonight but I have only gotten 12 hours of sleep in the last 3 days and I'm drained from queuing 2 days in a row. I'll post them tomorrow on the off day.

Thank You Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry for the best birthday present!
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This Second night was soooooo much better for me than yesterday.

First the opening bands, two reals bands, with talent and songs : Republic of Loose and Kaiser Chiefs.

Second : Even if the night has been a bit rainy, the band seems to be in Dublin for this concert (like if yesterday was a rehearsal). The atmosphere was more intense, Bono cried I think, all the band was smiling, the crowd was a bit better today than yesterday, etc.

Between Paris I, Dublin I and Dublin II, Dublin II is the best for me.

I'm a bit tired so my post is short, but I'm speachless, on a little cloud

i agree tonite's show was better IMO. The Kaiser Chefs kicked arse! They were awesome.

2 days of GA quequeing has killed my feet! I can't walk.. .

i am sleeping in and doing as little of walking tomorrow as i can... thank god for the off day.
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^Me too. I'm so sore and tired.

Kaiser Chiefs was probably the best opening act they've had. There were awesome.
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I missed most of Kaiser Chiefs because I was in line for the damn t-shirts. But what heard and did see they were awesome. Tonight's show was great. I have tons of pics. I will upload them tomorrow evening when I get back home. I am sad that I am leaving tomorrow morning. I have had a great time here.
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Tonight was my first and only GA on the tour. I met the lovely InfinityGirl on O'Connell Street beforehand, we joined the queue at Croker around 1pm and we made it into the pit. However we chose to go out to the outside rail in the centre of the walkway as the pit was a bit too packed. There was a small kerfuffle when the people who had been queueing overnight specifically to get a place on this rail arrived to find their spots taken, but it was sorted quickly and amicably, with the pit-deserters giving up their places on the rail. (Apparently security shouldn't have let us leave the pit at all.)

The sound down there was LOUD, very very LOUD. Lots of sub-bass from Larry's bass drum and marrow-wobbling bass from Adam's guitar. I think I finally understand how the people at the front and the band themselves hear everything a little bit before the rest of the stadium hear it from the speakers on the roof of the Claw - the speakers at the front would drown out a jumbo jet landing on the pitch never mind the delayed sound above.

The crowd at the front was almost entirely from overseas. The Irish tend to go into the gig either just before the gig starts, or (as I noticed last night) even a bit afterwards. There are drinks to finish off you know. But it was strange how all the crowd at the front went mad during the songs but all the cheers for Bono's little interludes about Dublin or Ireland came from the back and sides whilst those at the front stood almost completely silent. The homies were all a wee bit behind.

Highlights of the gig were NLOTH, Unknown Caller, and surprisingly for me, Vertigo - my word, Larry was fairly beating a few shades of shit out of his drums during it - as a (crappy) ex-drummer myself I loved seeing him in aggressive but measured full flow up close.

But the song of the concert is for me the song of the tour: Moment Of Surrender. It's like an intense but edifying confession blasted through an amplifier. Bono fell to his knees towards the end (his own moment of surrender to Croke Park and Dublin?), and it looked like he was offering up a silent prayer as the song continued. A beautiful, affecting moment.

I can't separate the two shows into which was better. Last night seemed much more local, much more of an Irish sing-a-long, much more showing off your new toys to your mates. But I was sitting amongst Dubs last night and they lapped up the many home-boy moments. Tonight for me was more showing off your tunes and your mates that play them - Bono put more references to the rest of the band in tonight whereas it was pure Dub talk last night.

I'm glad it rained - it's summer in Dublin after all
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My pictures from this concert : http://www.stateless.fr/20090725/
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Great reviews!

Great photos fredo! Looks like you were on the rail.
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Hard to tell what show was better, got there at 11:30 again, got even closer (in the queue), people didn't arrive until much later today. Queue for the t-shirts was crazy...seriously...no soundcheck that I could hear, got in at about 4. Republic of Loose were the worst band I've ever seen live (poor Counting Crows have finally moved up on the list). Kaiser Chiefs were great excluding the new songs (Never Miss a Beat and History...), U2 were again incredible, changed 5 songs and changed the order. A little disappointed we didn't get Bad again but at least I saw it live. Unknown Caller was incredible and I loved hearing In a Little While too, really great show from the boys
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Hard to tell what show was better, got there at 11:30 again, got even closer (in the queue), people didn't arrive until much later today. Queue for the t-shirts was crazy...seriously...no soundcheck that I could hear, got in at about 4. Republic of Loose were the worst band I've ever seen live (poor Counting Crows have finally moved up on the list). Kaiser Chiefs were great excluding the new songs (Never Miss a Beat and History...), U2 were again incredible, changed 5 songs and changed the order. A little disappointed we didn't get Bad again but at least I saw it live. Unknown Caller was incredible and I loved hearing In a Little While too, really great show from the boys
For me the second night was way better - simply stunning and the crowd was more up for it ! Typing this at Dublin Airport. Can't wait for Wembley Mike
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Just got back, not going to Monday because I had to be reasonable with money and time away from work

I can't really say which show was the best, they were both equally amazing. I slightly prefered Friday's set-list, but I agree the energy, the crowd and the emotion last night were unbelievable.

On Friday I didn't line-up so I was at the back of the pitch and I was surprised how much I enjoyed even being further away. I must say the visuals/top mirrorball for Ultraviolet and WOWY probably make standing behind or having seats worth it in itself--so absolutely beautiful. Yesterday I was center outside rail, 2nd row. Mindblowing.

It's true that the front was packed with visitors while the back of the GA was full of Irish, and it made for a different atmosphere on both nights for me--but equally energetic, just at different moments!

These were my 2nd and 3rd show after Barcelona 1, and I must say after Barcelona I left slightly dissapointed and worried about this tour... But not anymore! This band is as great as ever.
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Best concert U2 have done in Ireland in years.
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I have just had the time to stop by an Internet cafe to check in. Was in Friday's night show as well as Saturday's. I went to the GA line at 6.30am, met with lauramullen. That was my first GA experience, and we were able to get to the rail, Edge's side. A bit off center, but it still had a good view. However, we couldn't see Larry or Adam at all though. I think for my next GA I won't try to be in the first row again unless it's dead center.

Personally I think the second night was better than the first night, although I was exhausted by the time the encore came on, that I didn't have the energy to jump around anymore.

Second show was better because of all the snippets that Bono did, and of course by the fact that Edge kept smiling to our side (I think his family were in the audience, probably seated on his side). Although the rain probably made it difficult for some people on the pitch, we were actually right under one of the claws, and we didn't get rained upon that much. It was cool to see the umbrellas opened up on the stage. There were three umbrellas, the first one to open up was Larry's and Bono made a joke, 'Larry's the only one with an umbrella...' but The Edge also had one over his space station machine and Adam had one too. When it started raining, Dallas came on stage and covered up The Edge's setlist and his foot pedal thingy... it was quite a sight.

To see Bono perform Ultraviolet up that close brought tears to my eyes. I just LOVE that song!!!

After the concert lauramullen, MissVelvetDress_75 and I managed to drage ourselves to the nearest abrakebabra shop (fast-food store that sells kebabs, burgers, etc) to have our dinner and talk about our experiences.

I'll post pictures and videos when I get back to the States.... but I just wanted to say I had such a wonderful time with all my new (and not-so-new) friends from Interference!!
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Tonight was my first and only GA on the tour. I met the lovely InfinityGirl on O'Connell Street beforehand, we joined the queue at Croker around 1pm and we made it into the pit. However we chose to go out to the outside rail in the centre of the walkway as the pit was a bit too packed. There was a small kerfuffle when the people who had been queueing overnight specifically to get a place on this rail arrived to find their spots taken, but it was sorted quickly and amicably, with the pit-deserters giving up their places on the rail. (Apparently security shouldn't have let us leave the pit at all.)

The sound down there was LOUD, very very LOUD. Lots of sub-bass from Larry's bass drum and marrow-wobbling bass from Adam's guitar. I think I finally understand how the people at the front and the band themselves hear everything a little bit before the rest of the stadium hear it from the speakers on the roof of the Claw - the speakers at the front would drown out a jumbo jet landing on the pitch never mind the delayed sound above.

The crowd at the front was almost entirely from overseas. The Irish tend to go into the gig either just before the gig starts, or (as I noticed last night) even a bit afterwards. There are drinks to finish off you know. But it was strange how all the crowd at the front went mad during the songs but all the cheers for Bono's little interludes about Dublin or Ireland came from the back and sides whilst those at the front stood almost completely silent. The homies were all a wee bit behind.

Highlights of the gig were NLOTH, Unknown Caller, and surprisingly for me, Vertigo - my word, Larry was fairly beating a few shades of shit out of his drums during it - as a (crappy) ex-drummer myself I loved seeing him in aggressive but measured full flow up close.

But the song of the concert is for me the song of the tour: Moment Of Surrender. It's like an intense but edifying confession blasted through an amplifier. Bono fell to his knees towards the end (his own moment of surrender to Croke Park and Dublin?), and it looked like he was offering up a silent prayer as the song continued. A beautiful, affecting moment.

I can't separate the two shows into which was better. Last night seemed much more local, much more of an Irish sing-a-long, much more showing off your new toys to your mates. But I was sitting amongst Dubs last night and they lapped up the many home-boy moments. Tonight for me was more showing off your tunes and your mates that play them - Bono put more references to the rest of the band in tonight whereas it was pure Dub talk last night.

I'm glad it rained - it's summer in Dublin after all
cathalmc, I'm sorry I missed you in the GA line! We could've chatted! It was so crazy when the gates were opened for GA. It was also my first GA experience. There's some good things and bad things, but overall I just enjoyed the night. Are you going to Monday's show? I don't have GA, but I'll be there.
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