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Old 07-06-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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Oh. They are in cloud nine right now. :-). I'll let Gabe spill.
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And I'll have to figure out how to upload a massive HD file of some really odd guys who got up and sang some song called desire.
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It was a great show--and, of course, full of surprises!


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Old 07-07-2015, 08:00 AM   #5
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Quick thoughts:

-Seeing this show from the nosebleeds was totally different than my floors both nights in Vancouver. I liked the change of pace, and from up there you really understood the use of the screen.

-Surprised that no one here had mentioned Edge going electric during SBS.

-And have I mentioned yet how awesome the new stuff sounds?

-Others were saying that the crowd was awesome tonight. Maybe down on the floor and lower bowl, but the crowd up by us was as dead as Abraham Lincoln.

-There was some kind of high pitched feedback over the PA for the first four songs.

-The only minor beef with the sound is that in the very top row of 322, Adam was way too low.

-The Interference-er I was seated with last night abd myself were totally losing it during the E-stage sequence, with the belly dancer and Acrobat getting pulled on stage. Larry didn't seem all that amused (then again, he doesn't seen visibly amused about much of anything) but Adam appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the cover band taking over their stage.

-Speaking of that, props to Acrobat (U2BROTHR and the rest of the gang) for taking their opportunity on the stage and absolutely knocking it out of the park! Excellent work!

-Bono really had to tap dance during the rant to remember that he was in Canada. Also, I thought adding the megaphone helped.

-Having a different perspective on the show helped make some things work better than from floor viewing. I still don't like this segway into Streets, but it works better visually from the seats.

-LOVE the Wanderer intermission.

On the floor tonight, HAs dropped while we were at the Hideout after party.

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Old 07-07-2015, 09:59 AM   #6
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I thought it was pretty magical - to be honest I came in with sort of low expectations for various reasons and walked away super happy.

I had GAs and started out the night on the floor by the e stage. I actually thought the sound there was BRUTAL, assumed it was the floor, but as you moved to the sides and closer to the main stage the sound was just fine so I'm not sure what the problem was. The floor seemed really empty to me, it was very easy to move around, dance, etc which was nice. Not a lot of pushing/shoving/rude people, if anything I think that the spread out catwalk has helped cool tempers in those who insist they must be up front.
Towards the intermission I took up the offer to move to the douchebag seats and got 2nd row dead centre, which was amazing. It is the first time I can truly say the seats are better than GAs on a U2 tour.

No real complaints about setlist. I didn't read spoilers aside from very broad reviews of the tour. Still don't think The Miracle is a great opener, but whatever. The crowd seemed very good last night and I think that it really helps that all the big hits/oldies were crowded at the end.

First time I've really liked Pride live - I complain about it every tour, but last night it really got me excited. Maybe because it followed BTBS which is old, tired and a crowd killer. Please get rid of it.

Wish that EBW was done in a different arrangement since I really do like that one.

The light show was gorgeous, really cool use of that secondary hanging stage. It is a real shame not to experience this, all the more reason not to push to the rail and hang back or better yet get seats on the sides.

Great night overall.
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Maybe because it followed BTBS which is old, tired and a crowd killer. Please get rid of it.
Wow, that's strange to hear. I, too, thought it had been sounding tired the last few tours, but thought it tore the roof off in Chicago.
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Wow, that's strange to hear. I, too, thought it had been sounding tired the last few tours, but thought it was tore the roof off in Chicago.
That's how I felt about Pride, haha.

I had a bit of a unique experience in that I probably did about 1/4 or 1/3 of the show on the floor then went to the seats. The floor was pretty into it and rowdy regardless of song but you really notice a huge difference when you sit down. A lot of people went to get beer or to the washroom during BTBS. Maybe the song does better in the US and doesn't resonate as well here? I don't know...
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Was it me of was the sound a bit off kilter last night. first few songs treble feedback and then later on loud bass type feedback.
All in all though one of the best shows in Toronto since vertigo tour. The band really put thier heart out and for once the Toronto crowd really were into it. Awesome seeing the local u2 cover band really doing so well.
That video screen for UTEOTW wow wow wow
I want to go today but my legs are still aching
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:11 PM   #11
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Was it me of was the sound a bit off kilter last night. first few songs treble feedback and then later on loud bass type feedback.
All in all though one of the best shows in Toronto since vertigo tour. The band really put thier heart out and for once the Toronto crowd really were into it. Awesome seeing the local u2 cover band really doing so well.
That video screen for UTEOTW wow wow wow
I want to go today but my legs are still aching
One thing I noticed. In Montreal, I was along rail, about 20-30 feet out from the small stage, and I could not make out anything Bono was saying or singing. It was so muffled.

Was almost in exact spot last night, and I think I noticed a new speaker right in front of me. Bono came in SO CLEAR. It was almost too loud, his vocals and Edge's guitar was a bit quiet, but I was so much happier to finally be hearing what Bono was singing and saying. Came away from the concert with my ears ringing a fair bit.

Also noticed, Toronto crowd much more into it than Montreal, and Bono also seemed to come out with much more zest and spice.
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One more thing i noticed sorry im a tech geek, but the subwoofers were all flown and were behind the articulated stack (j stacks).
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:51 PM   #14
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I will see if I can send my video to Gabe via drop box so he can upload it - i am old and technologically limited. Honestly, it was so loud on the floor, the audio sucks but it is good and great video in HD and got even better when the piano was dropped. I was about 2 rows back from the e stage rail shooting the video with a Canon Elph power shot.
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I was GA on the rail about mid-shaft and I found Edge's guitar sounded low in the mix. It really seems to be different depending on your location.

Awesome show last night, Stuck and Elevation are by no means favourites of mine but damn are they fun live.
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I've only ever been to one other U2 show before, Vertigo 05/14/05 in Philly. It was my first show and it was excellent, but I remembered leaving the show feeling like it wasn't quite as "epic" as it should have been. This is the only other U2 concert I really have to compare last night's to, but it was superior in every way.

My friends with the tickets (a lovely Interference dweller and her equally lovely daughter) met me at about 7:45 - barely a lineup, no issues with the tickets at all. After a short walk I got out onto the floor at about 8:10. People Have the Power started maybe three minutes after I got onto the floor, and I just walked right up to a spot behind someone on the rail. I honestly have no idea why anybody would line up on this tour. Last time we lined up at 7 am and I was in just as good a spot last night, but even better I had room to move around, I went back and forth between the I and E stages and all along the catwalk, I was at the back when I wanted to see the screen and if I wanted a closer view I could just walk on up without having to be a douchebag and push people aside, it was great!

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01 - The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)
02 - Out of Control
The crowd still seemed a little dazed at this point and people were still filing in from the bathroom or the bar. The Miracle was a bit odd with all the house lights still up during the song but people still got into to the "woooahhhooohohhohhhhohhhh" part of the chorus. I was surprised at how many people knew all the words to OOC.

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03 - Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo / God Save the Queen (snippet)
Bathroom break. I've heard Vertigo before.

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04 - I Will Follow
This was the point where I could sense the crowd and the band had really started to settle in.

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05 - Iris (Hold Me Close)
06 - Cedarwood Road
07 - Song for Someone
I'm not a big fan of the new songs but I have to say that they really sound great live. I've been to shows of "legacy" bands where they toss in a couple new songs that not many people know or care about, get through them with a big ho-hum, and then crank out the hits. U2 plays these songs well and they play them with a lot of passion - you can tell they enjoy playing the new stuff.

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08 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
09 - Raised by Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
An excellent duo to go together - the crowd was singing along just as loudly for the chorus of RBW as for SBS.

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10 - Until the End of the World / Love and Peace or Else (snippet)
A great version of UTEOTW - it amazes me how Edge can wander around the way he does and play as much as he does during a track like UTEOTW, Cedarwood Road or EBTTRT. The confetti was cool at the end too although I thought it was a little distracting. I realized after the song was over that I hadn't actually watched the band at all for nearly the entire last minute of the song because of some pages ripped out of Alice in Wonderland.

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---------- INTERMISSION: The Wanderer ----------
Beer break.

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11 - Invisible
12 - Even Better Than the Real Thing
The stage inside the screen was put to good use here. It was a cool effect but I do wish they had some more room to move around inside it or to come in and out of it a bit, although I also understand the technical issues probably make that pretty tough.

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13 - Mysterious Ways / Burning Down the House (snippet)
Another excellent version of a song I was excited to hear live for the first time. The belly dancer was great (and gorgeous) and Bono was having fun with her. She came up to Edge and he seemed to want very little to do with her, though

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14 - Elevation
I can't stand the studio version of this song but is it ever an ass-kicker live. Everyone around me was into it. With about a minute left in the song I noticed a mirrorball hard hat on the other side of the catwalk and thought to myself "oh, there's U2BROTHR, he's got a really great spot". Little did I know...

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15 - Desire
Acrobat did a great rendition. I couldn't really see any of the other guys that well at first and thought Gabe was wearing a DARE shirt

I only heard one complaint, a guy behind me said "damn, I really would have liked to hear REAL U2 play that song" and his buddy immediately said "shut the fuck up, that was wicked".

"U2: Band Performs Song With Local Tribute Act During Toronto Concert" is the top trending topic on my Facebook right now and has been all day.

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16 - Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
17 - Every Breaking Wave
Not the most exciting portion of the concert for me, I must admit. I spent a good part of these two songs taking pictures of the band, texting Gabe, and finding a good spot in GA closer to the I stage.

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18 - Bullet the Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
Not the best rendition of BTBS I've ever heard, but definitely better than the "Jesus, Jew, Mohammed it's true/Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" bullshit.

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19 - The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In the Name of Love) / Give Peace a Chance (snippet)
20 - Beautiful Day / Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) [snippet] / Give Peace a Chance (snippet)
Pride was great - when I heard it on Vertigo it was as lifeless and uninspiring as a trout left out in the sun for a week. The crowd was just as dead for it (and then it went straight into "AFRICA! AFRICA!" - ugh) Last night they played it with energy. The crowd was bouncing during the opening riff.

The "Give Peace a Chance" singalong was great fun. Everybody around me was belting it out. It was a pretty standard version of BD, but it's the kind of song that gets the crowd going even if it's mediocre.

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21 - Bad / Moment of Surrender (snippet)
Easily the highlight for me. Bad was the one song I had never heard live before that I desperately wanted to hear them play. I was at the back of GA near the Red Zone entrance when the synths kicked in, I looked up at the arena and I was taken away. It sounds silly after the fact, and it's hard to describe, but it was emotional transcendence. I'm not ashamed to admit I cried a little bit (manly tears, natch). It was truly a high on life moment and will undoubtedly be the first thing I think of forever when I think of this concert.

 
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22 - With or Without You
No Shine Like Stars, but honestly I didn't even notice. I was still awestruck at how amazing Bad was.

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---------- Stephen Hawking Video ----------
23 - City of Blinding Lights
Even the fucking song from HTDAAB is played better now than it was on Vertigo. The light posts were pretty cool.

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24 - Mother and Child Reunion (snippet) / Where the Streets Have No Name / California (There is No End to Love) [snippet]
I never was a fan of the Mother and Child to Streets transition, but it really works live for some reason. And again, it's better than The Lion King (snippet). Streets was great - to say the crowd was into it is an understatement. Someone mentioned the crowd in the upper deck wasn't really amped up, it was the exact opposite in GA.

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25 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand by Me (snippet)
I don't think I'll ever get used to ISHFWILF as a closer. About halfway through I started getting pushed and shoved a bit by people heading for the exits, and since I was near the back of GA at this point I was having a hard time paying attention to the song. I ducked out as soon as the guys started playing the last couple chords of Stand By Me.

The sound quality was good for the instruments, and good for when Bono was singing loudly, but pretty poor when he was talking. I had a really hard time hearing pretty much everything he was saying other than during the Mother and Child speech, but he seemed to be more interested in enunciating his words then also.

Bono's voice was great. Fuck anybody that says his voice sucks now or that he can't sing the way he used to. He rocked it. They all did. The Edge is a wizard (I caught him impressing himself with one of his own licks at one point with a little smirk), Adam was clearly having a blast, and Larry even looked to be enjoying himself.

The leather fringed jacket Edge was wearing when he first came out was glorious and I want to purchase one immediately even though I know I will never wear it out of the house. And I absolutely was not kidding when I said Bono grabbed a big handful of Edge's ass as they went out for the encore break. For a guy in his late 50's, it looked reasonably firm.

The last thing I'll say is that when I saw them in Philly, it felt like they were just playing the songs. This time it felt like they were having fun playing the songs. What a great show.

EDIT: I am also 97% certain that I saw Anthony Bourdain in GA last night.
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