29 May 2011 - Canad Inns Stadium - Winnipeg, MB

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Front rail, Between Bono and Edge. Gonna take some pictures but may not go crazy as usual.
The best bit of the night: All I Want is You and Stay. Two of my favourite songs played right after the other. Perfect!

Thank you, Winnipeg, for singing along for AIWIY :hyper:
When he paused and said he had a second special thing to do after the Amnesty happy birthday...I was SURRRRE he was pulling up Mark. But it was not to be. It's gonna happen this tour pal..

dont worry brother, gonna be alright, you got the right hat to get you thru the night :wink:

The best pic I took all night. :lol: Despite looking like he was about to die from the shivers, he looked happy to be there.
Ok.....1st off....

Bono gives me a shout out at 1:02 during "One". It totally took me by surprise.


Now for my pictures.



Happy Birthday to me!!!!!
Lots of scribbles from the B man tonight....he was a busy fella!


LOVE this one...


PRICELESS....love Bono's expression!

hmm claw in daylight dosent look so good....maybe they should change songs slots so that like UTEOTW comes latter in the setlist beacuse it looks amazing in dark but not so amazing in daylight...
Great pictures! Yeah, it's funny to see them in daylight!

The next handful of shows will be like that, I think. Oh well. The curse of the summer tour.
We've had Belly Dancers.....Bono look alikes....McPhistos.....retro Bonos.....even boobies...that compete for the band's attention.

So why not a Mirrorball Man 2.0

Daylight saving time caused show night losing time. What time was it in the Wiinnipeg part of the world? Show-time - but not time for the full show.

The Fray came onstage quite early, just after 7:00 pm, and were gone by 7:45 pm. At many shows there has been around a forty-five minute turnaround between support act and U2. In Winnippeg, U2 came on around 8:50 pm. It gets dark late in Canada so I thought U2 were delaying kick-off so more of the show would be played after the sun had set. However the sky was still quite light at 10:00 pm, so most of the show ended up being played in daylight.

I’m guessing that there was an 11:00 pm curfew. Rocco came up onstage after Streets to tell Dallas, Phil and Sam something. I thought it might be a setlist change e.g. Hold Me Thrill Me was out, Ultraviolet was in; or even better, that there was an addition of an extra song to the encore like Knockin on Heaven’s Door was added in Moscow. Unfortunately it was probably to tell the stage crew that Moment Of Surrender was going to be dropped cos a lawyer under the stage was waving a document explaining how much playing MoS after 11:00 pm would cost. The band left the stage just after 11:00pm at the end of With Or Without You. So the Winnipegg fans lost out on one of the best songs of the show. Perhaps U2 should have come on earlier.

Time seems to move slower in Canada than in the US. The cities are smaller, the streets are narrower, there’s less traffic, but more breathing space. Canada to me seems more chilled, less intense, less hurried. There’s a British familiarity to the place too. As a vowel-munching, word-mangling, rapid-speaking Irishman, I’ve often found myself intrigued by ... how ... slowly ... how ... much ... time ... many ... American ... buddies ... take ... to ... speak. I think I could waffle speedily and indistinctly through ten poorly understood tales in the time an articulate American tells one. My Canadian mates seem to enjoy taking even more time to share a well-spun tale. This nonsense notion even influenced my appreciation of songs last night, as both All I Want Is You and Stay seemed to be played in slow motion, like U2’s click-track DJ had switched his decks to a lower BPM. Bono and Edge even took their time in a private huddle for a minute before playing Stay. No rush boys. 11 o’clock ticking tocking is ages away. The only speed in Winnipeeg last night was provided by a very nice synchronised flypast by three jets.

Compared to SLC, I was rested, I had a very salubrious dwelling (I’d been provided with the sole use of a stunning loft-conversion apartment for three nights, just two blocks from the theatre where U2 were rehearsing – muchas gracias Edssel!), and I had no bothersome lil health gremlins. I watched the show from down in the pit on Edge’s side, about the 7 o’clock position, four rows in from the back rail. There were little pockets of space sprinkled through the pit. The atmosphere of any outdoor concert suffers from being played in daylight. And spaceships always look more impressive at night. But there was a good atmosphere around me, although few people seemed to know the words to many of the songs.

It was a brisk night. Larry layered up a few times during the show, and both he and Edge fought the onstage wind chill with very snazzy scarves during the encores. Adam however didn’t look like he was enjoying himself as much as he normally does, with no bouncy bopping. Bono didn’t seem to mind the chill. “We’re not cold. You’re Canadian, we’re Irish” he told the audience.

I was physically warmed up by a University of Manitoba hoodie I borrowed from my buddy Chris (who has the indistinction of being the first ever purchaser of Me & U2 in North America). And I was musically heated by the sumptuous, warbling, marrow-shuddering bass of Zooropa. It felt a bit like the physical bass assault from a Leftfield or Chemical Brothers gig in the 90s, like techno thermal undies.

Random observations:

After all the excitement of so many new additions to the setlist during this year’s tour, and the variations to the setlist in La Plata, Sao Paulo and especially in Mexico City, the last three shows have strangely been identical (excusing last night’s dropped MoS, which was on the printed setlist).

There were new Canadian visual and musical elements during the intro to Get On Your Boots.

Bono told the crowd in Wwinipeg (and also in Denver) that Magnificent is still a work in progress. Larry’s drumming sounded more like the better, olde Magnificent. Perhaps they can go full circle with it.

The lovely LED jackets, first worn in Denver, were back.

Larry was whipping up the crowd on the outer rail during his djemba parade in Crazy Tonight, obviously celebrating the Republic of Ireland footie team’s glorious thrashing of Scotland in Dublin to become the inaugural winners of the Celtic Cup.

The biggest response of the show came when Bono asked the crowd to lift their hands up during Walk On for Aung San Suu Kyi. His previous requests during I Will Follow and Mysterious Ways had mixed daylight responses. He finally got all the hands up when the sun had set.

According to the pre-show statistics displayed on the screen, last night was the 91st show of the tour, there are seventeen cities left to visit, and U2 have played fifty-one songs. My new airport waiting challenge is to list them all without peaking at U2Gigs.
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