Last weekend Jason and I attended the greatest show in the world- U2 (along with 60,000 other fans). However, it nearly wasn't to be with Jason locking the work garage door opener, his swipe card for work and the tickets in the car. For about 20 minutes we were wondering what to do as Jason couldn't get hold of any work mates. Finally we managed to get hold of Al, who was going to come down and save the day for us... and low and behold, someone came out of the building and we were in. Crisis averted.
The show started with Jay-Z rocking the crowd, for a rapper it was really good and he and his band really got the crowd going.
After the opening act we had about 30 minutes to wait.... until... U2 kicked things off with a rendition of Beautiful Day, on a beautiful warm night with the moon glowing overhead.
During the start of the show, Bono drew a comical analogy between cricket and rock and roll, referencing the day's Ashes Cricket showdown between Aussie and England. After likening each of the band members to cricket players, he got to the point. His observations that the Aussies and the Irish shared an "overwhelming desire to stick it to the Brits"... it was pretty funny and got great cheers from the crowd.
There was a great blend of old and new songs, including I will follow, Pride (In the Name of Love), Mysterious Ways, I still haven't found what I'm looking for, With or Without you, One, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Walk On.
U2's 360 tour is probably the biggest ever and most impressive concert Perth has seen. It was visually epic, with Bono at one stage wearing a laser jacket and many cameras hidden all over the alien-like claw capturing every moment while he and The Edge strutted a range of catwalks allowing the masses to get up close and personal with the stars. Here's some shots of the stage:
One lucky lady will never forget her close encounter with Bono, after being pulled up onto the stage only to have him lay in her lap as he sang the romantic In A Little While. While she looked suitably stunned, he slow danced with her, only to leave her with a kiss on the back of the hand.
Here's a couple of shots of the band rocking it out:So, Poppy has now been to Crowded House and U2 and I was VERY tempted by Kings of Leon and Santana (both in March). But we decided against it.
All I can say is, what a great evening and if you get a chance, I recommend seeing U2 live!!! Wicked.