Sep 26, 2009

The Giants of Rock at Giant's Stadium

I paid my respects (and my $120) to my favorite rock band, U2, at Giant's stadium on Thursday night. I've seen them in concert many times before, so I knew I was in for a great show, some positive energy, a lot of fist-pumping, and a sore throat the next day. No surprises there; they were in great form.
I was surprised at how unfamiliar my fellow 80,000 concert-goers were with U2's latest album, No Line on the Horizon. The crowd seemed to get a little antsy, and even a little frustrated, when U2 interrupted the flow of past favorites like I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and Sunday Bloody Sunday with moodier numbers from the new album. I've been loving the new album, so I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to hear it live, though, if I could text one tip to Bono's sponsored Blackberry, it'd be "opn w/gt on ur bts nxt tm" (open with Get On Your Boots next time).
I especially enjoyed renditions of Crazy Tonight, the aforementioned Get On Your Boots, and Magnificent, and highly recommend the album overall.
Bono and the boys sounded and looked amazing, but I wish they'd performed at Madison Square Garden instead of Giant's Stadium; one of my favorite parts of the U2 concert experience is feeling the crowd–there's just so much love at a U2 concert–but so much of that positive energy flew out through the open roof.

Then again, humanitarians that they are, Bono, The Edge, Adam, and Larry probably wanted to pump some feel-good power-anthems out into the deflated New York and New Jersey skies...

"You don’t know how beautiful
You. Don’t. Know. How
Beautiful you are

You don’t know,
and you don’t get it, do you?

You don’t know how beautiful you are!"


Kleinbery said...

We saw them in Tampa on Friday! It was a great show--I, too, noticed the impatience with their new material. A large number of folks in our section sat down! It's not my favorite album, but the songs always sound great live. I'm hoping it'll grow on me a bit more.

Jacinta said...

So glad you took your little bun-in-the-oven to see U2! I actually sighed aloud at your comment that people in Tampa sat down for the new stuff. U2 could easily just cruise now on the material they have already created in their careers, but they don't–they keep on making music and pushing themselves and sharing it. I guess they can't always please everyone, but damn; stand up people! I know you paid a lot for those seats but you need to be up on your feet to fully take-in and appreciate the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world right now!

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