Czw 6 VIII – U2 360° Tour
Oh yes, oh yes - this was THE concert of this summer. This was THE concert of the tour also I think - U2
live in Chorzow.
My second U2 gig, was as great and as emotional as the first one. Though I really must say that I am not a huge fan of the latest album - No Line on the Horizon
. I mean - I like (or better - liked) couple of songs and I though they were quite good, but the album as a whole was not good enough. At least that was my impression up till yesterday. I could have lived without it. Now I don't think I could do that anymore. But about the concert...
I will skip the bad organization, great stage and all the technical details (wow those guys pulled up with to direct the lights.. i mean WOW). Let's just focus on the concert and on the music and on the band and on the public and on the interaction and on all those feelings and emotions around - I mean that leaves a lot aspects to cover anyway.
So shortly about the support band - Snow Patrol
came out pretty nice. I mean I knew them from couple of songs - mostly Chasing Cars
and so on. So I did not expect that they could actually have balls enought to play such a good supporting act. I was disappointed not to have Kaiser Chiefs
but now I say - give me some songs about the eyes by Snow Patrol and I will gladly listen ;) (though how many songs can you actually sing a bout eyes guys, come on :P).
Anyway good supporting band, played well and the audience responce was great. I even think that they were a bit surprised, that people reacted to them so well. Well - that's rock'n roll :)
But the true rock'n roll party began one hour after. first they played on the speakers Ground Control to Major Tom
to give us the feeling od the space station - the huge influence begind the stage shape ;)
But then the lights went down and after a while we could hear the first notes of Breathe
- I mean that was a great choice for start. This was a song that I kinda liked, but now i really LOVE IT!!! Fantastic entrence. Then the band played No Line on the Horizon
, Get on Your Boots
almost in a row. And I must say I was surpirsed with how great those songs sounded live. I now think this is the huge power of the album - it's made to be sung live. All the "oh-oh" parts in those songs sung by 70 000 people. Come on - it just HAS TO make an impression. Plus the guitars in Magnificent - I adore them so much now... Great song.
The band was in fantastic shape - the tempo at the beginning was so upbeat that I could hardly take it. They played those 4 FAST song first and then went on with Beautiful Day
. Throughout the songs Bono was running around the stage, singing so close to people and without any voice problems. I mean - he was AWESOME.
And then there it was - New Year's Day
and teh HUGE POLISH FLAG on the stadium, or rather - the stadium WAS a huge polish flag. Though it was the second time it happened, the feeling was still the same - overwhelming and guys from the band reacted imidiately - Bono took the "Solidarnosc" flag from a guy standing close to the stage and afterwards he said that there has to be some kind of connection between Polish and Irish nation and that Europe needs more countries like Poland. He was also speaking (or trying to) in Polish saying thanx and stuff. That was one hell of a magical moment. And not only did we made the flag - the whole telebim was in red and white colours. I mean - they did it for us as we did it for them. And it was beautiful and it was amazing... And the magic lasted for the next song - Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
. They started to play it, but the whole stadium was singing it, so Bono asked the rest of the guys to play it very silently so we all can be heard. And so it was - the crowd sang first half of the song by itself. T'was FANTASTIC! We also sang the following Stand By me snippet together with Bono :)
Then there was acoustic version of Stuck in a Moment
and Happy brithday and Sto Lat for The Edge. This was the second time I had tears in my eyes - when Bono was singingYou gotta stand up straight, carry your own way. Those tear are going noweher, baby...
. I have already forgotten how I used to love the song and it totally reminded me this. Plus the Edge was singing too :)
Also Bono sung a song for his daughter - Unknown Caller
was a mervelous dedication. And the way the crowd was shoutin out the words of the song - Restart and re-boot yourself
right now! and the emphasis on the ooh-oh then ;) and how Bono shouted You know the password - SOLIDARITY! Enter here!
Then the magic went on to the incredible The Unforgetable Fire
and one of my favs - The city of Blinding Lights
when the telebim went down and the stage went crazy with colours. Then the crowd went even more crazy for Vertigo
and then the live version of Crazy Tonight
just rocked me all the way. It was electric, it was fast, up-beat and it was great! Especially with Bono dancing and shouting some silly dance quotes ;)
After that there was the next magical moment of course during Sunday Bloody Sunday
when all stage went green :) And the song was dedicated to Iran. Everybody was singing and shouting. Tis after all one of the best songs ever. And after that - another great song and 70 000 people singing I WANT MORE IN THE NAME OF LOVE
- i mean that makes such an impression!!!! just try to walk pass it not giving a damn - it's impossible not to be touched!
And the political moments went on with Bono talking about the woman who was elected in Birma in 1992 and since then held captive in her own house just because she won the election. He asked us to held up the paper masks that were given out before the show - masks with her face. He quoted Czeslaw Niemen
(having some trouble pronouncing his name) that this is a strange world and decidated the next song to her - Walk On
- what you got they can't steal it, no they can't even feel it
. And he asked some volunteers on the stage - normal people wearing the masks with this woman's face went around the stage. I mean some people may not like Bono being so politically involved. But i say - screw you! At least he does something. Maybe that's not gona change anything, but it will certainly help more than doing nothing. At least he does what he can.
And to emphasis this there was a speach by some african guy who was talking to us from the telebim that we really can change everything if we all work together - work AS ONE!
after that there was Where the Streets Have No Name
and after the song Bono asked to turn of the lights on the stage and asked us to turn on our cells and create a sort of a milky way. The night was perfect - dark and silent and there was a full moon and the whole stadium was was sparkling with the mobiles and it was MAGIC once again. And in this cosmic atmosphere they played One
. And the band said their thanks and byes with that song,
but this was not the end - the whole stadium begun stamping and it sounded like an earthquake at the beginning ;) and so the band went out again - Bono was wearing a jacket that was lit with many little LED red lights and they played Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
and he had this great microphone hanging from the ceiling that he was hanging on ;) this was mostly useful during the next With our without you
when duing the ooooooh part Bono was tossing the mik all around the stage into the crowd.
The show ended with Bono down on his knees singing Moment of Surrender
. As he said - the night never to be forgotten.
I will certainly alwasy remember it.
Thanx alot to everybody who went there to make the flag happen and to the Band and I mean - till the next one!