Tuesday, October 11, 2005

 

"As a rock star, I have two instincts, I want to have fun, and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both"


Monday night I saw U2 at Madison Square Garden. While I am certain that words cant do justice to what I experienced with my own eyes I have been asked to try...so here goes.

I felt like I was at a world summit, a movement, a gathering of progressive minds, in brief it was more that just a rock show. I don't know how many of you have seen U2 in concert, but I assure you nobody is better live than U2. I repeat, nobody is better live. And, when you can walk a way from a show feeling totally entertained and also feeling like you learned something, well, that is worth more than just the ticket price.

"Jesus, Jew, Mohammed, its true. Learn to Coexist," was what Bono begged the audience after a chilling anti war set that included Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky and a moment of Please. He sang Ms. Sarajevo, a song that was performed in 1995 for another world cause and somehow it rang so true last night in the garden.

I cried during Where the Streets Have No Name because the sound of this song live makes me think of happiness. And I wept during One as Bono talked of the massive poverty that inflicts a huge part of the world population, including the poverty in our own America.

I clapped when they sang Beautiful Day because it reminded me of when I last saw U2 in Madison Square Garden just months after 9/11. Bono got it then, just as he gets it now. I clapped even harder when Bono thanked Alicia Keys, Michael Stipe, and Jan Wenner for their work in the Make Poverty History campaign. And I let out a screeching yelp when they encored with Zoo Station. A song I have not heard live since the Zoo TV show I saw in Toronto.

The stage was innovative as it was artistic. They used the lighting and staging to compliment the energy of their music. They used screens resembling curtains that did more that just paint the arena with light; they showered us with messages we needed to read and national flags we need to see.

They ended as they always do with With or Without You, sending us home with full minds, open hearts and a revitalized perspective on the world.

That you U2 for caring about the world more than you have to.

Comments:
You make me very jealous!
 
The saddest thing about U2 is that Larry Mullen is not aging as well as he might. Though not as badly as Billy Idol.
 
I'm glad you tried, xtine. I felt it. Beautiful. Beautiful. Now I wanna ride, too!

Call me a big pussy, but I once cried in the shower over "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own".
 
still.....more cowbell wouldn't hurt.....MORE COWBELL!!!
 
i've never seen U2 live and now i REALLY want to :).
 
ABSOLUTELY!! U2 puts on the most amazing experience every time. They are as unbelieveable as they were when they first came on scene, now they just have seasoned maturity to add to their already impressive history as do the Stones, Eagles, etc. They are exceptionally exceptional and I'm extremely jealous that you just saw them.
 
loved the post!!! and the pic at the top!!! thanks gurl!!
 
I too, have never seen U2.

Tickets are just too expensive for me to justify.

I have most of their albums and singles, though...

hmmm... why do I avoid them?

B megalomania or fighting mainstream???
 
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