I enjoyed the concert but it was uninspiring. I am not sure I saw the band crack a smile all night. Larry and Edge were grim as can be. Bono's voice was good but not great, seemed to lack a little power and evidenced by him not doing the opera voice in Miss Sarajevo.
First the highlights; Sunday Bloody Sunday/New Years Day was a great one, two punch to start the show. A Sort of Homecoming - unexpected and very well done. Trip Through Your Wires - One of the few songs that I thought added energy to the night. Miss Sarajevo - the video was very well done. The Little Things Give You Away - always nice to hear a new song.
The lowlights; The sound - even twenty rows back on the floor it was a bit boom-y and echo-y as hell. Pacing - way too many down tempo songs and the string of One Tree Hill, Exit and Mothers sucked every bit of energy from the show and was the wrong time for the band to leave the stage. Lena Dunham as a woman worth honoring (what the f were they thinking, she's admitted to molesting her sister). The Bono lead "Power of the people...." sing-a-long just flopped. More pacing - Streets was way too early, the video for Miss Sarejevo was so serious it needed to be followed up by something upbeat and known. The lack of passion by the band by the end of the show - to me it looked like they left saying "well that didn't go as expected". beautiful Day - I appreciate they re-worked the song but it didn't work for me but kudos for trying. Pacing aging - ending the show with an unknown song.
I think there will be lots of tinkering with the show. I am sure Vertigo will be added. A few more up tempo songs are required as well. re-think the women you display and honor; Rosa Parks, the Suffragettes, Lena Dunham - one of these does not belong.
i am interested in following the setlists and see how they evolve as evolve they must.