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I follow U2 concerts since 25 years, but the feelings given by the 360°Tour at an emotional, physical and mental level, do not equate any kind of showor concert ever seen before. In fact, it contains and elaborates all ofthe topics explored in previous tours: the rebellion during Live Aid years, thesparkling energy of Joshua Tree, the theme of the challenge and self-irony facedduring ZooTV, the majestic royality of Popomart, the level of intimacyreached with Elevation, the explosive force of Vertigo, all back and reddressed, whose antennae announced the arrival of ... The Claw…The Claw, called"the spider", with its four legs (four just like our heroes, thecolumns and soundtracks of all our lives, our hook with reality, the pillars ofour existances). Insects, unlike other birds that stand upright on two legsonly, can make use of many supports, and are therefore able to stayhorizontally through them. They have wings, but they can choose to stay onthe ground, not flying away, just like the ones at the end of the concert, remainingattached to the screen, remaining on the floor, even if supported by wings, asif they just returned from a long and restless trip, God knows going towardswhere, and seem to want to have some rest, some breath… this image reminds mealso that one of the angels, that even having wings to fly above theworld, choose to live amongst us, an issue widely discussed in the films by WimWenders ... and the so small coexist with the so big, so close but yet so faraway, living in just one life’s beat...The smallest insects are stuck to our bigspaceship, whose cylindrical screen absorbs you into its space-timecoordinates, those of the show, like pulling out from a magical hat an infinitedance of lights, colours, images, bringing you through this journey, aninfinite one. The show of constrasts which coexist and live together, the showof the small and big certainties, such as those wings painted on the shirt,dressed by the most theatrically static artist of the band, for obvious reasons.From the intimate space image of the insects attached to the circular screen, wepass to the visual dimension of the gigantic claw, or spider, that even withthe four legs firmly planted on the ground, makes you able to fly towardsinfinite horizons, on a trip towards detailed, unexplored and precisespace-time coordinates. Our feet, like the legs of the claw, remain firmlyplanted on the ground, but at the same time they’re dancing to the rhythm of360°, which wraps and envelops you with that vital incessant throb coming fromthe speakers, aimed and oriented to bomb every single cell of our bodies...Atrip towards the inside as the outside of ourselves, just as if the legs of thespider wraps us up into a space/time network woven just for us. "ItCan Be Said That Essentially all organisms are insects" (Robert May 1988). Ifit’s true that insects are 5 / 6 of the animal kingdom, reminding us not onlyfrom where we came from, but also being part of everyone’s life, it’s aso truethat this show can be enjoyed by persons of every age, infact children,teenagers and adults appreciate that, becouse it’s spoken a universal language,which touches deeply the soul of each person of any religion or culture. Arthas universal value, and speaks a language which can be understood by everyonein the world. Insects are part of everyone’s life as well as problems anddisappointments, they sure bring diseases to humans and plants, but at the sametime they can produce silk and honey, like meaning that we can turn each negativesituation into something constructive. Every insect we know of has aspecial particularity, unique amongst birds, they infact can be horizontallywhile retaining the wings, and that is how they are presented, as if theirmission and attempt is leading us to a precise inner space, where our questionsare all answered ... the spacecraft wants to encourage the dimension of thejourney, that particular interior and exterior vital space where we feel asense of constant surprise, when we are absorbed in our thoughts and we arecrouching to enjoy the landscape in search of ourselves, measuring our limitsand our unboundedness, while facilitating an intimate space that only we knowbecause it is made from echoes that resonate only in our souls ... The 360°takes you to a wonderful journey in discovering of the past, present andfuture, a journey through time and space. The coordinates are those of the"Showtime", the beginning is defined and articulated by analogicaland digital clocks, which both speak two different languages. Our mind speaksan analogical language, a metaphoric one, becouse mental superstructures havethe capacity to elaborate and adjust external inputs according their owninternal logic, based mainly on past experiences coordinates. The body,instead, speaks a digital language, which all tecnologies have in common withtheir switch on/off buttom; muscles infact, for exammple, are or relaxed orcontracted, there is no middle way, no elaboration, no superstructure, and thelanguage used is really universal, unike mental/metaphoric one which isstrictly personal and based on our own experiences. These two languagesspeak and communicate with the two levels at which they are linked, theanalogical one talks to the mind, the digital one to the body. Ittherefore seems clear that those digital and analogical clocks before the show wantto announce a journey which will takes place at a physical level, with all thepeople around, and at a mental level, inside ourselves. The spatial coordinatesseem to refer mainly to the physical form of the circle, in which the startingpoint is the point of arrival, as if the cathartic space or transactional spacefrom Winniccott (the space reserved for the games, necessary for experimentingand learning, for an healthy growth) had no beginning and no end, even if welldefined, just as if the focus would be more in the importance of the travel,rather than in the point of departure and arrival, and suggestsing thenecessity to come back to the origins to reach goals. Space and time have botha metaphoric circular form, which coexist and come together becoming showtimespace/time coordinates. The network is woven, breaking the barriers of soundand light, of space and time, no line on the horizon is left…nine….eight…seven….thejourney can begin….six…five….four…in the circle and in circularity of space andtime, the beginning and the end coincide, such as a will to start that magicmeeting from the point it was interrupted, such as to resume the conversationwhere you left of….three…two…one….and it finally comes that magic moment, whenthey arrive on stage, saving intact during all these years that surprise andwonder feeling, common to each human person at his first journey…and we startto share that magic network made just for us, magic becouse it breaks thelinearity of the one known as space-time net, in fact on the same screencoexist insects and astronauts, our hands as our heroes, our kisses, as ourquestions. ... and we remain stuck in those screens just as if we were seeingpassing the movie of our lives, just like the insects at the end of theconcert, which do not seem wanting to go away in any way, just like us..Thespatial coordinates are determined by the rings, the screen cylinder, and thecircular shape is repeated at several levels, in fact even the microphonemagically becomes a steering wheel, which is also circular. A steeringwheel which becomes also a key, or a hook for the jacket of blinding lights....As if to say that we should all put aside our masks in order to find the realkey to open doors of endless horizons and ... just like the steeringwheel is attached by a wire to the top of the claw, we are somehow alldriven from above to find our place in the world, but we have to haveconfidence in the superior forces, if we want to be conducted in the place thatbelongs to us, using the same confidence Bono has when he oscilates on it,well aware that only a rope keeps him safe. In the circle things go back to thestarting point and they start from where it was over, as if only in thiscircularity of events we could then find ourselves, which is the main goal ofevery real or mental journey. A journey which implyies the involvement of mindand body, a journey in space towards infinite horizons, just like the lost astronautshum “Where the streets have no name†before colliding like stars with the Claw,without worrying about it ... a journey with spatial coordinates that intersectin a vertical and horizontal axis, giving order to chaos .....So we allleave for this trip which involves physical and mental levels, a journeytowards the infinity, which is said an excellent place to start ... a journeywith internal and external coordinates, just as it takes place inside andoutside of us ... A journey through colors, sounds, emotions, memories that wecarry, each one linked to a song. Music is the real star, becouse eachtime we listen to our favourite song of one entire life, it happens the magicof art, according which we have the feeling it’s the first time we hear it, andwe feel overwhelmed just as if it was our first instant, even if we listened toit millions times, just becouse they are played with soul and heart, like onlyTHEM are abe to do, becouse they are abe to kidnap us for two entire hours of magicand chemistry and emotions, two hours during which we are able to forget allour sadness, becouse it only matters to dance, sing and scream out all of ourjoy to be there, just in that moment, just together with THEM!!! OUR HEROES!!!The true masters of our lives, able to call us from everywhere in the world,lighten our life like noone else, going on stage in that alchemy and chemistrythat only friends who really enjoy themselves can form, giving a meaning toeverything which never had a sense, they seem to know where to bring all of us,holding our hands, with that big sensitivity and intelligence given only to thebiggest artists, they bring us into this journey into their space and theirtime, with all the songs which have raised all of us up, played with alwaysbiggest intensity and professionality, which coexist with the new excitingsongs, expressions at the top level of the reasons why each of us feel part oftheir life in history, they know where to bring us, into this journey throughpast, present and future of their music…they know how to surround us with theirwarm embrace which warms the heart and how to guide us towards that liberatingcathartic space, where we can be ourselves without fear judgments, becausethey are not critical observers, but invaluable companions, spectators of theiraudience .... They are the heroes that turn all bitterness and fatigue intoenergy, converting what has no logic in something useful. Always attentiveto the present, they teach us to treasure the past for a betterfuture. Always aware of their humble origins, they're able to break downevery barrier that stands between artists and their audience. They dobreak all limits, all barriers, indicating that the stage belongs to them as tous, and that they love us as much as we love them... Thanks to them is keptintact over the years the gaming space, needed for any healthy growth, thanksto them stolen smiles come back to their light, the heart beats back its joy ofliving, and we all wish that journey would never end...They still seem to besurprised and emotionated to give us so many emotions, in the constant searchof a feedback in our faces, as if they stil don’t believe they’re number one inthe world, as if they need us to remind them the reason why after all theseyears they’re still able to emotionate us and themselves so deeply in singingand playing their soul’s colours….the circle closes on the band, as if theywere just pushed out from the magic hat, thanking a magic wand…they communicatethey still love what they do and they love everything they do, giving us somany emotions that sometimes it becomes hard to contain them all…and besideseach song reminds far memories, smiles and some woundts, the joy and the gracefelt during those moments is impossible to describe. Time flies, but to grow updoesn’t scare anymore. Becouse we feel like we’re able to fly during thosemoments, inside those circles, as if those insects had given us their wings, asif we really entered a magical space, interesting also becouse all of thesmiling friends around, sharing with us dreams and reality, sweat andmagic….The horizon disappears, we start to flight high, over all the problems,over all human miseries, becouse we share the hightest level of human race, theartistic one, creating music, lyrics, giving voice to all of our feelings,creating wonderful songs but also the biggest emotions…given becouse playedwith their soul and love…They’re our giants, but also so humble and small…theybring us into their show which becomes ours too, celebrating everyone in hisown way the spectacle of our existances…the show has a beginning, but seem notwanting to ever end…if it wasn’t for security pushing us out of the pit, wewould still be there, attached to that dreaming space, of freedom and passion,of life and show, just like those insects remain attached to the screen. Becousewe share the joy and the awareness to have just made the best ever journey ofour lives, the one that even if you’re not moving anywhere, leaves you rich ofmany many things, such as the awareness of our limits and unboundedness, the awareness of thepowers of human resources, and thousands of chorus, whose echoes will soundinto our souls forever, at their rhythm of music, as always. Thanks U2!!! God bless you!!!

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Lol, janettesmile.gif

but at least Barbara was very impressed so there must have been something more.....? smile.gif We want to know too!

Sorry sorry sorry it will be back tomorrow, I'm working on that as some parts were not very clear, please have patience til late tomorrow, and thanks Barbara, your feedback is precious ;)

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[quote name='barbara1 wrote:


Janette B']So there was something written at one point . . . makes sense now, lol. Looking forward to reading it, Tiz!!!

yep, there was something there janette, did you think i was just being perky?! wink.gif 

and cuious for the new version, tiz.
Done, I hope it's better done than before ;)
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