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Ok - I promise that I didn’t ask Bono to pose for this shot, and further promise that this was taken on an iPhone (and not a recent one).   Bono wishes all of MSG and America a Happy 4th of

OK - I am far too awake from tonight to go to sleep (insert appropriate line from "Bad" here)... Those of you who were able to listen to the show know it was (to borrow a term I learned in the UK

Larry just tossed drumsticks to woman in front. Large guy reached over and grabbed. Larry looked at him and pointed to woman. Large man gave up stick. Larry don't play dat.   absolute idol!

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One more post on the show because there is a bit more to say about it. @JCF and I were pondering where to stand in advance of the show, and we had a difficult time fixing on one spot - walkway rail? e-stage? Main stage again? So many choices. (It was also difficult to think clearly because we were at risk of melting most of the day.) However, once we were admitted, the choice became clear - the siren song of main stage rail on Adam's side caressed our ears again. So, that where we were again. :)

There were many "regulars" in our midst as well. She knew several people whom she had met at the Boston shows, I recognized a couple people from Philadelphia, and we both recognized people with whom we had just seen the Newark show together just two days before. There were also new faces. The main one was meeting an Australian drummer who was currently living in California. Before the show, he just seemed like a meek and mild fellow - the key word here is "seemed". Once the show started, this guy was an absolute whirlwind of energy - frankly, he was the kind of fan who should be right up front, i.e., unmistakably, and very visibly, enthusiastic. :D He was/is a drummer and had been trying to get a stick from Larry for a very long time - no luck. (He even had clever signs - I can't remember the one he used tonight (perhaps JCF can remember), but he told us about a past sign: "Old man needs new stick." That made me laugh for a bit! :lol: I also thought that was clever enough to have earned a Mullen-employed stick, but no...)

Well, this guy was jumping up and down and singing at the top of his lungs all night! He even engaged me/us in something that I hadn't done in a long time: competitive shout-singing. Perhaps that's unfair, maybe "resounding collaborative singing" would be a nicer description. No - he sang in my face; thus, I sang in his. He loved it. It amused me after a while too. This carried on all show long - my voice has definitely gotten stronger the past 2 1/2 weeks; I wasn't even hoarse at the end! I think JCF was challenged in a similar fashion. Did I mention he had a lot of energy?

I also had this weird synchronistic thing happen during "Cedarwood Road". When The Edge started playing, I thought, "Ooooh! Edge's tone on this song tonight sounds really gritty!" The funny thing is that my thought came out of this other woman's mouth as I was thinking it. For a brief moment, I thought I might have mastered unintentional ventriloquism. But, the truth was simpler: we thought the same thing at the same time. (Edge's tone was especially good on this song tonight.) It's cool when people notice the same things at the same time - the appearance of connection in the crowd is more palpable when it happens.

The band was really up for the show tonight. That was obvious. For example, at the beginning of "The Blackout" (and all the way through too), Larry was just wailing on the drums. The snap and pop of the skins was deeply resonant. That song always sounds great, but tonight all night it was like the drums were in my ears. Bono was on all night. His MacPhisto was perfect and "Acrobat" was extra fiery as a result. If you looked at my pictures on the last page, he was his megaphonic self even without the megaphone; however, with the megaphone, he was downright heroic. Adam was full-blown rock god tonight - "Yes, I'm going to pound my bass and look awesome at the same time all night - as an extra treat, I'm going to make it look effortless. AND, I'm going to flirt with all the ladies - all at the same time (but especially with those by main stage rail ;))." The Edge's guitar playing had extra bite all night - "Acrobat" sounded like the album version on steroids; the same with "Desire".

I have also learned to really love the acoustic YTBTAM - it's the perfect antidote to the sonic and visual overload of "Acrobat". In fact, I find myself humming the live version to myself at odd moments of the day. Now, I still love the album version, but this version is really, really good. It's the same dichotomy that the live and studio versions of YKIGCIIDGCT had during U2360 - the studio version was great, but the live version was a real standout because it was so different from its studio counterpart.

Besides the new songs, the songs that sounded extra good were the AB songs - they just had so much life in them. You see why they stick around.

I'm also liking how they doubled down on "All Because Of You" - that's the song they think fits best in that part of the show. They tried a few others through the tour, but this is the one they keep returning to. Good on them. They have a message on this tour, and this song helps deliver it best in their view. Now, I like "Gloria", "The Electric Co.", and "Red Flag Day" (among the other assorted songs) just as much as everyone else does. But, "All Because Of You" is a very good track and it fits. Frankly, I'm pretty fond of most HTDAAB tracks, and this one is no exception.

The closing songs of each section are just right: UTEOTW, COBL, and 13 are just right to close each section. The transitions I look forward to every night (i.e., the HMTMKMKM video and the trippy "Elevation" beginning). These, of course, are general observations now for the whole tour; however, how much their forward planning succeeded really hit me tonight.

You know in advance that people like Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Stipe will be in the crowd, but it's still a thrill when you get the confirmation that they are. Even more impressive to have the both the President and Taoiseach (i.e., Prime Minister) of Ireland in the house, as well as very many representatives from the UN.

Well, it was a special and touching night - as others have pointed out many times, the One/LIBTAIIW/13 ending is perfect, not only to end this show, but the concept behind this most recent pair of albums, almost like a full stop/period. I loved that they used Blake as a template for the last two albums, and that they did it so well.

 

One final thought occurred to me too: "Gee, that lightbulb from "Ultraviolet" has come a long way, hasn't it?"

 

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...and a P.S. to celebrate a week's passing since I saw one of the best U2 shows I have ever seen - in fact, the last two I saw were among their very best ever, IMHO.

I am so grateful that the band (and their team behind the scenes) designed and executed such an amazing tour. It is only a few days after the Mohegan Sun finale, and I already miss seeing/hearing this concert. As I already said in a previous post, I hope they set a record for how quickly they can bring a DVD/BluRay to market for this tour; I'll be pre-ordering the deluxe version (whatever it turns out to be) immediately.

Thank you, U2, for everything - please come back as soon as you can. 

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2 hours ago, dmway said:

...and a P.S. to celebrate a week's passing since I saw one of the best U2 shows I have ever seen - in fact, the last two I saw were among their very best ever, IMHO

I've been going to see U2 for 30+ years and the Newark show stands out big time.

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Just now, CorkVegan said:

I've been going to see U2 for 30+ years and the Newark show stands out big time.

Yes - MSG 3 is only fractionally ahead in my mind. Newark was stellar.

 

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...and thanks to the humble suggestions from kind and friendly folk, I have been able to track down this show for my listening pleasure! B)

The comment about The Edge's guitar sound during "Cedarwood Road" that was made by a woman standing near me (and also made in my own mind at the same time) still holds true - even on the recording his sound is awesome! I'm still on the first half of the show, but so far this listening delight is filling the void I have felt since the day after Uncasville (July 4, to be exact).

More later... :Zoo_Angel:

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On 7/10/2018 at 2:38 PM, dmway said:

...and thanks to the humble suggestions from kind and friendly folk, I have been able to track down this show for my listening pleasure! B)

The comment about The Edge's guitar sound during "Cedarwood Road" that was made by a woman standing near me (and also made in my own mind at the same time) still holds true - even on the recording his sound is awesome! I'm still on the first half of the show, but so far this listening delight is filling the void I have felt since the day after Uncasville (July 4, to be exact).

More later... :Zoo_Angel:

...and a bit more, now that I have finally heard it all.

One of the sites that rates shows has said that the recording of this show is one of the best ever, and I have to concur. The band and audience were fully on for MSG 3, and the recording captures that. It is lovely to have a permanent reminder of such a wonderful concert.

A great show is coming your way soon, Europe! B)

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On 7/8/2018 at 8:41 PM, dmway said:

I hope they set a record for how quickly they can bring a DVD/BluRay to market for this tour; I'll be pre-ordering the deluxe version (whatever it turns out to be) immediately.

Me too.  I can finally see all the visuals when they do.  I hope they do a docu segment about MacPhisto; how it was conceived and written; how it was produced; how they pulled it off night after night.  SOE is an amazing show.  I was up by the main stage.  I could not see the E stage.  I like that because they'll be new things for the European shows...if I can EVER get periscope to work.  arrgghhhh.    Really looking forward to more live shows.  Have they mentioned filing a BluRay?  Any speculation?  I've neither seen nor heard anything.  I badly want to see U2 at MSG...any show would be great.  The thought of U2 at MSG and seeing New York for the first time is a very pleasant one.

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On 7/2/2018 at 11:55 PM, dmway said:

Well, be sure you're here for Uncasville tonight! Attendance will be taken! ;) :D

Missed that one too and it was going to be my first final night of the American leg show.  I was at other concert during these shows. It's all good.  Time for me first first show of the European leg when they return.  Now, if I can just figure out periscope....LOL.  I had no luck with any of the shows.   They were still a lot of fun.

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