The show last night was great for the sound and the setlist. Band was on par with most other performances, and I was very excited to get different rotational songs on the E-stage from my run of shows in Boston.
However, I must say I was horribly disappointed in the NYC crowd last night (I was in Balcony 221 - first seated show this tour and first seats since Vertigo Tour). I know expectations might be a bit high given my preference for and experience in GA, but a majority of patrons in our section (and surrounding sections) were sitting for about 3/4 of the show. Literally no standing, no dancing, no singing... it was like going to the movies!!
I suppose the frustration comes from knowing how the band feeds off the energy from the crowd. For instance, there was palpable anticipation and electricity building in the crowd leading up to EACH Boston show, and from the floor you could see the entire building erupt when the band took the stage. In other words, the driving dynamic between U2 and its fans in the live setting has always felt like: we (fans) give it everything we have for those 2-3 hours, and the band will give it right back. Unfortunately, last night felt like the band was "fighting" harder to win the crowd over more than I've seen at any other show in other cities across multiple tours.
I guess it's just a little uncomfortable (with regard to the contrast of GA experience) when I question if I'm being an asshole by dancing and enjoying myself while everyone around me is sitting. I mean the point is to have fun, no?!?
Anyway, I still had a great time - it is a U2 show nevertheless. I just encourage those fans attending the last four NYC shows to help build up the crowd a bit. It really makes all the difference in how the show is experienced!