I was at night one and two, it's hard for me to be objective, I had a fantastic time both nights, second night was especially good, Desire and Angel Of Harlem really continued the party atmosphere that Mysterious ways started and got everyone moving with some real feel good factor, Bono was much more engaged with the audience throughout the show and seemed to enjoy it more, I saw far more smiling and laughter from the other band members too (except for Adam who is ALWAYS smiling ).
It is harder for me to judge how the new songs came across as I think you have to be able to take in the screen to fully appreciate them, but the songs that rely less on the screen as part of the performance were captivating, Iris and EBW, SFS was also wonderful but I think because I was near the e stage so saw more of Bono's performance. I certainly can't say anything bad about the new songs, so that's got to be good!
I might not be the biggest Noel fan, but I really appreciated the ISHFWILF duet, simply because I know they have been good friends for a long time and it's nice to have that sense of chemistry, plus it was the first time I have seen ISHFWILF live and being my all time favourite song I was reduced to tears of joy.
The down and out rock show at the start has oodles of energy and was perfectly executed, the intimate section was oozing love and feel good factor whether it was EBW or Desire (Desire was full band, not acoustic which as pretty damned special!).
I still commend the decision to introduce the Zooropa rather than Mother and Child Reunion segue to Streets, it works flawlessly and perfectly transitions the mood from EBW, October and BTBS into the sky high reaches of Streets, which is then followed by Pride to give all that energy somewhere to flow before WOWY.
The last injection of energy before the final song works nicely (you wouldn't want to be gently swaying for 3 whole songs at the end), One was of course a great opportunity for the audience to be together one last time, but for me ISHFWILF followed by All You Need Is Love had a far more upbeat feel whilst still achieving the unity the last song reaches for.
This one of my photo's taken from night 2 during Desire
In terms of best places to stand, I did both shows on the North Side rail by the e stage, but honestly I don't think there is a bad place to be, it just means that you will get a slightly different show, we had LOTS of Bono time on the runway, we quite accidentally positioned ourselves at what seemed to be his favourite stop point near the e stage and he spent most of that time facing us (got lots of eye contact and some smiles ).
However you don't get so much time from the rest of the band, Adam and Edge stop far less frequently on the runway, but if like us you can position yourself on the runway but very near to a stage then you can have the best of both worlds.
As a general rule in terms of atmosphere, the e stage is the intimate show, the i stage is the rock show and 2-3 spaces from the rail is the full visual extravaganza, so you really just need to decide which part of the show appeals to you most, but I will say that once the show is in full swing there is room to move around and as long as you're not worried about a rail spot then you are actually able to easily move between stages as the show progresses.
The Meerket girls both nights and the guitar brothers were awesome, I met Trish earlier in the day and had the chance to congratulate her the next day. There was a split second on night 2 during Mysterious Ways where I thought it might be me, Bono locked eyes with me and didn't look away, when he edged slightly toward me I freaked and had to look at Larry until he turned away, thankfully he then immediately pulled Tammy and she was fantastic!
Proving that you never really know how your going to react when faced with your heroes until it happens...of course he was probably just engaging with me for a moment, but I guess we'll never know now.
I also want to mention the lad who got to wear Bono's shades and swap jackets, he was clearly very nervous but did very well, it was only a shame he didn't get to keep the jacket and shades...I hope they gave him something awesome instead, the thematic point wasn't lost on me and was a nice touch.
The sound was every bit as good as we were told it would be, I've NEVER been to a show bigger than a small theater size with such good sound, clear as day and really made what was already an incredible pair of shows just perfect.