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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Beyond Words

Even though we were nearly as far away from the speakers as possible, my ears are still ringing from last nights U2 show.

It's been 17 or 18 years since I'd seen U2 last, and excited I was! Ale's sister and husband drove in from Savannah, GA to see the show, and while they ended up with better seats than us, they had more annoying neighbors.

The show itself was fantastic, and I was happy beyond any WOOT!, WOW, WHEE! or YOUP! can convey. Even though we are at the end of a long ass tour with a set list that has been the same for the last 4 shows (if not more), the band came out with the energy as if it were Day 1. Ok, maybe not as great as the Slane Castle show on the DVD I have, but not once did they appear to be just going through the motions.

Bono, Bono, Bono...what can you say about Bono? A lot of people bag on Bono for using his star power to bring a lot of issues to the world stage. I commend the fuck out of him and the rest of the band. What good is it if you have the attention of the world and choose to do nothing with it? What does that say about you? Rock N' Roll is about Revolution and Rebellion against the Status Quo, and the Status Quo right now is all about Greed (taking what's mine, profits over people) and Division (racial, sexual, religious), and U2 is fighting the Motherfucking Good Fight. Sure they could quietly dump money into Charities, but other than the obvious financial benefit, what good would that do to spread the message, involve the people that matter? U2 use the media of the Music and the Spectacle to unify, ignite and spread the meme of Coexistence. And you can dance to it while helping to solve the problem of Global Poverty: The ONE Campaign.

Two more things for the wrap up: 1. Having not seen a huge concert in quite a while, the energy was fantastic, and it makes me want to perform with the guitar before a live audience. 2. Cell phones have replaced the lighter at the rock venue. Everywhere you could see the glow of the cell phone screen as people called friends, took calls and frankly tried to take really crappy flashless photos of the stage from a million miles away. At one point Bono called on everyone to text message their names to the The ONE Campaign. And the place just lit up. While I personally don't much care for them because people are far too busy gabbing on them constantly, Bono reminded me of the power of instant communication.

So that's it. I have to go practice my guitar now. Here's the set list.


City of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
Elevation
Gloria
Still Haven’t Found
Beautiful Day
Original of the Species
Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky
Miss Sarajevo
Pride in the Name of Love
Where the Streets Have No Name
One

Until the End of the World
Mysterious Ways
With or Without You

Stuck in a Moment
Instant Karma
Yahweh
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