Back From Space…

[Started on 10-5-09, finished on 10-7-09…]

MC and I had a weekend of culture… First we went to the campus presentation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a good production, overall, although it was a twist from the regular format of starting the season with a musical (but with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers being the fall musical, I think I can see why the flip… more rehersal time with what will likely be a huge cast!)…
Then on Saturday, we picked up my SiLaw and made our way to Raleigh for the U2 concert, where the stage (as they even commented during the show) looked like a spaceship.
And this was our view for the evening… not quite the greatest (with the leg directly in our line of sight), but we were close enough that we could still make them out when they ran around the circle (bigger than specs, but close enough that we didn’t need to solely rely on the big screen to make out what was going on on the stage).

Touching on the opening act for a moment (Muse)… they kicked a fair amount of ass themselves. Definitely on of the better opening acts that I have seen, especially without having heard any of their stuff before going. Funny thought, while I was is line with Steph (the SiL) at one of the merchandise booths, she made the comment that she didn’t know who they (Muse) were, when a woman – attractive and near 40, and sporting a dress I could see MC wearing – said that “we wouldn’t be disappointed by their show.” The subtext there was that it was not somebody that I would have expected to be telling me the opening act was good. I also include the story for the end point: she was right, and we might be likely to see another show, if they make more US rounds that would be close enough for us. I’ve already started looking into their back catalog of albums.

After the break, and change-over to prepare for U2, with the stadium lights still glowing, and the music levels being adjusted to prepare for their arrival, they shifted the music, and we head “Ground control to Major Tom….” as David Bowies voice filled the air. The spaceship was gettingready to take off. After most of the song had finished, the crowd buzzing with antici…… pation, lights started to flicker off, and four figures emerged from one of the venue’s recesses and made their way to the stage. Their progress, illuminated by the full moon a couple of foot lights, before they broke into their opening song.


All told, the show was awesome… there was a fair enough blend of “No Line” songs, with a heavy list of past hits… The notable “No Line on the Horizon” tracks were Get on Your Boots – one I was looking forward to; No Line was played, as well as a remix version of I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t go Crazy Tonight (instead of the mellower album version, the concert version felt more in line with Discotheque…) Let’s just say, I would REALLY like the live version of Go Crazy to be released…

Actually, a quick visit to the U2 website (here, specifically) prodeces a set list of the following:

Breathe
Get on Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day
No Line on the Horizon
Magnificent
Elevation
In A Little While
New Year’s Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Stuck In A Moment
Unforgettable Fire
City of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
I’ll Go Crazy – Remix
Sunday Bloody Sunday
MLK
Walk On
One
Where The Streets Have No Name

Encore:
Ultraviolet
With or Without You
Moment of Surrender

Which, I guess, having the track list defeats anything else I might want to say… Several of the songs I had recognition of the lyrics, but couldn’t have given you the name, then others, I hadn’t heard in a while, and have been hanging around, begging to be let out, unleashed from speakers to continue the experience (Elevation, I’m looking in your direction). Or still others where the mix of the visuals with the music packed something more magical into the moment (Blinding Light, and Walk On

A moment truly worth staying stuck in…

[edit to add… it looks like there are some remix versions that are available for “Go Crazy”… will have to listen through some of them….]
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