Wow. We went to the U2 concert Wednesday night, and they did not disappoint. This is a band I've loved for more than 20 years, who have continued to produce new music throughout that time, and who have deeply impacted the world, far beyond music. I last saw them live 17 years ago, and seeing them again felt like seeing history. When they were finally done, after a surprisingly long (and wonderful) set, they walked off, together, on the long public walkway off the stage, not via the hidden walk underneath it, taking their time to enjoy and respect the fans.
The show was fantastic. I thought the sound was quite good, especially given the venue (Reliant Stadium), and of course, the stage was amazing and ridiculous and incredibly fun to watch.
The stage, before the show (shot with Pano on the iPhone):
The high point for me came fairly early in the show, when they played "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". It's a beautiful song, and the crowd was singing, and the sound was perfect, but there was something more; it was one of those moments infused with truth and history and beauty and community and love and worship.
I think my second favorite moment was "With Or Without You", near the end of the show. The lighting was incredible and the song sounded SO good. It's such a simple song in many ways, and Edge's guitar was just beautiful.
The articulated cylinder of LED screens was pretty amazing, and I would have loved to have seen those spotlights from outside the stadium:
They made good use of the stage an interacted with fans in 360 degrees. Here's Edge playing at the "back" of the stage:
It was all pretty awesome.