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I managed to catch the first hour (midnight until just after 1am). Even that was a struggle as I had to get up at 4:30am. The struggle was turning it off. I sat in my living room in the dark with my laptop, full screen mode, as loud as I dared in a sleepy house.
Before I get into the show, I have to say that I have studiously avoided watching concert videos from the tour. Not because I was waiting to see the show live. More because you never get the real sense of the show from a single song. Quality lacking, sound lacking. I just don’t get the benefit of it. I have watched songs here and there like Your Blue Room because that song is a big deal to me. But I don’t watch clips from every show.
So it was with some anticipation I watched the clock. 11:30pm comes around and I sit there. 11:31. 11:32. Hmmm, am I going to see anything? Does Youtube have the bandwidth to stream this everywhere? Finally it clicks in and I know I have another half hour to wait (wish they’d shown some of the Black Eyed Peas). Some of the clips they threw in were pointless. I did laugh at the Edge pretending to be confused about U2, U2ube, Youtube.
I loved they showed the boys backstage, waiting, walking out. And I finally got a real sense from the camera work, of the sheer immensity of the claw and the staging. Unreal!
There’s been some discussion on Breathe as an opening song. I don’t know if it was the best way to open the show but I think, given how they come out, that it is perfect for that. It reminded me of the old days when the show would end with each of them walking off and Larry left last. I wonder if this was a remake of that. Have Larry out first and each of them follow on instead of off. The band does little without a full evaluation so I expect they wanted to make it a new version.
Get On Your Boots really flies live!! Loved the opening, loved the performance!
Switching gears, the mood changes when Magnificent is played. And as I watched Magnificent, Mysterious Ways and Beautiful Day follow on each other, I was struck again by the feeling. Each of these truly God songs are sung by Bono like a benediction of sorts. Magnificent is like an examination of of the power of God. Mysterious Ways is just that, a look at the mystery that is God and Beautiful Day is like a note of thanks to God for this world and the amazing variety of blessings within it. And instead of being a solemn and fearful prayer service, it is all out joy for the gifts.
After that it became a concert again and I enjoyed everything through Until the End of the World, when i finally pried myself away. When they finally open up the streaming again, I’ll watch the rest. Let’s just say I had my moment. They never cease to amaze.
Rebroadcast will be here: http://www.youtube.com/u2