Friday, 21 August 2009

U2 Live!

I went to see U2 at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield last night after waiting for about 20 years because I couldn't get hold of tickets before. I certainly wasn't disappointed. They were absolutely fantastic! I was like a kid on Christmas Eve when we got there, couldn't sit still and just kept grinning like a fool - you'd think at nearly 34 that I'd have grown out of that sort of excitement, but no. We got soaked waiting to get into the stadium - it absolutely threw it down and I thought we were gonna be in trouble 'cos I'd got no coat or anything but it brightened up and was quite nice after that. Steven bought me a programme and a t-shirt, which I ended up wearing later when it got cold (that'll teach me not to take a coat). As soon as U2 came on the stage, everyone stood up and from then on the time went far too quickly. They did some of the songs off the new album first - Magnificent, I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, Get On Your Boots, then Beautiful Day and Elevation, which I love. Bono got the crowd singing Happy Birthday to the set designer, Willie Williams who is from Sheffield and has been with the band for 26 years, then loads more stuff including Sunday Bloody Sunday, Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (another favourite of mine), One, Ultraviolet, Mysterious Ways, Elevation, Walk On, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Unknown Caller, No Line On The Horizon and With Or Without You - which is my all time favourite song of theirs but I was slightly miffed that Bono changed the way he sang it, althought it was still great. They closed with Moment Of Surrender from the new album which is a fab song. We were sat quite close to the stage but round the back so watched most of it on the huge screen above the stage, they did keep walking right around the stage though so we got to see them all fairly close.

Steven took loads of photos which are here if you want a look:

Okay, probably bored you enough now, so I'll shut up.