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"I always thought passion was like a clenched fist. But when I relaxed, it flowed in a fuller way." — Bono

Freedom to Do a One-off

So he said and so they did. Tonight's Freedom of the City award ceremony in Smithfield Civic Plaza, Dublin was capped off with a brilliant four song set performed by all four members of U2. Yes, even though the tickets said "This is not a concert" there most certainly was one.

A lucky 11,000 punters heard "All I Want Is You," "Desire," "The Sweetest Thing" and "One." Under a full moon and light Dublin mist, complete with torches reminiscent of Red Rocks, we watched as Bono, Edge, Adam, Larry and Paul McGuinness all received Waterford replicas of a joshua tree as a commemoration of this honor.

There were the mandatory thank yous to friends and family and Bono honored the Dublin crowd as a "tribe of refugees," then celebrated the many benefits of freedom -- freedom to be uncool, freedom to take off the blinders, freedom to drink, and of course freedom to do a one-off.

For which we are all very grateful!

(Ed. note: Karen and Pamela are the co-founders of Adventures in Rock.)

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