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"People should be politicized, people should be angry about a lot of things and the peace-and-love thing doesn't sit comfortably with me at all. I'm serious, it doesn't come easy." — Bono


U2 Concert: Apr 20, 2001 at San Jose , CA



Tour: Elevation 1st Leg (North America) 
Venue: San Jose Arena 
Location: San JoseCA  United States 

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Attendance: 17,775  (Capacity: 17,775)


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Releases Represented:

  1. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 7 songs
  2. Achtung Baby had 4 songs
  3. The Joshua Tree had 3 songs
  4. War had 2 songs
  5. Rattle And Hum had 2 songs
  6. The Unforgettable Fire had 1 songs
  7. Boy had 1 songs
  8. Zooropa had 1 songs

Comments: There's an energy in the air for this show, as rumors circulate all day that U2 may finally play "Kite" for the first time after almost non-stop fan requests since the tour began a month ago. The rumors come true early in the show when Bono tells the crowd, "We wanna screw things up by playing a song we've never played before in front of anyone. This is 'Kite.'" The crowd roars with approval, sings loudly througout the song, and the applause is even louder when it ends. 

Later, U2 plays "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)" -- the first time any Zooropa track has been played on North American soil. There are numerous special moments throughout the show, all adding up to what both Bono and Willie Williams says is one of -- maybe the -- best show U2 has ever played. In his tour diary, Willie writes:

It's hard to know what to say about tonight's show, other than that it was one of the great transcendental experiences. We changed the set list, including "Stay" for the first time on this tour and "Kite" for the first time ever, both of which were spectacularly successful. The whole night just flowed and it was all we could do to hang on. Afterwards Bono seriously claimed it was the best show of his entire career and much as we all know that Bono is not generally a man prone to understatement, I have never heard him say anything like that before. He told me it was the happiest he'd ever felt on stage.

We have Willie's full diary entry here on @U2 Tours.

Tags: Hear us coming, Lord, Psalm 116

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  1. Media Review by U2.com (Willie Williams 04/20/2001): Tour Diary