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U2 get all intimate at concert for celebs

- February 09, 2001

by Anonymous

ROCK superstars U2 played the most intimate show for
nearly 18 years last night and proclaimed themselves "the
best band in the world".

Ditching the usual stadia and slick pop the Irish quartet
played largely dirty rock and roll with a few intimate moments
as they played London's Astoria nightclub.

Salman Rushdie, Bob Geldof and broadcaster Chris Evans
were among some 1,500 fans - many of whom were
competition winners - as they played the gig.

The show was a one-off warm-up for a world tour later this
year.

Dipping into a career stretching back more than two decades
the band churned out tracks from their latest album as well as
delving back into the mists of time for their earliest major label
singles.

Singer Bono told the crowd: "We're back, we're applying for
the job - you know the job we're talking about . . . This is our
night and the job is best band in the world."Kicking off the
show with End of the World, the band went on to play newer
tracks like recent chart-topper Beautiful Day, Elevation and
New York.

Bono was in buoyant mood standing on the edge of the
crush pit at the front of the stage balancing as the crowd
supported him above their heads.

And the star whose band were this week named God-like
geniuses at the NME Carling Awards stood with his arms in
the air like a Messiah as the crowd lapped up their
performance.

The band played some of their earliest material. "We'd like to
play the first single we ever recorded for Island records,
because that's the kind of thing we do," Bono said as they
launched into 11 O'Clock Tick Tock.

That was followed by their second major release I Will Follow
during which Bono slipped into the Teardrop Explodes song
Reward.

Other tracks in the 16-song set - which lasted 80 minutes -
included Desire, She Moves In Mysterious Ways,
Discotheque and their latest single Stuck In A Moment (You
Can't Get Out Of).

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