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When you sing, you have to open yourself up, you have to be raw. And you have to reveal yourself, and sometimes it's very difficult for me to listen to that back, because it might not be as macho as you see yourself.-- Bono, 2002

by Joel

It was a cool 92 degrees when U2 hit the stage last night at Busch Stadium. The crowd had been basking in a juicy steambath waiting for the moment when David Bowie's "Space Oddity" began the show. One might think heat and humidity would've sucked the life out of the mostly middle-aged crowd of 52 thousand plus - but you'd be wrong. Fans were so pumped that at the end of "Pride" the crowd kept singing the chorus long after the song had ended - much to Bono's surprise. He finally had to beg the audience to stop so that they might continue. U2 played for 2 1/2 hours straight not a seat in the house was ever used - everyone was standing, jumping, singing all the way to the rafters. Highlights including a message from the commander of the International Space Station - Mark Kelly, another from Aung San Suu Kyi - the actual elected leader of Burma recently released from prison with help from the One campaign - lended poignant moments to an otherwise rapturous show. Humorous highlights were the goofy guys with "U2 360" painted across their chests (got them on stage) and when Bono pulled a young boy on stage to help sing a song. The kid was so awe struck and scared he didn't know what to do - much to the amusement of the crowd and Bono's constant jibing of the residents of the nearby Hilton wondering if they were getting a good night's sleep. Stage and lighting beyond compare or even belief. One show not to be missed.

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