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"You know, my first-ever gig was with a country-and-western band. I made 10 pounds." — Edge



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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