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"You should never work with people who are your fans, is my opinion. I knew he didn't, I knew he wasn't a fan of us, it was one of the reasons we got to work with him." — Bono, on Brian Eno




by Alan Bannon

U2 came on stage at 8.55pm and finished at 11pm. The atmosphere was brilliant, even by U2's standards. I was at the first night in Amsterdam (20th July) which was very good but Croke Park was much better. Bono's voice was good and the band were in good form.
The Edge earlier in the week joked that they were doing some rehearsal gigs in Europe before playing Dublin, I think there's some truth in that.
The songs played from the new album were great live, my favourites included No Line, Breathe and Magnificent. I'll Go Crazy was the remix version, it's very different from the original but I think it's good live, it's one they've work on to make the most of the 360 set (they didn't play 360 in Croke Park).
I don't know why they didn't play Unknown Caller, as they have been playing already on the tour and is good live. Also I'd like to hear Stand Up Comedy.
Because of the brightness during the first half of the concert the lighting effects weren't very impressive but towards the end the it was much better.
They played the Auld Triangle (by Dominic Behan) for Ronnie Drew.
The setlist overall was very good, particularly if you only see they once on the tour, but I'd like to see the setlist change around a bit more night to night, the setlist was almost identical to Amsterdam 21st July.

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