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"I would call myself an aggressive pacifist." — Bono




by Mike

April 14 - No longer applying for the job (theyve already got it), and no longer playing with the remorse they feel necessary to re-endear its fan base from a previously embarassing tour (this show is not an act of contrition like the early Elevation shows), U2 makes no apologies this time around and plays with a rage, an abandon, an energy (and a mastery of the material) that puts every other working band today in the far, far away distance of U2s rearview mirror. One needs listen to nothing more than the first encore of Zoo Station, The Fly, and Mysterious Ways, to know that U2 is not just the big game coming to a sold out venue near you, but theyre taking no prisoners. Seriously. Buckle up, this is a heck of a ride. Think the assault of ZOO-TV, the humanitarian awareness of the Joshua Tree and the profound spiritual eloquence of those later Elevation nights all in one show. And if that werent enough, Adam Clayton was gracious enough to sign a few autographs before the concert.

Highlights-

Love and Peace, - Thursday nights opener. Bono on the floor tom, fun, fun, fun, wasted no time blowing the roof off of the Glendale Arena.

Electric Co. - Vintage U2, and they havent missed a lick. The whole Boy sequence was very well done.

Elevation - entirely new song. And Id say its about a million times better than on the last tour. Bono accompanied by 20,000 in arena rocks most epic singalong. Wait until you hear what theyve done with this song. Wow.

Running To Stand Still - Its about time.

40 - Chilling. No other word for it.

And by the way, Bonos voice is in top form. He nailed Pride and the demanding, Sometimes You Cant Make It On Your Own, and as if to prove hes still got it (the vox bono), they pulled Bad out of their hat the following night.

Thoughts and photos on 4-15 to come.....

MC

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