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"[I]t's quite important that, if your audience is wrapping you, dressing you in the clothes of morality, you take them off. Because that's not the job of the artist. — Bono

Miami Nice

- March 25, 2001

by NME staff

U2 played the first date of their Elevation Tour last night before a sold-out crowd at the National Car Rental Center in Miami.

A small venue compared to the stadiums of the PopMart tour, the arena was devoid of any superfluous props such as a giant lemon and coktail olive. The stage was surprisingly simple and small, branching out into a heart-shaped catwalk, on which Bono ran - literally, during 'Where the Streets Have No Name' - to his heart's content.

The U2 frontman, accompanied by "the man who gave us our first job" (Larry Mullen) , "the man with the biggest instrument in U2" (Adam Clayton) and "the scientist of the band" (The Edge), performed a two-hour set consisting of their most popular songs, including some live rarities.

'Elevation' and 'Beautiful Day', the first two titles off their last album 'All That You Can't Leave Behind', kickstarted the show, pumping energy into the crowd. The band went on to play several songs from their latest opus, including the haunting 'New York' and the latest European single 'Stuck in a Moment'. They performed their first single ('I Will Follow') and their last ('Walk On' ) in a varied set that concentrated on 'War', 'The Joshua Tree', 'Achtung Baby' and 'Pop'.

The perennial 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', which was last performed in Sarajevo by The Edge, had the biggest reaction as the crowd chanted the chorus. Bono, borrowing an Irish flag from fan, held it high, reminiscent of the white flag he waved nearly 20 years ago. Bono's wife Ali, present at the show, was twice-honored as U2 performed 'The Sweetest Thing', a B-side dedicated to her, followed by 'In A Little While', to mark her birthday.

Go I am in Fort Lauderdale?...Yeah, we've been here before," said Bono, cheeky as ever, before 'Discotheque'. But U2 weren't the only ones to travel to Florida.

Some fans had travelled great distances to see their favorite band perform. "And it was worth every minute of the 17-hour drive from Washington," said one fan, Sabrina. Ivan from Panama was surprised by U2. "It was nothing like I'd expected. It was very, very personal," adding that "now I can die happy."

The complete set list is as follows:

* Elevation
* Beautiful Day
* Until The End Of The World
* New Year's Day
* Stuck In A Moment
* Gone
* Discotheque
* Staring At The Sun
* New York
* I Will Follow
* Sunday Bloody Sunday
* The Sweetest Thing
* In A Little While
* Ground Beneath Her Feet
* Bad
* Where The Streets Have No Name
* Mysterious Ways
* The Fly
* Bullet The Blue Sky
* With Or Without You
* One
* Walk On

U2 will play a second show in Miami on March 26 before heading off to their March 29 show in Charlotte, North Carolina.

NME, 2001.

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