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"We lived through [Adam] vicariously for a few years. I was hoping that he'd do something like buy a yacht and we could all hang out on it. The rest of us were too embarrassed." — Bono, on the band's "religious" years in the '80s

U2 elevate Miami

- March 25, 2001

by Worldpop staff

19,000 fans saw U2 kick off their Elevation world tour in Miami on Saturday night. Elevation, the opening song, gave way to Beautiful Day, during which four huge screens suspended high above the stage lit up with each one featuring black and white footage of a different band member.

'So Miami,' said Bono, 'We've been here before. We recorded a lot of POP here. We would have recorded more if it wasn't so much fun on the beach.'

U2 played nearly two dozens songs in a 130 minute set which stretched from I Will Follow, their first ever single,to their most recent hits Beautiful Day and Stuck In A Moment.

In amongst the fans were a number of famous showbusiness and sporting names including Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello, Christy Turlington, Howie B, Daniel Lanois, Rick James and several members of Pearl Jam.

Stuck In A Moment was dedicated to the late Michael Hutchence, while for The Sweetest Thing, dedicated to Bono's wife Ali, the singer took up the piano himself.

The new stage set-up offered a club-like atmosphere for those in the 'mosh-pit' dancing at the front and delivered greater intimacy for other fans as Bono and The Edge traversed all four sides of the arena on the walkway. And the climax of The Fly saw Bono diving headfirst into the audience and disappearing from view. Several minutes later he reappeared with the rest of the band stage rear again, for what turned out to be the encore of the set, opening with Bullet the Blue Sky.

'Thanks for following us all these years,' Bono said to massive cheers. 'Thanks for giving us such a great life, how was first night for you ?'

For more reports on U2's Elevation world tour go to the band's official website at: .

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