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"One of the reasons we wrote our own songs was because we couldn't play other peoples'. We were worse than your average wedding band. But we could do our thing better than anyone else in the world." — Bono



by Laura

The opening night, 3-24-01, of U2's Elevation tour was spectacular. The band opened with Elevation in a casual way. After about 30 seconds in the song, the lights went out and the crowd roared even more. Highlights of the concert include: Sunday Bloody Sunday, where Bono had taken a fan's Irish flag and waved it around; Bono's energetic run around the heart; the riveting performance of Gone; Bono running through the General Admission crowd outside the heart; the usual extraordinary performance of Where the Streets Have No Name; the Rattle and Hum-like memory of Bullet the Blue Sky; and above all, the AWESOME closing of Walk On. The low points included: the unfortunate mishap where Bono fell off the stage; the beginning of the Fly; not hearing All I Want is You; and not having a more mysterious, darker, opening of the concert (rather than having the house lights remain on at the beginning of Elevation). Overall, a great concert. I definitely enjoyed hearing the new songs and even the recent songs since I missed the Popmart tour. I would definitely recommend this concert to a die-hard U2 fan or even a casual U2 listener.
Laura

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