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U2 rocks Scotland

- August 28, 2001

by AAP

Rock giants U2 stormed into Scotland to play their first gig north of the
border for four years.

The legendary Irish band put on a blinding performance in front of nearly
10,000 adoring fans at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in

Front-man Bono looked every bit the superstar dressed in his trademark
dark shades, black leather jacket and tight black jeans.

The award-winning rockers had the crowd, which included Newcastle
United's Alan Shearer, in full swing within seconds when lead guitarist
the Edge pounded out the first few chords of their recent hit Elevation from
their latest album All That You Can't Leave Behind.

The hits just rattled and hummed from there on as the band belted out hits
spanning the last 21 years.

U2 may have been on the go for over two decades but they have not lost
any of the passion, enthusiasm and sheer genius which has brought world-
wide acclaim and mega superstar status.

Bono had the crowd entranced by his powerful lyrics and jerky stage act.

They cheered as he constantly threw himself on an elongated stage.

"They said they could not fit the Elevation tour in here, I would say it fits pretty
good," he yelled to the mesmerised mass in front of him.

He then told how his dad had recently passed away and said: "I just buried
my old man and it's a great time for the family.

"My old man's got a new body now because his old one was hell."

Commenting on the surprise announcement of the Scottish dates he said:
"Sorry this was last minute, I hope you didn't have anything to watch on TV,
but I hear you get pretty good VCR's these days."

The group has an awe inspiring ability to switch from playing romantic
ballads to upping the pace in just seconds with adrenalin-filled renditions
of Sunday Bloody Sunday, Beautiful Day and Discotheque.

The 20,000 tickets for the band's two Glasgow gigs sold out in less than two
hours - and tonight it was obvious why.

It was also a huge night for Glasgow band The Cosmic Rough Riders, the
support act who also played a blinding set.

U2 last played Scotland when they came as part of their Popmart tour to
Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium in 1997. The band's adoring fans will be
hoping they don't have to wait another four years to see the music legends

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