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U2 on song for Glasgow gig

- August 28, 2001

by ITN staff

U2 have given Scotland a storming performance at their first gig north of
the border in four years.

The legendary Irish band played to nearly 10,000 adoring fans at the
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

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.

Frontman Bono had the crowd entranced by his powerful lyrics and jerky
stage act, a tribute to his professionalism so soon after losing his father to
cancer.

"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."

The event was a last minute affair, but the 20,000 tickets for the band's two
Glasgow gigs still sold out in less than two hours.

U2 last played Scotland when they came as part of their Popmart tour to
Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium in 1997.

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