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U2 take Scots to The Edge

- April 08, 2003

by John Dingwall

U2 finally roared into Scotland last night for the first of two sell out shows-and re-established themselves as the world's greatest living rock band in the eyes of Scots fans.

Led by black-clad singer Bono, the band launched their set with a storming version of the song which inspired the title of their world tour, Elevation.

Bono, whose jacket was emblazoned with Corporal stripes and a red star, drove fans in the 9,500 strong crowd wild as he strolled down a walkway into their midst.

Highlights included 'I will follow', during which Bono sang "20 years walking the same street-from the *Barrowlands to here" and their massive hit, beautiful day from the current album.

Favourites like 'Sunday bloody Sunday' and the ballads 'With or without you' and 'One' also delighted the fans.

Bono summed up his love for the Scots crowd when he said, "It's a great feeling. If I come to Glasgow and it's a crap gig, It's the end of U2!".

'Stuck in a moment...' was another favourite for the group, who performed for more than two hours. One of the most energetic shows of their career.

Forget Zoo tv, Forget Zooropa, forget Popmart, It was probably the greatest rock show on earth.

(* Barrowland, A venue in Glasgow where U2 last played in 1985).

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