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"He's charming, he's persuasive. And the politicians can go home to their daughters and say: 'I had a meeting with Bono today.'" — Bob Geldof, on Bono



U2 still have the edge on the rest.

- April 08, 2003

by Ken McNab

The worlds last great rock band swaggered into town last night to lay down the gauntlet to the young pretenders. But who's going to be foolish enough to pick it up?.

U2 proved at the SECC that they really are stuck in a moment- and loving every minute of it.

The Irish supergroup ripped through just over two hours of high-energy rock and almost tore the roof off the big grey shed.

From the opening power chords of 'Elevation' to the masterful finale of 'Walk on', this was a band at the peak of their powers.

Stripped bare of theatrics-there were no lemons or trabants dangling from the ceiling-U2 resonated with an even greater presence. In Bono they have rock's ultimate ringmaster, And the Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and Drummer Larry Mullen Jnr provide the stunning soundtrack.

Highlights were 'Kit' - once again dedicated to Bono's dad Bob who died last week- and a searing 'Where the streets have no name' and the anthemic 'Sunday bloody Sunday' has never sounded more poignant- "How long must we sing this song?" asked Bono.

Before the tour started, Bono joked they were re-applying for the job as the greatest band in the world. Well on this evidence, no-one else need apply. The jobs filled.

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