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"I find someone like [James] Joyce quite rock 'n' roll, because he was bending and messing with words." — Bono

U2 rock the Scots

- August 29, 2001

by Staff

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

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

Frontman 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

"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 father had recently died 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 group showed an awe-inspiring ability to switch from romantic
ballads to upping the pace in just seconds with adrenalin-filled
renditions of Sunday Bloody Sunday, Beautiful Day and Discotheque.

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