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"Songwriting is more like painting than people think. Pictures, feelings in your head — you're instinctively led to them." — Bono




by Trampoline

This show was fantastic. I was lucky enough to win the "lottery", so I got into the bomb shelter. City of Blinding Lights is a great opener, the confetti was really cool...

Running to Stand Still was also a highlight.

I have to say that I don't like the new ending to One - it seems weak in comparison to the "hear me coming now, hear me call" version that we all know and love.

Also, Bono didn't sing the Stories For Boys snippet that I was really looking forward to :-(

Other than that, it was as standard as a Vertigo 2005 setlist gets, so on to the more interesting stuff:

Towards the end of the show (I think it was during Zoo Station), Paul McGuinness wandered into the pit. I spoke to him for about 15 minutes, he was quite friendly. I asked him if he and the band were hitting a club in Philly afterwards - he said they were flying straight to New York after the gig (although the next show is in NJ, I think... anyway...). I asked why they were flying - he said "well, because we can - we have a private jet you know". Quality!

He seemed interested in getting a fan's point of view of some recent events. He asked me how I got my tickets, and whether I had any problems with the pre-sale. I told him that I did, but I was happy with how they were resolved. He just nodded.

He also asked me what I think of the lottery (I think it's a good idea). He then commented "yeah, we had to do something because we were having the same faces in the pit at every show...". Not sure I like that reasoning, but that's what he said.

I asked him if the shows would be drastically different in Europe , and he said they would - however he then said the basic setlists would remain consistent with the US tour.

Before he left (middle of 40), Paul took out a copy of the night's setlist and gave it to me as a souvenir. I asked him to sign it for me, and he did - unfortunately he signed it to "Steve" instead of my name - "Dean". [I think I'll change my name to Steve]. :-)

Adam Clayton spotted Paul talking to us, and gave him a nod "hello". Adam even smiled for my friend Nirav who got a great picture.

I guess some others started to recognize him when he signed that for me, because more people started to approach him.

Anyway, that was it. A great conclusion to a fantastic show. Thought I'd share the info of our conversation - nothing ground-breaking in there, but it might be interesting to some people!


--DF

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