Sunday, July 26, 2009

U2 Croke Park, Dublin, 25 July 2009.



2nd night of U2's 3 night stand in Dublin was a very different experience to the first night. Jane & I and Alan & Ruth (brother & sister in-law) went and as the ladies where with us we had seated tickets. It's interesting how different it is. Being in the pit feels like you're part of the whole experience and your focus is completely on the band and even if they play a dud song (like Desire or Angel of Harlem) you feel caught up in the moment. However when you're siting it's more like watching a show. An amazing show at that but you're more of a spectator than a participant I felt. Things I couldn't take in the first night like the pure spectacle that the show really is, from the lights, to the stage, to the mirror balls and the 79,999 other people in the stadium that you could see rockin it out. It was awesome watching the whole pitch jump up and down to Beautiful Day and Vertigo. It was so cool to be there with our ladies and to be able to see the show in a whole different way to the Friday show. I also got to see a girl from work Eithne before the show who I hadn't seen in 7 months which was great. Nice to have someone from home tell me they like my beard for a change!!
The setlist on Friday was definitely better for me due to them playing Until the End of the World and Bad, but hearing 80,000 people sing the first verse and chorus of I Still Haven't Found... without help from the band was awesome and In a Little While is a cracking little tune. I was stoked to hear Unknown Caller which is an outstanding track from the new album.
One last thing, Moment of Surrender is the best song on the new album and is one of their finest but for some reason it doesn't work as a closer. Also interesting that the encore is nearly the same as a whole stretch of the Zoo TV tour 17 years ago, which had Ultra Violet, With Or Without You and Love Is Blindness.
Mondays show will be awesome. Hope everyone who's going loves it. Here's the setlist from Saturday.

1. Breathe
2. No Line On The Horizon
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Magnificent
5. Beautiful Day / Here Comes The Sun (Snippet)
6. Mysterious Ways
7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand By Me (Snippet)
8. Angel Of Harlem / Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (Snippet)
9. In A Little While
10. Unknown Caller
11. Unforgettable Fire
12. City of Blinding Lights / Rain (Snippet)
13. Vertigo / Thunderstruck (Snippet)
14. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Remix) / Come All Ye Faithful (Snippet)
15. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah (Snippet)
16. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
17. MLK
18. Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (Snippet)
19. Where The Streets Have No Name
20. One

Encore:
21. Ultraviolet
22. With Or Without You
23. Moment of Surrender



Saturday, July 25, 2009

U2 Croke Park, Dublin, 24 July 2009.



Amazing show last night. Never thought I'd say it was worth queuing up at 3:30 to get in to a concert but as we got into the pit it was definitely well worth it. We had an amazing view and the whole set up has to be seen to really get what a spectacle it is. The stage is awesome. Highlights for me where No Line..., Until The End Of The World, City Of Blinding Lights, Streets, 40/Bad and Ultra Violet. Will be sitting tonight which will be a whole different experience. Can't wait.

1. Breathe
2. No Line on the Horizon
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Magnificent
5. Beautiful Day/Blackbird (snippet)
6. Elevation
7. Desire
8. Stuck In A Moment
9. The Auld Triangle (cover)
10. One / Do You Hear Us Coming Lord (probably)
11. Until The End of the World
12. The Unforgettable Fire
13. City of Blinding Lights
14. Vertigo
15. Crazy remix
16. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rocking the Casbah (snippet)
17. Pride (In the Name of Love)
18. MLK
19. Walk On/ You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
20. Where the Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
21. 40 (snippet)/ Bad / 40 (snippet)


22. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
23. With or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender

Monday, July 20, 2009

U2 360 dream setlist

This weekend the U2 spaceship rolls into town. I used to have a love hate relationship with them until they broke my pride on the Vertigo tour when I saw them live for the first time. Now it's just pure love, much to the amusement of my brother who was trying to convince me for years to give them a chance. I'll be going to the gigs on Friday and Saturday with him, it'll be fun for me to watch him wet his pants watching his favourite band. I asked him to post his dream setlist which is here. Below is mine, in order and ready to blow my face off.

Zoo Station
Magnificent
City Of Blinding Lights
Mofo
I Will Follow
Vertigo
Do You Feel Loved
A Day Without Me
The Unforgettable Fire
The First Time
Grace
Red Hill Mining Town
If God Will Send His Angels
Running To Stand Still
Stay (Faraway, So Close)
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Walk On
The Moment Of Surrender

Ultra Violet (light my way)
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Bad
With Or Without You

Where The Streets Have No Name
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Until The End Of The World
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Yahweh
‘40'

Friday, July 17, 2009

Home

We're home! The morning after we arrived home when we awoke Jane turned to me and said 'feels like it was a dream doesn't it?'. It did as I can't believe 6 months went by so quickly and that our time away far surpassed anything we could possibly have imagined.
It's strange being home, in so many ways it seems like nothing has changed while at the same time so much in us has changed.
We spent the last week of our trip in Houston, Texas with awesome friends. It was so great to see what God is doing through them and the impact they're having for the sake of his Kingdom. One of the ministries they are involved in is rescuing kids from extremely unhealthy (in all sense of the word) situations whether that is working alongside the mothers and empowering them to be better parents or prayerfully taking them and placing them in either temporary or full time foster placements. While we were there we got to see God rescue two kids from a truly awful situation and place them in a foster home that will nurture them and love them. It was amazing to see God's hand in it all and how our friends are being so evidently used and self sacrificial. We also got to do planning meetings for Teen Street the conference myself and Jane help out with in Germany. It was so great to see what God has been speaking to Josh and Debs about what he wants them to say to the teenagers. We're looking forward to being a part of what He wants to do and hopefully to impact some lives!
Apart from all our friends in North Houston we also got to catch up with Hoey and Kara in downtown Houston. It was more than awesome to get to spend time with them. Hoey was my housemate for a few years until we both got married! He's now living in the states so it was great to get to spend time with him and his lovely wife. Mighty banter and precious times. His mom and dad where visiting as well so we got to party on the 4th of July with them which was great.
Being home and getting to see family again has been wonderful. We feel like we could have stayed away for plenty more time but we did miss seeing our families and close friends so that's been a great thing about coming home. We're also making sure we don't see this as the end of a season but as the beginning of a new one. We know for sure that God is stirring something here and we're excited to be a part of what He's going to do. What exactly that is we don't know, but we do know we're hungry for His presence and that He's going to do more than we could possibly imagine.