Tuesday, July 19, 2011

U2 STL: A non-U2 fan's concert review

One of the hottest concerts this summer in Saint Louis just happenned on Sunday and not just because of the Heat Advisory. ZING! U2 graced Downtown St. Louis with their much anticipated 360 Tour. My wife and I bought tickets for this show way back in October. Neither one of us had been to a U2 concert and we figured it would be a good bucket-list concert for us to go to. My wife is a fan but hasn't really kept up withthe new stuf. So, she was excited about going. Then she got 7 months pregnant and the temperatures were in the upper 90s. So she didn't get to go. Its amazing the amount of stuff my wife is willing to give up and how much she didn't care that I went without her. I will have to make it up to her some day...

I must admit without her attending, I reeally didn't have much motivation to go other than to check it off the bucket-list and I just love paying $10 for a beer. So I sacked up and invited a buddy to the concert to give it a whirl. Do you feel sorry for me yet?

After a brief pre-party we made our way over to Busch Stadium. Neither one of us had ever heard an Interpol song before so we weren't in any hurry. As we walked up to the stadium that I have seen countless Cardinal games in, I got the sense that this was going to be a different expereince than a bunch of drunk hoosiers* and old people that the venue typically draws. *Quick note: in St. Louis a Hoosier is not a person from Indiana. See your typical Cardinals Hoosier here

No. On this muggy July night there was something different. Something bigger than just the Cardinals... A giant spider-claw like monster was eating people. In all seriousness, the atmosphere at this concert was incredible. I've never been to a concert where I felt like I was witnessing something really amazing. It was almost like Busch Stadium was planted in a city that was a lot cooler. I was just blown away that people would actually go through all the effort to construct such an amazing stage for such a ho-hum town. Typically concerts are at one of 2 places (Riverport Ampitheater & Scottrade Center). Trust me they aren't worth a hotlink to their sites. So it was really cool that this this was sitting in the middle of our town and that so many (what seemed normal) people came to see it.

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Now that I have successfully "set the stage" as it were (I'm on a roll) I was pumped and ready to get my face melted by U2. Well I wouldn't say it got melted so much, but perhaps my eyebrows were slightly singed. I was surprised at how many songs I actually knew and really just how many years their music spans. They are icons, but I am still not crazy about their music. I am also not crazy about Bono using the claw monster as a political platform, but hey its for a good cause I guess. I will say the highlight of the night was when they broke into "Sunday Bloody Sunday." I'm not sure why exactly this song stuck out but it was great. The crowd was into it and everyone was screaming... and I knew the words.


I'll post a couple more pics from the concert & crappy video I shot from the concert. Also I thought I would be kind enough to provide their set list.


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I'm having issues imbedding the video, but you can go here to see it - https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/0aKBFes6oQYbBqMdlPKnjQ?feat=directlink

U2 360 Tour – Set List
July 17, St. Louis: Busch Stadium

“Even Better Than the Real Thing”

“The Fly”

“Mysterious Ways”

“Until the End of the World”

“I Will Follow”

“Get On Your Boots”

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”/”Many Rivers to Cross”


“Beautiful Day”/”Space Oddity”



“Miss Sarajevo”


“City of Blinding Lights”


“I’ll Go Crazy”/”Discotheque”/”Life During Wartime”/”Psycho Killer”

“Sunday Bloody Sunday”


“Walk On”


“Hallelujah”/”Where the Streets Have No Name”

“Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me”

“With or Without You”

“Moment of Surrender”

Source: http://fresh1025.radio.com/2011/07/18/u2-360-tour-in-st-louis-pics-and-set-list/2/

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it, especially as a non-U2 fan. I never got into their music either.