Wednesday, July 26, 2017

U2 @ Stade de France, St Denis - July 26th, 2017

Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds opened the show and while I'm not familiar with their songs, it was great hearing some old Oasis tracks again. Hopefully the Mancunian brothers wise up soon and give the people what they want.
This tour finds U2 playing their best album in full (although not in sequence) and rounding it up with their greatest hits. Suffice to say this is the tour to catch whether you're a die-hard or a casual.

As a four piece, with three rather static members, they have had to find new ways to keep things dynamic on those huge stadium stages and as usual they've devised quite a spectacle for this Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Tour.

The stage itself is bare, but behind it stands what is the world's largest HD screen onto which images and videos are projected during the whole show.

After a tape play out of the Waterboys' The Whole of the Moon, the evening's stars enter on Sunday Bloody Sunday, and we are off for two hours of great songs and hits. The setlist is absolutely perfect, and Bullet the Blue Sky has never sounded so intense.

Bono's philanthropical speeches were kept to a minimum and actually added to the show rather than distract from it. After the lights came back out, they ended with a frantic I Will Follow played with the urgency of a young punk band.

This was U2 at their very best playing their very best songs. It's going to be hard for them to top this tour but if someone can do it, they can.

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