Sunday, August 16, 2009

U2, 2009-08-14 - Wembley Stadium, London

I was in London to see 2 amazing shows by U2 (Friday and Saturday).

First part of U2 by "The Hours" and "Elbow".

Took some photos and videos.

"U2's first UK gig in their current tour has broken the attendance record for a Wembley Stadium concert, organizers have said.

About 88,000 people arrived at the Irish group's concert on Friday - 5,000 more than what is thought to have been the stadium's previous record.

The extra capacity for U2 was made possible by a 64ft-high stage, the tallest in the world, called The Claw.

U2's radical "claw" stage has enabled tour organizers Live Nation to increase the capacity for the sold-out show.

The four-legged, crab-like construction ensured that there was more room for fans.
Frontman Bono said: 'The Claw means more people can fit into the shows and everyone will be closer to the action.'
Show director Willie Williams, who developed the solid steel contraption, added: 'It's a really amazing spectacle - when you are on stage all you can see is people.'

Wembley's previous biggest crowd is believed to have been the 83,000 who saw Rod Stewart perform there in 1995.

That figure was matched last summer by the Foo Fighters when the US band played at Wembley following its rebuilding.

Elbow, who won the Mercury Prize last year with their fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid, were supporting on Friday."

A video I made on the afternoon (1):

U2-View of the CLAW And Stadium, Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 2009-08-14
And the video:

First part was by The Hours. They played for 32 minutes.

Second part was by Elbow. They played for 41 minutes.

Finally was time for U2. They played for 129 minutes.

On this first show I stayed just in the middle of Edge and Bono on a second row. The stage was a little high but I saw it very well. The concert was excelent.

"Today, U2 played their first of two concerts in London - the last city of the European leg to receive two concerts. Before the show began, the band did a soundcheck that featured Mysterious Ways and Your Blue Room. The latter has never been played live before.

During the actual gig, U2 seemed to be playing it very safe setlist-wise with the tabloid media's reviewers presumably attending in droves, though Stuck In A Moment was victim to some errors. Then the band threw in a considerable surprise: at the end of the main set, Mysterious Ways (featuring an extremely brief Norwegian Wood snippet at its end) followed One. Although Mysterious Ways has often been second-last in both main sets and encores, this is the first time it has ever actually been a main set closer. This tour, when One has been played after Streets (i.e. all but four shows), it has typically been the main set closer - the only previous exception was when Bad followed it in Dublin on 27 July 2009.

As a matter of interest, the Desmond Tutu intro was again before One rather than Streets. On the statistical front, tonight's performance of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For was its 500th live appearance, while Streets was played for the 666th time.
by Axver"

Here it is the setlist:

1. Breathe
2. No Line On The Horizon
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Magnificent
5. London Calling (snippet) / London Bridge Is Falling Down (snippet) / Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet)
6. Elevation
7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Movin' On Up (snippet)
8. Stuck In A Moment
9. Unknown Caller
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. City Of Blinding Lights
12. Vertigo
13. Crazy Tonight / Two Tribes (snippet) / O Come All Ye Faithful (snippet)
14. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah (snippet)
15. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
16. MLK
17. Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
18. Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
19. One
20. Mysterious Ways / Norwegian Wood (snippet)

21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
22. With Or Without You
23. Moment of Surrender

Some photos of U2 taken from the iPhone (6):

A video of U2 (1):

U2-With Or Without You, Wembley Stadium, London, UK, 2009-08-14
And the video:

Next the story of the 2nd concert of U2 at the Wembley Stadium, London on August 15th 2009.

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