Bono and the boys' stripped-down, lemonless show beguiles the crowds...
U2 played the first date of their Elevation Tour last night before a sold-out crowd at the NATIONAL CAR RENTAL CENTER in MIAMI.
A small venue compared to the stadiums of the PopMart tour, the arena was devoid
of any superfluous props such as giant lemons and coktail olives. The stage was surprisingly simple and small, branching out into a heart-shaped catwalk, on
which Bono ran – literally, during ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ – to his heart’s content.
The U2 frontman, accompanied by “the man who gave us our first job” (Larry Mullen) , “the man with the biggest instrument in U2” (Adam Clayton) and “the scientist of the band”
(The Edge), performed a two-hour set consisting of their most popular songs,
including some live rarities.
‘Elevation’ and ‘Beautiful Day’, the first two titles
off their last album, ‘All
That You Can’t Leave Behind’, kickstarted the show, pumping energy into the
crowd. The band went on to play several more songs from their latest opus, including the haunting ‘New York’ and the latest European single ‘Stuck In A Moment’. They
performed their first single (‘I Will Follow’) and their last (‘Walk On’) in a varied set that concentrated on ‘War’, ‘The Joshua
Tree’, ‘Achtung Baby’ and ‘Pop’.
The perennial ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, which was last performed in Sarajevo by The
Edge, got the biggest reaction, as the crowd chanted the chorus. Bono borrowed an Irish flag from a fan and held it high, in a scene reminiscent of the white flag he waved nearly 20 years ago. Bono’s wife Ali, present at the show,
was twice-honored as U2 performed ‘The Sweetest
Thing’, a B-side dedicated to her, followed by ‘In A Little While’, to mark her
“So I am in Fort Lauderdale?…Yeah, we’ve been here before,” said Bono, cheeky as ever, before ‘Discotheque’. But U2 weren’t the
only ones to travel to Florida.
Some fans had travelled great distances to see their favorite band perform. “And it was worth every minute of the 17-hour drive from Washington,” said one fan, Sabrina.
Ivan from Panama was surprised by U2. “It was nothing like I’d expected. It was very, very personal,” he said, adding that: “Now I can
The complete set list was as follows:
‘Until The End Of The World’
‘New Year’s Day’
‘Stuck In A
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‘Staring At The Sun’
‘I Will Follow’
‘The Sweetest Thing
‘In A Little While’
‘Ground Beneath Her Feet’
Streets Have No Name’
‘Bullet The Blue Sky’
‘With Or Without
U2 will play a second show in Miami on March 26
before heading off to their March 29 show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Click the film icon at the top of the page to see NME.COM’s report from the secret London Astoria show.