Chapter 6: Squealing Like A 5 Year Old Girl…

OH…MY…GOD…The lights went down, only to blind us, as U2 took the stage and began with an tear-inspiring City of Blinding Lights!  Edge came out and Padfoot screamed like a little 5 year old girl!  Great!  Then when The Man, Larry, came out, I was pretty sure that I screamed my throat out. Here is the list of what they played:

City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / She Loves You / Gold Digger
Elevation
I Will Follow
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / In A Little While
Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Original Of The Species
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
Love And Peace Or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday / Rock The Casbah
Bullet The Blue Sky
Miss Sarajevo
Pride In The Name Of Love
Where The Streets Have No Name
One / All I Want Is You

Until The End Of The World
Mysterious Ways
With Or Without You

Stuck In A Moment (You Can’t Get Out Of) 
Crumbs From Your Table
Yahweh
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Any and all gestures that were made on my behalf were due to the fact that, in addition to taking pictures, I was also pointing at the band when the wonderful “OH YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL TONIGHT!” was uttered .  Most of the time, during the whole concert, I concentrated on taking pictures…and video…but I concentrated more on the concert itself than I believed was possible! On we went to Vertigo, which was too cool for words, and I thought about Mom and Dad the whole time…cos that is their favorite U2 song …UNOS, DOS, TRES, CATORCE!  WOOOOO!!  At one point, Bono segued into She Loves You by the Beatles…could it get any better, I asked myself…of course, this is U2, I should have known better. After Bono went back into Vertigo, we heard:

She take my money, when I’m in need
Yeah she’s a trifling’ friend indeed
Oh she’s a gold digga
Way over town
That digs on me
Yeah, I was dying!  I thought, “Oh boy, all we need is for Bono to start rappin Gold Digger”  It was just great!  What more can I say about Elevation?  Edge started the song, and for about a minute or so, Bono just did the “Woo-oo” part, complete with the Qwest Center thundering with chants of it, as the rest of us joined him!  And then yours truly got a HUGE treat…they started I Will Follow…and I would have been fine with Stories for Boys, but you know, I was just as happy!  And by the way, I will try to stick the video for I Will Follow if I can

***UPDATE ON TOM, WHO WENT FOR REFRESHMENTS!

As Tom was coming back, he got held up with some really mean-spirited people, and they said things like, “Whatever!  You don’t have a spot up there!  You’re just trying to butt in front of us!”  POOR TOM !  He finally came back half an hour after U2 had started, and we could tell he had been crying cos he looked really upset!  I let him back in his space on the rail, but not 5 minutes went by when he let me stand on the rail……Thank the Lord for Tom!***

Next they played one of my most favorite songs, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For…and really, it is almost impossible to explain what I felt verbally…and I seriously felt the song spiritually, as I am sure that most of you do.  I got great video of the crowd singing the chorus!  And then they worked In A Little While at the end of the song, and I will tell you, I have not been to a concert where everything that they played was, quite honestly, my personal favorites …*sigh* and I almost felt the Bono was singing directly to me…well in our general direction anyway… Beautiful Day started, and I practically threw my camera to Padfoot so that I could call Brittany!  She LOVES that song, and I promised to call her when they played it .  And it was so phenomenal to hear that song live!  However, I kept on hearing, “My head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!  My head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!  My eyes, my ears, my mouth, my nose!  Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes!”  If you do not get the joke, ask me…. And woo-hoo! They did a bit of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at the end…Look at that they played my favorite Beatles songs!  YAAAAY!!!

Then came the song during which I cried the entire time…  Original of the Species started, and I kid you not, the tears just flowed completely and continuously during the whole song.  I love this song so much, and it means a lot to me.  Read the lyrics.  The song was written by Bono for his goddaughter, Edge’s eldest daughter Hollie, and I think about that every time I hear it.  Since the video, it holds even more meaning to me…*eyes water and sniff sniff*…The English guy and Tom just touched my arms and patted me on the back cos they knew I was crying…and may I say that I held the camera pretty steady during that song

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own was next, and I did not think that it was possible to continue crying, but I did, and it seemed to me that Bono was doing his best not to……I looked back at Padfoot, and she was in tears of course…Then came the song from How To Dismantle An Atomic BombLove and Peace or Else…mostly cos The Man came from behind the kit and came to the very tip of the ellipse to play a single tall drum and a few cymbals…TOO AMAZING…you have NO idea how excited I was to be standing so close to the heavenly wonder that is Mr. Larry Mullen Jnr…  I got reeeeally good video, but BE WARNED!!  I switched the camera angles around, so you will have to turn your head sideways to view it….  Anyway, on went the song, complete with Larry singing the “Release” part with Bono…a HUGE highlight for me of course …then I got video of Larry finishing at the tip and walking back to the kit…sooo nice…and Bono had put on the blindfold, on his forehead anyway, and he beat the crap out of the drum! 

On they went to Sunday Bloody Sunday, and it was more amazing live than I dreamed!  Bono went blind and intermittently in the song he sang When Johnny Comes Marching Home…and I just have to say, WOW cos I have never seen or heard something more significant in my life.  Close to the end of the song, Bono sang the chorus to The Clash’s Rock the Casbah, which is again one of my most favorite songs of all time! 

*Starts to sing* The Sharif don’t like it!  Rock the casbah! Rock the casbah! The Sharif don’t like it! Rock the casbah! Rock the casbah! *Shakes head out of concert reverie*

During the song, Bono came around the ellipse looking for this little girl…”Where-Where’s the little girl?” he said as he pointed at her and she was lifted up on stage. She was totally working the crowd on her way to the main stage with Bono, and he asked her her name…he was saying that we had to do it for “Hayley’s generation,” but the funny part was where he told her to say “NO MORE!” after him, and when he said it to her at first, she said “No more what?”  It was great!

On we went to Bullet the Blue Sky, which holds a lot of importance to me as I read the song as a poem for my Voice class…I think I analyzed that song more than should have been necessary!  I got really nice video on it, but once again, I must warn you because I did not think that the mic on the camera would work that well and all we would hear was the crowd…I was so wrong, cos not only did it record the band wonderfully, but it also recorded me…singing with Bono…not very pretty at all, so PLEASE ignore my singing when you view the videos!  The entire stage fell into red light as they went on through the song, and what a beautiful song it is!

Then, it was time for Prongs to start bawling…again…but not really, as all I did was silent crying…Miss Sarajevo is such a beautiful song, and such a beautiful but sad story behind it.  I got a few side hugs from Tom and some pats on the hand from the English guy…And I had heard about Bono singing the opera part in the song and heard how awesome it was, so when he started to sing it, I sang along (again, sorry about the video! )  and when he got to the “Diche que como el fiume, como el fiume l’amore rejungera…L’AMORE!”  part, I just could not sing anymore cos of my crying, and I just listened to him…*siiiiiigh*

On we went to Pride (In the Name of Love), and I am not quite sure why, but I was just expecting to see Bono don his old school fondue haircut…maybe I was wishing for it, who knows Where the Streets Have No Name was just too gorgeous, and wonderful video from that, as well!  I even took a picture of the stage with my phone, and it is on my background .  On to One, which is such a wonderful song on its own, ending with *another monumental sigh* All I Want Is You…and the English guy was just too ecstatic cos he loves that song so much…which really, I do not blame him. 

Somewhere in there they scrolled Human Rights articles, and a woman, that was projected out like a hologram, read some of them…I think…I was so emotional at that point that all I paid attention to was the songs…and of course the thing to sigh up for the ONE campaign…and the place looked to ethereal when everyone took out their cell phones and lit the place up like some interstellar Christmas tree…

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Join me tomorrow for the conclusion of the concert, the ride back home, and I PROMISE, THE PICTURES!!!

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Love Sincerely, Love Supremely…

 

Slainte!  ¡Salud!

 

The Mexican

 

 

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4 thoughts on “

  1. Lord_Kestrel says:

    yay fun! thanks for joining us in Lypton Village!!ask giant_metallic_lemon and she say we all need cool names now…lol so if u want can think o one…laterKES

  2. Ahhh!!! That’s soo awesome! It’s bringing back memories of my concert… *sighs*  Cant wait to read about the rest of it (and see it) haha.  Talk to ya later

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