04 October 2005
U2@Garden: I'm Still Levitating
Please forgive the hyperbole but last night was quite possibly one of the most uplifting evenings of the decade. Not only were we toasting some fabulous news, but U2 played one of their best shows since the 80s. Maybe it was hearing Ms. Sarajevo or maybe someone slipped me a mickey. All I know is I left the Garden feeling lighter and when I woke up today, I was still levitating like Mikey Carter.
The first time I saw U2 was in May 1983 at the Orpheum and the intensity of the show picked me up, shook me, and threw me back down - forever changed. Since then, I've seen the band upwards of 30 times. Each show, in an of itself, was an amazing, singular experience, but when the band connects with the audience on the level it did last night, it becomes something truly magical.
Set list from u2setlists.com City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Elevation, The Electric Co. / Bullet With Butterfly Wings (snippet), The Ocean, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Beautiful Day / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet), Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own / The Black Hills of Dakota (snippet), Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet), Miss Sarajevo, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One / MLK (snippet)
encores: The First Time, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, With Or Without You, All Because Of You, Yahweh, 40