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Should You Check Out A U2 Show In Europe? A NewsWhistle Concert Review

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The Show: U2 ‘s iNNOCENCE and eXPERIENCE Tour 2015
The Place: Madison Square Garden, New York City
Review Date: July 22, 2015

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Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. have been together now for almost 40 years.   In that time they have produced some of the most iconic music in rock. Last night they did what you would expect; with Bono leading the charge, they put on a spectacular show.

The audience consisted of a mostly older crowd (including, surprisingly, a sprinkling of children) and the set list seemed geared to pleasing our hunger for the band’s greatest hits.

Like every great showman, Bono knew what his audience wanted and delivered them a great rock experience.  From the moment he strutted out to the stage and belted out opener Miracle of Joey Ramone ’til the encore  One, he ruled the Garden, without detracting from the rest of the band.

Surprisingly, I was struck by how effortless Bono made the whole rock god personae look  when he called someone out of the crowd to perform a song with the group. This audience member, who had been holding a sign over his face, was Jimmy Fallon, an extra surprise for the audience.

Not only did Jimmy perform a great duet of Desire with Bono but his spot on imitation of the lead singers moves and poses (down to the oh so cool shades) made you realize how, like the great showman he is, Bono is able to move an audience through sheer presence. As a bonus, Fallon brought along The Roots to join the band in a rousing rendition of one of my personal favorites, Angel of Harlem.

The premise of the show was the band members’ journey from childhood/innocence to adulthood/experience.  Luckily, that included some of their greatest hits and new offerings. Standouts for me included Vertigo, an acoustic version of Sunday Bloody SundayPrideWhere the Streets Have No Name, and Cedarwood Road.

U2 wraps up their tour in America with this stand at the Garden but the tour will continue in Europe. Check dates here: http://www.u2.com/tour

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Fuzzy image courtesy of Murphy – murphy@newswhistle.com