I usually don’t come here and tell you about something you should like. Instead I shit on things that I think you shouldn’t. So I wouldn’t really call myself a tastemaker, perhaps a taste unmaker or a bitter and angry young man. Whichever you go with the fact remains I don’t shout from the rooftops what you should like.
Last night I saw U2 in concert for the first time. They were on my list of bands that if I ever had a chance to see them live… The only other bands remaining on that list are Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys, and Bruce Springsteen, the first two I had a chance to see about 9 years ago but the concert was canceled. (I don’t even know if I want to see the Beasties Boys at this point, nothing worse than old white guys rapping.) The reason why I want to see these bands isn’t because I am a super fan of these bands but more like I have heard good things about them live and want to experience it for myself. Kind of like my reason for wanting to sleep with Bea Arthur for so many years… of course I will never get that chance now.
All I can say about U2 last night it that it was a spectacle. Not in an Amy Winehouse is drunk and stumbling around the streets of London kind of way. It was more in the “this is an event” type of way. I don’t think I have said, “Wow” so much in a short period of time in my entire life.
I can hear all of your comments. Yes Bono is kind of a douche. Yes two out of their last three albums could be considered questionable. And yes I have no explanation for the Zooropa album. But last night that really didn’t matter, I watched one of the tightest and well-put together performances I have ever sat through. Usually a concert in a large football stadium can be a mixed bag. It is hard for the band to hold the audience like in a more intimate setting or even in an amphitheatre. It wasn’t a problem for them last night; it was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed.
This isn’t even taking into account the stage setup they used. “The Claw” just borders on sheer ridiculousness.
When I was eating dinner at a restaurant outside the stadium I could see it and thought that it was rather large. However when you get inside the stadium and see the stage set to scale against other humans it is positively mindboggling.
All I am saying that even though they might have lost some cultural relevance, especially for anyone under 30 I would say, U2 puts on a ridiculous show and if you have a chance to see them it is well worth the money.
Enough gushing… back to things involving fleshlights tomorrow.
What was the best concert you ever went to?