Even after losing my phone, scalping extra tickets and arriving there late, I was still in a good mood and excited for the show. It had been 2 years since I bought these U2 tickets. And the show was just about to begin. I was not about let those trivial things mess with seeing one of fav bands. The only thing I had worried about earlier was the weather after all the recent rain.
But it was a warm and cloudless evening as U2 finally took the stage at the Oakland Coliseum. They opened with ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing‘ which I thought was kinda odd considering how old it was. But I wasn’t gonna complain. I was more than happy to hear the older songs cause I hadn’t been too into their recent albums. They played a lot of the newer songs like ‘Little Boots‘, ‘Magnificent‘ and ‘Moment of Surrender‘. But it’s not a U2 show without everyone singing along to the classic U2 songs. And thankfully, there were plenty of those played. Including some rarely played live songs like ‘Miss Sarajevo‘ (with Bono doing the Pavarotti’s vocals!).
The highlight of the show had to be the guest appearance by NASA Commander Kelly, introducing and singing parts of ‘Beautiful Day‘ from the Intl. Space Station. It was pretty awesome and surreal. What other band could get a cameo from outer space?
I also loved the segue from ‘Stay (Far Away So Close)‘ to Bono singing ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow‘ into ‘Where the Streets Have No Name‘. It was magical. It gives me chills again just thinking about it now. Check out the video below to see these and my other fav moments from the show.
Oh ya, the 360 stage! I’m not even gonna bother describing it cause words won’t do it justice. But it was awesome and crazy. Check out the pics below to get an idea of just how big and crazy it was.