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"I like to see Bono working under pressure, 'cause he's a great improviser."

-- Adam, on Bono

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by Alex

This show was phenomenal. After a decent first act of the BoDeans, and a lack-lustre set by Los Lobos (who many could not wait to get off the stage) ... the house lights dimmed, and it began.

If you were at the show, or have seen the video Rattle and Hum, you'll know that the band walks on stage against a red silhouette. ... and the music builds ... and then Adam amps in and then the Edge starts jangling and then Larry let's loose on the drums, and then BOOM! Blinding lights came on, the band smiled and concentrated, and Bono sprinted from one side of the stage to the other, waving at fans on both wings, prior to returning to the middle to commence singing.

And if you were on the floor and looked back, for the next minute you would have seen the tide of people jumping onto the floor and rushing the stage, but not in a dangerous manner - just excited. And then the upper bowl drained into the lower one, and everyone saw the show closer and more personal than their nosebleed tix would have permitted.

Streets was excellent. Bad was remarkable. Sunday was powerful. Pride was the best. 60,000 people sang 40 for several minutes after the band finished. And in the middle of the show, Bono wrapped himself in a white sheet someone from AI had created that featured a drawing of the planet and that said "unchain the world". And he prowled around the stage and celebrated life and connected with the audience like he was in a small pub.

It was mind-boggling that 4 dudes could fill the cavern of BC Place with a tight thunder, where you could almost feel the soundwaves hitting your face, or maybe you could, but they did. The show was even better than Bowie's Serious Moonlight tour, that opened the dome in '83. We'll never forget the show, or the feelings. Thanks boyoes.

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