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by AlexB

Queing outside the stadium from 11:30 was plenty of time to get into the inner circle once the doors opened. Hampden organisation left a little to be desired as there was a stampede at opening time.

Larry's incredible drum solo kicked us off with Breathe, and led into a run through the best of the No Line album. The crowd were in fantastic voice, and the new material took the stadium by storm.

Bono really stoked the flames with a version of Flower Of Scotland as an intro to Beautiful Day, and closed with Here Comes The Sun, clearly pointed at the damp Scottish weather.

The dance version of Crazy Tonight with Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes worked into it was incredible, and together with Unknown Caller at either end of the best section of the show.

Standing centrally at the back of the inner-circle, the sound was stunning tonight. Crisp, clear vocals and tight base. However, it started to break up during MLK with strange surges in sound, before cutting out all together during Walk On. U2 were fully aware of the problem, but had no choice but to carry on, thankful that the crowd knew the words and carried the show until the sound was repaired. It did give those standing right at the front a bonus of a brief truly-acoustic moment from u2, and I can report the Larry's drumming was superb throughout.

To be honest, though, the sound glitch did seem to cool the atmosphere for a while from the feverish euphoria up to that point. Never mind, these things happen, and with Streets the momentum was regained.

One was concluded with the 'See Us Coming' refrain; which never fails to bring on the goose bumps.

A stunning Ultraviolet before the slow closers. Standard fare With Or Without You, and I'm sure the sound wasn't quite right again for Moment of Surrender. A beautiful end to the show, nonetheless.

The atmosphere, the crowd were the best of any U2 gig I've been to. The band clearly enjoyed the evening and put on a fantastic show. Of the stadium tours, this was up there with ZooTV.

A great night; thank you lads...

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