by Anthony Stanley
It was a warm evening, but it started to cool down when U2 burst single file through the 30,000 strong crowd. From the get-go, Bono was into it trying to pump up the crowd. The set and the images it projected looked fantastic. Bono had a few things to say but one of the highlights was his reference to Oasis' arrival in Oz the previous day saying,"We make the news for wearing sandals whilst our mates are getting busted for hijacking planes." (Oasis were condemned by Cathay Pacific for swearing, smoking, and general lager-lout behaviour aboard their flight from Hong Kong to Perth.) Highlights of the show included Pride (the crowd singalong), Bad, Sunday Bloody Sunday (the Edge sounded brilliant), Please (the entire crowd was mesmerised), and Mysterious Ways (a combination of Bono's pelvic thrusts and the Edge's guitar solo and shuffle across stage.)
I saw U2 when they came with Zoo TV and I would have to say in terms of crowd atmosphere and participation it was better. However, in terms of the the presentation and performance, POPmart was way ahead. All in all a great experience. I was left in no doubt as to why they are one of the greatest bands of all time and will remain so.