by Fiona Kay
All I can say is BLOODY SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!! From the moment the band were hustled up the aisle towards the stage (one foot away from me, I might add!) until the closing bars of the exit song (Nick Cave- Into my arms) I was part of an amazing, exhilarating, magical experience. U2 quite simply rocks. For all those people complaining about ticket prices, I can truly say I would have paid twice as much to have Popmart all over again.
The band was in great form, tight and together and sounding brilliant. I could see bugger-all (i.e., nothing) except for the occasional live image on the unbelievably enormous screen.
The crowd was pretty good although it was disappointing that they took so long to get into it. Bono seemed a bit frustrated at the beginning and asked if we were all on drugs (in reference to the Perth concert where a huge amount of tickets were sold by a casino for $300 to people who just sat there as if they were watching Kenny G).
Highlights for me were an unbelievable acoustic version of Sunday Bloody Sunday, the brilliant Bad, and the highly emotional With or Without You and One, which was dedicated to Michael Hutchence. The crowd really got into the singing, particularly for Pride - we got overly enthusiastic and kept on singing even after the song was over much to Bono's amusement.
What else can I say that hasn't already been said in the hundreds of review of the 80-odd concerts that have come before this one? U2 really are the greatest band in the world even if they do say so themselves and I am so glad I was there to witness a truly great event.