U2 is one of the biggest rock groups of its day and may very well go down as this generations greatest band. The show they put on Saturday night at TCF bank stadium on the University of Minnesota campus was the third to last of a record setting two year 110-concert tour. It will end up grossing an unbelievable $720 million dollars when all is said and done.
The concert was something I was looking foward to for about three years when the tickets had originally went on sale. It was then put off for a summer due to the emergency back surgery that lead singer Bono needed. I also had the fortune of being able to attend the show with an icon in my profession and someone that I have looked up to in this business. The mayor of Garage Logic Joe Soucheray.
The show was only enhanced by the mass amounts of rain that fell down for about an hour of the two plus hours they played on stage. Mother nature did her best to spoil the fun for the masses, but Bono and the boys refused to let her win. The lead singer came out with an American flag umbrella and bellowed the tune "Singing in the Rain" at one point. He also ramped one of the band's most famous tunes "Where the Streets Have No Name" with a version of "Purple Rain" by Prince. Bass guitarist Adam Clayton also removed his shirt because it was clear that he had become soaked in the process. This was much to the delight of the female audience. The best weather related moment however came during the song "One." The song happens to be a personal favorite because of its power in its simplicity and in its melody and lyrics. The rumbling thunder in the distance would sound almost in perfect harmony with the tune as if it had been planned. The crowd also erupted each and every time it happened.
Other notable moments of the night happened during the song "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" which they originally wrote for Michael Hutchins former lead singer of INXS and then dedicated that night to Amy Winehouse who lost her battle with drug addiction earlier that morning.
There was also a great moment during the song "Beautiful Day" where the crowd was greeted by an astronaut from the International Space Station who said hello to the Twin Cities and then held up words to the song in harmony and they would float off inside of the zero gravity chamber that he had recorded the video.
Life is that ever evolving thing that constantly loves to remind you that it not you is in charge at every step and more importantly at every turn. There are also those moments that stay with you for a lifetime. Saturday night with sixty thousand of my closest friends was one of those nights. The U2 concert was not only therapeutic and full filling, it was also part religious experience, and simply put the best live performance I have ever witnessed.