U2 at Soldier Field…..Unbelievable!!!

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

~U2

Bono asked the crowd on a few occasions on Tuesday “Summertime in Soldier Field,where else would you want to be?” On Tuesday for the 65,000 people in attendance they had only one answer.

After much anticipation and excitement u2 finally made it to Chicago on Tuesday, after canceling last years show due to a Bono back injury and subsequent surgery.  Coming on stage to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” the concert was setting up to be out of this world… including the “Claw”. The massive stage structure sported a video screen that expanded at least 70 feet, and rotating stage that gave the whole audience prime view of the band. Easily the largest stage ever built for a tour.
As the show began the enamored crowd immediately began to sing along with what many say is the world’s most philanthropic band, starting with the opening “Even Better than the Real Thing” and continuing on for the rest of the show, U2 fans are truly dedicated.  Being that I am only a casual U2 fan I can say that I was thoroughly impressed. The band played many of their hits including a moving video from the International Space Station,introducing “Beautiful Day” where Capt. Mark Kelly expressed his love and devotion to his wife Gabrielle Giffords, the US Representative from Tucson, who was shot during a rally in Arizona.

2 Encores later the show ended with a tribute to Greg Carroll, an assistant and friend who died in a 1986 motorcycle accident. The band got together to play “One Tree Hill” from 1987’s Joshua Tree. “If we screw up really badly, don’t put it on the Internet” Bono proclaimed while the Edge found his groove.Needless to say no proclamation was necessary….

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