- 18 Jul 17
Over two nights, U2 crystallised the love affair that the band has enjoyed with Italy – and with the Italian capital, Rome.
“The greatest night ever,” Bono proclaimed on Saturday, revelling in the warm breeze of a Roman evening. It was indeed the greatest night for many Italians, who had travelled the length and breadth of the country to see the shows.
“You guys are great, you're a family,” the singer intoned. Bono expressed his love for Italy several times during the show. “I was in love with Italy even before I knew Italy existed. My father used to listen to Opera, Tosca, Traviata…" And he went on: “U2 is not a rock n roll band, it is actually an opera band… (smiling at The Edge)... metallic opera!”
The gig started sober and minimal: four men on a platform in the middle of the lawn, playing pure rock and roll, just the way it was before they rose to fame. The stage behind was turned off for those first four tracks. Only white lights, a bass, a guitar, drums – and great passion.