- 23 Apr 01
‘Beautiful Day’ is second out of the bag and the band’s, or specifically Bono’s, energy is palpable.
The U2 American concert is quite a different beast. Obscenely good organisation leads a lot of very calm individuals into a huge roofed arena. Looking down from the top deck, the band’s heart-shaped stage sits in the very centre of the arena, surrounded on all sides by a placid bunch of mostly seated people.
Those who have made it here early get standing room within the base of the heart, a classic U2 stage ploy which will, for most of the concert, bring the band in amongst the people.
PJ Harvey is singing her heart out, but seems impossibly small within the setting. Despite being a sell-out, the place doesn’t even look full yet, when four Northsiders strut up the ramp to the sound of ‘Elevation’ waving first to the people behind the stage, as if to acknowledge the poor view. Another U2 crowd pleaser.