|photo credit, Shawn Farmer|
It's only four nights into the tour, and as Gavin Friday quipped, "It usually takes six nights for the Baby to become Achtung."
I think this time the Mojo is already in the house, as is the Baby.
Premature, but healthy.
Also...Second nights (or third, fourth...of fifth) by U2 in the same city are often characterized as "walking all over the first night." (see "U2 is good, not great in San Jose"night 1) . This sometimes reminds me of what Mark DeRaud used to call the fourth (of our four Sunday church services (they went from very traditional to traditional to contemporary to...uh, very contemporary): "the exotic service." For U2, it's a bit looser (as far as nerves), tighter (as far as music) , and sometimes that results in more Spiritaneous setlist moments. Tonight was, as Tim Neufeld tweeted me below, exquisite.
Tim N also catches a liturgical phenomenon that can happen with the night one vs night two: "Where the first night in Vancouver reminded me of the fallenness of our humanity, the second restored a sense of hope. " Bono once told Rolling Stone, "They call it the rhema. It’s a hard word to translate from Greek, but it sort of means it changes in the moment you’re in. It seems to do that for me."
Edge:" It's funny how you take an old song, but it in a different part of the set, and it suddenly has a new meaning."
Sitting next to me was another Tim, my son --a Periscope broadcasting star who had hundreds of viewers from all over the world! (Check to see if his video is still viewable).
@davewainscottHH So that's who @Tim4Jesus is! A real hero to many! Glad you could go w your son. Lifelong memories and an exquisite show!— Tim Neufeld (@timneufeld) May 20, 2015
It's impossible..and should be illegal.. to unpack a concert by U2.
(I still haven't come home from my first!)
I won't even try.
Just a few highlights this time..
I won't even go in chronological/liturgical order..
But I know which song to start with:
...but where to start in commenting on this Bad 6.0 version.?
(Note that in The Matrix, Neo was the sixth..and final.. iteration in a series of candidates to be "The One")
As Tim Neufeld noted:
Bad, which the other night (Second night, Vancouver) had the amazing addiction-recovery altar call (see this), tonight's version (unplanned, as you can tell by the first moments..) had this tearful "Into The Mystic" intro followed by the "This is a song of surrender..Whatever it is you want to let go of tonight, let it go ..be free!..you are being freed. ...Our music, God gave us it.." invitation/prelude,, (Not sure what he says at 27-30 sec mark. Anybody? "it's just dissonance"?):On past tours, U2 challenged crowd on political fronts. The #U2ieTour is much more about inner human condition. #surrender #youarefree #AB— Tim Neufeld (@timneufeld) May 21, 2015
A vintage interview:
Hmm..Second night; fourth service; third act..
or as Edge just said:
"There's really four different phases within the show of quite different feelings. Then we're tying it together. Making the emotional arc of it work is the real challenge."
So this boy comes up to me,
His face red like a rose on a thorn bush,
A young man with a young man's blush,
Young boy looked a lot like me.
And he's pulling the dollar bills outta my hand,
Patting me down, patting me down,
Says you have more than you need!
You got 100, you got 200, 300
And I can see those private planes,
I can see those private planes,
And you're in one of those private planes aren't you?
And he's right.
And I'm off a flight in Davos, Switzerland,
I'm in the lobby of the Belvedere Hotel,
Where a jazz-man breathes into his saxophone,
While everybody stares at their cell phone,
And in my ear the young boy groans,
Outside it's America!
Outside it's America!
As I step outside, snow is falling like a curtain of silence
I'm on the other side of the barricade now,
I'm on the other side of the barricade to myself, aged 19, n-n-n-n-nineteen
And I try to tell the young man,
that ideas deserve a plan,
And to build a better world,
It's gonna take every woman and man
It's gonna take you, me,
The reds and the greens,
The nows and forevers and the yet-to-bes
The "where ya going?"
The "where ya been?"
The living and the dead, and the unseen
The who's who,
The Gentile and the Jew,
The gays and the straights,
The sevens and the eights,
The nines and the tens,
The Dollars and the Yens,
And I feel like a fraud, but I know that I'm not,
I try to do my very
with everything I've got, which is not a lot,
to not get caught,
with my pants down,
my hands up, my hands up
Any second now,
Things are going to get rough,
So I run, I run, I run,
Into the arms, of America link
Bono’s channeling his inner hypocrite, changing the lyrics from “fighter planes” to “private planes,” shifting the focus from military interest to the Occupy Wall Street movement. “You’ve got more than you need” is part of Bono’s rap. It’s a conversation he’s having with his 19-year-old self who would see him now and condemn him, and his 55-year-old self is explaining the purpose behind it all. He’s trying to reconcile that he’s become the thing he protested all those decades ago. The reinvention of this song is outstanding. - See more at: http://www.atu2.com/news/column-off-the-record--vol-15-671.html#sthash.R51Fpw2Z.dpuf
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/inside-u2s-innocence-spectacle-a-backstage-q-a-with-bono-and-edge-20150521#ixzz3ao7tTqMF
In a delightful, cross-framed moment during "City Of Blinding Lights,"the boy ("innocence" incarnate) Bono brought up on stage (as promised earlier in the day, see video here.. start at 2 min mark), teased Bono about one of his trademarked and "experienced" grownup bad self poses.>>
Sherry caught this:
video footage from the Higgs Boson Collider appeared to be used for “City Of Blinding Lights,” a song with overtones about heaven, with visuals of a collider trying to find the God particle - See more at: http://www.atu2.com/news/column-off-the-record--vol-15-671.html#sthash.R51Fpw2Z.dpuf
|Photo: Tim N|
Tell me about it. To me, the film on the screen during "Streets" showed creation/our current city-creation..including the Joshua Tree... with a collider/transmitter/transporter to New Creation/heaven/heavens..
..or something like that. (:
|photo Tim N|
Someone captured this, see 3:37ff...and the rock(Rock)/mountain (Mountain) at 5:32ff? Love it:
Some of my brief clips: