Went to the U2 concert last night. It was big, loud and spectacular. I’ve been to arena concerts before where I felt so far from the band, that it was like watching a little TV in the distance. U2’s clever 360 degree setup really included all of the audience – even the ones in the cheap seats like me.
‘The Claw’ and its stage which incorporated a circuit track for the U2 boys to run around meant that audience members just about always had someone playing to them. Bono does the rock god thing so well and seems to have a lot of fun with it. However, it was a balmy evening and I was a bit worried about Bono overheating in his rock god leather pants and jacket. It’s even warmer for their Thursday show and perhaps some kind local could give him a lend of their board shorts, singlet and thongs (those are sandals to non-Australians reading).
At one stage it did rain and three clear umbrellas ‘grew’ out of the stage. Hopefully it cooled them all down a bit.
Even if you’re not a huge U2 fan, it’s worth going because it really is very entertaining. The Claw has a giant, circular screen which shows the band members as they perform, images, words and information about the causes close to the band’s hearts. At one stage it becomes a spaceship!
My tip for getting there – take the bus or train. It’s all run with extreme efficiency.
Now for something a bit smaller….a few weekends ago I went to a backyard concert and saw Alan Boyle, an Irish/Australian singer performing. There was no ‘claw’, but there was a Hills Hoist beautifully decorated with recycled glass jars containing tea light candles. Just like U2, Alan had a video clip, but his was projected onto a white sheet tacked onto an old, wooden garage. Have a look at his new video on Youtube.