Friday, May 27, 2005

This Song Is Not a Rebel Song...

Last night Mrs. Village Idiot and I went to see U2 at the Fleet Center* in Boston. (I know, it's not actually called the Fleet Center this week).

It was the best concert I've been to in a long time.

Before going into any details, let me give a shout out of much thanks to our babysitters for making the whole evening possible. You know who you are.

Bono tries the old Pull my finger gag

Some random thoughts and notes:
-Former Vice President Al Gore and his lovely wife were there. The crowd around us was all a twitter right before U2 came out. Being idiots, we stood up to see what all the fuss was about and there's Al and Tipper, smiling and happy and ready to rock.
-In a much bigger deal, a couple of minutes later, the crowd again was all a twitter, only this time it was New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who wound up sitting in our row. For those of you who aren't football fans or aren't Patriot fans, Bruschi is pronounced "Brew-ski" which means that this guy has the coolest name in the history of professional football.
-Rumor has it that Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and his lovely daughter Liv were also in the crowd, but we didn't see them.

The show totally rocked.
-They played most of their best songs, the sound was awesome and the crowd was very much into it. The stage is small but has an egg-shaped walkway that members of the band occasionally strolled around, so they were pretty close to where we were sitting. The stage, lighting and special effects were all good, but the best technical part of the show was the sound. They were very loud but were also very clear. The Edge's various guitar sounds are remarkable, especially the percussive quality he got out of a Fender Telecaster on Sunday Bloody Sunday.

-Mrs. Idiot has been a U2 fan for over twenty years. She reported that her favorite part of the concert was seeing that the band has aged. Bono, for example, looked great but looked his age. When he skipped around the egg-shaped stage, he looked a little pudgy, and when he took off the rock-star sunglasses a couple of times he looked a tired and haggard around the eyes. Mrs. Village Idiot was very pleased to see that her rock idol has aged along with her, and that his ass has spread over the years just as it should. (As opposed to Mick Jagger who looks to be in better shape than any human should ever be and Paul McCartney who has looked the same since the 1970s).

-I did have a problem with the show in that there are obviously either musicians offstage playing synthesizer and guitar parts or there are recorded music samples that are being played along with the band. I'm ok with a band like U2 using recorded parts or extra musicians, but there should be some mention of it somewhere. I mean, look what happened when Milli and Vanilli didn't come clean.

-There's a "cell phone moment" when the crowd is supposed to text their names to a certain number and join the band's world relief organization, and then hold their cell phones over their head. This was troubling to me, who grew up going to concerts where people held lighters over their heads. The effect is the same, though the eerie glowing blue-green cell phone screens seem a little more sci-fi than rock concerts should. Mrs. Idiot and I had a "senior moment" during the "cell phone moment" as we've never really sent text messages through the phones and had significant trouble with the process, especially as we were well into the beer supply by then.

All in all, despite our idiocy, it was a great time. See them if you can!

Set list:
City of Blinding Lights
The Ocean
Beautiful Day
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky
Running to Stand Still
Pride in the Name of Love
Where the Streets Have No Name

The Fly
Until the End of the World
With or Without You
Out of Control

All Because of You
Original of the Species
(The crowd closed the show by singing "40")


Sapphire Moonlight said...

I am sooooo jealous!!!!! I love U2 as well and it sounds like it was just a plain awesome concert. Y'all were so lucky to be able to go!

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Megan said...

Sounds like a great show! I saw them on April 2nd when they played in Anaheim, CA. That was one of the best concerts I've EVER experienced. I'm go happy you had such a great time!

2Vamp said...

loved the "senior moment" bit. hilarious! sounds like you and the missus have a fantastic time :)

e said...

i failed my spanish oral exam. i think it all went wrong after i began, 'unos, dos, tres, catorce'.

Peggy Archer said...

Glad you had fun!

Sounds like a very fun night!

Hollie The Mom said...

Oh you brought back memories. When I was a junior in Highschool I went to see U2 with a friend and I was right up front after Bono jumped into us I was able to get a small piece of his shirth that was ripped off by the crowd. Of course being short the compacted crowd soon had me being passed up to the stage. Bono helped me to a security guy that got me out the back so I could breath. SOOO COOOOOOL that night was!

Y.C. Tape said...

If I had a soundtrack to my life, U2 would play heavily into it. Seeing them in concert, definitely a Don't Miss moment. Loved the set list.

the VIBiL said...

Mrs. Villiage learned about the band in 1982 from her big brother. When I was in my first year at college I got hooked on these guys (I worked at the college radio station.) "Boy", "October", and a bootleg named "I8B4IFlew" got massive amounts of play on my crapy little stereo.

She thought Bono was cute and that sealed the deal for her.

I last saw them in NYC on their "All that you can't leave behind tour". A fine evening but a wee bit theatrical and over-staged.

I like 'em, a lot. But in spite of Bono's claim that he's part of the best pop band in the world, I think R.E.M. has always been a better band. Michael Stipe just wasn't cute enough for Mrs. Idiot to fawn over.

The Villiage Idiot's Broter In Law

The Village Idiot said...

Glad to hear that there are so many U2 fans out there reading this from time to time!

I had no idea that my blog was anything like th "Log Blog". Is he saying i'm fulla crap?

REM was awesome awesome awesome. We saw them in Dayton or Coulumbus on their Monster tour. Almost everything they've done since Monster has been somewhere between mediocre and awful though. (except maybe the song "Bad Day").

Mari said...

Glad to hear U2 was great! I have been trying to get tickets to their concerts for over 10 years, even my D-man can't help me! Oh, I could get the tickets, but not where I want them. I'm spoiled and like sitting somewhere in the first 5 rows, preferably side stage.

Tedy Bruschi not only has the coolest name, he IS the coolest! GO PATS!

And isn't it wonderful to be know that rock stars do age. I wonder how some of the bands I see make through an entire concert without a nap! So Bono is taking seconds on the mashed potatoes lately, eh? It's okay, he can afford them now! As a side note, Paul McCartney's magic potion, spell or lessons from Dick Clark to retain his youthfulness has seemed to fail him recently. You obviously haven't seen a close up... the age is VERY prominent around the eyes and the body doesn't move as it once did. He also needs to lose the pancake make up. I also think Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards are dead. They died a long time ago except we (the public) was never informed of this. The figures you see onstage playing music and dancing around are really clones. Thank MIT for having the forethought and a sharp team of engineering students to make this possible. The Stones will be making music when our grandchildren come of age.

So cell phones have replaced Bic lighters, eh? I guess because lighters, matches, cigarettes and pot are no longer allowed inside buildings. It must have looked really cool with all the screen colors, and as for sending text messages... not to worry, you're in good company. I had to ask my 7 year old neice how to take pictures with my cameraphone a few days ago. I've since forgotten.

Ta for now,

Dreya said...

Sorry to butt in here... I looked up the name "I8B4Iflew" on the net and the only place it took me is here. I haven't met anyone before who had any idea about the bootleg copy. I lost my mine in high school (a very sad day). Any idea how to get another copy??