2019-11-19 - Adelaide, Australia - Adelaide Oval


setlist

Support act: Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds
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songs per album

  1. The Joshua Tree (11)
  2. Achtung Baby (3)
  3. War (2)
  4. All That You Can't Leave Behind (2)
  5. Boy (1)
  6. The Unforgettable Fire (1)
  7. Rattle and Hum (1)
  8. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (1)
  9. Songs Of Innocence (1)
  10. Songs Of Experience (1)

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review by ChillyPhilly

6 months ago

Performance

Despite a thirteen-year absence from Adelaide, the band stepped up the action a notch to create an experience where nothing else in the world mattered.

U2 delivered everything they are renowned and reputed for: Adam's thundering bass in New Year's Day, Larry's militaristic drumming to open with Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bono's sky-highs of Vertigo and Edge's shimmering delay and chimes of Where the Streets Have No Name. The band delivered it with precision, clarity and purpose.


Sound

Great quality for an MP3, if a little muffled in spots. Doesn't capture the 'stadium' feel so much, nor enough of the audience. But great sound otherwise, and very clear overall.

Audience

The dedicated fan action was in the General Admission and Red Zone sections, which were packed with hardcore fans from all over Australia and the world. These sections rewarded the band for returning to the City of Churches after so long. The classics were all received well from the whole crowd.

However, there was limited participation from the seated sections in the stands. Unfortunately, this is a cultural thing in Adelaide with most concert performances, no matter the artist.


Overall

U2's first performance at the sacred Adelaide Oval - and their first in Adelaide since the Vertigo Tour in 2006 - was yet another one for the ages. The date was their third in Australia since the U2360 Tour visited in 2010.

Fans lined up from the day before, organising their own queue outside the venue - later honoured by the stadium. In the evening on the night before the show, some gathered at a karaoke bar in Adelaide's CBD, where there was a gathering of cultures, experiences and memories joined in celebration of U2's music.

On the day - 19 November, 2019 - Adelaide's temperature hit 34 degrees Celsius but went up a notch when U2 fever maxed out. The band flew from Melbourne in the afternoon, opting to travel from the airport to Adelaide Oval for soundcheck. They were warmly greeted and walked alongside their vehicles for a short distance to say both thanks and sorry for taking so long to return to Australian shores.

Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds were outstanding, playing a fun, cheeky and energetic set as the stadium slowly filled. Gallagher read the vibe perfectly, and his banter would not be out of place in an Adelaide pub.

A cheer went around the stadium when U2's entrance song, 'The Whole of the Moon' by The Waterboys', began playing. They were now minutes away from what would be a tour de force.

The performance opened with Larry Mullen Jr's militaristic drum beat of 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. This was followed with the bouncing 'I Will Follow', then Adam's pumping bass started off 'New Year's Day' before 'Pride' concluded an energetic opening several songs. The only notable omission was 'Bad'.

Even in the heat of the night, the band continued to perform with purpose, delivering a highly energetic show. Bono acknowledged the efforts of Australian firefighters battling bushfires in the days leading up to the night, and later the band spoke about Irish inventions, with Larry mentioning flavoured Tayto potato chips (Joe 'Spud' Murphy).

U2 concluded their performance with a highly charged encore considering of live favourites that included Elevation, Vertigo and Beautiful Day; but they retained Every Breaking Wave and Love is Bigger Than Anything In its Way. Adelaide Oval sang much of 'One' for Bono to close the performance, and as is tradition, mobile phones were turned into a sea of torches.

The next day, a glowing review of the show was front page news. Despite being away for so long, the band created a memory that will last for just as long - but hopefully with not as long a wait until their next visit!


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