I went to the U2 show at TCF Stadium this past weekend with my daughter Betty, and we had a GREAT time. I’ve got some blog-post-worthy thoughts about the show, but I’ll save those until tomorrow and instead just post some pictures and stuff for now. This post is simply a diary of the evening for documentation purposes, because I’m so pumped to have found so many pictures and videos online from other people!

This photo to the left is Betty and me at home getting ready to leave for the show and feeling pretty pumped about it. I found these tickets two years ago (the show was postponed from last summer) and we have been counting down the days! Thanks again to Shawn Messner and Greg Stoesz!

Betty and I in the stands. Some friends were randomly sitting just a few rows in front of us and took this photo.

A few minutes before the show actually started a bunch of balloons were released right in the middle of our section. That was an unexpected treat for Betty. We spent at least 5 minutes punching them around. A random fan on the floor caught some video…

The show started with a David Bowie tune as the band took the stage, and they opened with “Even Better Than The Real Thing.” The Edge played the guitar solo at the top of the tune over the drone and it had a tone of vibe. Betty was BLOWN AWAY by the lights as they first lit up that monstrous stage. It was super intense. Again, a fan from the floor got some great footage of the moment.

Mid-show high five...

About 4 songs in it started to rain a little, so these super space-age-looking umbrellas came out of the stage over the drums and guitar/bass rigs. The Edge’s wireless pack had a little trouble at one point, and this video shows both the technical problem and the umbrellas…

About halfway through the show it started to rain SUPER hard, so we retreated into the concourse underneath the upper deck for shelter. We grabbed a good spot where we could still see the show and stayed there until the last song before the encore break.

Betty’s favorite tune is Elevation, and she was super pumped that they played it. My personal favorite tune of the night was the first of the encore, “Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me.” Be sure to watch this whole video, because Bono swinging back and forth from the microphone at the end is so cool…

Other noteworthy show moments include Bono’s creative band introductions, K’Naan joining the band onstage, Edge and Bono dedicating a tune to Amy Winehouse, the band just rocking right through some HEAVY rains, and the low cloud cover during “With Or Without You” adding extra visual effect to the mirror ball.

I’m absolutely IN AWE of how much this band affects people through their music. The concept of really connecting with your audience is something I’ve thought a lot about recently, and seeing U2 do it so well cemented a few things for me. Like I said, I’ll post some additional thoughts about that stuff tomorrow.

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