first thing is getting there. norman is always packed wheather it's football or just a normal average day. it's a college town and oklahoma's hipster central. yes, hipsters everywhere. they sometimes come to the local punk shows and then stand around drinking beer. of course i assume that's what all hispters do and myself am probably one of them. but to distinguish a little from that, i do like to sing along and be friendly and not dress like a homeless person. yeah, so the concert was full of em', but also full of people in their 40's and even 50's. (my dad...)
i'm 25, so i guess i helped fill in that average hispter age. there were even children present. a lot of children. i haven't seen that many kids at a concert since sesame street live back in the 80's. (that was an awesome show!!!)
oh, and of course this wouldn't be a concert without your drunks. i don't mind people drinking, but geeze, do you have to be so loud and stupid (girls) and douche like (guys). it's not like i didn't expect this to happen, but just for a moment i thought i might actually be free from those types of people. wrong!!! ugh, regardless of that it didn't ruin my night. i even shoved a drunk for almost knocking me over by shoving past to get close to the stage. he gave me a look of "i'll be back after the show for you." but he didn't come. oh, and my dad almost got into a fight with a drunk. when i described the bozo to my dad he said that's how the guy who messed with me looked!!! i thought this was pretty funny.
hmm, i forgot to mention the Black Eyed Peas. let's just say that i would rather go through chemotherapy than that trainwreck again... (i seemed to be the only one who didn't like them. i must be missing something... oh yeah, i don't watch MxTxVx or listen to the stupid radio!!!)
adam clayton and the floating orbs of light around him...
the band came out playing a new song i didn't know. oh, let me go ahead and get this out of the way. i really hate the new stuff the band has done the past four albums. everything from Zooropa back is excellent stuff. everything past that isn't good. (in my opinion of course!!!) really, the music they make now sounds like U2 trying to be like U2. and what that means is they are phoning it in. for a good example of a band tired of themselves look no closer than Radiohead. they tried their best to do something different and not be themselves. (Kid A, Amnesiac) and of course had hits anyway.
you could just ask me why i went to this concert in the first place if all i did was complain. well i'll tell ya why. to get through all the bullcrap from people, weather, the black eyes peas, and new songs it all eventually fell onto the classics. oh boy do i love the classics. skipping their first two albums, the band played "Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Unforgettable Fire, MLK, Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With or Without You, One, Mysterious Ways, and Ultra Violet (light my way)"
and that was it. the rest of the show was filled with the crap they make now. yes, it's crap. you have the "Beautiful Day" song which sounds epic and also sounds like it was meant to be epic. you know, one of those rousing anthems that the band made to be played in front of huge crowds and such. hey wait... oh, and then you have the song with the spanish countdown and then the song with the "woo hoo" from that stupid tomb raider movie, and to cap it all off you have the most weird and creepy moment of the night.
Bono the robot...
Bono, in all his epic glory, picks a kid out of the audience and let's him walk with him around the stage. he then gets on his knees and sings to him. they also held hands and then ran around the stage in a circle. this seemed like something bono would do with starving africans for a commercial. anyway at the end he gives the kid his shades which was cool and then points the kid to go back to the spot where he got pulled up. bono then goes back to the stage and gasp!!! he has another pair of the same shades on!!! i guess they keep a box full of them behind the speakers.
so yes, the night was amazing (when they played old songs) i know i sound jaded and ungrateful because "OMG U2 never tours that much!!! i would have gone and gave anything to go!!! you know how many people would have taken your place??? you should have stayed home!!!" ha ha well i did go and it was worth it just to hear those old songs live.
like i said, i grew up with this band. i have strong emotional ties with them. before and after my parents divorce i would listen to these guys. i love to think back to my ski trips of the late 80's and 90's. dad would put their music on and it just works for some reason when you are driving and the air is cold and the mountains and streams are in the background and everything is amazing and beautiful. this is what U2 meant to me and for one night i was reminded of such a time.
well just for the sake of always doing it, here is a music post. it's from the band and this is actually my favorite album of all time. i even had a poster of the album in my dorm room during college. i love it that much. here is The Joshua Tree.
And so she woke up
Woke up from where she was lying still
Said I gotta do something about where we're going
Step on a steam train
Step out of the driving rain
Maybe run from the darkness in the night
Singing ha, ah la la la de day
Ah la la la de day
Ah la la de day
Sweet the sin
Bitter, the taste in my mouth
I see seven towers
But I only see one way out
You got to cry without weeping
Talk without speaking
Scream without raising your voice
You know I took the poison from the poison stream
Then I floated out of here
Singing ha la la la de day
Ha la la la de day
Ha la la de day
She runs through the streets with her eyes painted red
Under a black belly of cloud in the rain
In through a doorway
She brings me white gold and pearls
Stolen from the sea she is raging, she is raging
And the storm blows up in her eyes
She will suffer the needle chill
She's running to stand still