(Because it occurs, we additionally acquired one thing comparable from Noel Gallagher earlier – he began his help slot along with his tougher however typically fantastic Excessive Flying Birds materials, earlier than knocking us out with a handful of mighty Oasis tunes. However again to the primary occasion.)
U2’s first sensible transfer was to open the present with all 4 members acting on a runway deep into the group, with out utilizing the big display screen behind them – so we had been at first made to look at the band somewhat than the spectacle.
Right here’s Larry Mullen jnr, pounding out the righteous march of Sunday Bloody Sunday. There’s Adam Clayton with the primary of many easy however iconic bass traces (New 12 months’s Day). After which Dangerous, with its aching coronary heart given added poignancy as singer Bono factors out this present day was the anniversary of his buddy Michael Hutchence’s loss of life, and so tries to suit INXS’s By no means Tear Us Aside to its melody.
The spectacle quickly adopted, inevitably, with The Joshua Tree fantastically mounted with Anton Corbijn’s evocative visuals offering the backdrop because the band performed it so as in its entirety.
The highlights may not be what you anticipated. Whereas The Edge confirmed he can nonetheless be a thrillingly inventive guitarist on the likes of Bullet the Blue Sky and In God’s Nation, Bono refused to sing With or With out You correctly, regardless of the very fact he proved all through the night time he may nonetheless hit the excessive notes.
At the very least he pleasantly stunned us with a blast of his harmonica on Working to Standstill, which most of us didn’t anticipate to listen to till (a elegant) Journey By Your Wires.
The shadow of Hutchence reappeared once we acquired to the final rush of profession highlights by way of a refrain from INXS’s Satan Inside throughout Vertigo, and U2’s personal affecting tribute Caught in a Second You Can’t Get Out Of.
Nevertheless it was three songs from 1991’s Achtung Child album that finally confirmed this present’s principal level. Even Higher Than the Actual Factor set to a disco beat with but extra Edge heroics, Ultraviolet’s celebration of womanhood and an inevitably highly effective and emotional One all confirmed that regardless of the occasional earlier flaw, U2 stay the world’s reigning kings of stadium rock.
U2 play the Sydney Cricket Floor on Saturday, November 23, earlier than their closing present of The Joshua Tree tour at Perth’s Optus Stadium on November 27.
George Palathingal joined The Sydney Morning Herald in 2001. He writes about most fields of leisure however has at all times specialised in music, most notably as a reside reviewer.