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Gig of the Week : U2 The Joshua Tree Tour

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It took them 4 decades to come to India for a concert. Fans weren’t disappointed. U2 made it a Beautiful Day with a performance that will long be remembered.

The wait for the show to start was made worse by the long queues for ‘top up coupons’ and FnB stalls. Better management would have helped considering the high priced tickets. Lack of thought was visible in the seating arrangements too. Lower priced tickets had seating access while fans were forced to stand through the show because they bought a costlier ticket.

The band truly covered up for the management flaws. The moment U2 started with Sunday Bloody Sunday, there was no looking back. What followed was pure magic. The enthusiasm in the crowd was palpable as the masters churned out their classics. The crowd was still grooving to Pride (in the name of love) when the giant screen turned red.

It was time for Joshua Tree.

Where the streets have no name, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for, With or without you got the older set of fans nostalgic. The highly vocal crowd was mostly silent for the rest of the songs from the album. U2’s performance on Exit stood out for me. The graphics and The Edge’s guitar, Bono’s soul stirring vocals amalgamated in a stellar experience.

 

Post Joshua Tree, U2 resumed to regale the crowd with Desire. The crowd favourites ‘Elevation’, ‘Vertigo’, ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ followed. Fans were in for a surprise as A R Rahman joined the band for a rendition of the collaborative single Ahimsa. That was not the only surprise element of the night. Noel Gallagher, from Oasis and U2 performed the final song of the Joshua Tree tour, the masterpiece One.

The sound and lights were great though the sound was a little jarring in the beginning. The concert will go down as one of the best the country has witnessed and would rank alongside the Roger Waters, Iron Maiden and Michael Jackson shows.

The huge turnout, despite the high priced tickets, shall encourage organisers to host other music giants. Fans, on the other hand, should be prepared for expensive tickets.

Music : 5/5
Sound : 5/5
Ambience : 5/5
WOW Factor : ‘Exit’ performance

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