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Subiaco Oval
Perth, Western Australia
December 18, 2010


Rumours that U2 had cancelled after Bono fell from his soapbox and bruised his ego were dispelled tonight as the four Irish rockers swaggered on stage to Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’.


"The Claw" lying in wait...


And what a stage it is – nicknamed “The Claw”, this monstrosity is higher than the football stadium that serves as its home for tonight and tomorrow night, and weighs in at 590 tonnes. It’s a futuristic UFO looking beast, to be sure, to be sure, and comes complete with bells and whistles that must be seen to be believed.


...and in all it's glory


For tonight’s show U2 feature tracks from throughout their long and illustrious career – ‘Beautiful Day’, ‘I Will Follow’ and ‘Mysterious Ways’ are some of the early highlights – but too many also-rans from more recent albums that just don’t rate against their bonafide classics slow proceedings down. The band seem overly keen to appear relevant with this over-reliance on their latest albums lesser-known tracks, forgetting they have as classy a body of work to draw from as any band.


Bono and The Edge playing on the...errr... edge -of the stage


The crowd lap it up though, every single note, every time one of the Irishmen wander lackadaisically around the walkways stretching over the front rows, and with such a massive stage show, playing to almost 60,000 punters per night, there’s no denying the power of the projection of music on this scale.


Bono croons 'In Aa Little While' to a "lucky" audience member, the old lech


Bono’s penchant for both the dramatic and the preachy are both well-served – the former when he pulls a young lady onstage to croon ‘In A Little While’ to, the latter when they have amnesty international volunteers place lights around the walkways during ‘Walk On’, dedicated to recently released from custody Burmese activitist Aung San Suu Kyi, or having a video of Bishop Desmond Tutu introduce classic ‘One’ during the first encore.


The star of the show - "The Claw"


There were many highlights to U2’s show tonight – but there was a lot of fodder as well. Sure, most of the crowd fell under the spell of the mass hysteria on offer, but to us it was too “pop Nuremburg rally” and not enough “great rock n’ roll stadium show”, and the band were seriously upstaged by their jaw dropping stage.

Shane Pinnegar

Set List:

Return Of The Stingray Guitar
Beautiful Day
I Will Follow
Get On Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Until The End Of The World
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Movin' On Up
North Star
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
In A Little While
Miss Sarajevo
City Of Blinding Lights
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On

Where The Streets Have No Name

Encore 2:
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender