Opening Act(s): Primus, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprosy
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Satellite Of Love, Bad, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Desire, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
For a band that was so serious and bent on destroying the IRA back in the 80’s, these guys needed to have a little fun. A release from the stress. They created ZOO TV. The stage was so massive, I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The large TV screens seemed to take over this ugly yellow and red colored stadium, adding life to the worst area of DC.
Unfortunately, it was raining, and there was no end in sight. I missed both openers to avoid getting soaked. Figuring the rain would let up, I went to my seat, which was right next to the catwalk/smaller stage, branching out from the main stage.
As the rain came down even harder, many of us thought the band would cancel at the last minute. The lights went out, and President Bush appeared on several of the huge TV screens, chanting We Will We Will Rock You, to the beat of the Queen song, which lead into the beginning of Zoo Station. My god, I’ve never heard such deafening screams coming from the 40,000 plus in attendance.
To sum this gig up, the best part was being within 5 feet of the band during their acoustic set out on the tiny stage, and drueling over the beautiful belly dancer that danced on the wet stage as light rain came down. Bono was pissed during the whole show, afraid that all the power along with the rain might shock all 40,000 fans to death in the world’s largest electricution. Bono did thank the fans and especially the crew for enduring the endless rain. Although the TV screens worked only part of the time, and the band seemed a bit annoyed to be playing the same set for the umpteenth time, we had fun in the rain.