Opening Act(s): 3Ds, Big Audio Dynamite II
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-One Tree Hill, Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Numb, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), Satellite Of Love, Dirty Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car, Lemon, With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
This was U2’s final concert in New Zealand for 13 years. Bono personally selected 3Ds, a band from the southern New Zealand city of Dunedin, to be the support act. It was the 3Ds’ biggest concert ever, but when an associate of the band pilfered a bottle of wine from U2’s dressing room, the concert promoter angrily told 3Ds that they would not get paid for the gig. Bono, however, was in the room at the time and insisted that the 3Ds get paid double - and receive an extra bottle of wine.
By Diane Jaram
Western Springs, Auckaland
Not sure what to expect as I made my way to my first U2 concert. I had heard much about the size of the stage and wanted to see it for myself. From moment the fly appeared on the monitors I was transfixed and moved by the energy, emotion and humor of the four men playing in front of 60,000 kiwis..
I started off on the floor of Western Springs but soon moved up to the terraces to get a better look at the stage and video screens.
The images and sounds moved not just the eyes and ears but the body and soul as well. From burning crosses, video confessionals and belly dancers the punters really got their monies worth. The highlight for me would have been when during the phone in session mcfesto phoned a group of people who were sitting on the terrace of a house that overlooked the stadium saying that he was sending some t shirts up for them to buy.
Left feeling thankful that my brother had given me the book Unforgetable fire which has started my U2 obsession.