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November 8, 1997 - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - Trans World Dome

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Opening Act(s): Third Eye Blind

Setlist:

Mofo, I Will Follow, Gone, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Last Night On Earth, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love), I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, All I Want Is You, Desire, Staring At The Sun, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky-America, Please, Where The Streets Have No Name. Encore(s): Discothèque-The Fly, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, With Or Without You, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, Mysterious Ways, One-Wake Up Dead Man.

Remarks:

During ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’ Bono brings up a male fan who is dressed as MacPhisto, Bono’s old alter-ego from 1993’s Zooropa Tour. Bono gives the fan his hat and jacket and wears MacPhisto’s horns and gold jacket - the first MacPhisto appearance since 1993.

Media Review:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

30,000 rockers watch high-flying U2

by Joan Little

The Irish band sold less than half the seats in the stadium, but that made several fans happy because they got to move closer to the stage.

Awestruck as much by the spectacle as the songs, about 30,000 fans rocked with the Irish band U2 Saturday night at the Trans World Dome.

Before the four-member band launched into a mix of classic hits and what they hope will be classics, lead singer Bono ignited the crowd with his dramatic entrance in a bright blue satin boxing robe. With the hood on his head, he danced and duked. “Bono’s flexing his muscles for St. Louis,” said fan Jody Sherwood, 21, of west St. Louis County. Sherwood described the group, formed in 1979, as “the consummate rock band” and not a shallow band of musicians influenced by soon-to-be-forgotten trends.

However, Saturday’s show did reflect the latest trend among musical groups: striking special effects.

U2 was dwarfed by its backdrop: a gigantic television screen, touted as the world’s largest at 75 feet by 155 feet. The dome barely accommodated the band’s enormous set. The 100-foot golden arch that jutted out from the center of the stage just cleared the rafters.

U2’s appearance marked the first major concert at the Trans World Dome.

The band kicked off its performance with a song, “MoFo” from its 10th and latest album “Pop,” released last winter.

U2 then segued into one of its classic hits, “I Will Follow.”

After the third song, “Dawn,” Bono stepped up to the mike: “Missouri, show me. St. Louis, show me.” The crowd went crazy.

The band’s St. Louis appearance was the 65th concert on its 98-concert world tour called Pop Mart. The tour opened April 26 with two sold-out shows in Las Vegas. After St. Louis, the band will head to Miami.

However, the band sold less than half of the 70,000 tickets available in the dome. Tickets were $37.50 and $52.50.

The lack of a sellout was good news for a lot of fans, who were allowed to move to better seats.

The event fulfilled a dream for Debbie Neugebauer, 39, of Lebanon, Mo., and her 14-year-old son, Erik. “We’re both into U2,” Neugebauer said.

So were Gabe Wilkerson, 18, and his friend, Matt Lorentzen, 17. The two had driven all the way from Keokuk, Iowa, a 3 1/2-hour drive. They were driving back home immediately after the show.

“We’ll keep ourselves awake talking about the concert,” Wilkerson said.

© 1997 Post-Dispatch. All rights reserved.

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