Posted in music | pictures on September 24, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

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"This [U2] concert [at Giants Stadium] was originally scheduled for 25 September 2009 and was only announced after strong ticket sales for the show on the 24th of September. It was moved to the 23rd so that the stadium would be free to host a rescheduled New York Jets game.

During Muse's opening set, frontman Matthew Bellamy plays a snippet of U2's The Fly at the start of Uprising.

U2 change the setlist position of No Line On The Horizon: previously always second in the 360° Tour setlist, it is played tenth while Magnificent slots in at second. Breathe returns as the opener after missing the previous gig entirely. Unknown Caller misses a 360° Tour gig for only the third time. It's Bruce Springsteen's birthday, and although he does not join U2 on stage, the band play a medley of his song She's The One and their own Desire early in the main set; due to technical limitations, Desire is listed as a snippet. This is Desire's first appearance on the second leg, nearly two months since it was last played." [U2 Gigs]

Newsday also points out that "Bono dedicated "It's a Beautiful Day" to Quincy Jones, somewhere in the crowd, by blending that song with Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.""

NY Times adds that, ""Walk On" was dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has long been under house arrest in Myanmar, and dozens of her supporters paraded onstage with her photograph."

The Star Ledger says, "It was the biggest concert in the stadium's history. More than 82,000 tickets were sold, and though an attendance figure was not immediately available, it didn't look like there were many empty seats."

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82,000 tickets should help U2 come close to paying for what the concert actually costs to put on (though nothing about it will help pay back what it's doing to the environment... 200 trucks... 82,000 commuters...)

Speaking of commuters...

It went from cheers to jeers for throngs U2 fans as they tried to make their way to and from last night's concert at Giants Stadium -- and many warned those headed to the final show tonight to be prepared to wait at the train station.

Some New Jersey Transit riders say they waited for up to two hours for a train and that it turned a wonderful night into a nightmare.

Concertgoer Andrea Giantonio tells 1010 WINS what should have been a 20 minute trip home to Hoboken took over two hours.

NJT officials say there were plenty of trains, but there were too few ticket machines to accommodate the throngs of people.

And they do it all again tonight (9/24). The rest of the pictures from last night, and the setlist, below...

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Muse @ Giants Stadium - 9/23/09 - setlist
1. Hysteria
2. Supermassive Black Hole
3. Resistance
4. United States Of Eurasia
5. Starlight
6. Undisclosed Desires
7. Time Is Running Out
8. Uprising with snippet of U2's "The Fly"
9. Knights of Cydonia

U2 @ Giants Stadium - 9/23/09 - setlist
1. Breathe
2. Magnificent
3. Get On Your Boots
4. Mysterious Ways
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
6. She's The One / Desire (snippet)
7. Elevation
8. Your Blue Room
9. Beautiful Day / Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (snippet)
10. No Line On The Horizon
11. New Year's Day
12. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
13. The Unforgettable Fire
14. Mofo (snippet) / City Of Blinding Lights
15. Vertigo
16. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
18. MLK
19. Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
20. One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
21. Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet)

encore:
22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
23. With Or Without You
24. Moment of Surrender

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Comments (164)

yeah, i mean, its NJ TRANSIT... when is that ever good?

fuck jersey

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 12:57 PM

NJ Transit shit the bed on this one. Apparently, Port Authority bus service was better. Fail = Epic. Overall a good show with great sounds/views even from the bleachers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:01 PM

no muse pics?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:03 PM

Bono is such a tool

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:05 PM

more pics of Jon McEnroe than MUSE? how'd that happen

Posted by Funderburgh | September 24, 2009 1:07 PM

they did not let all photographers shoot Muse.

Posted by ryan | September 24, 2009 1:08 PM

who cares? they suck.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:09 PM

DIY!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:10 PM

no pictures of the big LED screen?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:15 PM

bloated old music for people with too much money to burn on a ticket. i hope they were all late to their shitty corporate jobs this morning because they didnt get home til past their bedtimes and over slept.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:15 PM

time for them to hire a new stylist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:16 PM

a-fucking men, 1:15

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:17 PM

they did not let all photographers shoot Muse.
>>. Who are they ? Muse , the venue , U2?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:18 PM

two of my least favorite bands. gigantic pass. i'll get my sensory overload with a shitty soundtrack somewhere else...maybe great adventure.

Posted by beast | September 24, 2009 1:21 PM

1:15 FTW

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:29 PM

And all the haters on BV come out like vultures..shocking

The show was amazing..Go listen to your Dirty Projectors records fuckers

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:30 PM

U2 eats it on a whole other level

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:30 PM

You BV commentmakers are just jealous. My dad bought my friends and I tickets and the show ROCKED!
Bono is hot like Beckham - women love him and men want to be him. I wish i were Bono.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:31 PM

1:18

Posted by ryan | September 24, 2009 1:31 PM

1:18 if i knew who "they" was i would have asked them why not

Posted by ryan | September 24, 2009 1:32 PM

Needs more beer.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:33 PM

anyone have the set times from last night?

Posted by JK | September 24, 2009 1:39 PM

Muse 7:15 till 8:00
U2 - 9 till 11:15

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:43 PM

this band needs to just stop and go away

Posted by Slob | September 24, 2009 1:43 PM

1:31 wins comment of the month, at least.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:43 PM

don't use the address listed on ticketmaster page to google directions... It tells you to take exit 18W from the GW Bridge. There is no 18W. Should have gotten there around 7:15..... ended up parking right before U2 went on about 8:20.... still trying to get over the fact that i missed muse completely. The exit is 16W by the way.... and there are no signs for the stadium....driving in circles last night completely justified my hatred towards the NJ highway system...

if you want to google directions, just type in Giants Stadium, then it tells you to go the right way.

Posted by John | September 24, 2009 1:49 PM

Slob..82,000 people last night disagree with you..I think you are the one that needs to go away.

Posted by not a slob | September 24, 2009 1:53 PM

^ The stadium is clearly marked on the highways actually. I live on the outskirts of Giants Stadium and the fact that I could hear those fucking assholes from my house made me want to kill myself. I U2 more than any other band. Such overrated garbage.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:54 PM

1:53 good, those are 82,000 people i can do without, go listen to no line on the horizon and go fucc yourself

Posted by Slob | September 24, 2009 1:58 PM

Thank God Springsteen did not show up last night. September 30 will be a great night!

Giants Stadium was filled with 82,000 douchebags. Now that is scary...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 1:59 PM

Wait..is 1:31 male or female?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:01 PM

yeah hipsters...keep listening to that bland drivel you call indie rock in your condemned bedford warehouses. hopefully a couple will soon collapse and take a few indie-puke bands with them too.

Posted by rambleon | September 24, 2009 2:06 PM

The train will be no problem when Springsteen plays - It just shows that even NJ transit thinks U2 sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:07 PM

I'm rich, bitch

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:10 PM

The trains BETTER not have any problems when Springsteen plays! Think they'll fix the kinks.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:17 PM

what a bunch of fucking douches!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:19 PM

1:15-comment of the day.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:21 PM

1:21-comment of comment of the day.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:24 PM

2:17 is the comment of the day! "fix the kinks" - LOLOL. Man, you got it goin on.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:24 PM

What, are there now competitions for comments of the day, month, etc? If BV got the YouTube-y thumbs up & thumbs down comment features, there would be no more declarations of "winning" comments every time you happen to agree with something.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:26 PM

Exuberant! Exuberant DB's, for sure, but exuberant none the less.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:26 PM

"still trying to get over the fact that i missed muse completely."

Yeah, it's gonna take years of therapy to come to terms with that missed opportunity.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:27 PM

how the fuck can you miss giants stadium? 1:49, how much of a retard are you?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:28 PM

was this a good show? the setlist, I gotta say, is pretty dreary looking. I love "New Year's Day" but until then it's like mighty slow going if you're not a big "No Line" fan.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:29 PM

in Russia the kinks fix YOU

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:30 PM

1:15 is KEEPING IT REAL, motherfuckers!

Posted by Paul McGuinness | September 24, 2009 2:31 PM

1:43 - thank you

Posted by JK | September 24, 2009 2:32 PM

Thats funny cause I was a few hours late to work..Gotta earn a living somehow and working at Borders anin't gonna pay the bills. Also no trust fund to live off of.

"i hope they were all late to their shitty corporate jobs this morning because they didnt get home til past their bedtimes and over slept".

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:36 PM

those fuckers are destroying the environment with this tour. they should be boycotted. their albums, tapes and cds should be destroyed.

Posted by the boss | September 24, 2009 2:37 PM

Bono dedicated Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of to Ernie Anastos. That was awesome!

Posted by smack | September 24, 2009 2:38 PM

The Muse dedicated Super Massive Black Hole to Mackenzie Phillips-that was awesome...

Posted by Wha Wha | September 24, 2009 2:46 PM

Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of: The U2 Story

By Mitch Albom

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:47 PM

^ What!?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:47 PM

The fact that spoiled brat trust fund douchebags are calling the fans corporate is so ironic I laughed out loud.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:52 PM

2:07 - Comment of the day!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 2:54 PM

Man I'm glad people can go out and have a good time but these pictures only reaffirm the hatred I have for these guys with all of my being.

Posted by Travis | September 24, 2009 2:58 PM

BV hipsters are soooo predictable.

stfu

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:01 PM

67 other "comment of the day's!" were already declared by noon, 2:54. Better luck tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:02 PM

MEh2

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:06 PM

How on earth are they gonna fix the train situation by the time Springsteen plays? That's next week. It is what it is now. The only way they can 'iron out the kinks' is by scrapping the train station at the venue and going back to the bus system, which I'm afraid they are not gonna do in the space of a week. or for that matter... ever.

NJ transit royally fucked up on this whole train thing.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:08 PM

BS to all your pc bull about going green and the environment. string together all yer indie hipsters wearing dad's clothes and they do do the same stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:10 PM

To the person that wrote this
"And all the haters on BV come out like vultures..shocking

The show was amazing..Go listen to your Dirty Projectors records fuckers"

THANK YOU!! FInally someone has stepped up to say what many have been feeling. Honestly, how many bands with the original line up can pack 82 Thousand into a stadium, only to leave people wanting more....oh and another note to the assholes who keep saying tickets were overpriced...tickets ran from $30 to $125. So anyone could go. Let's see Animal Collective do that!

...and another thing, this is the band that made sure your favorite band Arcade Fire got radio airplay. So you can thank U2 for the success of Arcade Fire.

Posted by Annoyed with BV Readers | September 24, 2009 3:12 PM

There is not one single hipster band currently playing that will ever rise to the point of paying for 82,000 people at Giants Stadium for two nights in a row.

Your Bedford Ave bearded wanna be rock star groups will NOT be playing to 160,000 people in twenty years.

However, all you hipsters WILL have shitty corporate jobs by then, and will have enough money to burn on a ticket. Problem will be though, that there won't be any bands playing gigs like this to burn it on.

The best thing about that is that it's the ultimate irony for the ironic set.

Sucker hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:14 PM

NJ Transit > U2

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:14 PM

Overpriced tickets??I paid $55.00 for a GA ticket..Waited for 1 1/2 hours in line and was 5th row center from the state..

You know what was overpriced..The $25.00 I spent on parking and the $4.00 for parking lot pretzels.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:22 PM

(no, i am not a retard) like i said.... if you get directions to the stadium using the address listed on the ticketmaster page it takes you over the George Washington Bridge (I am coming from Long Island). The last time i was at Giants stadium was for the 2002 Field Day Festival.

The Directions say take 95-S to exit 18W. First you see 17W, the 16W and no sign for the concert. Then there's the sign for the Lincoln Tunnel... shit... now we clearly have to turn around. We go north on 95... 16, 17, still no signs for the Meadowlands/Sports Complex/Giants Stadium. we drove south, north, then south again - no signs.

If you are coming from Long Island, take the Lincoln Tunnel, I hear it was a pretty quick ride. Otherwise, its 16W from the GW. Even during rush hour it wasn't that bad....

Posted by john | September 24, 2009 3:26 PM

Wow, that crowd looks like it has about as many losers as those Animal Collective Prospect Park shows? Is it just me, or is the world getting uglier and uglier.

Oh and yea.... MEHsterious Ways

Posted by Venkman | September 24, 2009 3:35 PM

I loved how they dedicated "One" to Bono's gigantic ego

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:40 PM

Britney Spears can play (or at least used to be able to play) stadiums. That must mean she's good.

Posted by Travis | September 24, 2009 3:40 PM

john's a retard....

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:41 PM

3:14- U2 used to be a young band playing small clubs and wanting to be Gang of Four, Television, etc... doesn't sound unlike the local scene. I wouldn't be surprised if one of these bands becomes the next U2, but I sure hope not. One is more than enough.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:41 PM

I gotta say I mostly go to hipster/scenester shows and U2 fans were definitely way uglier than most crowds I see. Lots of fat trolls and their fat troll SOs, shitloads of annoying Jersey douchebags...it was definitely "the other New York." Pretty harsh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:42 PM

how many bands? U2, and all the other washed up bands who were once great - Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones. somehow that MAKES them worthy now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 3:43 PM

question for all commentors who do not consider themselves "hipsters": does anyone who prefers indie-rock and $7 - $12 dollar indie-rock shows to U2-type mainstream "arena rock" music automatically qualify as a "hipster"? that is the impression i am getting from this board. It's really getting to the point here that when anyone criticizes a post they are immediately dismissed as a trust-fund hipster. Trust me, I work hard for a living and resent true poser trust-fund hipsters as much if not more than the next guy, but there is legitimate criticism to be made here. U2 shows stopped being about the music a long time ago.

and Dirty Projectors SUCK

Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:08 PM

What time did Tru Fax and the Insaniacs come on?

Posted by Ducks Deluxe | September 24, 2009 4:08 PM

4:08 - agreed

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:17 PM

the funny thing is the BV haters seem to fall in 2 categories (1) hate a band once it becomes successful as it would be uncool to like a band that is too popular or successful; or (2) people who just like to spew negative judgmental things to piss people off. In either case, not worth spending much time even thinking about.

Posted by bmcquil | September 24, 2009 4:18 PM

to 3:12 and 3:14

So mass appeal is your litmus test about whether something is good or not? So your favorite show is American Idol, you love NASCAR and your favorite beverage is Coke? Wow, what a sad and mundane life you must live?

Why is it so hard to believe that 82,000 people in the new york metro area like shitty music? Just because you lost your virginity to Joshua Tree freshman year of college doesn't mean the rest of us are "angry hipster vultures" for thinking this band is overrated crap.

U2 = everything wrong with the music industry today.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:24 PM

Mekons > U2

Posted by smack | September 24, 2009 4:32 PM

this is not a MEHbel song

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:34 PM

I mean, if you can deliver a compelling argument why U2 is still great (other than quantity of fans packed into a stadium), the haters will have no credence. But you can't, can you U2 fan? CAN YOU?!?

Don't worry about the haters. Just look back on the incredible night you shared with Bono & U2. Cherish it. Did they play your favorite? DID THEY?!?

Posted by the nagging voice in your hollow head | September 24, 2009 4:39 PM

Can't we all agree that U2 are one of the greatest, most prolific, mass consumption bands of all time? I don't listen to U2, but I respect that U2 are one of the last bands of their kind (following in the footsteps of say the Rolling Stones in terms of mass appeal.)

Oh, and NY Transit sucks.

Posted by Dan | September 24, 2009 4:39 PM

I would like to punch so many of you in the face

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 4:53 PM

what a bunch of obnoxious motherfuckers playing shitty music.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 5:00 PM

MEHkons

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 5:35 PM

wow this site would not exsist without all you fuckwad hipster losers.

Where would ya go?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 5:36 PM

Hey 3:02 - Go play in traffic

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 5:37 PM

U2 after Muse ? In Holland we say: Mustard after the meal ... Hope you enjoyed it

Posted by Ben | September 24, 2009 5:50 PM

Fuck U2, where are the pics of Muse's performance????

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:10 PM

This transit thing is stunning. So i don't get it - do they no longer have buses from the port authority anymore? My friend said that people were walking down to Penn Stn from the PA...

Hope this is fixed for Bruce...

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:28 PM

this looks like the 9th circle of hell.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:32 PM

haha!! yeeees i love reading when people fight on the internet over things that are rediculous

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 6:46 PM

82,000 mehrons watching a band who's music jumped the meh in 1982.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 7:48 PM

how could anyone consider U2 to be influential?

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 8:02 PM

wow, what awful pictures. the big story about this tour is the stage, and there is not one shot (ok, one bad one in the beginning) of the light show. c'mon, how many times can you actually see the same photo of bono, edge and crew. you blew it.

Posted by jan janson | September 24, 2009 8:10 PM

it definitely was an uglier crowd than most shows in brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 8:10 PM

They look sooo cool in those costumes. Not as cool as Coldplay but still pretty cool.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 8:11 PM

U2 is meh-proof.

Except for the MEHdge

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:01 PM

NJ transit horrible!

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:06 PM

agreed 8:10. usually tim has some good shots, but these are pretty awful. not one good picture of the cool video cone thing. too many of the edge.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:15 PM

the god i believe in isn't short of cash, mister.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 10:26 PM

am i bugging you? i don't mean to bug you.

Posted by bono | September 24, 2009 10:27 PM

bono gives himself an anal douche before each show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:28 PM

IT'S A BEEEEEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:48 PM

At tonight's show after Bono gave himself an anal douche on stage (awesome light show lighting his scrotum) he said the whole show is dedicated to killing of hipsters and burning Williamsburg, true story.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2009 11:53 PM

Why on earth would BV even bother covering this large show that doesnt need any press?? Out of numerous things, U2 uses a back track, and many from what I hear for quite a few years now.
Probably as far back as when the Ben Stiller show was on TV and he made fun of Bono's big head ego they were using back tracks to make them sound better than they are.

And speaking of how corporate U2 are, lets not forget they sued Negativland for sampling their songs. That put Negativland in the hole when they did that also.

Who really cares about U2 (not since 1983 maybe) or anything else of this stadium rock FM radio crap. Yes theres plenty of crappy indie music, but theres also many indie bands who have humble ethics to some degree and are not money grubbing whores.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:33 AM

yes, there are no more busses from Port Authoriy.
There is one ticket machine once you get to secaucus, or wherever it is that you have to change trains. One ticket machine for 100s of people who get off the train without a ticket. Bottom line is if you go there without a ticket you are screwed, so buy a ticket at Penn Station ahead of time.
I went through this bullshit for the Dead show. But that was only fraction as ridiculous because that was only Meadowlands Arena...

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:48 AM

If you don't buy a round trip ticket a Penn you deserve to wait 5 hours because of how stupid you must be.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:07 AM

lol, im not a u2 fan but why are u2 money grubbing whores with no ethics? because they're successful?

i dont know much about u2 but aren't they always involved in some kind of human rights cause and raising money and all that?

and when you're playing in such a huge venue, doesn't everyone use backing tracks? it sounds too risky not to... the fans are hearing the music through speakers anyway because they're so far away, i dont think its a big deal...

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:11 AM

"but theres also many indie bands who have humble ethics to some degree and are not money grubbing whores."

Not yet at least. Watch when and IF any of your precious little indie bands actually makes it into the big time. Each and every one of them would go corporate so damn fast it would make your little bearded hipster head spin on it's Bedford Ave, axis,

Everyone always forgets that bands want to be successful, and part of being successful in this day and age means selling out to a certain extent. And if you think any of today's 'credible' indie bands wouldn't turn into money grubbing whores if money was waved at them, think again.

It's easy for a band not to be money grubbing when no one's giving them money to grub, or have 'humble ethics' when they are not being tempted otherwise.

Ask any of today's non money grubbing whore humble ethical indie bands if they would change places with u2, and every single one would say yes faster than you could say "MEH"


Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:30 AM

implying that a band fronted by Bono has no ethics is a little silly dontchya think?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:31 AM

Great shows both nights. Thursday show was better IMHO, but that could have just been because I knew to get the fuck out of the stadium during Moment of Surrender to beat the train crowds. I was back in NYC over 2 hours quicker than the night before. You live and you learn (unless you're NJ Transit, in which case you never learn how to do anything right).

U2 don't really use backing tracks. There will be some synth backing tracks, but that's about it. Haters often confuse The Edge's vocals as backing tracks because they hear vocals when Bono isn't singing into the mic. If they had a brain (or at least eyes and ears) they would realize it is The Edge. Bono fucks up the lyrics at some point in almost every song each and every show so you'd be a moron if you thought he wasn't singing live.

Posted by BK | September 25, 2009 3:05 AM

The Giant Stadium parking lot was a mad house at 6:00PM. At 11:25PM it was a dorm party gone horribly BAD!!!!!!!!
Like anything else tickets were nearly impossible to get the minute it went on sale. The lucky ones had a chance and the others oh well.........

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 7:16 AM

BK he messed up Stay last night. Got stuck on Red Light...looks like he was lost for a minute.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 7:36 AM

i still can't stop laughing at these people...i mean the frat boy in a fur vest??!! next to the vp of sales for douchebags inc in his golf shirt?! hahahaaha wow FUCK NJ!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 8:33 AM

The brothers want Bedford Avenue back!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 8:39 AM

Fuck NJ = NO. Fuck U2 = YES

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 8:54 AM

I just want to reiterate how much I hate so many of you, and would love to punch you in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:41 AM

9:41, it's mutual

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:46 AM

hahahah 916 good call!! the vp is rollin hard on those e bombs he took when he was tailgating in the parking lot, with his canary yellow h2 hummer blasting "it's a beautiful dayyyyyyyy"

...and 854 ill modify my statement: FUCK NJ and FUCK U2.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:59 AM

it is possible to like U2 and The Dirty Projectors, people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:07 AM

October is a brilliant album. It's punk as fuck.

Bitte Orca eats balls though. And I am a huge hipster. Why does he sing like that? Why?!? I can't fuckin' handle that band.

Everything else U2 has done is pretty bad, though. But they do get dense retards to be at least cursorily aware of social issues...and to that extent, they do put their money (big money) where their mouth (big mouth) is.

Also, to those blabbing on about the sheer number of folks willing to tune in....Popularity does not indicate quality. How many millions of people watch Two And A Half Men? I rest my case.

In summation: Universal Health Care & Pavement 2010!!! Everything else can get fucked. Except Sonic Youth. And Japandroids--they're okay, too.

Posted by Charlie Sheen | September 25, 2009 10:44 AM

Actually, the ticket price range was $30 to $283. So there were a lot of overpriced seats. I was there (GA) and believe it was not the greatest show they ever played. Bono sings like he's bored now.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:46 AM

this shit is making me laugh! For all those hipsters who somehow think that 'indie' music is somehow immune to corporate influence let's play a little game...

Q: what do Bud Light, MySpace Music (owned by Fox), Converse (owned by Nike) all have in common?

A: They all sponsored the summertime hipster mecca...the (no)pool parties.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:18 AM

Let me set this place straight.

You hipsters are such huge haters its almost unbelievable. All musical opinions aside, why the fuck do you care soooooo fucking much about what other people wear, listen to, do for a living, or anything else? I mean really, why the fuck do you give a shit? You're quick to call an entire stadium full of people douchebags, yet I've never heard of U2 fans hating on any aspect of your lifestyle, except the hater aspect that is. Contrary to your shitty opinions, the fact that some middle aged corporate guy, a frat boy, and a myriad of other people from different walks of life can all enjoy a concert together is a GOOD thing. Its called bringing people together, and inclusiveness (which happen to be why U2 continue to be a great band, because they inspire those qualities in people). So let me get your backwards ass hipster logic straight: inclusiveness is the quality of douchebags, and rigid tribalism is quality of who?

Hipsters love to act like they have some kind of monopoly on taste, rooted somewhere in the total misconception that their culture tends toward the creative and unique. That, of course, is complete and utter nonsense. Hipsters, above all, are known for being the biggest conformist assholes on the entire fucking planet. Their whole scene is so rigidly defined its like some kind of sick throwback to the 50's, except instead of ankle length skirts and Jesus, its beatnik sunglasses and Andy Warhol.

The truth is that hipsters are just a bunch of scene kids. And their whole scene is nothing but an overgrown suburban high school clque. Think about it: hipsters, jocks, popular girls, whats the difference? Rigid conformity, intolerance, thinks their lifestyle is superior…they all have the same underlying characteristics. It actually makes perfect sense considering the fact that the majority of these wanna-be brooklynites have their origins in out-of-state suburbs. And you have the audacity to hate on the bridge and tunnel crew? You hipsters are the ULTIMATE bridge and tunnel crew, you came here one night and never fucking left! So you keep standing on that invisible pedestal of yours pretending that you know something the rest of us don't. One day you'll all get married, have a couple of kids and hopefully grow the fuck up in the process. Either that or you'll die sad and lonely having wasted your life on being hater- ass scene kid.

Posted by New York City | September 25, 2009 12:46 PM

Thanks NYC! That was an ill breakdown!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:49 PM

^^ I agree

Posted by VP of Sales | September 25, 2009 12:51 PM

12:46- Well said.

At the same time, I think calling all hipsters out on the worst of this blog is like maligning all liberals because of the Huffington Post. This place just attracts the worst of them.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 12:59 PM

@ 12:46

"Contrary to your shitty opinions, the fact that some middle aged corporate guy, a frat boy, and a myriad of other people from different walks of life can all enjoy a concert together is a GOOD thing."

Nailed it. That crowd last night was a cross section of everyone and everything, and from where I sat nobody had a problem with anyone else. The age range in my row alone was about 5 to 70.

Posted by Funderburgh | September 25, 2009 1:20 PM

A) both shows were awesome and the new stuff went over very well live i thought
B) love them or hate them to each their own - they are doing what they want and love to do and no one is forced to buy a ticket or a CD and like the person above said, there are very few artists who can remain relevant for so long and bring so many people together and provide such a fun experience

C) the problem with the trains (aside from the lack of ticket machines) is the fact that a) there were almost 10,000 more people at these 2 shows then have ever been at any event in the stadium before (football games and Bruce included)and most likely ever will be and b) a concert, unlike a football game sees a much higher concentrated rush to leave. I know people who have been going to Giants games for years who leave at half time of every game, not to mention the end of the 3rd quarter or various times throughout blow outs, or even the people who have seats to all the games and don't go....

when something as big as U2 comes around none of the 85 thousand people in the building are leaving half way through the set, they are all leaving when the show is over....so when u combine the rush of the entire crowd and the fact that the shows were so huge that they had more people there then anythign the meadowlands has done before or will probably do it only makes sense about the train issues for something on this scale

Posted by J | September 25, 2009 1:47 PM

there are way too many digital cameras at shows these days.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 1:56 PM

12:46 & 1:47: tl;dr

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:03 PM

@ 12:59

I disagree. From what I've seen, hating on people is an integral part of the hipster lifestyle. I don't presume to know every hipster but I've spent enough time around them via friends of friends to know that I'm not just generalizing. The hating aspect of their lifestyle has something to do with their misguided belief that they are different from everyone else. Its quite primitive actually: "You're different from me so I hate you."

Hating is to hipsters as baseball is to Americans. Not everyone is into it, but enough people have been to make it the national pastime, and an integral part of the culture.

Posted by New York City | September 25, 2009 2:07 PM

The show is not bad - but the $110 for nose bleed seats is not worth it. Everyone stands the entire concert and if you sit in the wrong place your whole view is blocked by a support Leg that holds up this huge round stage. See them when they do a stage how where everything is face forward and the tickets are not $110 - and thats the starting price.

Posted by Seth Greenberg | September 25, 2009 2:07 PM

Trying to do a objective review, as a background, don't consider myself a huge U2, generally appreciated their older stuff more. Went because I had been told they have a good act live.

1. Transport was a disaster, nice try NJT about the ticket machines, it was everything, getting tickets, wait for train. 2+ hours from Penn Station to the Stadium.

2. Audience was mixed, lots of those that would fall in the grandparents category, few people with their under 14 kids in tow, lots of suburb NJ types (sorry if it offends)

3. The show, while it wasn't terrible, the best description I have is it was flat. Huge stage and 360 tv screen, but really not much else, didn't feel entertained. Set list and choices were off, band opened had people on their feet and kept going to slower dead pieces or snipets that made everyone sit back down again. Overall, huge disappointment.

No hate on the band, but really felt like, we turn up, put this huge stage there and play, automatically = great

If you saw this on Wednesday and thought it was a great concert, you need to see more concerts, in my bottom 2 or 3 shows in the last couple of years.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 2:35 PM

Er, Seth Greenberg, what are you talking about?

The starting price for U2 tickets on this tour is $30. Nosebleeds=$30. The GA field tickets at Giants (best tickets to have, IMO) were $58.

Posted by c | September 25, 2009 2:40 PM

Lots of indie bands/rock bands use backing tracks, I mean, give me a break.

It's called pro tools, Radiohead do some of this, Jnr Boys, Doves, and on and on. Please. Stop the madness with this bull.

Posted by Clown on Ice | September 25, 2009 3:50 PM

@2:35
I agree with you-snooze fest.

And 3:50
Backing tracks = Milli Vanilli
that's B.S.

Posted by Tin Lizzie | September 25, 2009 4:02 PM

"it is possible to like U2 and The Dirty Projectors, people."

NO IT ISN'T CHOOSE A SIDE OR DIE. I will choose the correct side IT'S A BEEEEEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 4:07 PM

4:02- Lip syncing and backing tracks are different offenses, in my book.

Posted by Job | September 25, 2009 4:19 PM

4:07 = funniest thing i've read in weeks. thanks. I live in NJ now but used to live in Brooklyn. There ratio of cool people to douches is equal in both locations. Also I like U2, love Muse and love a shitload of indie bands as well. It's music. Everyone has their own taste based on their interests and personal experiences. Noone is ever wrong to say they like a band. get over yourselves.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 5:05 PM

implying that a band fronted by Bono has no ethics is a little silly dontchya think?

Yeah! Bono is a real humanitarian. Even GE and the Rockefeller foundation give money to charities while polluting all over the place like in the East River(PCB'S) and Central American countries with oil waste.

It makes Bono feel good to look like hes helping 200 kids when he doesnt go to the root of the problem. You have read philosophy that talks about that havent you?

Bono has saved his world record shit also!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 6:33 PM

12:46 pm - Greatest comment ever! Thanks for nailing it on the head.

Posted by Loop | September 25, 2009 8:41 PM

I always laugh when hipsters claim to hate bands like u2 and Coldplay yet when they are mentioned in a post they many more comments than the stories about the indie bands everyone here seems to love so much.

Just remember, most of your bands that play Brooklyn or the CakeShop would love to have the money and fame that U2 do.

Posted by Loop | September 25, 2009 9:05 PM

Bono is in the new Bloomberg ad (go to nypost.com to see it).What a dope getting involved in NYC politics.

And Bono praising Bloomberg for helping homeless
is hysterical.Guess he did not see all the Drudge headlines about Bloomberg's various cruelty to the homeless in the city.From closing shelters in the dead of winter to buying them one way tickets out of the city.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 9:26 PM

Bono is God

Posted by musicsnobbery | September 25, 2009 9:54 PM

Bono will give you an anal douche for $20.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 10:15 PM

Who else saw the promo clip for the season premiere of SNL with Megan Fox and U2? It went something like this:

Megan Fox: Hi, I'm Megan Fox and I'll be hosting the season premiere of Saturday Night Live with musical guests, U2.

Bono: [something, something] my beautiful face.

The Edge: [looks at Bono] I think that's Megan's line.

Megan Fox: No, it's his.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 7:31 AM

excessive use... Hell ANY use of the word douche or doucebag (other than their true intended cleansing purposes) merely highlights that the user is in fact what he is trying to make fun of

1) its more overused and moreof a frickin cliche than the band you are trying to make fun of.
2) its one of the words white "bros" who try real hard to be cool (as if that is a worthy goal) and have nothing to offer love to throw around at anyone in any sort of spotlight.
3) Its become so overused and meaningless, it has no meaning. If you can throw out an insult in just about any situation, guess what its generic. You have no thoughts of your own except to co-opt a word made popular by imbeciles
4) "Douche" is worse than "Your Mom" in its lame overuse and genericness. But without being as funny as "Your Mom", unless you are a lame "bro"

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 7:36 AM

No Line On The Horizon > Brooklyn Vegan douche wannabe hipsters albums

U2 song "Breathe" > anything Animal Collective has ever put out

Posted by Jack | September 26, 2009 1:23 PM

Quite a few idiots over here. Is this the American lifestyle nowadays? Slagging U2 off, then slagging each other off?

Glad to be living in Europe a bit longer ;-)

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 1:46 PM

1:23- no, and no. you are simply wrong. generic. again, you're confusing sales with quality

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 2:23 PM

Sept 24 @ 3:43...."how many bands? U2, and all the other washed up bands who were once great - Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and Rolling Stones. somehow that MAKES them worthy now?"

Are you a fucking retard ?!?! You should had been deaf b/c you have no appreciation for REAL music.

Posted by Anonymouse | September 26, 2009 2:24 PM

Saw the show both nights and luckily didn't have to deal with NJ transit !

Absolutely LOVED MUSE....they killed it both nights...one of the most talented (and underrated) bands out there.

U2 was very good but they looked more into it on Thursday.

My only pet peeve was that they didn't really change up the setlist.

The sound at the stadium was incredible and that monster of a stage was sweet !

Posted by Ozzie | September 26, 2009 2:43 PM

Bono must feel lucky to be part of Bloomberg's billionaires-only golf club.The doosh.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2009 3:10 PM

O.K., I saw the promo again tonight. Bono actually says, "Just because I'm beautiful doesn't mean I'm not smart."

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 1:28 AM

Respone to September 26, 2009 2:23 PM

...and many here seem to equate lack of sales with quality and/or high sales to equal a lack of quality.

You can name a bunch of acts (and so can I) that have high sales and horrible quality - britney spears, nickelback... but there are also plenty of acts with high sales and high quality - U2, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, and there are plenty more who have had great sales worldwide but not as high as the bands I just mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2009 4:06 AM

Right, last weeks album sales figures, Muse had the highest selling album in the world. The only country in the world where muse would play as support act to U2 is America, which shows how far reaching and relevant your opinions are. Muse had there own stadium gig at Wembley stadium and it was sold out 2 nights in a row. I've watched both gigs and Muse are more original, the quality is better and they mixed up the set. U2 are old news, only massive in America, the graveyard of old rock bands playing out there last strings before they snap. You guys need to catch up with whats going on with the rest of the worlds music scene...82,000 people going to see U2 with Muse as support act, what a joke...seriously, to the rest of the world that is just wierd.

Posted by James | September 28, 2009 5:30 PM

Chug that water VP of sales

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/u2/giantsstadium/25.jpg


hahahahahahahahahaha nice.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 12:10 AM

Pretty bad when people are more impressed by a band's stage than their actual music. Read this following article. True that.

http://www.whythisblogsucks.com/2009/10/13/why-u2-sucks/

Posted by Nikki | October 13, 2009 2:36 PM

i've never seen so many polos and dockers in one place before.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2009 2:51 AM

U2 = funny old men making retirement money for 10 generations, their prime long gone. Fans curing midlife crisis, by giving money to Paul, Dave, Larry, Adam and more greedy Paul 2 + getting mad on people who tell them reality. Relevant as circus coming to town.

Posted by 3 chords recycled forever | September 20, 2010 11:33 PM

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