Posted in music | pictures on July 21, 2011

photos by Greg Cristman

U2

Last night, U2 arrived at New Jersey's New Meadowlands Stadium in a giant green-and-orange spaceship. At least that's what the nearly 100,000 people in attendance might have assumed upon first seeing the blinking, glowing, four-legged, 167 foot tall contraption straddling the area that otherwise serves as the Jets' and Giants' home turf.

More confusion may have ensued around half past nine when the base of the structure began to smoke furiously; shortly thereafter, David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' announced a countdown over the loudspeakers. At zero, the sound of live guitars cut through the heavy air and U2 charged onto the stage as the stadium heaved with applause. The band played for over two hours, rocking through hits like 'Beautiful Day' and 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday,' punctuated with shout-outs to Amnesty International and bits of banter by Bono.

'I'm a man of simple needs, just 200 trucks, 400 tons of equipment,' he said of the group's current tour. 'A work in progress.'...

...The group's [360] tour takes its name from the aforementioned structure that allows U2 to play stadiums 'in the round'; in other words, to open up thousands of seats that would ordinarily be behind a stage - and actually sell out 80,000-seat venues (or larger). The contraption is dismantled and trucked from city to city between shows along with all the group's equipment. As a result, U2 has been playing to average crowds of 96,000 people per night and grossing just shy of $10 million per show. By comparison, Bon Jovi, the second-highest earning musical act over the past year, drew an average of 34,000 fans and grossed $3.5 million per night. [Forbes]

Interpol opened for U2 last night (7/20) at the Meadowlands, and will again for two more shows before U2 plays a final '360' date in Canada with Arcade Fire and Carney (the band who plays in the Spiderman musical!).

The July 20, 2011 show was originally scheduled July 19, 2010, but was postponed due to Bono's back injury. U2 played some of the final shows at Giants Stadium in 2009 (also expensive 360 shows).

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INTERPOL SETLIST 7/20/11 NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM E.RUTHERFORD, NJ
Success
Say Hello To The Angels
Narc
The Heinrich Maneuver
C'mere
Barricade
Lights
Obstacle 1
Evil
Slow Hands

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U2 SETLIST 7/20/11 NEW MEADOWLANDS STADIUM E.RUTHERFORD, NJ
Space Oddity (David Bowie song)
Even Better Than The Real Thing
The Fly
Mysterious Ways
Until The End Of The World
I Will Follow
Get On Your Boots
Magnificent
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (with Bruce's "The Promised Land" snippet)
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
Beautiful Day
(with "Space Oddity" snippet)
Elevation
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Miss Sarajevo
Zooropa
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (with "Discotheque", "Life During Wartime/Psycho Killer" snippets)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Scarlet
Walk On
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One (with "Hallejulah" snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
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Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender
Out Of Control

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U2 - 2011 TOUR DATES
Jul 23 2011 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium w/Interpol
Jul 26 2011 Pittsburgh Heinz Field w/Interpol
Jul 30 2011 Moncton, NB CA Magnetic Hill Music Festival w/ Arcade Fire, Carney

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Comments (154)

does the name vince lombardi mean anything in this town

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:38 AM

that's so ridiculously overblown it borders on boring

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:42 AM

u2 its 2011 NO REASON to play that horrible batman song...and boner STOP with the "Hallejulah" snippet

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:42 AM

ahh thanks for the Interpol setlist...curious what they were doing with the opening slots!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:43 AM

Wish there was more Pop played!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:47 AM

Such a fun U2 show, Interpol played really well too.

Posted by CJ | July 21, 2011 10:50 AM

U2 is not a band. They haven't been one since the mid 90s. They are a giant corporation. I see they are most likely going to release another tour DVD judging by the U2 camera crews seen in the pictures. Does this band have enough money yet? They keep getting called out in the UK press for being tax dodgers too by setting up operations in Amsterdam.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:50 AM

The better band last night opened up the show. Interpol.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:51 AM

I remember Noel Gallagher saying once that U2 has to have a meeting about a meeting in order to get things done.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:53 AM

Bono is such a hypocrite. These tours with the trucks and equipment probably use more fuel than a small country.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:55 AM

Snippet of 'Rock n' Roll Nigger' by Patti Smith at the end of Vertigo. Quoted a bunch from 'Jungleland' by Bruce, dedicated to Clarence, during Moment of Surrender.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:55 AM

I feel like every tour since 2000 has been the same for U2. Same core of songs with 4-5 new ones mixed in. I don't need to see a fancy stage setup to enjoy a rock show. Just gimme some tunes.

The Elevation Tour was a good one. Loved that stage setup. Very simplistic. Every tour since then has been a variation of that innovative tour. They used the heart stage in 2000. The circle stage in 2005-2006 (a circle! how original) and now are using a giant claw.

Grow up Bono. Even Adam and Larry wanted nothing to do with that Spider Man bullshit. They just want to make music with a band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:56 AM

does seal still play his batman song?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:58 AM

Question:

If U2 broke up would anyone even care?


Bonus Question:

Would anyone even notice?


Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:59 AM

^ The real questions is does Prince do the Bat Dance?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:00 AM

Bands like U2 make Radiohead not want to make music anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:00 AM

hi, i'm a brooklyn vegan commenter and i hate all of the concerts! i know all the best bands, but you've never heard of them, and once they become popular i'll hate them too!

GFY.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:01 AM

Fact:

Pop was the last good U2 album.


Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:02 AM

Two strikes in a week - Billy Joel ruins a fantastic McCartney gig last Saturday and now U2 tours. Two awful artists - and what makes matters worse is that the fans are the biggest douchebags.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:04 AM

Lester Bangs would HATE U2. I believe U2 are what he was talking about in Almost Famous. An Industry of Cool. They should focus on tunes. Release the Danger Mouse produced album and stop talking about the 3-4 albums you have tucked away. Just release music. Stop taking 5 years to record and when it does come out be shit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:04 AM

more like poop, amirite?

bono never hit a note in his fucking life

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:05 AM

Pop is a great album!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:06 AM

LOL @ Anonymous 11:01.

Considered trying for tickets for last night's show via the shoe trade-in, but it was just way too hot. Maybe they'll play some arena shows sometime within the next couple of years.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:07 AM

Here is something fun I like to do when a bar gets too yuppy for me. Yuppies LOVE U2. So next time you are in a bar and you are about to leave do this.

Put on Pride (In The Name of Love) on the jukebox. But put it on 15 times in a row. The first time it comes on, high fives go flying and people start singing. You should see what happens on the 5th time in a row. People are fighting to turn it off. It is amusing. Seriously...try it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:07 AM

they still play the U2 batman song while you wait on line for the batman roller coaster at six flags.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:10 AM

It is criminal Neutral Milk Hotel is no longer around yet U2 can tour and tour and tour and tour and release crap and crap and crap and crap and crap and crap.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:10 AM

^any band and any song I wouldn't be able to take after the 3rd time...I live this constant hell everyday though cause my office pipes in 106.7 everyday! UGGH no MORE!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:11 AM

I will try that U2 jukebox game but I will play Numb 20 times in a row. Go Edge Go!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:12 AM

The crowd at a U2 concert could easily be confused as a GOP convention. Their idea of diversity is ordering an import beer for $12.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:13 AM

11:12 I was bored when I was younger and counted how many times the word don't was used in numb. Still remember to this day it is 86!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:15 AM

Funny, U2 sells out stadiums around the world yet I never meet any U2 fans. I found this to be true about Creed and Nickelback as well. They sold millions and millions of albums but could never find any of their fans. Just saying...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:17 AM

If only they had gone down in a plane crash after Achtung Baby...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:18 AM

Is the band called U2 or Walmart? I get confused. I see no difference and it has nothing to do about being successful. It has to do with the way they carry themselves 24-7.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:19 AM

It a good thing Bono loves the environment so much. All those carbon offsets he purchases must certainly account for the 12 18-wheeler trucks it takes from his (unnecessary) set to get loaded into the meadowlands. What a great guy, that Bono is!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:21 AM

agree with that Pop comment

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:21 AM

In this day and age; why would anyone be into this band. Ok, earlier stuff was Ok, but this looks like you're going to the mall, and hanging out in Target.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:26 AM

With Pop atleast U2 tried to be different and challenging. They would never release songs like that again. Mainly because it didn't sell like all other U2 albums which is a shit reason. At this point in their careers they don't need to worry about selling albums to make money. Make albums with music you enjoy and reward the fan base. U2 has been on repeat mode since 2000. That is sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:26 AM

Answer:

Nobody would care if U2 broke up.


Bonus Answer:

Nobody would notice if U2 broke up.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:28 AM

Wow, that looks like a scary place to be. Bud Lite...whoooohooooo!@

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:29 AM

Seal's Batman song is better than U2's. Actually Seal's Batman song is Seal's only good song, period.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:30 AM

I heard the new U2 album is called "Wallpaper" and the first single is named "Cha-Ching!".

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:30 AM

11:01, you are the prototypical BV poster. True that.

Posted by Carl Lipbaum | July 21, 2011 11:33 AM

Whatever happened to Seal? I know he married Heidi Klum and is now a house husband but is that it? I guess it is enough. One hit single. One hot wife. Seal winning.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:34 AM

11:01 sits a home all day listening to Joshua Tree in his Bono t-shirt drinking smart water while reading the Huffington Post.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:36 AM

No Carlos D, No Care

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:37 AM

FACT: U2 hasn't been cool since the first Bush was president.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:39 AM

Everybody needs to feel cool, even the people you hate

Posted by why U2 makes money | July 21, 2011 11:39 AM

I went and really enjoyed myself. I was GA inside that claw thing about 4-5 people back.

Question: what's up with all the fat people who sit on a blanket taking up space in the pit area? Can you guys not stand up for 5 hours?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:42 AM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:42 AM

funny to see Interpol playing to an empty stadium! what a bunch of sell-out turds they have become

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:43 AM

Remember when U2 had their own iPod? It was red and black, had their engraved signatures on back and came with every single U3 song recorded at that time.

The sales were terrible. The only people who would buy that are fanatic U2 fans but fanatic U2 fans already uploaded their entire music catalogue on to their iPods so who was this really for?

I can just see Apple Executives in that meeting when a deal was struck.

"BRILLIANT!"

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:44 AM

Noel Gallagher >>>>> Bono

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:44 AM

11:36 WRONG! I am a woman, and I prefer Vitamin Water.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:47 AM

Hahahaha, a U2 concert is like a mall. That is funny and true. Where is the Body Works?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:51 AM

^ it is next to the Foot Locker by the fountain.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:55 AM

A group sing-along with 96,000 of your parent's closest friends!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:08 PM

hey bono, how's that american express project working out? the one where you were going to save the world with a credit card? was everyone's wealth redistributed through it yet?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:09 PM

^What are you doing for your fellow man?

Posted by Paul Hewson | July 21, 2011 12:36 PM

Edge is such a badass that he wears winter hats during the warmest part of the year.

Lose the hat dude you look retarded. It's not cool, you just look retarded.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:43 PM

@11:02

There are no good U2 albums. Fuck this band, fuck them to hell. They're provided nothing to the musical landscape. When they break up, there will be no legacy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:44 PM

^Paul is right!

Posted by David Howell Evans | July 21, 2011 12:44 PM

The Edge made that winter hat out of Chuck Norris.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:45 PM

12:44 They are the largest band of this generation bar none...there legacy is alread set no matter what your opinion is.

They got some good albums Boy, War, Unforgettable Fire, Achtung

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:46 PM

Remember when Interpol was good? Yea, me neither.

This band has always sucked. First two albums were alright but terribly over rated. Recent albums are embarrassingly bad.

Oh, and U2 sucks.

Posted by Venkman | July 21, 2011 12:47 PM

In the end of the world, we'll all be zombies walking around; Bono on the other hand will have a perfect tan and rocking his wrap-around Gucci sunglasses.

He's such twit it's funny.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:49 PM

12:44, you are right. There legacy is set but it is for all the wrong reasons. Fat, floated millionaire rockers but think everything they do is gold. Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:50 PM

Still waiting to hear from fat people about my question....

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:54 PM

^ I would say their legacy was cemented in 1991 Doesn't matter what else they did.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:55 PM

It is funny that Bono wears sunglasses 24-7. He claims he has some vision disorder with sunlight. I am not buying that. He has just accept it as his look. He never fully gave up that Fly character from 1991. He lives it everyday. Same with the Edge. He has been rocking that winter hat (Chuck Norris) since 2000. Winter hats itch man! What the hell you doing Edge!?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:01 PM

Best comment of the week @ Anonymous 11:01.

Posted by Dan | July 21, 2011 1:04 PM

Let's pretend to give a shit about the environment, then leave our 200 truck carbon footprint on the throat of mother nature to play a bunch or absolute garbage music. There isn't an expletive yet invented that can express the level of hypocritical ass-backwards logic involved in that thinking. Bono's a complete sham as a "musician" and as an "activist," both terms that make my bowels clench when used in the same sentence as that little hack...

Radiohead do it right, and don't expect people to pat them on the back or give them awards and accolades for doing the right thing and touring responsibly on a large scale. Even if you don't like the music, at least they aren't tearing a hole in the Ozone the size and shap of Bono's ego...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:05 PM

many years ago, saw U2 @ Meadlowlands (arena, not stadium) and the better live band opened then as well: The Pixies.

Posted by donn | July 21, 2011 1:09 PM

Radiohead doesn't even want to tour anymore because of the carbon footprint caused by touring.

U2 makes me sick.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:12 PM

Donn I saw the Pixies in Camden a few years back and it was awful. Where they a better live band in the past because your example falls flat. Pixies may make good albums but the live show is lacking.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:14 PM

everything sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:33 PM

U2 ... still awesome
Wish that I went

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:36 PM

I saw the Pixies a few times in the late '80s and early '90s and thought they were an excellent live band. Not as good as Fugazi, but very good nonetheless.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:43 PM

I saw the Pixies open up for U2 in the 90s, and while I LOVE the Pixies and enjoyed their set, they were already about broken up and had zero stage energy or chemistry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:45 PM

All you Global Climate Change fools, you need to turn off your air conditioners and stop being hypocrites. Oh, and move back to Ohio while your at it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:46 PM

you folks have really outdone yourself today! don't remember seeing more idiocy and true ignorance about music, science, or life all in one place in quite some time. good show! (both you folks and U2)

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:48 PM

1:46 - If I was running 100 Air Conditioners all at once, I still wouldn't suck 1/8th as much as Bono, nor would it be as bad for the environment as trucking around 400 tons of superfluous stage nonsense meant to distract people form the fact that you haven't been musically relevant since about 1991. Oh - and I'm from NY. Jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:54 PM

@1:14- it was '92 and towards the end of their 1st existence, but I remember their sound filled that big room very well and that they had good energy, but that was 19 years ago and I was 7 years old (not really). Anyway, they were not pretentious like the headliners and the set was simple and they came to play. Whatever the U2 album was then-Shitopia, not sure- the material was terrible.

Posted by donn | July 21, 2011 1:55 PM

People that think they can make a difference with this "global warming" thing are very naive.
Go down to china or India and take a look at the 5000 coal plants pumping tons of exhaust into the environment every minute, and then go and tell me how you are hoping to make a difference by purchasing your smart car. Lol
Some people are just stupid and fall victim to marketing tactics in the name of "environmentalism"

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:07 PM

U2 is obviously trying to attract all NFL season ticket holders as new fans

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/interpol/newmeadowlands/21.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:09 PM

Deny global warming all you want but don't people want cleaner air to breathe? nothing wrong with that hoss!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:09 PM

If global warming doesn't get us first, Bono's hot air will. Either way, this is an inconvenient truth...

Posted by Al Gore | July 21, 2011 2:14 PM

2:07 here... I'm not denying global warming, but just saying that I have no issue cruising around in a 1973 dodge hemi with no emission standards.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:18 PM

As long as I don't have to fucking recycle (too much fucking hassle), then I'm okay.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:25 PM

Bono sucks

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:26 PM

2:18 good luck with repairs on that beast!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:29 PM

TO ALL BROOKLYN VEGAN SNOBS

U2 WINS WHILE YOU LOSE....THEIR SUCCESS BOTHERS YOU ANDYOU'RE ALL A BUNCH OF JEALOUS FUCKS

"WAAH WAAH OH POOR ME I'M AN INDIE SHITHEAD LOOKING FOR SOME STREET CRED" ...."U2 SUCKS BLAH BLAH BLAH"


ALL YOU HIGH HORSE LOSERS WHO LOVE RADIOHEAD CAN GO FUCK YOURSELVES RADIOHEAD SUCKS AND SO DO YOU

Posted by Jack | July 21, 2011 2:29 PM

2:07 - The point is that Bono supposedly cares about the environment and his giant emission spewing caravan is the antithesis of eco-friendly. Also, what a piss-poor attitude. That's tantamount to saying: I once saw someone else throw garbage on the ground, so, ipso facto It's OK for everybody to litter, because it won't make a difference. No one is defending smart cars, we're saying Bono's a hypocritical turd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:35 PM

Let's be honest. Nobody takes what U2 does seriously anymore. They have not been relevant since 1991 (minor comeback in credibility in 2000 which was quickly ruined by Atomic Bomb album in 2004). Green Day is very similar. Now Green Day does broadway shows and concept albums. Aren't they a punk band with blue collar mentality? They have lost the plot. Just Like Paul Hewson and company.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:41 PM

2:29 - all caps doesn't make what you wrote right. While people may not like their music, Radiohead aren't corporate shills with thier lips firmly wrapped around the shafts of mega multi-national corporations, or trying to sell me iPods loaded with a career's worth of mediocre soft rock. The second pic in this series says it all - 12 year olds and their parents think this is "safe" enough entertainment. Pull your head out of the corporate rock asshole long enough to breath the free air of actual music, not backround filler to sell you cars and the next big Summer rom-com. This site has been taken over by fucking middle America. I'm out...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:44 PM

Throwing trash on the street is not something I condone just because "everyone else is doing it", but the global warming thing is an international global issue and it is ridiculous how I see seemingly educated people trying to make a difference when I drive through Kearny NJ and see 300 idling tractor trailers at the lay up yards and see huge corporations not recyling and 1000s of new coal burning plants being constructed. It's all a joke. I support environmentalism, but the current status of things in 2011 is a joke to even think you doing your part will make any difference at all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:49 PM

2:35 - Bono cares about human suffering (Sudan, Africa, etc.) He is much less on the whole green thing. But I would hazard a guess that you are focused on that one issue. Like the man once said "when all you got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail"

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:50 PM

Look: people who go to U2 concerts don't really care about music. This is why you'll never hear anybody talking about U2. They show up and sing Vertigo with 30,000 other people who also went to hear songs they know from the radio. Then they go into work say the show "kicked ass!" and never talk about it again.

Let's just leave it at that.

Posted by Breath Johnson | July 21, 2011 2:59 PM

During what tune did Bono share the five loaves and two fishes with the entire concert crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:00 PM

Breath Johnson = didn't get ticket to U2 360 concert, is bitter

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:03 PM

what's next? the monkee's?

oh.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:08 PM

hey CAPSLOCK.

meet me at the brooklyn bowl.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:09 PM

>Breath Johnson = didn't get ticket to U2 360
>concert, is bitter


Oh yeah, I just couldn't get ahold of one of the 50,000 tickets available for this once in a lifetime event. This is me, shaking my fist at the heavens.

Posted by Breath Johnson | July 21, 2011 3:12 PM

^it was sold out fool...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:15 PM

Interpol sucks live. Zooropa killed

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:19 PM

I would love to have my old Brooklyn back.
The Brooklyn I knew and loved before the indie douchebags moved in from West Bubbafuck and started telling the rest of the nation what music they deemed "worthy"

These same idiots seem to have a problem with a band(U2) that has unlike most of their bands(and bands in general) kept the same lineup intact for all these years.
A band that unlike the Rolling Stones (who just tour and havent put out anything in 20 years) actually put out albums the last one being in 2009.

I don't have a problem with the size of the tour ..it is carbon neutral and the band proved last night in fornt of me and 95,000 other people that they still matter.


If you're an indie douchebag who doesn't like poular bands do the rest of the world a favor do not play music in any kind of a live venue and stick to making music in your room...no one needs to hear from you

Posted by James | July 21, 2011 3:40 PM

"^it was sold out fool..."


Oh you are kidding me, right? The only people who could not get tickets to this overblown piece of shit was hmmm let's see... TOTAL FUCKING MORONS. Yhis show was sold out MY ASS! Sure maybe you could not go up to the box office and get a ticket the night of the show. But you could in fact get them off Ticketmaster as early as yesterday morning. Or you could go on Craigslist and get them for less than face value with all the people begging to sell their tickets(brokers included). Or you could just have gone to the stadium last night and buy them outside from the tons of people trying to unload extras.
Really don't even begin to try that "Oh you could not get a ticket and are bitter" bullshit for this show. Just will not hold water.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:44 PM

Here here James. I'm with you

And b/t/w "West Bubbafuck" ... FTW!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:44 PM

"Sold out" doesn't mean sold out. I'm sure there were tons of tickets up on Stubhub/Craigslist/scalpers outside. If someone really wanted to go it shouldn't have been a problem.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:47 PM

oh wow... I always believed it, but the Edge actually IS Satan:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/u2/newmeadowlands/34.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:48 PM

did anyone score tix from that shoe trade-in thing?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:09 PM

3:48 you just described every concert or sporting event in existence. Thanks for adding to the monotonous drone. Here's your sign.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:18 PM

I was actually there. Great setlist with tons of Achung/Zooropa stuff which is my favorite U2 music.

U2 put on a great show as always and 90,000 white people went home happy.

What's the problem again?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:28 PM

The problem is U2 sucks balls

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:37 PM

i love interpol forever. DK looking so fly

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:31 PM

3:47 problem is I wouldn't pay the $25 parking fee and go without a ticket....I looked on stubhub ebay and there were no deals...people weren't beggining to get rid of them. Some of the higher end tickets dropped a little in price but the low end was a tough ticket to get at a good price.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:39 PM

well considering the average age of posters on BV is around 25 it doesn't surprise me with all the hate. If any of you were alive in 1981 when they played the Ritz(aka Webster Hall) or fast lane (asbury park-which Bono mentioned last nite) you would all be praising how good u2 were.

Yeah we get it its 30 years later and they are aging dinos. However, unlike many old time artists u2 is at least putting out decent new albums (unlike so many old dinos who just tour on the old tunes) and still can put on a great live show.

The raw emotion is gone and their message is lost these days but still good. I love seeing the new up and coming bands and great young bands of today but unlike you I don't knock the older good acts.

In regards to the show I really wish u2 would mix their setlists up and play more rare songs instead of a string of hits with a rare gem. Nice to see "Out of Control end it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:45 PM

5:39, you are completely full of shit. Tickets both high and low end dropped big time. There were tons of cl ads for every price point and nothing more than the face of the ticket. If you were only looking at StubHub well then you are an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:22 PM

^ nope you are wrong. I was looking on ebay and ticketmaster for a pair of tickets in either the $50 or $35 section. No PAIRS were available..I could have got one single on ebay for $45 which was the best I found. Sure some people may have been stuck with pickup only but I am not driving to Staten Island to pick up a ticket!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:42 PM

6:22...here is the real question...why were you looking for U2 tickets if you hate them so much?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:43 PM

The market for this show was actually pretty strong. It was a REAL sellout at meadowlands stadium...when in history has that ever happened? They didn't even have any pairs at the box office when I checked. There were very few pairs available out front, and what I did see were crap seats. Craigslist ads were all people begging for bargains, not people selling.

It happens sometimes people, get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 7:00 PM

I think I saw some equipment from the silent barn in these pics... somebody needs to question this guy bono

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 7:34 PM

let's all discuss U2! do u guys like them?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 7:36 PM

Hateration

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 8:12 AM

I like U2...not as much as I used as when I was younger but I enjoy their stuff pre 97 from time to time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 8:36 AM

6:42 and 7pm are lying through their fucking teeth. How do i know? Because I picked up a pair on the floor 2 days before show off of Craigslist. I paid face for them. Then a friend got 2 off Ticketmaster day of around 1pm. When we got to the show there were tons of people all around selling tickets. I asked 2 different people, who were not professional scalpers, just to see. One had 2 tickets in the first level next to stage and were asking a bit more than face. When i said no thanks they then said ok face value. They were desperate. The other had 1 ticket on the floor willing to go less than face.

This was far from a real sellout show.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 9:32 AM

Anyone who hates U2 is communist. and wants the terrorists to win.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 9:35 AM

Oh and to idiot 7pm, when looking at what is available on CL, you don't go by the ad's begging/asking for tickets. Of course there are tons of fools putting ad's up like that. You go by the people whose ad's are selling. And for this show there were tons of them. Sure they may have been asking in their front ad for more money or best offer but did you actually write to them? Cause I did and when told I would pay no more than face they all came back with OK. This was 2 days before the show. If i had more patience i could have waited day of and gotten for less easy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 9:37 AM

9:32 you are lying through your teeth because I also did try. Just because you were successful doesn't mean that is the case. AS I STATED EARLIER! I was only trying for the $35 and $50 section THUS YOUR ARGUMENT DOESN'T HOLD WATER for my expierence..thanks for playing...hope you had fun at the show

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:35 AM

Man 9:32 I guess you are right...LOOK HOW EMPTY IT WAS RIGHT BEFORE U2 came on...

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/u2/newmeadowlands/3.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:41 AM

9:32 I think 10:41 got you! It is easy to see who is lying now!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:47 AM

Achtung Baby is one of the most over-rated albums of all time. U2 in the '90s was dead in the water, on record anyway. Only five decent tracks on three albums: "Even Better Than the Real Thing","Zooropa", "Stay", "Gone" and "Please". "One" and "Mysterious Ways"?
No thanks.

Posted by Doug | July 22, 2011 10:53 AM

Yeah 10:41 cause you can really tell by that picture a lot of the empty seats in a fucking stadium. Dummy. There were plenty of empties from where i was standing down on the floor and looking around.
Oh and 10:35, your argument is nonsensical. What does "just because you were successful doesn't mean that is the case" That is exactly what it means jackass. Not to mention it was successful for my friend trying as well.
And you were trying for the cheap shitty seat tickets lol? There were plenty if you knew where to look and how to look. You are obviously an idiot. You already stated you only looked on ebay(the last place you go to look for tickets i might add) and ticketmaster. You also refused to go drive somewhere out of the way to pick up tickets. So basically you limited your search and your options and then determined it was a tough ticket to get. Good work peabrain.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:54 AM

^You don't understand how to read. I also tried craigs list....Driving to pick up a ticket doesn't make sense unless the person lives or work near me. Also where is your proof of empty seats, show me a picture. Sorry I didn't blow $100 plus on a stadium show yet you call me the peabrain. That is rich!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:59 AM

10:54 really what is it to you layoff the guy...I understand what he said...you are a pea brain. sure tickets in the $150+ range are going to go for less because the demand isn't is high. Still considering the prices they charged it is undeniable how popular they are. I would love to be in U2's position to even fill 95% of the seats at that price even if it was the case. I was sitting in the 300 section and there were a few VERY few empty seats in my area. The no shows probably were stuck in traffic but who knows? Show was still great and I had fun. You really need to lighten up and have some decafe bub!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:03 AM

I think Achtung Baby was ahead of its time. Zooropa was strange and Pop was fun. I actually miss this period of U2 verse the 2000's. They don't take an risks anymore but I can't blame them. BTW Stay is a awesome song!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:06 AM

I liked Atomic Bomb but thought All That You Can't Leave Behind was music for 40-year-old cat women.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:14 PM

^Yeah it was pretty radio freindly..ironically they ignore the two best songs on that album live Peace on Earth and When I Look at the World!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:29 PM

Achtung Baby was the White Light / White Heat of the 90s. It does not surprise me that many didn't get it. Wait 20 years, oh wait, it is 20 years now .... never mind. I still love that album though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:29 PM

I don't have a dog in this fight on the whole sold out/not sold out cheap tickets debate. All i can add is my own personal perspective from the show. Have to agree with 10:54. I was able to grab 4 tickets in the $50 range days before the show at face value off of Craig's. Saw lots of people outside trying to sell tickets and noticed a lot of empty seats scattered across the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:44 PM

^since you are now throwing your hat in the ring give me your assesment. How full was it 99%? 75% 50%...let me hear it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:58 PM

U2 really has not made a decent album since Pop and only a handful of songs on Atomic Bomb and No Line are decent. It's a shame because Achtung Baby still holds up really well to this day. Bono is just out of ideas. The Edge is a great guitarist stuck in a mediocre band and Larry and Adam are just going through motions.

Pearl Jam, Radiohead and Wilco are the only bands that matter these days...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 2:25 PM

what has happened to U2 is a bit sad.

They have become a giant soul-less mainstream machine of corporate entertainment. They act it, they sound it and they look it.

The shows on this tour are the accumulation of years of heading in that direction.

This particular show has the look of the most creepy kind of entertainment.... a band playing giant boring radio hits in a billion dollar plus brand new sterile and corporate stadium to almost a hundred thousand mainstream people who mostly are not music fans and have not followed this group since the early days and have paid for expensive seats so that they can stand drunk from all the expensive beer they bought inside and pump their fists to the songs they hear everyday anyway.

It has the look and sound and environment of a giant cold and soulless experience.

Middle class suburban white people rejoice at the sounds of the songs you hear on the radio and at bars everyday. That parking lot tailgating looks even more boring than a sports event.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 3:12 PM

Ahhh, the days when U2 was a working class band...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 3:16 PM

this looks like the rock n roll show equivalent of a giant blockbuster summer popcorn movie. All dazzle, and million dollar special effects, but no real storyline or emotion.

A fun but expensive and essentially empty experience.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 3:16 PM

the fact that this was a make up show for a show from last year but that by the time it happened this year the same show had gotten even more overblown makes the whole thing even that much worse.

Last years show would have been to approx 60,000 people in an older stadium, by the time it was rescheduled it was playing a newer more corporate more expensive venue on the same grounds and was playing to approx 100,000 people.

American mall show indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 3:37 PM

just shows you how in those two years between cancellation and rescheduling the machine got even more monstrous

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 5:27 PM

Sunday Bloody Sunday, With or WIthout You, Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, etc...... yawn

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 5:29 PM

@3:12- The parking lot tailgating is forced into boredom by the luftwaffen police in military style garb patrolling the parking lots with drug sniffing cannines.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 12:45 AM

^fuck the police

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 6:51 AM

Great show in the best stadium tour I've ever seen. Was in the inner circle for 6 shows in the last month. Incredible stuff. Thousands of people who love the music and are singing along.

A few moments:

Mark Kelly reciting the words to Beautiful Day from the International Space Station. Bono dedicates the song to his wife, Gabby Giffords. Kelly also says, "Tell my wife I love her very much--she knows," and Bono repeats it later when he does a snippet of Space Oddity at the end of the song. My girlfriend was crying during this song, as were many of the people around me.

Bono dedicating Walk On to Aung San Suu Kyi as he does at every show. Members of Amnesty International and the One campaign coming out onto the catwalk shining spotlights up into the sky. Bono telling the crowd about 2200 prisoners of conscience in Burma who remain behind bars. Asking us to hold our hands up in the air to lift these people up, because "They are the best of us." I've experienced this 6 times now, and it brings me to tears every time. Aung San Suu Kyi herself in a recorded thank you to U2 and all of their fans for all their support over the years. For not forgetting.

Miss Sarajevo with scenes from that terrible siege projected on those giant screens. The beauty pageant with the models holding up the sign, "Please don't let them kill us."

Sunday Bloody Sunday with scenes from the uprisings in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East projected. A quotation in Persian from Rumi on screen. Of course 99% of the crowd can't read Persian but for those of us who do, it was amazing stuff. The Iran uprisings have receded from memory here in the US, but this band doesn't forget.

The dedication of Moment of Surrender to Clarence Clemons at every show since his death. Incidentally, this song, from their most recent album in 2009, is one of the most beautiful things the band has ever done.

I've been going to U2 shows since I was in college in 1992. They are if anything even more impressive now than they were then.


Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 3:05 PM

"Great show in the best stadium tour I've ever seen. Was in the inner circle for 6 shows in the last month. Incredible stuff."


This statement(and further rant) had to be one of the most pathetic laughable things i have ever read. Dude, why are you even reading this blog. Shouldn't you be at Starbucks right now on your Ipad cranking out those mp3's thinking how great they sound. Just the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 3:26 PM

While U2 may be laughing all the way to the bank...looking at the amazing photos of the show it is clear to see that the audience got their money's worth. Think I'm glad I kept my money in my pocket. Thanks BV for sharing the pics!

Posted by Anonymous | July 25, 2011 1:30 PM

For all you U2 and Bono haters. Get your facts straight. 80% of you haters are talking out your ass. Let's see, here's a fact for ya, this tour alone has been played to over 7 million people. I guess having song of the year in 2004 is another example of how irrelevant they are. 22 Grammy's, 145 million albums sold. Yeah, they suck all right!
Best damn band on the planet for the musically conscious. The music of other bands today, has already been done. Nothing genuine with longevity. 30 years together as a band out does the Stones since they're all good friends as well.
You haters are music morons and wouldn't know a good tune if it slapped you in the face.
For the love of music, LONG LIVE U2!!

Posted by Mike | July 28, 2011 11:25 PM

You haters are music morons and wouldn't know a good tune if it slapped you in the face.

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