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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Concert Review - U2 / The Black Eyed Peas

Southern Man was something of a U2 fan way, way back in the day (many of Southern Man's favorites date back to the old Live at Red Rocks album from '83) and their 360° Tour finally brought the acclaimed Irish rockers back to Southen Man's neck of the woods (for the first time in nearly three decades, and no, he didn't see them the first time around) where they put on the innovative, high-tech show that one would expect from a band of that stature. The setlist contained a good mix of old and new and the big screens on the central "spaceship" let those of us up in the nosebleed seats have a good view of the on-stage antics. Then venue was a large university football stadium and it was a bit cool and breezy, but we were dressed for the weather and had a great time eating stadium food and doing "the wave" and generally enjoying ourselves. The opening act for this particular performace was The Black Eyed Peas, who put on an energetic and futuristic and somewhat incoherent set of hip-hop, which isn't Southern Man's thing but was still fun to see and hear. Especially the dancers decked out as silver robots and animated stage speakers and such. Getting in and out of town with 60,000 other U2 fans was no treat but we were home and in bed by one am or so. All in all, a good time was had by all.


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