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U2 celebrates its history, America and rock & roll with hearts-on-sleeve performance

D 18 June 2017     H 10:25     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages

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by Jeffrey Lee Puckett

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For a band unafraid of the extravagant gesture, U2 took the stage Friday night in charmingly muted fashion.

As The Waterboys’ "The Whole of The Moon" introduced the band at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, Larry Mullen Jr. casually strolled down a long catwalk, followed by Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton.

But all subtlety ended as Mullen leaned into the commanding martial drum beat of "Sunday Bloody Sunday," sending a jolt through the stadium that rarely eased in more than two hours.

And that’s how it should be at a U2 concert. This is a band built on grandiose ideas and purple prose, with its collective hearts defiantly on sleeves. It’s go big or go home with these guys and for most of the night, their powers were on full display.

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" was followed by "New Year’s Day," "Bad" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)," a 30-minute blast of iconic tracks designed to turn a stadium of strangers into a unified force.

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