Getting to a concert in the summer can be a daunting task.
After a 2-hour car ride, 124 miles, and loads of traffic due to the concert, and a huge fair on the grounds of Met Life Stadium, we had to wait nearly another hour for the show to start.
It was a hot but perfect night for a concert. Unfortunately, we missed the opening act – The Lumineers, a band from Ramsey, NJ, because of the horrendous traffic but we were anxious to see U2. Unfortunately, we had to wait until 9:15pm for the headliner to begin.
Once Bono came out, all was forgiven. The beautifully set screen of a red tree glowed in the summer night. The band came out to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” followed by “New Year’s Day,” then performed Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bad” and “Pride in the Name of Love” before starting the entire Joshua Tree album. They continued until the end of the album.
It was as if it was 1987 and you were laying on your floor, with your headphones on playing the album for the 100th time – only live. They were that good – that perfect. Each song was played in its entirety with different visual images constantly streaming above them. It was stunning. Each song was sung with a beautiful intensity that only Bono and his band can deliver. Bono thanked Americans for “making their life great” and spoke about how beautiful it was that everyone has always been welcome here. His political undertones were clear but not offensive.
After they finished the 11 tracks, they began a seven, yes seven, song encore. They started with a cover of the Passengers “Miss Sarajevo,” and went right into “Beautiful Day,” which brought the crowd to its feet yet again, then they played “Elevation,” “Vertigo,” “Ultraviolet (Light My Way),” “One,” and finally, “The Little Things That You Give Away.” They made up for their tardiness with a full, rich set list that did not disappoint.
The band’s status as “one of the greatest” was certainly confirmed during this performance. They have a rich history and a huge catalog of music but The Joshua Tree may be their best, most prolific album of all; no doubt why they chose to showcase this one.
The band has perfected the art of showmanship and artistry – they play incredibly well together and seem to enjoy their craft and the crowd’s response to it. They seem to take it all very seriously and are grateful for their accomplishments here in the United States and around the world. I would see them again, given the opportunity and would recommend for anyone to go if you have the chance.