April 2, 2005 - Anaheim, California, USA - Arrowhead Pond


Opening Act(s): Kings of Leon


Love And Peace Or Else, Vertigo-Stories For Boys, Elevation, The Cry, The Electric Co., An Cat Dubh-Into The Heart, City Of Blinding Lights, Beautiful Day, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, New Year's Day, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky-The Hands That Built America, Running To Stand Still, Zoo Station, The Fly, Mysterious Ways. Encores: Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One, All Because Of You, Yahweh, 40.


'Miracle Drug' is dedicated to Pope John Paul II, who died earlier today.


I really enjoyed this show. The setlist flowed very, very well. Nothing seemed out of place or missing. It may have taken a few shows, but it looks like they've gotten it down.

I was very impressed with the stage, lighting, and presentation as well.

Now, in my opinion, this show wasn't as good as the Elevation shows. But I think that has more to do with the timing of the Elevation tour, as U2 had returned to the basics after almost a decade of over-the-topness and extravagance. Personally, I don't think those shows will ever be topped.

I also noticed that this crowd was quite a bit different from the Elevation crowd. There were a lot more new fans or superficial fans that only knew a handful of songs, and were just there to be seen. That seemed to take away some of the energy.

After the Elevation shows, I remember everyone in the parking lots saying "holy sh*&!! That was the best show ever!!!" But no one was saying that this time around. In fact, I overheard several conversations to the effect of "it was on ok show, but why did they have to end with that song. I'd never heard of it before. It was a letdown." I think a large number of people, at least here in LA, are going to the shows just because it's the "hot ticket". They have to follow the trend to show how cool they are.

Case in point: U2 effectively did two encores. After the first (Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, One), people started rushing out of the arena in order to beat traffic. Well, as soon as the crowd started roaring again and Edge played the first distorted note of All Because of You, those that left ran back into the isles. You never leave until the house lights come on.

The bottomline is I had fun. I was sweaty, hoarse, and my ears were ringing within 15 minutes (my left ear is still ringing). And that's all that matters.

Hi, I am going to see u2 in Ottawa in November. I have been a fan since the beginning and own and know every song they made. This is also my first and probably only concert I will attend, and unfortunately we were able to get seats to the sold out show but they are behind the stage. Do they usually walk a circle as to not leave anyone out -- ignore the behind the stage folks. I want to be able to see their faces once in awhile.

How long did they play for? I can't wait to see them, got to wait until 14th June!!!

They came on stage at 8:50P and played until 11:05P.

I can't wait to see them again too. I saw them in Las Vegas after 9/11 on the Elevation Tour that show was awesome.Everyone just hung out in the parking lot after the show for hours, natural high feeling hard to explain unless you've experience U2! I see them in San Jose this Saturday April 9th I'll post review when I get home.

Hey I was there in Anaheim on 4/2/05 and plenty of people were soaring after listening to the magic that happened. In my opinion, this was one of the best shows U2 has ever performed. Certainly many in the crowd agreed with me and I heard comments to that affect outside the arena. You will always have people just following the trends or upset because they didn't hear their favorite song, but that was not the main feel of this show. Where were you?

The show was awesome! When the lights went out and everyone was there screaming, I looked around and I can't say that I have ever seen a more excited and enthused crowd. Then when they started playing and Bono took over on that portable drum at the end of the stage, it sent a shiver down my spine. The band was electric and the show will never be forgotten.

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