October 8, 2005 - New York, New York, USA - Madison Square Garden


Opening Act(s): Keane


City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Elevation, I Will Follow, All I Want Is You, Beautiful Day, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky, Miss Sarajevo, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One. Encore(s): The First Time, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, With Or Without You, All Because Of You, Fast Cars, Original Of The Species, 40.


Bono spots a fan talking on a cell phone. He takes the phone and screams at the fan, but later apologizes for the outburst. On the subject of phones, Bono calls Gavin Friday during the show and gets the whole crowd to sing 'Happy Birthday' before hanging up. Mary J. Blige joins the band to sing 'One,' just as she did last month in Toronto at the Hurricane Katrina relief telethon. Jon Bon Jovi and Salman Rushdie are among many notable names in the audience.

Fan Review:

U2 Review at Madison Square Garden

By Chris Lowrey ([email protected])

Saturday 8/10/05

As an opening IÂ’d like to pose the question.
Who really does not like U2?
Whether it’s the real early times with anthems such as ‘Gloria’ and ‘New Years Day’ early times with anthems such as ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and critically acclaimed masterpieces such as the ‘Under and Blood Red Sky’ ‘Joshua Tree’ and the ‘Unforgettable Fire’ – an interlude with ‘Rattle and Hum’ through the 90’s with the brilliant ‘Achtung Baby’ featuring the remarkable ‘One’, Zooropa including The Edge’s lead vocal debut on ‘Numb’ or Johnny Cash dueting with Bono on ‘The Wanderer’ and even ‘Pop’ with its trance grooves right up to the 00’s on ‘All that you can’t leave behind’ (including new Wedding song favorite:’Beautiful Day’) and most recently ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ with the back-to-form ‘Vertigo’ ode to New York ‘City of Blinding Lights’ and optimistic ‘Miracle Drug’ U2 have always been there for the masses.
Rare, indeed, is it to find a band that is able to infuse such strong political and humanitarian content/causes into its music and actually make them tuneful, sing along-good songs at the same time! And while The EdgeÂ’s staccato riffing can at times sound like other tunes in their repertoire it has evolved and been tweaked enough to make their 26 year career full of variety and hit tunes so as to allow for two maybe even three totally different set lists without repeating tunes!
It never happens like that of course, most bands have to stick to ‘similar’ set lists for logistical reasons and it is the same with U2 although one look below can see how they are able to keep each night fresh for their adoring fans who well might attend more than one concert on any given tour!
It was an extremely wet Saturday in New York but huge full-page headlines of ‘Bomb Scare in the Subway’ and a mere few inches of rain weren’t enough to keep the masses from Madison Square Garden on this night. The support act ‘Keane’, an up and coming English band with a singer, keyboardist and drummer (no guitarist in sight!) warmed the growing crowd up with their melancholic and beautifully sung tunes owing a lot to U2 as singer Tom Chaplin mentioned on several occasions. This band with parts of Coldplay, Travis and Starsailor are yet distinctive enough and have the charm and presence to ensure a burgeoning career will continue in an upward trajectory. Groups of young women around my area sang along to many tunes including the brilliant ‘Everybody’s Changing’ and ‘This is the Last Time’ from their debut album ‘Hopes and Fears’ and the signs are good for a long and illustrious career for the three Englishmen.
Right on cue at the stroke of 9:30 the lights went down and a tremendous roar erupted as Larry Mullen Jr, Adam Clayton, The Edge and finally Bono emerged from various parts of the stage and the stunning sound and light show commenced with the tribute to New York ‘City of Blinding Lights’ –What a way to get 20,000 rabid New Yorkers into the groove!
The stage itself was circular with wild snippets of light flashing and chasing each other around the floor in patterns as the band performed. The outer stage which was a two metre wide oval, encapsulating the lucky fans in Â’The PitÂ’ and allowing band members to get out and closer to their audience- it also featured the blipping, racing lights resembling a gigantic circular heart rate machine. Most stunning of all however was the giant clear glass/Perspex type tubes which hung down at the back and sides of the stage and were raised and lowered on cue, these resembled giant door hangings that one may have on their caravan annex to keep flies out over the Summer and at various times had images of New York buildings, International flags and humans in a kind of join the dots formula that was visually stunning!
The familiar refrain of ‘Un, deux, trios, quatre’ heralded the arrival of the best promotional tool Apple Ipod has ever had in the form of monster world wide hit and tour title ‘Vertigo’ The crowd participation was astonishing – even threatening to drown out the band at one stage and even dwarfing my memories of an English soccer final! This dancing, clapping and vociferous singing continued through the tracks ‘Elevation’ and ‘I Will Follow’ and on everyone’s wet clothing was now accentuated by sweat as well as the New York downpour- The ‘Hoo
Hoo.Â’ chant in Elevation had Bono grinning from ear to ear.
At this point I commented to my concert going partner Anna ‘How will they keep this up?’ and true to form like the old pro’s they are, the ballad ‘All I Want is you’ followed allowing the punters to relax their bodies if not their voices. This was short-lived as the band bounced into ‘Beautiful Day’ causing the already fever pitch atmosphere to grow another leg. ‘Miracle Drug’ undispersed with ‘People Got the Power’ was well-received and set the tone for many messages of world peace and living together that underpinned the evening either directly or indirectly – World Peace, as tired and general as it can sometimes sound, can’t be a bad thing!
The next couple of tunes echoes ‘Miracle Drugs’ ballad tone and wistful introspection was palpable in the crowd as Bono crooned ‘Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own’ and ‘Love and Peace or Else’. The crowd erupted again for ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ seemingly trying to outdo the live version of the same song off THAT live album so many moons ago. Perhaps they had inside knowledge that the gig was being recorded for a future live release as in 100’s of concerts I haven’t heard anything like it – on tonight’s effort ‘U2 –Live from Madison Square Garden’ would make such an effective live album so as not to require overdubs of any description (excepts perhaps the false start The Edge had on the acoustic guitar for ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses’ to which Bono laughingly mocked his long time pal with a friendly ‘That’s not very professional’)
The medley of ‘Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America / When Johnny Comes Marching Home’, was stunning and had every American in the house (AND some Australians) feeling supremely patriotic!
Next up came the highlight of the night: Miss Sarajevo in which Bono told the story of the young woman who performed a beauty pageant amidst a hail of mortar and bullets in defiance of war on her city. He also told us that although Luciano Pavarotti was not there to sing his part, he was and would do both! What followed was the most moving moment of the night as Bono seemed to take on the persona AND voice of Pavarotti singing the part completely in Italian and hitting the notes so well that IÂ’m sure the great man would have clapped as wildly and had tears in his eyes as most in the house did. The highlight of the night for yours truly!
The still resonant and relevant Pride (In the Name of Love” followed, whipping the crowd back to fever pitch before ‘Where the Streets have No Name’ maintained the passion. The next surprise and the final song of the set, was the entrance of Mary J Blige who dueted with Bono on the bands signature tune ‘One’. Although I felt she was a bit rusty for the first couple of lines (but that could have been due to an hour and a half of attuning my ears to Bono’s still powerful vocals!) she redeemed herself and really enhanced the song with her arms draped around Bono to receive rapturous applause at the conclusion of the tune!
After a brief interlude the Bono and The Edge returned with the ‘The First Time’ and the acoustic ‘Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild horses’ at the top of the larger oval part of the stage and when Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton returned for ‘With or Without You’ the crowd were already back in the bands hands. A very touching moment occurred when Bono danced with a pretty young woman, during ‘With
’ and then picked out another girl to dance with before finally pulling a heavy set man wearing a turban onto the stage and dancing with and hugging him! The turban-wearing guy sang with gusto and the moment was unbelievably poignant and followed the night’s theme– we are all in this world together!
The final encore of ‘All Because Of You’, ’Fast Cars’ and ‘Original Of The Specie’s capped the night off beautifully but the very LAST song, my favorite, the fabulous ‘40’ closed the night off in spectacular fashion. Even 5 minutes after the lights went down the crowd were still singing ‘How looooong, to sing this song, How looooong, to sing this song. How looooong, to sing this song’ over and over and over. Incredible this was STILL happening as we walked down 5 or 6 flights from the top tier at Madison! No kidding –people were still singing this refrain as they walked right back out into the heavy rain and down the subway to catch the “Bomb Threatened’ Subway trains!
The gig was beyond stunning and exceeded my expectations in every facet, the band still sound in top form- form they have held for at least 20 years and at the end of their career I wonder if anyone will be more revered other than the ‘Rolling Stones’ and ‘The Beatles’.

Set List on Saturday Night!

1.City Of Blinding Lights,
2.Vertigo / Glad To See You Go (snippet),
4.I Will Follow,
5.All I Want Is You,
6.Beautiful Day,
7.Miracle Drug / People Got The Power (snippet),
8.Sometimes You Can\'t Make It On Your Own / The Black Hills of Dakota (snippet),
9.Love And Peace Or Else,
10.Sunday Bloody Sunday,
11.Bullet The Blue Sky / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet),
12.Miss Sarajevo,
13.Pride (In The Name Of Love),
14.Where The Streets Have No Name,
15.One (Duet with Mary J Blige)
Encore 1:
16.The First Time,
17.Who\'s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses,
18.With Or Without You,
Encore 2:
19.All Because Of You,
20.Fast Cars,
21.Original Of The Species,

Set list from the night before!
1.City Of Blinding Lights,
2.Vertigo / Rockaway Beach (snippet),
4.The Electric Co. / People I Don\'t Know Are Trying To Kill Me (snippet),
The Ocean,
5.I Still Haven\'t Found What I\'m Looking For / In A Little While (snippet),
6.Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper\'s Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet) / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet) / Across The Universe (snippet),
7.Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can\'t Make It On Your Own / The Black Hills of Dakota (snippet) / Torna A Surriento (snippet),
8. Love And Peace Or Else,
9.Sunday Bloody Sunday,
10.Bullet The Blue Sky / Please (snippet) / The Hands That Built America (snippet) / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet),
11.Miss Sarajevo,
12.Pride (In The Name Of Love),
13.Where The Streets Have No Name, One / Ol\' Man River (snippet)
Encore 1:
14.The First Time,
15.Stuck In A Moment You Can\'t Get Out Of,
16.Fast Cars,
Encore 2:
17.All Because Of You,
18.Crumbs From Your Table,
20.With Or Without You


hey, i was wondering where i could get any pictures from this concert? it was so amazing and i would love to see some. also, is there a certain message board or place that i could see if someone recorded this concert and i could have someone make me a copy of it?

is it true that u2 will be doing a $1000 a ticket benefit for Rick Santorium of PA onOct16? Why are they supporting that candidate?


Let me first say that I was the guy with the phone who got called out by Bono at MSG on 10/8/05.

I am here to give the facts and clear up any confusion regarding the 'phone' incident/comments Bono made at the MSG #2 show on October 8th. (This was originally posted on interference.. however I just wanted to post it here so Bono/the band knows I do respect them and was not talking on a phone, but taking pics with my phone.)

The Story
The night started off great. We got into the circle and were standing one person behind the front of the stage. Everyone else around me was taking pictures, so I took out my phone (Motorola V3) and started to click away. The concert started and I saw Bono reach for my phone while I was trying to take a picture of him. I gave it to him b/c I thought he was going to take a pic of himself. He just put it in his pocket and then a few seconds later took it out and threw it back at me. It dropped, and the 11 year old girl in front of me grabbed it off the floor. Bono then said "you dropped it." I didn't think much the incident at the time besides being a bit confused. Someone else said he made some other not so nice, comments while he had the phone, but I did not hear them.

Then later during the concert I was trying to take another picture of him (like everyone else around me) and as everyone heard he yelled out something like "Put the f-ing phone away, we are at a rock concert." At that time, I realized that he did not understand that it was a camera and a phone, and that I was only taking pictures. In an effort to avoid further conflict, I just put the dang thing in my pocket.

To be honest, it was a horrible feeling to have this man that I have followed, idolized, and respected for over 20 years to scold me in front of the audience. He came across very harsh in his body language and his tone. At the time, I felt like a little child getting yelled at by an authority figure. I couldn't believe what was happening to me! I never meant for this to happen and I apologize to everyone for the incident.

In all honesty, there were others around me who were also using their phones as cameras; but I think mine was a less obvious camera b/c it is one of those new, thin, low profile Motorola Razor V3s.

Because of others around me using their phones to take pictures, I didn’t think I did anything wrong. I think it comes down to he did not realize I was taking pictures, but rather thought I was making phone calls. I think it was an honest mistake, I just wish he wasn’t so harsh to me. I can’t imagine how he would react if he was really angry at you for something much more serious. Now I know why all those countries are coming through with their pledges that they made Bono to help out Africa ; )

Just for the record: I DID NOT MAKE A PHONE CALL AT ANY POINT DURING THE SHOW. I only took pictures. If anyone has any access to the band or Bono, I would appreciate it if they could just let them/him know, b/c the last thing I want to do is upset those guys.

Anyways, moving on.. Later in the show he did give me an apology (which I appreciated very much,) but I still think he never realized I was taking pictures. When he was looking at me during the apology, I did point to my phone and made a camera sign with my hand (used my index finger to make a camera clicking motion) to try to communicate to him that it was a camera. Not sure if it ever got across.

That's about it. Besides that incident, it was a great show as usual, and we had a good time. I don't hold any ill feelings towards him or the band (how can you, with all the good he has done in the world??) Also, it was partly my fault, b/c they did have no camera signs up even though they don't enforce it... I may have some nightmares regarding the incident, but I'll be ok. Despite everything, U2 is still my favorite all time band and I still hold Bono in high respect.

I hope this answers everyone's questions. Thanks for taking the time to listen and feel free to email/post any further questions/comments. I will do my best to respond. I am at [email protected] (astralzzzz at yahoo - in case this forum edits out email addresses.)


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