December 17, 2005 - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - Delta Center


Opening Act(s): Kanye West


City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Elevation, I Will Follow, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For-In A Little While, Beautiful Day-Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)-Norwegian Wood, Original Of The Species, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday-Rock The Casbah, Bullet The Blue Sky, Miss Sarajevo, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One. Encore(s): Until The End Of The World, Mysterious Ways, With Or Without You, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, All Because Of You, Yahweh, 40.


During Beautiful Day, Bono brings a girl on stage who's wearing a Santa Claus suit and sings bits of a couple Christmas songs. Norwegian Wood is performed by Bono alone on an acoustic guitar.

Media Review:

Salt Lake Tribune

U2's bombast and subtlety rock Delta Center Crowd

by Dan Nailen, Salt Lake Tribune

It sometimes seems that as long as U2 keeps touring, the state of rock music can't be too bad.

Saturday at the Delta Center, the long-running Irish quartet delivered the kind of inspirational, life-affirming set that only feels routine in this band's hands. Touching on all eras of its career, U2's energetic performance was only surprising in that it came at the end of nearly a year straight of touring in support of the band's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" album.

Opening with "City of Blinding Lights" and "Vertigo," both from that album, U2 set the stage for an intense evening as glaring lights filled the venue with color and giant video screens projected the band's images to the far reaches of the upper deck.

Bono was in a frisky mood from the start, racing around an oval ramp on the Delta Center floor, pulling a "beautiful Santa" on stage from the crowd during "Beautiful Day" and boasting a bit after singing the praises of opening act Kanye West as a "great American voice."

"We're just a young band," Bono announced in an interlude between "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and a verse of "In a Little While." "We're still getting started. We're still hungry."

U2 paid tribute to its influences several times, particularly The Beatles. "Vertigo" ended with a snippet of "She Loves You," while Bono picked up an acoustic guitar for "Norwegian Wood." "Beautiful Day" ended with a chorus of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)."

The band's newest songs came to vivid life in the hands of guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen Jr., much more enthralling than their recorded versions. "Original of the Species" was an epic ballad, while "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" was a poignant dedication to Bono's father.

"Sunday Bloody Sunday" turned into a benediction of sorts, with Bono saying the song, originally about the civil war in Ireland, now belongs to America.

"Co-exist," Bono intoned, pulling a small child on stage. "Co-exist. A beautiful, simple thought that's getting harder and harder to hold on to."

The remainder of the show alternated between moments of power and bombast and moments of subtle intensity. An explosive "Bullet in the Blue Sky" made way for the gentler "Miss Sarajevo." The churning "Pride (In the Name of Love)" and "Where the Streets Have No Name" led to the stunning close, "One."

Among the encore songs that left the audience spent and satisfied were "Mysterious Ways," "Until the End of the World" and "With or Without You."

Copyright © 2005 Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved.


Often, we measure our lives by historical events. For example, I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when Kennedy was assassinated or the Challenger exploded. I also remember exact details of my life when I heard a U2 song, New Years Day, the first time in 1979. The moment that Bono intoned, "Oh, its quiet...," I clearly knew that I would have a Pink Floyd-esque relationship with this band.

Over 26 years later, I am still profoundly in love with the rich, eupohonic sound of U2. I felt a transcendent resurgence of those enigmatic feelings for the music of U2 during numerous moments of the concert at the SLC venue. I honestly felt that I was absorbing every resonant note.

Okay, I will calm down. I fear that the syrupy language has already caused many to vomit. Let me articulate in simpler, less maudlin terms. This concert was damn good.

AWESOME! I had horrible seats and there are still AWESOME. I'm not sure I even heard anything but...they are still AWESOME! I hope they still tour even in their walkers. I'll be in my walker rocking out...

Kurt/Charam--I feel ya! Ona whim I drove 4 hours alone without a ticket to see them with Kanye in St. Louis. Nothing short of a miracle I bought a 7th row seat on the left side of the ellipse. For $40! Lottery Luck. I am most impressed by the fact that U2 reached out to Kanye when the majority of the majority think this guy is a criminal. Listne to his message--immature yes but remember he's only 28. He's gonna grow up and blow up. I wasn't a big U2 fan until this. What a moment.

This was my 4th Vertigo show and was easily, I mean easily, the best. Yes, every U2 show is simply amazing, and all 4 on this tour that I've been to have been just that. But this show had a chemistry - spiritual, physical and emotional - that was indeed special. The crowd was boisterious and loud from start to finish with an outpouring of affection for the band, and the band responded in like kind. Never mind the fact that they've been touring for nearly a year now. As the concert review in the SLC paper said the next morning, "Bono was frisky".

Wow! Pure joy, unforgettable! Especially my daughter, two sons and me being able to meet Bono and the Edge outside in the dark and frigid cold before the concert.

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