December 13, 2010 – Sydney
Seats: General Admission – Front Row Centre
After a year-and-a-half hiatus from U2touring, I made it back on the road and caught the last four shows of 2010. Although I was away, I didn’t miss a step, and loved being back… it felt like a sort of homecoming. The crowd was lively, and the band were into it – particularly because Oprah and her guests were in the audience, as well as Nicole Kidman. Not that should matter, but it does have an effect on the band. It seemed as though they were trying extra hard to impress the celebrities. Nevertheless, it was inspiring to hear ‘Bad’ again! It had only been played 11 times this tour so far, and I last heard it at the Chicago 1 show. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me sounded 100 times better live than on the bootleg – I was so impressed! I was really happy to spend the show along with Peter, Nick and the gang, who I had met earlier at gate F. There is never a better feeling than enjoying a U2 concert with those you spent the queue with.
After the show, I went to gate J to queue up again, retrieved my queue number, collected my travel bag from the two really kind Danish girls (who I met at the Dublin shows) who stowed it for me, pulled my sleeping mattress from a concrete block (where I had hidden it), and went to sleep and gear up for Sydney 2!