December 14, 2010 – Sydney
Seats: General Admission – Front Row Centre
Jay-Z was a great opener as far as I was concerned. Many U2 fans may disagree, but I think it’s just a disagreement over genre than by the artist himself. I’m a fan of rap and hip-hop, so I was pleased to get Jay-Z. I vividly remembered his set at the Pemberton Festival in 2008 when he performed right before Coldplay who was the headliner. The real jewels of the night were hearing ‘All I Want Is You’ (first time performed since the Hawaii show in 2006), and ‘Love Rescue Me’ (which hasn’t been played live in over 20 years!). I was ecstatic! You can see the band struggling a bit through Love Rescue, with Bono encouraging them to pick up the pace. I loved every second of it. I filmed the two songs and will put them up on Youtube when I get a chance. Later in the show, for some unknown reason Adam took off his shirt during the performance, much to the delight of the female fans. Such spontaneity makes U2 concerts special.
I left the concert delighted. Although it took a while to make my way back to my Aunts via the slow trains, I had two more shows in Perth to keep my U2 high going.