June 1, 2011 – Edmonton
Seats: General Admission – Front Row Centre
U2 were on fire that night. I felt it was a better performance than Winnipeg, primarily because it was gorgeous weather outside. Bono connected well with the crowd and the rest of the band was set into high gear. Adam was smiling and bouncing around, the Edge was electric, and Larry was his usual stoic self.
The highlights for me were the opener – Even Better Than The Real Thing, the return of the video sequence to Magnificent, Zooropa (although it was disappointing to not see them wear those cool lighted jackets), Bono’s solo performance after One – Carole King’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, and the dedication of Moment of Surrender (favourite song) to the folks from Slave Lake who had lost their homes in the disastrous fires.
While I’ve seen several shows on this tour, I have to remember what the ‘average fan’, or an audience member who has only seen this one show, must think of the concert. The newspaper reviews are unsurprisingly positive, and I’m happy that most people walked away impressed by the performance and charisma of the band. I really enjoy taking first-timers to shows, because they get to finally be absorbed by the enchanting music and breathtaking performance of U2. It is at a U2 concert where I have developed a reservoir of happiness. But happiness is only real when you share it with others. It is a real joy to bring friends and family to these shows because they get to be captivated by U2 and share in my happiness.