U2 @ The San Diego Sports Arena (iPayOne Center), San Diego CA 03/30/05

I attended night 1 of the tour on 3/28/05 and I almost pissed my pants when I heard golden oldies like “An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart” and “Electric Co.” I didn’t know what to expect with night 2, so my girl and I eagerly awaited a magical set. It was almost identical to night 1, with “An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart” being omitted in favor of….GLLLOOORRRRIAAAA!!! It came immediately after “Electric Co,” the classic drum intro enticing hoots and hollers from the crowd, and a few of us even air-drummed along to Larry Mullen’s intro.  Bono sang it rather cautiously  and remained at center stage for the duration of the song. This version even included the obligatory band member introductions with minisolos:
Bono: “Adamn Clayton on the bass!”
Audience: “YAAAAHHHHHH!!!!” I don’t believe they rehearsed the song until sound check that day, and keep in mind it hasn’t been played since the LoveTown Tour 1989/1990. It was semi-improvised but great nonetheless.
The second surprise came after “Beautiful Day.” “With or Without You’s” instantly recognizable musical box intro rang throughout the Sports Arena. I turned to my lady and our jaws dropped. We didn’t expect to hear WOWY given it wasn’t played on night 1, but U2 graced us with the song that night and it was awesome  My only complaint was that Larry played the drum parts ala the ZooTV Live In Sydney rendition, riding the toms for the first 2 verses, with the snare and kick coming in on the “whoooaaaa ohhhhhh ohh ohhhhh” part.
The rest of the set was pretty solid, with Bono showing his mastering of the new songs. But I feel the the older tunes may have taken a backseat as far as rehearsing is concerned. While the older songs were played well, they were lacking in something, it’s hard to find the words. The band was very tight, but Bono’s vocals were a bit restrained, letting the crowd fill in and push his performance along.
A very rare fuck-up occurred during “40.” Bono sang the entire first verse out of key!!! The band played on while Bono looked confused, looked to each band member than sarcastically said “I think YOU’RE out of key” or something to that effect. We laughed and applauded when Bono was able to get back into the “40” head-space.
A great 2nd show with a couple changes in the set. Later on in the week, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Mysterious Ways” made their debuts in Anaheim, nights 3 & 4 of the American leg.
The following photos were taken at the night of the show and submitted by members of the U2tours website.

Posted on October 12, 2012, in Concerts: 2005-2011, U2. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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