14 August 2002
Fifty Bands To See Before You Die
U2 feature along with The Stones, the Flaming Lips, Primal Scream,
Radiohead,the Strokes and forty four others in the UK's latest Q Magazine.
'From their earliest days in pub backrooms, U2 have always worked hard on
achieving a sense of community during their live shows...
'2001's Elevation tour subverted the pomp and spectacle of previous U2
jaunts, leading to their most exciting shows yet. Still playing cattle-shed
style arenas, they now arrived onstage with the house lights up, not
dropping them until halfway into the opening number. The message was clear:
Look, we can make this work even with the lights on.
'With a purpose-built walkway arcing out into the crowd, Bono was free to
tease, cajole and flirt with his people.
'It's a love-fest,' he said. 'It's the gospel tent! It's the revival
Meanwhile the band ransacked their formidable back catalogue, imbuing songs
from over 15 years ago with a renewed sense of vigour while making the
material from their latest release sound as if it had been in their
repertoire for ever....'
And then there's also Prodigy, Neil Young, Ash, P J Harvey, Madonna... and
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