Apr
09
2001

'Minimalist Tour Rocks to the Max' reports USA Today

Defying laws of gravity and showbiz, the Elevation Tour 2001 supports two radical hypotheses:



1. U2 can fly.



2. You too can fly.



Edna Gundersen of USA TODAY reports that 'The Irish quartet's sold-out arena tour, a triumphant retreat from gargantuan glitz, pilots its fans into a blissful orbit around exquisitely uplifting music, forging a rare bond between performer and audience that all but erases stage barricades and celebrity stature.



Unlike the dazzling Popmart and Zoo TV stadium tours, where spectators were dwarfed by giant props and visual tidal waves, the embracing Elevation show upgrades passengers to first-class emotional participation in U2's potent songbook.



Friday in the Pepsi Center (Denver), sixth stop on a five-month world tour, U2 achieved immediate liftoff with the exhilarating Elevation and maintained that altitude through two hours and 22 songs, touching down in the final notes of Walk On, an appropriate parting gift of hope and encouragement.



Gone are the futuristic banks of video monitors, the suspended cars, the colossal disco lemon, the kaleidoscopic imagery. But Elevation manages to be just as provocative and daring as past tours.



For starters, U2 has no camouflage or digital-art foils. Sweat and art tangle on a stark stage where human drama replaces computer-generated adrenaline.



Elevation's modest visual enhancements -- psychedelic shadow boxes, floating star charts, overhead video screens projecting the band in black and white -- suit the beautiful simplicity of new tunes from All That You Can't Leave Behind.



Read the complete review at www.usatoday.com



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