'Dunedin, Wellington, Tauranga, Auckland...' Second night in New Zealand and Mt Smart Stadium is rocking again.
'Thank you to Jay-Z for getting this space ship off the ground,' said
Bono, 'The hip-hop heavyweight champion of the world and not just
hip-hop... that band is scary.'
Tonight, he promised, 'we're gonna have a greater night. Because we can,
we must. It's Friday night, we're a long way from home... and we're
feeling a little flirtatious.'
And so we were into the second night of U2's fifth visit to New Zealand:
'84, '89, '93, '06, 2010' - as Bono listed the years when the band have
played Kiwi shows, it seemed like everyone in the house was yelling for
'It's been a long romance with this wild and extraordinary country but tonight I think we should go all the way...'
And they did, with another blistering 24-song set including a series of
second-night surprises including New Year's Day, Angel of Harlem ('This
goes out to the Queen B' - Beyonce, who is at the show tonight) and Hold
Me Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.
One Tree Hill was again particularly poignant as Bono recalled it was
written about 'a life unfairly snatched away... we wrote it for Greg
Caroll, whose family are with us tonight. But tonight it belongs to the
miners of the West Coast Pike River...'
And as it ran, beautiful as ever, down to the sea so the red balloons
rose from the stadium into the night and the names of those who have
lost their lives lit up the huge screens above the stage.
Other notable moments: 'Streets' featuring some great new video footage
of Edge walking the hills back in The Joshua Tree era and thanks to the
U2 audience for campaigning for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi: 'She
sends her thanks to you all and now we campaign for the more than 2,000
political prisoners... then we will truly rejoice.' And into Scarlet..
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