Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Aug
26
1997

Belfast show - Irish eyes smiling.

26 August 1997
Belfast show - Irish eyes smiling.
Belfast show - Irish eyes smiling. Memorable, poignant show just six-weeks into the paramilitary cease-fire.

U2 play Belfast for the first time in ten years, its the biggest concert ever held in Northern Ireland, and the IRA cease-fire is six weeks old. Its hard to know what to say, as much of the poignancy of the evening is better left unspoken. Suffice it to say that this was a very rowdy gig, with a boisterous audience composed of people from all sides of the political debate. For two hours, politics were put aside and music ruled. As Bono said at the airport on arrival, "we haven't come to bring peace, we've come to make a lot of noise". Mind you, The Edge couldn't help but introduce his karaoke moment thus... "This song is not a rebel song..." (much audience cheering) "...actually, its an Elvis Presley song" and dedicated it to all involved in the Peace process. The song? "We can't go on together, with suspicious minds..."

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