31 January 1998
Sao Paulo show - Brazilian roots.
Sao Paulo show - Brazilian roots. This is the guts of the nation and they sang their hearts out.
Two shows at the Morumbee Stadium in Sao Paolo, and the place just rocked. Rio is the jewel in the tourism crown, but Sao Paolo with its 25 million inhabitants is where the guts of the nation seems to be. The capacity of the stadium is 75,000, but unofficially they reckon to have got 95,000 in tonight, the second show night. It reminded me a lot of the first time U2 played in Madrid, at Real Madrid stadium on the Joshua Tree Tour. You couldn't move in the place.
Midway through the gig, Susie Smith and I took a hike way up into the top bleacher of seats to bathe in the joy of it all. We also bathed in a good deal of the sweat of it all, but it was worth the trek. Susie says to me "this is what its really all about - everything else we deal with is just details." The good people of Brazil have waited a long time for U2 to come, and they were singing their hearts out up there.