11 July 2011
'Take Me Higher...'
'Come on now Hogtown... in the summer night…where you going to take us?
'Under the pale moon...where you going to take us?'
Tonight Toronto took us from 'Real Thing' in the 1990's to 'I Will Follow' in the 1970's, from 'Scarlet' in the 1980's to Moment of Surrender which was first played live when this tour opened over two years ago. We travelled, as usual, on the U2360° spaceship, the night flew by and in the end we were all just stars shining in the summer night - not just inside the Rogers Centre but right across the city.
'Didn’t know U2 was in town,' tweeted andrispone. 'Then I heard this ringing on my balcony that sounded like The Edge. Sure enough, the lid is open at the Dome''We're free to fly the crimson sky
The sun won't melt our wings tonight.
Oh now, oh yeah, here she comes
Take me higher, take me higher
You take me higher, you take me higher....'
A lot can happen in two years, explained Bono, apologising for the delay in the band's arrival here. Adam is 'walking differently because he's become a father', Larry has a film out, Edge has had an idea for a new musical. 'Who can fathom the workings of this man's mind? A genius on guitars and everything else... very good at train sets.''Faraway, so close
Up with the static and the radio.
With satellite television
You can go anywhere:
Miami, New Orleans
London, Belfast....Toronto in the summer sun.'
'Can we take this space station any higher on a Monday night?' Elevation is rocket-fuel for a U2 crowd seven nights a week and sure enough it took this show into warp mode: 'Noisy, noisy folks. Don't tell us you treat all your rockstars like this!'
Special thanks tonight to Arthur Fogel of Live Nation 'Who believed in this tour when it was just a rock star wanting to take a space ship around the world. You should be proud, he's one of your own... Canadian.
'You're incredible people, you've got an incredible country. Thanks for loaning it to us for the evening...'
Did the lid of the Dome open for you in Toronto tonight? What took you higher?
Some fans are, to quote a song, 'geniuses of compression' - like @GeraldtonSteve on Twitter who summed it up: 'Weather cooperated, dome stayed open, epic setlist, amazing lightshow. Thanks, #U2360TOR Worth the 15 hour drive.'
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