22 August 1997
Wembley show - London swings.
Wembley show - London swings. "Cool" Londoners go through warm to hot in their welcome of PopMart.
Wembley stadium, in swinging London. Not unreasonably, some shows on a tour are seen as the 'big' shows. Not to belittle any of the other cities involved, but some places just have that vibe. Wembley is one of them. The other side of this coin is that it's rare that a band (any band) will pull off their greatest performances under this kind of pressure. If you want to see a band play a truly stellar gig, its usually best to see them somewhere like the Civic Centre in Vladivostok.
The other thing about London, particularly Wembley, is that its audiences tend to be somewhat cooler and more reserved than places which see fewer shows. At best you might call it the "come on impress me" syndrome, at worst its quite simply the band verses the audience. U2 have always done well in the past, but Wembley certainly hasn't been the scene of any of the greatest U2 shows in history.
The past two nights have changed all that. London took PopMart to its heart with absolutely no holds barred. Larry said of the first night that the audience reaction was so warm, so enthusiastic and so energetic that it took him half the gig to get over the amazement of it. For reasons best known to themselves, the majority of the British press have been consistently mean towards U2 all year, but these gigs just rocked. Two sold out Wembleys and we all just loved it. Might even come back one day!