Vertigo Leg 4: 2006, World

Feb
15
2006
Mexico City, DF, MX (Estadio Aztecas)
Estadio Aztecas
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A huge night in Mexico City at the wonderful Azteca Stadium, built in 1966 for the '68 Summer Olympics and still one of the largest stadiums in the world, with a capacity approaching 115,00. Not quite that many here last night, given the small matter of the Vertigo outdoor touring stage, but all the same one of our biggest audiences of the entire tour and what a reception for the band.

Right from the off in City of Blinding Lights the audience was singing along to every word and when Vertigo was counted in no-one in the place needed Spanish lessons. This was without doubt one of the hottest starts to any show on Vertigo 05/06. And the band had also decided to ring the changes, with a lot of new touches in the show.

The Boy era tracks were not here tonight and Mysterious Ways arrived suddenly and groovily after only three songs, quickly followed by Until The End of the World both of which have been appearing much later on the tour so far. Still Haven't Found - was this the loudest singalong of the tour to date ? - ran into Beautiful Day, updated in honour of the people and the place.

'See the world in red in green
Mexico City
Right in front of you
Shine Mexico
Shine Mexico
The soul of Mexico...'

It was quite a take-off moment ('Folk songs don't you love them ?') as a snatch of The Beatles' Norwegian Wood led into a beautiful Original of thenSpecies. Sometimes found the opera in the Mexican soul before the whole place exploded for the trilogy of Love and Peace, Sunday Bloody Sunday and Bullet The Blue Sky.

The 'CoeXisT' rap also got a reworking tonight, with references to an end to conflict between Palestinian and Israeli and in neighbouring countries like Nicaragua: it was a journey to Nicaragua and El Salvador in the mid-1980's
that proved the original inspiration for Bullet.

'No more
No more
Let's send out a signal from the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City
No more 
No more..'

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interu2005
28 September, 2010
I Still there..
Can't forget that day, one of the most amazing day's on my life and I will go to 360 Tour the next year once again with U2 close to me woooooww VIVA U2
angelmoon
12 April, 2010
Unforgetable Concert
I was there September 16th, 2006. I'd remember the beginning of the show "City of blinding lights", "Elevation" and "Beautiful Day". Bono said, "Mexico es un pais del futuro". I always remember Pride, NYD, With or Whithout you, SBS ,The Fly, Zoo Station and 40. All the people voice "...how long to sing this song..." for end the show. U2 played an excellent set list. I hope see you at 360ยช Tour next year, please don't forget Mexico!!! I love u guys!!
cherrybaker
15 March, 2010
the city of the blinding lights.
I went to the concert with my boyfriend, I'm a very small girl,and I was so behind in the stadium I couldn't see a thing on the stage, I could see on the screens what was going on,but not on stage. so my boyfriend told me "hey pick a song wich you think they're going to play and during the song I will carry you on my shoulder so you can see what's going on" I picked "the city of the blinding lights" and so...U2 opened on that song...it was just one of the best day's in my life.I still shiver when I think of it,just awesome, no words.
omargon
10 December, 2009
a great day with the best band
4 o clock im still working so far from the estadio azteca remembering and dreaming with u2 on monterrey, it is unforgettable. when i was running to the estadio azteca there were a lot of people with tshirts, hats, sunglasses as bono use them, a lot of traffic, i went to the concert smiling to everybody. the best. zoo station, city of blinding lights,
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