Sep
23
2005
Minneapolis, MN, US (Target Center)
3
Target Centerwith Dashboard Confessional
Show Report
Great tour debut for Crumbs From Your Table plus the story of Miss Sarajevo  in  Minneapolis last night.

So, finally, the live debut of Crumbs From Your Table, but let's start in a different place tonight, in Sarajevo with the story of Miss Sarajevo, rapidly becoming one of the stand-out moments of the third leg of Vertigo '05.

'We used to take the TV station out on the road on Zoo TV,' explained Bono,
referring to the groundbreaking multi-media extravaganza that the band took around the world in the early 1990's. 'We had this TV station, it was we will admit a great extravagance! 'We did a satellite link up with the city of Sarajevo which was under siege and people would beam into our concerts and talk. The reason they were so bombarded was because Sarajevo was previously a great symbol of coexist...'

As Bono raps, Adam, Larry and Edge are getting Miss Sarajevo underway, and maybe thinking back to the time when the the citizens of a beautiful, besieged, war-torn city used to speak to U2 conert-goers in neighbouring European countries  on a live-link night after night. Later the band played the city, a night Larry has called one of his all-time great memories.

'When we went there to play we met this girl,' continued Bono. 'She won the Miss Sarajevo beauty pageant. We asked her why they would have a pageant in these circumstances. She said they walked out under the mortar fire dressed up with saches and everything and signs that read 'Do you really want to kill us?'
'We wrote this song for her and recorded it with Luciano Pavarotti'
'He's not here,' added Bono, with a grin. 'But I1ve been putting on a little weight!'

It may have been written for the Italian tenor - have we said this before ? -  but there's an Irish one now giving him a run for his money. And so the show finds another peak moment, as the UN Declaration of Human Rights scrolls down the big screens and the dream of Martin Luther King is reawakened with Pride and Streets and One

But back to the beginning: City of Blinding Lights opened the show again, a blaze of skyscraping illuminations and flickering tickertape and within minutes it was turning into history for one blonde woman in a Vertigo T, invited onto stage for Elevation for a spot of singing and dancing. One to dine out on for years to come.

If Edge and Bono were in the foreground, Larry and Adam held the show together, something yesterday's review by Bobby Reed in the Chicago Sun Times captured. 

'The band was at its peak when all four members locked into a groove. Bassist Adam Clayton held down the low end with graceful panache, and Mullen proved once again that he is one of the best musicians in rock'n' roll. 'Bono may get all the press, but Mullen provides the musical bedrock that makes this quartet such a powerful live presence. His rumbling kick drum on "Miracle Drug" and bright cymbal splashes on the classic "One" were just as mesmerizing as any of the Edge's textured guitar solos. The soaring vocals and fine fretwork on hits such as "Beautiful Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and particularly "Where the Streets Have No Name" gained much of their power because they were merged with Mullen's inventive percussion. 'Mullen's style is straightforward enough to rouse an entire arena of fans but complex enough to keep the songs from growing moldy over time. The best vantage point at a U2 show isn't in the pit near Bono, but on the side, about 20 rows up, where fans can carefully study Mullen as he works his magic.'

Need we say more ? It's a great vibe when no-one can predict quite what tracks the band are going to throw into the show - especially towards the end  tonight when The First Time was performed again after the encore, Edge carrying his acoustic guitar out to the elipse end, followed by Bono for an acoustic classic. Larry and Adam joined them for Wild Horses - another surprise and then the biggest surprise of the night, the live debut of  Crumbs From  Your Table. What a song!

'You speak of signs and wonders
But I need something other
I would believe if I was able
But I'm waiting on the crumbs from your table

Where you live should not decide
Whether you live or whether you die
Three to a bed
Sister Ann, she said
Dignity passes by...'
3  Fan Reviews
bela71385 - 13 October, 2010
Highest Attendance
This was the highest attended show for the Target Center with 20,200 fans.
joeman - 15 September, 2010
612joeman
U2 has landed and brought a zap to the heart of Mpls. Its no doubt the show was amazing. Mrs. Sarajevo makes me feel elated and sorrow simultaniosly. U2 the soundtrack of my life.
KatzMuzik - 30 April, 2010
This was my 2nd time seeing U2
my name is Mark Souce I fdirst saw U2 in my home town Winnipeg Manitoba Canada on there POPMART Tour I Neaver thought i would see them again and in 2005 my then girlfriend and I drove 8 hours from Winnipeg to Minniapolis spent 4 days there the show was amazing!!!! the funniest thins was my friend told me that U2 was going to Minniapolis then I told my girlfriend but she knew all along they were coming and she wanted to surprise me on my birthday in July 2005 oh well I was still glad and it was an amazing show.
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