U2360° TOUR Leg 2: 2010

Aug
25
2010
Moscow, RU (Luzhniki)
Luzhnikiwith Snow Patrol
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Given the weather tonight, it's no surprise that Bono spends a lot of the time extemporising about 'singing in the rain' - and despite the inclement conditions, this first ever U2 show in Moscow turned into a party.

The set list was mixed up again with The Return of the Stingray Guitar the only new track on show. But then none of these fans have heard any U2 songs played live on their home soil, so every song was making its debut tonight.

'What a time we've had in this extraordinary city of yours,' reflected Bono before 'Still Haven't Found'. 'We've spent some time with dancers, artists and singers. An amazing singer, Yuri Shevchuck, is with us tonight. What a great man!'

Adam has been checking out 'The Garage', he explains , referring to an art gallery in the city. 'Have you been hanging out in karaoke bars?' he asks Larry, receiving confirmation with a smile and a bow. 'Larry Mullen Jnr moving to Moscow!' (That went down well..) 'Edge,' he continued, ' Edge has been hanging out with astronauts in Moscow, they're really cool. He's our rocket scientist.'

Bono mentions that 'President Medvedev could not have been more gracious to me', referring to their meeting yesterday and then has a shout-out to a C20th political legend, who is at the show tonight.'I'd like to introduce a great hero of ours - he has been a friend of mine for ten years - Mikhail Gorbachev is in the house!'

There's also a big shout-out from the stage for the Irish Ambassador to Russia, Philip McDonagh.

Despite the moist conditions, the atmosphere is electric amongst this, the biggest crowd at a rock show in this country here since Pink Floyd played two nights in the 1980's. And whatever album the songs come from, this is an audience that knows its U2 and knows its music.

It's a moving moment when the Declaration of Human Rights spools across the screens during MLK and when the Amnesty International lanterns spotlight the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma. 'From Burma Action and Amnesty International, let's hold her up. Let's tell the powers that be that they can't touch her, she belongs to us..'

The stadium doesn't have a roof, just as well. With or Without You would have taken it off. 'I wanna thank everyone, every artist, every President. People who let us into their lives. Thank You Moscow.'

And that's the cue for something a bit special.

Yuri Shevchuck, no stranger to this audience and a household name here, arrives on stage as Edge and Bono begin strumming the chords to Bob Dylan's Knocking on Heaven's Door. 'You might know this man...' explains Bono. Yuri sings in both Russian and English and this audience is not just knocking - it's in seventh heaven.

Before Moment of Surrender brings the show to a close, Bono takes a pause to speak of Frank de Winne in the Space Station, an emblematic feature of U2360, and the people of this country.

'There's this beautiful country of Russia, ancient and modern,

People who've fought their fires and people who've lost their lives,

And we play this under the Milky Way for the people who died in those fires...'

A special night in Moscow. Were you here? Write your own review and post your photos below.

If you weren't here tonight, see what everyone else is saying.

COMMENTS

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Smackdown
25 August, 2010
The best day of my life!
I waited so long for this concert U2 in Russia. I still can not believe that I was there. It was a great show. I dreamed to hear Pride and Ultraviolet and I got it. Even Moscow's rain did not become an obstacle for the concert. All went well at the highest level. I am very happy. Thank you all! We are waiting for you again!
Dun
25 August, 2010
Finally they played in Moscow!
Yessss! The greatest day for all Russian U2 fans, who've been waiting for it for decades! It was like an all-greatest-hits set, no new songs, just the stuff we all were waiting for. I hope the guys were not too upset with the weather and the Russian police. I noticed that it was a bit hard to play on all-wet guitars all night long! A little mess with the merch, which was pretty hard to fing on site, but overall, it was a great night! For me the best piece from this very set was Where the Streets... first, U2 started for me from this song back in 1988, which I saw on Soviet TV(!) back then (I was 10 years old and this video turned my life), second, it was the most energetic piece tonight! Thanks, U2!
25 August, 2010
A little revolution tonight
We all have been waiting long enough to see U2 live in our country and I must say it was worth it. Tonight at Luzhniki stadium it wasn't just a concert, it was a milestone for us. Now every great musical event will be categorized as before U2 and after U2, that's for sure. How these irish guys managed to unite for one evening uneasy russian people - I'll never know, but they did it. Thank you, guys, for coming, thank you for doing this show for us, thank you for singing your beautiful songs - we wanted so badly to hear them live, all those years you were like a distant planet to us, but tonight..tonight you were closer than ever. Thank you for showing us the declaration of human rights, thank you for bringing on stage Yuri Shevchuk, thank you for singing Knockin' on Heaven's Door, thank you for giving us courage, strength and spirit. I strongly believe that music can do great things, sometimes it changes history like The Scorpions did with their Wind of Change. You, guys, were our wind of change tonight. We are eternally grateful to you for this unforgettable night, we love you, we will wait for you.
Dun
25 August, 2010
Finally they played in Moscow!
Yessss! The greatest day for all Russian U2 fans, who've been waiting for it for decades! It was like an all-greatest-hits set, no new songs, just the stuff we all were waiting for. I hope the guys were not too upset with the weather and the Russian police. I noticed that it was a bit hard to play on all-wet guitars all night long! A little mess with the merch, which was pretty hard to fing on site, but overall, it was a great night! For me the best piece from this very set was Where the Streets... first, U2 started for me from this song back in 1988, which I saw on Soviet TV(!) back then (I was 10 years old and this video turned my life), second, it was the most energetic piece tonight! Thanks, U2!
25 August, 2010
You quenched Moscow's thirst with the ra
Thank u, thank u, millions times thank u, guys. We got wet, you got wet. It was amazing! I saw your show in this tour 6 times around the world, but this was absolutely special - you played in my native city for the first time. I hope nothing disappointed you. Your mission is to make people just a bit happier. Mission's complete! It's not just your music. It's a gift. And it's great that you didn't loose it within these years. And thank u so much for Yuri Shevchuk on the stage with you. I wish you could understand the WHOLE thing about him and his controversy with the Russian authorities. The fact that you were all together this night just can't be overestimated! Especially after your 5 o'clock with Mr Medvedev in Sochi! I love u, guys! I wish you all the best. You made me happier 2night. See you in Munich on the September, 15th))) P.S. ADAM, PLEASE, DON'T PUT ON THAT WHITE SHIRT IF IT'S GONNA BE RAINING! You look too sexy. But I'm not iron... i'm Russian...
25 August, 2010
Must have!
It 's the best time of Russian live-famous U2 will give us a concert!! It should be Magnificent show for all your Russian fans! See you in Luzhniki! Aleksandra
foelske
25 August, 2010
U2 and I enjoy Moscow
While I am fan of U2 since 1980, and have seen many live concerts around the world. I decided in seeing the 2010 leg of the 360 Tour in a special and unique place where U2 hasn't played live before. I am looking forward for tonights concert and keep you posted. Where the Streets do have names in Moscow. MF
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