Dec
1
2010
Melbourne, VIC, AU (Etihad Stadium)
114
Etihad Stadiumwith Jay-Z
Show Report



Edge and Bono opened the show from the b-stage tonight, coming round to meet during The Return of the Stingray Guitar. 'G'day!' said Bono, slipping effortlessly into the local language, and with that came the opening bars of Beautiful Day and it all kicked off.

It's been four years since the band were last here and it was pretty clear from the off that we were going to have a night to remember.

'What do you think of our space station? It's taken us all over the place and tonight it brings us down under. 'Good to be back in Australia and in Melbourne in particular,' added Bono. 'We feel at home in Melbourne.'

Plenty of thanks and name-checks tonight including Michael Coppel ('been promoting us since we first played in Australia') and an old friend, Natalia Imbruglia, who is in the house.

'We've been doing this a while, Adam, Edge, Larry and I, and we're still figuring out so much musically, spiritually - keep coming to see us, we're still pilgrims.'

Our highlights of this opening night of eight in Australia were a storming version of 'Boots' with Larry Mullen standing up at the drum kit and the reception for Magnificent when Bono asked, 'Where are we going? St Kilda, Fitzroy. Richmond. Melbourne...'

And after promising new music for audiences here, Bono was true to his word: 'Let's play you a new song. Brand new song. This is Mercy.' Coupling that with Bad was a show-stopping moment in the set, matched only by the reception for Miss Sarajevo.

Were you at the show tonight? Add your own review and post your photos below.
114  Fan Reviews
basvanuyen - 25 August, 2010
AWESOME
Awesome, scored my 4 tickets this morning and cant wait.... i have been to all shows in Melbourne since rattle and hum and now i can take my kids to their first concert.... AWESOME cant wait
Luis68 - 25 August, 2010
Woo Hoo got 4 Tickets
Got my tickets woo hoo my 8 year old boy is gonna feel Magnificent ,what a beautiful day :-)
Glenn0201 - 25 August, 2010
Must See
I saw this show in Cardiff last year. Amazing. Up to the standard of the Zooropa Tour:) So glad the band is finally back down under.
Megan Nottage - 25 August, 2010
Melbourne here we come
Im from adelaide andi 'm bringing two mates. watch out!! lol.... seriously can't wait. :)
JacInOz - 25 August, 2010
Got em!
Just got pre sale tix for Melbourne yay! Can't wait
STURGE - 25 August, 2010
Sturge
I went along in 98 to the tour in Melb. There was a big Lemon floating around and sound was just truly amazing. I'd never been to a concert like it before but I hopefully will to their next one in Melb
- 25 August, 2010
Fingers Crossed
My parents will let me come for the concert if i do well in my SAT, I am SO gonna kill the test cause i wanna come 4 this SOO bad! fingers crossed....
Luis68 - 24 August, 2010
Melbourne Woo Hoo
Me and my 8 year old son are gonna go crazy that night !!!!
Sturmmann - 24 August, 2010
Soo Excited
I last concert was the Vertigo 06 tour in Melbourne, I was sooo pumped, BEST SHOW EVER.
aussiejuancho - 24 August, 2010
First timer
I'm from venezuela they never been there, so is my first time, last night I was watching the 360 DVD and started to cry from the emotion that they will be here
Peaches358 - 24 August, 2010
Pre Sale
When are the Melbourne tickets going on sale please?
poptart60 - 24 August, 2010
avrilann
Been a HUGE U2 fan sine 1981 (Giving away age here notice!!)....seen them 28 times so far, here in Australia , Gasgow and Dublin.....sadly, can only go to all of the Melbourne shows but have loads of U2 tour buddies doing the whole Oz/NZ tour....even have some coming out fro UK for it!!!!!!Feel really sorry for Adelaide but then they gave them a really bad crowd in 2006 apparently - Melbourne shows WILL be rocking as this 360 show IS the most awesome and really, they ARE the undeniable best live band in the world today!!!!!!!!!! Roll on December - BRING!! IT!! ON!!! A x (Thank God for U2.com pre-sale code!!!!)
digitenna - 24 August, 2010
The boys are back.
Unreal! Hope they release more shows coz one is just a tease but hey if thats it I'll take it with both hands .Can't wait.
digitenna - 24 August, 2010
The boys are back.
Unreal! Hope they release more shows coz one is just a tease but hey if thats it I'll take it with both hands .Can't wait.
MargaretOz - 24 August, 2010
Melbourne Wooohoooo!
Have seen them every time they've visited bar the War tour (too young). But can't wait to see them again in my home town. I have the honour of also seeing them in Athens on Sept 3. Cannot wait for that either!! Bring it on home boys! It's been too long!
deleriousgem - 24 August, 2010
U2 forever and a day
Cannot wait to see the boys. My first concert was Zoo TV Tour (Zooropa) and I have been addicted to their live stuff ever since. According to family I was asleep on the couch as a 5 yr old tapping away to New Years Day and Pride.. well the rest is but a very excellent dream!!!!
deleriousgem - 24 August, 2010
U2 forever and a day
Cannot wait to see the boys. My first concert was Zoo TV Tour (Zooropa) and I have been addicted to their live stuff ever since. According to family I was asleep on the couch as a 5 yr old tapping away to New Years Day and Pride.. well the rest is but a very excellent dream!!!!
mellyu2 - 24 August, 2010
Woo hoo
i first saw them in 2006 in melb both shows, here in the uk i saw the 360 show at wembley and cardiff, and as recent in horsens and frankfurt and heading to the melbourne show cant wait.... in melb in 2006 the crowd were great and the guys just put on an amazin show like they always do.. bring on dec to see the greatest band in the world
StueyD - 24 August, 2010
AT LAST!
I have seen them every time they have visited since Under a blood red sky!, in 2006 I saw them play in Adelaide and then at the Telstra Dome !! WHAT A CONCERT!, I have been lucky enough to meet Edge, but still trying to shake Bono's hand!! Can't wait this is going to be huge!!
vicki_vertigo_06 - 24 August, 2010
360 shows in australia
I first saw u2 live back in 2006 here in melbourne when they did their vertigo shows here in australia. Then saw them again both shows at Wembley stadium last year. It was absolutely fantastic/amazing. I'm going to see them again here in melbourne if they only do one show or if they were to do a second show. Both Aussies and new zealand people who buy tickets to see u2 in December, the audiences will really enjoy themselves at any of the shows
ChipGallagher - 24 August, 2010
Excited !
Melbourne better be jumping the night of the show !! I am 19 and have only seen them once before in 06 in Adelaide for the vertigo tour, and the crowd wasn't the greatest. Lets hope the Melbourne crowd can really turn in it up for the greatest band in the world !!
DotRedfern - 24 August, 2010
The Long wait is over!
Anticipation is enormous!
u2-iwillfollow - 24 August, 2010
Melbourne here we come!!
Shame not coming to Adelaide but will attend all Aussie shows!! MAGNIFICENT!!! Thanks for coming!
rowey2010 - 24 August, 2010
U2 show #8 ( vs Zoo TV?)
Looking forward v much to the 360........ for me the ZooTV is still the "one"....so will be interesting to measure them up... U2 show #8 !!!! "these days ..ARE....better than that......" rowey2010
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