Jul
30
2011
Moncton, NB, CA (Magnetic Hill Music Festival)
99
Magnetic Hill Music Festivalwith Carney, Arcade Fire
Show Report




'Moncton, Hub City, where you gonna take us tonight?'

Moncton in Atlantic Canada was going to take us to the end of the world tonight, and then even further, to the end of U2360°,  the most successful concert tour of all time.

Two years after opening up in Barcelona in June, 2009 tonight the band played their final show in a record-breaking tour of  110 concerts  in 30 countries across 5 continents. It's been some ride and the fact it had rained all day and was moist underfoot here in Moncton was not going to stop anyone  in this 75,000-strong audience making this a night to remember.

A breathtaking flyover from the  Canadian Airforce  set the scene before the show along with  powerful opening sets from Carney and the one and only Arcade Fire.

'Extraordinary band, give it up for Carney,' said Bono, after Get On Your Boots.  'I don't know if there's vocabulary in English or French  to describe Arcade Fire. They asked to play here as they have a relationship with you guys. They're not like a band, more like a miraculous event, carnival of chaos...'

Six songs in and Moncton had put the 360° spaceship into orbit for one final trip: 'This is the best time we could be having anywhere,' explained Bono, adding that the band wanted to make the most of the fact that this is the end of the tour. 'Eighteen babies, two marriages in the crew, eight separations... over 7 million served!'

And the best thing about this remarkable structure they've played under night after night ? It has no roof, 'but that's because it won't rain - right?'

On bass guitar tonight, we had Adam Clayton. On drums, 'the man who gave us our first job', Larry Mullen. On guitar? 'People like to remind us that without Edge we'd be nothing... but without us, he'd still be in his room twiddling knobs.'
And at the microphone: 'My name is Bono, I'm a work in progress...'

'I have climbed highest mountains
I have run through the fields...'


The end of 'Still Haven't Found' segued into The Ballad of Springhill while the lyrics of 'Stay' were customised for the occasion.

'110 shows, strangely it feels like home
Glad my wife is here tonight, not a night to be alone
Just a bang and a clatter, as 360 leaves town...'


The night, like this tour, raced by. Special thanks to Live Nation, Universal Music, Principle Management and the unrivalled 360 Crew gave way to Moment of Surrender which was not to be the final song of the tour.
' We're a band from Dublin, Ireland. We're called U2..'
Out of Control, the band's first single,  was an inspired way to bring things to a close.
'A higher than high here, out on the Atlantic Coast
Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton, Bono, The Edge... still... out of control.'

But there was one final piece of inspiration, marrying this legendary tour to the band's earliest tours. A bottle of champagne was found for Bono to uncork and the band left this audience, singing with so many others,  as the night came to an end.

'How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song ...'


Bono, Edge and Adam waited at the back of the stage for Larry to end '40' and once he did, he took the mike at the front of the stage; 'We'll miss you guys, Goodnight!'

With that the four members of U2, arms around each other, took a final bow and the U2360° spaceship was gone.

As Sandie put it on the U2.com online text feed, '360 has taken off to space! See you soon boys!'
 
OK,' chimed M31, 'I have to get back to my own galaxy, been away for two years now but it was worth it...'

Were you at the final night of the tour tonight? Was it your first U2 show - or your 101st? Tell us what it was like. Add your own review and post your photos below.



U2360° FANCAM in Moncton!
99  Fan Reviews
Zoomo2004 - 30 July, 2011
Drowning man
Well if we are requesting songs to be played tonight make it drowning man for all the fans (including my sister) drowning in the rain over there. And yes a LIVE FEED for all the fans at home would be very much appreciated. Hell i think we paying members here deserve it . Greetz from dutchelevation.nl
jasper22 - 29 July, 2011
BANG! Not a whimper in Moncton!
Please add me to the list begging for a live feed from the last show. U2 360 (and the fans) deserve to GO OUT WITH A BANG - NOT A WHIMPER! DC/Vegas/SLC/Denver/Baltimore - I could really use another fix! PS - Nothing wrong with playing Unknown Caller ...
greydogblues - 29 July, 2011
rain
ctpaddy - the rain in MN just made it better... have a blast!!!
greenwhitegold - 29 July, 2011
Irish Spirit comes alive at Small Town P
In a small town called New Glasgow....just 2 hours outside of Moncton is home of The Dock Food Spirits & Ales pub. A local owner who was born and raised in Cork, Ireland is home to the best food and drink in the town. One of the oldest commerical properties in Nova Scotia would love to have U2. DARE TO BE BOLD???? Give us a try. Cheers:)
stingermtl - 29 July, 2011
FROM Montreal to Moncton
SEE YA THERE :):) Take 4 of this tour :)
ctpaddy - 29 July, 2011
Bloody Sunday
My Dad is a survivor. We 5 are Canadians because of it. This country has been very good to us. Do us proud boys and dont let the rain stop ya.
jlp - 28 July, 2011
The best summer of my life!
After September 16 and 17 shows in Toronto in 2009, and shows in Montreal on July 8th and 9th and then Toronto on the 11th this year (to which I brought my 11 year old daughter to her first U2 gig - a highlight of my life!), I am today packing up and making a 15 hour journey to Moncton with the family for the final gig of the 360 tour, which my wife and I will take in. Blessings on the band, crew and support staff for well-deserved rest and time with family after the Moncton show. At the risk of some immature hyperbole, thank you for your part in giving me the best summer of my life!
shinelikestars - 27 July, 2011
Taking requests for Moncton?
Bullet the blue sky and Running to Stand Still... Zoo TV style would be awesome... Please? Gone? how but showing Pop some love... Magnificent, Crumbs from your table, Electrical Storm, Breathe, One Tree Hill, Miracle Drug... Thank you for giving us all a great life filled with the energy and spirit of U2.
bundy76 - 27 July, 2011
Spring Hill Mining Disaster!!
The town of Springfield is only about an hour away... what a cool opportunity to perfrom it live!!
Aragon84 - 27 July, 2011
Live Broadcast?
If at all possible, a live broadcast would be deeply appreciated!
johnhollandeire - 27 July, 2011
is the band staying around moncton....?
does anyone know if they are coming and staying in mocton ?
redfella - 27 July, 2011
Make my life!!
Please please end the tour with Bad. I see you played it last night.....
electricco - 27 July, 2011
subscriber audio broadcast for Moncton
Dear U2.com, LiveNation, Principle Management, Universal Music, Magnetic Hill Music Fest, and all other interested/invested parties. This is an ardent appeal from the U2 faithful who are graciously, respectfully, earnestly, imploring you to act, to advocate on their behalf for an official Moncton feed. The U2360 World Tour has touched many lives, many fans have followed the band for several gigs. All they ask is for just one more. Please. With thanks for your time and consideration, CO. And so many more...
mich40 - 27 July, 2011
Moncton Live Feed
Dear U2 and all involved parties, As a loyal member of U2.com, I would like to request, or beg on hands and knees, on behalf of myself and other paying members, a live feed of the Moncton show. When we have not been at the shows, we have followed them in the Zootopia forum. As the final show of such an amazing tour, it would please us immensely to be able to follow a good live feed. Your consideration to this suggestion would be much appreciated. And as another member pointed out, this would be a good opportunity for gaining memberships, as things do tend to die down after the tour is over. Thank you, mich40
- 26 July, 2011
Coming from Vancouver
Saw you in BC place, coming to hear you without the reverb. It was still awesome
FalmouthWindsor - 26 July, 2011
I might just try again...
Would love to hear Springhill Mining Disaster. Cannot wait for the final show. What an honour!
hoobledoobledoo - 23 July, 2011
Please fellows
Please fellows I would like to hear: She Moves In Mysterious Ways/Sugar, Sugar (the Archies)/Union of the Snake (Duran Duran)
solecarbone - 22 July, 2011
CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!
ALL U2 SHOWS WERE AMAZING BUT THIS ONE IS MAGNIFICENT. THIS GUYS ARE LIKE WINE THEY GET BETTER WITH THE YEARS!! Blessed to be able to see them again. The last show< WOOOOOOOW!! LUCKY US MONCTON CROWD!!
egoonan - 08 July, 2011
Road Trip
this will be my 4th 360 tour concert - boston, munich, paris, moncton- friends for ireland and boston are all in for this U2 ROAD TRIP
johnhollandeire - 02 July, 2011
first and last
yep ... i was at barca and just organising to go to moncton ... plane tix done and leavin dublin on 26th
BigThistle - 25 June, 2011
Always go to the first and last night...
Who else was in Barcelona.....?
crazycup - 13 April, 2011
love U2 and Carney
Hey guys im from Ireland so no chance of me being at this show but there is a band playing before u2 and arcade fire on this night called Carney and they are tipped to be the next biggest band on the planet. I was just hoping someone could tape a couple of vids of them or record some audio and upload maybe on youtube would be fantastic guys thanks. :) I also believe U2 are releasing a new album in October can't wait. :)
mika72 - 13 April, 2011
Are we sure?
we are ready to leave the ground for U2, from Italy, my whole family will be there...but are we sure this show will really be the last of 360° tour???? please give us a kind of certainty about it Love U
Yahweh is Lord - 22 March, 2011
MacNaughton Family Reunion
The MacNaughton Family Reunion is being held in Fredricton the same weekend as the concert. Just a hop, skip and a jump away. A few folks are worried about getting a hotel room. Others are getting tickets to the show. This is going to be the best reunion ever.
Antigonish - 18 February, 2011
Finally
I used to play in a rock band 25 years ago. We used to do about 8 or 9 U2 Songs. people thought we were from outer space. Songs like two hearts beat as one Pride, Sunday bloody Sunday, & of course I will follow, now I can finally say to those people; I bet your not asking me now!! who that band U2 is.JUST THE BIGGEST MOST NATURAL BAND IN THE WORLD David
Antigonish - 18 February, 2011
Can't Wait
Love to meet the guys Hope they do Two hearts beat as one I'm bringing my whole family wife & two boys
mathberube - 06 February, 2011
Welcome to Moncton U2
Since the first big concert (Rolling Stone concert) in Moncton, I have been waiting to see U2 play on the hill. Finally after all the rumor and the waiting we have an opportunity to see the biggest band alive. Welcome to Moncton U2
petcodjac - 04 February, 2011
Bienvenue en Acadie!!!
Welcome to Moncton, U2!!! We have the best lobster, the best city in Canada, the warmest water north of Virginia, the best looking girls. For the rest of the world, come to the Hill, and discover a wonderful place. You will love us!!
FalmouthWindsor - 03 February, 2011
Springhill Mining Disaster
I think any true U2 fan and Atlantic Canadian would appreciate hearing Springhill Mining Disaster. Hope the boys decide to play it! U2 Concert #7! Yea!
jules4u2 - 02 February, 2011
U2 Moncton!!!! Unbelievable
I have had no interest in seeing any of the other big concerts in Moncton, but have always said "if U2 plays Moncton, I'll be there!". Well, July 30th, U2 will be here and I'll be at the concert. Rumors indicate that there will be 100,000 at the concert...that's more than the entire population of Moncton, AWESOME!!!! We're a small city, but when it comes to concerts we are mighty!!!!!!
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