02 October 2010
Mercy in Portugal
North Star and Mercy among the highlights for first of two shows in Coimbra tonight. I Will Follow was another surprise early on, while Hold Me Thrill Me returned in the final encore.
Fifty four thousand packed into the Estadio Cidade tonight and what a noise they made.'Briosa, Briosa' called Bono as the show opened, the chant of the local Academica football team, and everyone here sang it back to him with interest.
'Where are we going? Lisboa.. Porto... Braga...Coimbra!' What an ovation that received, welcoming the band for their first ever show in Portugal's main university town.
'If you'd gone to the University of Coimbra, what might you have been?' Bono asked Edge. 'I don't know if I would have lasted,' came the reply. 'But I would have fallen back on my original career plan - a male model.'
When Larry grows up, he revealed, 'I fancy myself as a professional musician.'
Adam, asked Bono, you've had time to think about this. 'I'd like to try my hand at chemical engineering.'
As for the singer? 'Me? I am what I would have been... a travelling salesman. I sell songs with this group, my three best friends.'
Another special night on the long and winding road that is the 360 Tour and now just two nights to go in Europe.
'Thank you so much. Obrigado. This is Moment of Surrender...'
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