Another beautiful evening in Montreal tonight, and a festival atmosphere on site all day. With folks hanging out in the 'Fan Jam' area since noon, by the time the band took the stage there were huge chants of 'U2 U2 U2' ringing around the stadium.
'Give me one more chance, and you'll be satisfied.
Give me two more chances, you won't be denied...'
After that, nothing was going to go wrong for the people of 'la belle province' - from The Fly to 'Streets', from Mysterious Ways to Moment of Surrender.
To general delight, Bono spent much of the evening speaking French, reflecting on current issues of State and introducing the members of the ancient Irish House of U2.
'Ce soir nous commencons notre tournee royale du Canada... nous sommes les Irlandais royaux.' Larry he introduced as 'Bonnie Prince William', Adam as Kate Middleton and Edge as the Prince of Wales.
A glorious night reached its benediction as ever with the people's light show. 'Eteins les lumieres Willie voici Moment of Surrender.'
Like a scene from an exotic, magical kingdom, the rain finally started to arrive with serious intent halfway through as the band remained on stage to applaud the people of Montreal. With the wind picking up, everyone got thoroughly drenched.
'U2 killed it tonight.' tweeted @The_Shoe_Freak 'Just an amazing show. And the rain made everything more interesting.' 'Not even the rain could ruin this one.' added @DrewKrawczyk. 'Epic part one of #u2360mtl, can't wait for part two.'
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