Jul 10 2015
Boston, MA, US / TD Garden

One for Boston
'Hometown show'. First night at the Garden.

The first of four nights in Boston,  and the band were welcomed as only Boston knows how,  like it was a 'hometown show' as Bono  put it.

He mentioned that they'd played the city 23 times, the first at The Paradise in 1980. 'It’s a lucky man who can consider more than one city his hometown'.

Early reviews suggest the locals loved it.

'Like perhaps no other rock band of its era,' reported the Patriot Ledger, 'U2 excels at that mystical quality where melding words and music achieve something infinitely more meaningful than the sum of its parts. It is art that hits you at a visceral level, so that even if you may not know exactly what they're singing about, you intrinsically feel everything they're singing about.
Last night, as U2 opened a four night stand at the TD Garden in Boston, the Irish quartet had all that and more, as the Innocence and Experience Tour adds a dazzling high tech video production to the mix that gave the 20,000 capacity crowd the impression they were not just sharing the band's story, but inside of it at times.'

 'I don’t want to ruin too much for those going to the shows later this week,' reported The Boston Herald.'But the set is a revelation. It’s anti-ZooTV tour and still mind-blowing. The band can wander from one end to the other of the arena, sometimes while inside a video wall that rises 40 feet in the air.'

Our moments of the night?
#BostonStrong on the screen for Pride, highlighting the strength of this city in the face of the Boston Marathon bombing.
'Sing this for all lives that have been stolen by brutality and hatred,
Sing this for Baltimore, Ferguson, Charleston 
Sing for the lives lost in this city, April 15, 2013
Sing this for the survivors, so strong, so strong, that no hatred can take their Pride in the name of love
Boston so strong

Shoutouts to some special guests tonight:' brother, he's here tonight Norman Hewson and his good wife Geraldine.  'It's his first show, I’m a little nervous, he did teach me guitar. And yet he, like the band, seems pleased that I can’t play it anymore...'

Special mentions also to Dr. William Li  and physicians from the Angiogenesis Foundation in their work to understand cancer. 'These people are the real rock stars in the building tonight.'

And at the end, after 'One', everyone joined in '40', paying tribute to the much missed Dennis Sheehan.

Were you at the show? What were your special moments? Post your own review and add your photos below.

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Okay, at Boston 1 on the South side rail there was a guy who held a sign that said, " Edge is my man crush. Does anyone know who this guy is? Is he on FB ?
Fantastic show
What an amazing show, nothing will ever compare to this. All the songs were amazing, great tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing during Pride, and the surprise closer, 4o. This was my first U2 show and I will never forget it.
I have been a U2 fan for 23 years - since I was 12 years old. I have been to 4 shows - the July 10th 2015 show being the 4th. I have always enjoyed seeing U2 live, but this show struck me in a way that I can't put into words. there were moments where I was so moved emotionally that I had to fight to hold back the tears. I felt a connection with the band that night that I never thought possible in such a large venue. thank-you to the band for making a magical and memorable night!
Thank you U2!
Your songs have been the sound-track of my prayers for 30 years. So grateful for the continued inspiration - faith, hope, love. God bless.
This was my 8th show and I have been a fan since 1984. I sang every song and willingly lost my voice! My personal favorite from the new album is Iris. Having lost my mom 5 years ago, this song really speaks to the mother and child connection and how hard it is to lose that person.
This was my first U2 show and it was amazing!
Thank you.
Dear U2, I became infatuated with you in 1982 and fell truly in love shortly thereafter. I have enjoyed this 33 year relationship, but I've never really thanked you. Your music has inspired, comforted, compelled and excited me not only in my personal life, but my professional life as well. My brother, a two tour Iraq War veteran and I were at the show Monday and it was a wonderful night for both of us - and, I believe, a healing one for him. The words (properly cited) "One love One blood One life You got to do what you should One life With each other Sisters Brothers One life But we're not the same We get to Carry each other Carry each other One" have been posted on my classroom wall since the song first came out. I teach history and civics and often use your music to inspire my students to engage in their communities. For example, one year, the final for our civics class was to get as many of their peers to sign up for the ONE campaign as they could. You don't know me, but your music has had a powerful impact on my life and I know I am a better person and educator because of it. So, thanks. Thanks for the many years of music and for another incredible show. Wish I could buy you all a pint someday to truly show my appreciation. Slainte!
Last night was show 41 for me.. They played 40 and One on the same night, amazing.... I can't tell you how great this band is, and how special it is to see them in Boston. Bad is all that I needed to hear to put this show over the top. Added verse, ending with 40.....Jesus it's all just too much. Now with that said, Hey fellas I know you rehearsed Two Hearts beat as one, how about throwing it in there tonite ?
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Another fabulous night with the boys!! Love to you all!!
Great band. Great crowd. Great show. From "Electric Co" to "I Will Follow" to "Bad" and ending with "40" - a flashback to my youth and a night to remember! Thank you, U2!! See you tomorrow night!! - Sue in CT
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So sad!!
It was with a heavy heart that I had to sell my tickets for what would have been my 35th show! Broke my heart to sell them- but my family comes first. I will be there in spirit!
P Olson Malden
Show number 14 tonight,1st show Worcester Centrum 1985.Hope to make it to IRELAND before they retire.The Best Band Ever...
Fired up for tonight's show(My 4th tour)!! My fiancée and I are getting married in a week! This will be a night for us to remember!!!
It's Finally Our Turn
We need a good old fashion BOSTON welcome back on Friday night. Show the band that this town can STILL make them feel like their second home!!! Let's take it to the next level.
My epic U2 road trip starts today!
Heading out today for Boston! Stopping in DC on the way from Florida, but will be there soon!!!!!
One more week!
One week to go! Heading to B-town! Yeah!
Can't wait
Flying in from Texas to see this show. It will my two kids' first ever concert! They have no idea what a special night this will be for them.
I'm in
I agree. I've been excited since December!
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It's never too early to get excited about U2's first show in Boston.
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