Thinking about 'Heroes'
'Let's rip the roof off,' said Bono as the second show in Singapore opened tonight. Everybody was happy to oblige.
And on World AIDS Day a night to remember the activists working around the world. 'Bad' set the tone again.
Thank you, Singapore, last night was one of the great nights of our lives
Took us four decades to get here - but only 24 hours to come back
Let me tell you why I'm here tonight…I think I speak for my bandmates… I'm here for
some kind of rock'n'roll transcendence… I need some
I'm here to surrender… to you, to music, to love…
anything could happen… This is Bad.
'This is a bit of a special day... World AIDS Day… December 1st
And a time to give thanks to the everyday heroes – women and men – still working to eliminate this tiny little virus that has wreaked so much havoc in so many lives… Can we take a moment, a prayer, in the dark to think about these heroic hidden figures… let's bring them into this moment …'
And the lights once again turned the stadium into a Cathedral as Bowie's 'Heroes' emerged from 'Bad'.
'Love is the higher law' was Bono’s refrain, repeated several times tonight, notably after Beautiful Day.
'When human rights drown out human wrongs – it’s a beautiful day
When sisters around the world are in school like their brothers – that's a beautiful day
When men can love men and when women can love women – that’s a beautiful day
And when women of the world unite to rewrite history as HERstory – that’s a beautiful day ...'