4/26/01…U2 with PJ Harvey @ Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim CA

U2 @ Arrowhead Pond 4/26/01

U2 @ Arrowhead Pond 4/26/01

What do you do when you miss out on tickets to U2 in NYC??  You plan a trip to California around the U2 show there!!  Yup, I was that determined to see this tour.  And THANK GOD I was!  I enjoyed this show, this set, this vibe even more than The Zoo TV Tour.  From start to finish, the band showed so much love to its audience during this performance.  In fact, when the show started, I didn’t even know it was starting.  My boyfriend & I had been talking about what we thought the first song would be and I guessed “Elevation”.  All of a sudden, while the lights were still up, we saw the band walking out on stage.  I was like, “What the hell is going on?”  And then, BAM, they opened up STRONG with “Elevation”.  I was right for the first time about the opening song.  It was so powerful to start the show with the lights up, so they could get a good look at their audience.  In the middle of the song, the auditorium went dark and the light show started.  Ugh!  I’ll never forget it.  It was so great!  Here’s the set list:

  1. Elevation
(“Creep” and “I’m a Believer” snippets)
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. Until the End of the World
  4. New Year’s Day
  5. Kite
  6. New York
  7. I Will Follow
(“Into the Heart” snippet)
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
(Edge breaks a string; “Johnny Was” snippet)
  9. Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  10. In a Little While
  11. Angel of Harlem
(Edge breaks a second guitar string)
  12. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  13. All I Want Is You
  14. Where the Streets Have No Name
(with Psalm 116)
  15. Mysterious Ways
  16. The Fly
  17. Encore:
  18. Bullet the Blue Sky
(“Whole Lotta Love” and “Young Americans” snippets)
  19. With or Without You
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. One
(“Play Me” snippet)
  22. Walk On

I was able to find a clip of All I Want Is You from this show.   It will at least give you an idea of the type of love Bono and the band were giving out to the audience.  I didn’t have the best seats, but I enjoyed the show like I was in front row.  I should mention that I was super excited about PJ Harvey opening.  By this time, I had become a pretty big fan of hers.  I loved her latest album Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea; it was a love letter to NYC.  And having just moved there, I could relate to all the feelings she was sharing about her experiences while living there.  She did a GREAT opening set.  She put me into high gear for U2 and I stayed there all night long.  I enjoyed this show so much.  It was definitely worth planning a trip around.

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