Fine show, Bono but a shame you chopped down TIM DE LISLE GIG OF THE WEEK
U2, who hold the world record for the highest-grossing concert tour, are in danger of becoming medium-sized. They now pitch camp in the arenas for two nights, not six, and their albums go gold rather than eight-times platinum. But they still put on a big show.
This tour, billed as Experience And Innocence, is a sister to Innocence And Experience from 2015, and deploys the same giant double-sided screen to bisect the stalls. As a piece of technology, it’s still at the cutting edge; as a piece of stagecraft, it’s still turning bad seats into good ones. In Manchester it achieves the near-impossible, making the Arena feel human.
Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton start singing and
playing on a walkway inside the screen, which is a fabulous trick even when you know it’s coming. All evening the screen pulsates with life, backing up Bono’s little speeches with facts, slogans and sparkling live footage. The Joshua Tree, performed in full on U2’s short stadium tour last year, has now been shelved altogether, leaving this show to