Fine show, Bono but a shame you chopped down TIM DE LISLE GIG OF THE WEEK

The Mail on Sunday - Event - - MUSIC -

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

Manch­ester Arena

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

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