U2 @ San Jose HP Pavillion

Ok, a moment to reflect on last night’s concert.

This was the sixth time seeing U2, but my first general admission experience in seeing them.  The first time I saw U2 was from behind home plate at the Oakland Coliseum on the ZooTV tour.  The Pop tour came next, the first time seeing them two shows in a row.  This experience was unique in that the first night Farrah, Doug and I had seats way up high in the 200 section (again at the Oakland Coliseum), then the next night we were in the 5th row!  Talk about being able to get an overall perspective of the show.

I was lucky enough watch U2’s Elevation tour both at San Jose Compaq Pavilion (with Doug) and Oakland Coliseum Arena (with Farrah) for two different shows.  When I saw them in San Jose it was towards the beginning of their tour, the group was energetic.  Later in the tour, two months after 9/11,  they came to Oakland a bit more subdued and somber.  But this concert they came out rocking.  Here is the list of songs they played:

  • Love and Peace
  • Vertigo
  • Elevation
  • Cry / Electric Co.
  • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Beautiful Day
  • Miracle Drug
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own
  • New Year’s Day
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Bullet The Blue Sky
  • Running to Standstill
  • Pride in the name of love
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • The Fly
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Original of the Species
  • All Because of You
  • Yahweh
  • 40

The open act was the Kings of Leon, who didn’t sound half bad. From their interaction with the crowd, it seemed as if they had a rough night the previous show.