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Offline cathalmc

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Winipeg (Spoiler)
« on: May 30, 2011, 04:37:08 PM »
Daylight saving time caused show night losing time. What time was it in the Wiinnipeg part of the world? Show-time - but not time for the full show.

The Fray came onstage quite early, just after 7:00 pm, and were gone by 7:45 pm. At many shows there has been around a forty-five minute turnaround between support act and U2. In Winnippeg, U2 came on around 8:50 pm. It gets dark late in Canada so I thought U2 were delaying kick-off so more of the show would be played after the sun had set. However the sky was still quite light at 10:00 pm, so most of the show ended up being played in daylight.

I’m guessing that there was an 11:00 pm curfew. Rocco came up onstage after Streets to tell Dallas, Phil and Sam something. I thought it might be a setlist change e.g. Hold Me Thrill Me was out, Ultraviolet was in; or even better, that there was an addition of an extra song to the encore like Knockin on Heaven’s Door was added in Moscow. Unfortunately it was probably to tell the stage crew that Moment Of Surrender was going to be dropped cos a lawyer under the stage was waving a document explaining how much playing MoS after 11:00 pm would cost. The band left the stage just after 11:00pm at the end of With Or Without You. So the Winnipegg fans lost out on one of the best songs of the show. Perhaps U2 should have come on earlier.

Time seems to move slower in Canada than in the US. The cities are smaller, the streets are narrower, there’s less traffic, but more breathing space. Canada to me seems more chilled, less intense, less hurried. There’s a British familiarity to the place too. As a vowel-munching, word-mangling, rapid-speaking Irishman, I’ve often found myself intrigued by ... how ... slowly ... how ... much ... time ... many ... American ... buddies ... take ... to ... speak. I think I could waffle speedily and indistinctly through ten poorly understood tales in the time an articulate American tells one. My Canadian mates seem to enjoy taking even more time to share a well-spun tale. This nonsense notion even influenced my appreciation of songs last night, as both All I Want Is You and Stay seemed to be played in slow motion, like U2’s click-track DJ had switched his decks to a lower BPM. Bono and Edge even took their time in a private huddle for a minute before playing Stay. No rush boys. 11 o’clock ticking tocking is ages away. The only speed in Winnipeeg last night was provided by a very nice synchronised flypast by three jets.

Compared to SLC, I was rested, I had a very salubrious dwelling (I’d been provided with the sole use of a stunning loft-conversion apartment for three nights, just two blocks from the theatre where U2 were rehearsing – muchas gracias Edssel!), and I had no bothersome lil health gremlins. I watched the show from down in the pit on Edge’s side, about the 7 o’clock position, four rows in from the back rail. There were little pockets of space sprinkled through the pit. The atmosphere of any outdoor concert suffers from being played in daylight. And spaceships always look more impressive at night. But there was a good atmosphere around me, although few people seemed to know the words to many of the songs.

It was a brisk night. Larry layered up a few times during the show, and both he and Edge fought the onstage wind chill with very snazzy scarves during the encores. Adam however didn’t look like he was enjoying himself as much as he normally does, with no bouncy bopping. Bono didn’t seem to mind the chill. “We’re not cold. You’re Canadian, we’re Irish” he told the audience.

I was physically warmed up by a University of Manitoba hoodie I borrowed from my buddy Chris (who has the indistinction of being the first ever purchaser of Me & U2 in North America). And I was musically heated by the sumptuous, warbling, marrow-shuddering bass of Zooropa. It felt a bit like the physical bass assault from a Leftfield or Chemical Brothers gig in the 90s, like techno thermal undies.

Random observations:

After all the excitement of so many new additions to the setlist during this year’s tour, and the variations to the setlist in La Plata, Sao Paulo and especially in Mexico City, the last three shows have strangely been identical (excusing last night’s dropped MoS, which was on the printed setlist).

There were new Canadian visual and musical elements during the intro to Get On Your Boots.

Bono told the crowd in Wwinipeg (and also in Denver) that Magnificent is still a work in progress. Larry’s drumming sounded more like the better, olde Magnificent. Perhaps they can go full circle with it.

The lovely LED jackets, first worn in Denver, were back.

Larry was whipping up the crowd on the outer rail during his djemba parade in Crazy Tonight, obviously celebrating the Republic of Ireland footie team’s glorious thrashing of Scotland in Dublin to become the inaugural winners of the Celtic Cup.

The biggest response of the show came when Bono asked the crowd to lift their hands up during Walk On for Aung San Suu Kyi. His previous requests during I Will Follow and Mysterious Ways had mixed daylight responses. He finally got all the hands up when the sun had set.

According to the pre-show statistics displayed on the screen, last night was the 91st show of the tour, there are seventeen cities left to visit, and U2 have played fifty-one songs. My new airport waiting challenge is to list them all without peaking at U2Gigs.



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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 05:41:25 PM »
wow

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2011, 07:29:47 PM »
daylight and no MOS  :-[

However... it was a U2 show! ;D

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2011, 09:47:52 PM »
Thanks Cathal - love followign the tour through your blog :)

As for the 51 songs - I tried and managed 46 of them without checking u2 gigs - and 2 of the songs I missed were played at a show I was at - whoops!

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2011, 11:24:35 PM »
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you spelled Winnipeg wrong in your post every time...

Oops! :)

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2011, 11:28:11 PM »
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Thanks Cathal - love followign the tour through your blog :)

As for the 51 songs - I tried and managed 46 of them without checking u2 gigs - and 2 of the songs I missed were played at a show I was at - whoops!

Thanks, Voxare. I didn't actually get a chance to try to list all the songs in the end cos I met a new U2 mate at the airport. But 46 seems pretty good!

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2011, 11:31:27 PM »
Sounds like Brisbane all over again...

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2011, 11:43:02 PM »
Yeah, except Brisbane had a 10:30 pm curfew - I think Jay Z came on at 6:30 pm!

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 12:05:11 AM »
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Sounds like Brisbane all over again...

I think you mean "Brizbin."

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 12:53:36 AM »
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Sounds like Brisbane all over again...

I think you mean "Brizbin."

or Brizzy.

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 01:36:08 AM »
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Sounds like Brisbane all over again...

I think you mean "Brizbin."

or Brizzy.

You're such a seppo.

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 12:16:08 PM »
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btw cathalmc....you spelled Winnipeg wrong in your post every time...1st with 2 ii's in a row in your 2nd sentence, then with 2 p's at the beginning of the 6th....geez it's bad enough when U2 spells it wrong....at least Bono blamed alcohol!! Then with 2 g's in a row when you mention how U2 left the stage at the end of WOWY. THEN it's 2 e's in a row at the end of the 3rd paragraph....I live here and that kind of gets irritating....if you're going to spell it wrong, at least spell it wrong the same WAY all the time....holy crap. Not to mention the title of your thread - also spelled wrong.   Pardon me for being b*tchy but try to pay attention to the details like tour city names. Good god....you do it AGAIN near the end - really???  this time it's "Wwinipeg"....let me help you


our city is called and spelled                   WINNIPEG                   wow....unbelievable ::)

You have obviously missed the joke.   ::)

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 12:17:27 PM »
Jo... calm down.

That was the joke - he spelled it wrong that many times as part of the fun of Willie spelling it wrong... don't get so upset!

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Re: Winipeg (Spoiler)
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 01:23:34 PM »
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Jo... calm down.

That was the joke - he spelled it wrong that many times as part of the fun of Willie spelling it wrong... don't get so upset!

hey, if you've read anything I've posted here, you know not to take me too seriously......honestly....it was just kind of silly - sigh.....for people who like to joke, you sure don't get sarcasm....Sorry if I upset anyone. I'll stick to  F & G where people understand what I mean....

should rename it Whinepeg

*puts pan on head and takes cover*

at least i put a capital letter  ;)