What can I say? Awesome, awesome concert by U2 at the Rose Bowl tonight! Even though I was just watching it via Youtube, I still liked how the concert was done (well, I was actually using the PlayOn app for the PS3 so I can watch it on my TV, hehe).
Youtube kept hiccuping at first, the picture freezing but the sound/music still going, and I think it was slightly delayed by about 10-15 seconds, since I got a call from my friends Don and Richie (who were there at the Rose Bowl) a few seconds before the intermission started. One thing that annoyed me no end was that twitter gadget at the bottom… it wasn’t that it distracted me, it was more because the thing was choppy and buggy as hell. Well, anyway, I decided to take advantage of it a couple times by saying hello to fellow Filipinos watching the live streaming – and there were a LOT!
As for the band itself… well, Bono still has it. Great production value, and the props were astounding… that spinning video contraption above them was a sight to see, especially when they were playing Vertigo – it was like a spinning UFO beaming the guys back home! That little hanging steering wheel/microphone thing near the end was trippy too… seeing Bono hang onto that thing while it carried him across the stage, his legs almost touching the audience, was fun to see.
U2 belted out a pretty balanced set, making sure they played old favorites like I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Sunday Bloody Sunday and With or Without You near the end. I was kinda hoping they’d play Pride, but I guess they’re promoting the newer singles as well.
Anyway, it was great to witness the concert on Youtube, and I’m sure it’s even better to see it live. Great songs, great sound, great props, great production value, and an all around great performance by the band. Then again, I didn’t expect any less from U2…