Well, the rumours were true. The “secret” location for U2‘s live event in Chicago last night wound up being The Metro on Clark. I was among the lucky few who were bussed to the location, and when we saw “Stand Up Comedy, U2” on the sign board when we pulled up to the Metro, everyone clapped & screamed. There were TV crews and throngs of fans waiting nearby, hoping to get a glimpse of the band.
We walked into the Metro around 6pm but the “show” wouldn’t start until 8pm. My husband asked the bartender if they had any food and she suggested getting a Guiness because “it drinks like a meal”. So, it was two hours of drinking and no food for a few hundred folks – you can imagine how high the energy level and volume of the crowd was by the time Shirley Manson of Garbage strolled onstage to introduce U2.
This was a live radio event simulcast all over the country, so the radio geek in me was fascinated by how technically trouble-free the event was pulled off. Each member of U2 chose a song to play, and they explained the story of why they chose each song before playing it. Larry Mullen was first (OMG he looks really amazing up close!). Thank goodness he chose “I Wanna Be Sedated” by The Ramones, because prior to the broadcast the dj at the Metro played that song and for some unknown reason abruptly stopped playing it and threw on a country song resulting in an angry crowd screaming profanities at that poor guy.
The best part of this intimate U2 experience was what did not get broadcast across the country. As each song played and during commercial breaks Shirley Manson fielded questions from the crowd. It’s too bad that no one was able to record this part because there were some great questions and fabulous answers. Such as…
Someone asked The Edge if he would ever sing lead vocals in the future since he has such a great voice. Bono stepped in and said jokingly that “his BACKING vocals are particularly good”, causing the audience to erupt in laughter.
Bono was asked to name his favorite song on their new album No Line On The Horizon. He said that his favorite part was actually about 1/3 of the album, particularly “Breath” because it’s autobiographical. “Here we are, traveling town to town selling you our wares”.
When asked what their favorite song to play in concert is, Larry Mullin said it’s “a song that hasn’t even been written yet”.
Several members in the audience commended Bono on his humanitarian work, including the One campaign. How did Bono feel when the wall came down in Germany? “The idea that geography decides whether you live or die…I want to outlaw that.”
The sweetest answer came from Bono when someone asked him his secret to having such a good marraige. “I don’t feel like I’ve fully gotten to know her”, he said. “She’s a very beautiful person, but hard to know.” And he explained how he met his future wife as a kid when she was “in class with The Edge, that bastard!”
Prior to the show I had fun walking around Chicago with the lead singer of the U2 tribute band Elevation. NBC5 filmed as folks came up to him asking for his autograph! To say he is a total Bono clone is an understatement. See for yourself – check out the pictures here.