Five years after the act in the Alvalade Stadium, U2 kicked off yesterday in Coimbra with a memorable concert, flawless, energetic, and consistently with a near-perfect alignment. The Irish band, for many the best (or higher) of the world, fully justified the pilgrimage north to south (or abroad), the waits, travel, money. No one present at the Stadium of Coimbra on October 2, 2010 should have repented, and even the most skeptical, ‘fans just a few disks’, or mere companions are caught up by the phenomenon U2.
After an afternoon of authentic pilgrimage on campus, a full train, and some transit lines to enter the stadium since early afternoon, and preceded by a good concert of Interpol (the audience was not 100% turned to them but reacted well qb, Bono later he got fed up of the praise), U2 entered the stage of the stadium just before 22h.
Before, he had already given to realize the scope of the famous structure 360, a stunning ‘Spider’ giant (or a ‘claw’ as you call the band), with a circular stage, screen huge on top all the way around, a potential light, color and unlimited media. Impressive, although not located exactly half of the enclosure and as some expected, but towards the end of it - and so, despite containing several movable elements, gives certainly raised the profile of who is in front of the stage than the who is on the ‘back’. Some surprise was also the realization that, after the huge rush for tickets which lasted until the last (and which continues today, with over 500 tickets on sale for the second time), there were plenty of empty spaces at the end of the public, probably by legitimate security concerns, but could present some comments.
As for the great show of 2 hours of U2, the motto was launched with Space Oddity David Bowie, and a pompous entry of the band on stage, all the lights are still lit, the audience alight, and Return Of The Stingray Guitar sung this record . Beautiful Day in the lights dim, and the sequence I Will Follow, Get Your Boots On, Magnificent Mysterous and Ways is unstoppable and lived in party total, absolute, in all corners of the stadium.
Then begins the friendliness, the great sympathy of Bono, who surprised everyone to scream twice the student motto ‘Briosa!’, Then calling at Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Coimbra. We realized then that the concert is not just a light show, the band is there for the public, with care and scenic impressive logistical details, and get a hustle of emotions. Sequences with excerpts of music covers the middle, like “Let It Be Beatles and Bob Marley’s One Love, Bono of phrases in Portuguese as’ Hello Malta”, or in English with Portuguese subtitles on the screens giants. Elevation, Until The End Of The World and a praise singer of the University of Coimbra following a long moment of conversation, ” this band never went to university ‘, then asks if the Edge had gone to the University of Coimbra what would respond guitarist ‘male model’, to what Larry wants to be when he grows up, “professional musician”, Adam another possible future, a chemical engineer, “I have [Bono] would be what I am listening to these hawker My dear fans ‘,’ and it follows I Still Have not Found What I’m Looking For, sung by Bono choice almost entirely by the public.
We began to realize that it is the themes of recent albums, live very powerful and energetic, the more public dances and vibrates, but the older the essence of U2 is revealed in full and the tentacles, lights and stairs that move almost seem unnecessary, or mere accessories, almost felt like a more intimate concert.
But U2 deserve especáculo giant that created around it, and their audience, as faithful few, too. After two new songs! very, very promising (North Star and Mercy), there is very accomplished at another time Miss Sarajevo, with sentences to run on giant screens in Portuguese, ‘the you’ve been looking, believe that everything happens for a reason,’ and comes to the over the more political aspects of the band. First the big Sunday Bloody Sunday, with pre-dedication to Israel, Palestine and Washington (“Can you hear us?” Cries Bono), and then to San Suu Kyi of Burma, ‘let’s send a message of love from Portugal to Burma ’, followed by Walk On, Amnesty International’s candle on stage.
After the threat of the first group match, the return is ready and it follows one of the highlights of the night, with the following One, the audience sing in unison, the lights, and many will stand up posters with a ‘1 ‘, followed by an excerpt from Amazing Grace, by Bono, solo and alone on stage, and Where the Streets Have No Name, the total public hysteria. In the second encore, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With Or Without You and Moment of Surrender, farewell to the present 45 000 (plus many who tried to listen to the lawns surrounding), in a farewell concert that he knew the short.
Above all, U2 still fit and still look genuinely fun on stage, having the spirit of the band, spirit of commitment, public spirit, love music and the causes. A U2 concert is still a great experience, and not (only) to include the biggest stage that Portugal has ever seen.
Return Of The Stingray Guitar
I Will Follow
Get On Your Boots
Until The End Of The World
I Still Have not Found What I’m Looking For
In A Little While
City Of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy If I Do not Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Where The Streets Have No Name
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender
The Destak prepared readers and fans of U2 a special supplement to the history and greatest moments of the band, which was distributed yesterday (and is today), next to the stadium. The fans seemed to have joined and thank the reading and extra information, with all the details about your favorite band.
Being held today the 2nd of the U2 concert in Coimbra
Today it holds the 2nd at 21.30 U2 concert in Coimbra. Doors open at 17h30, 20h00 take center stage in the Interpol. According to the organizer, Rhythm and Blues, in a statement, despite the concert being prepared to perform under any weather conditions, according to Civil Protection, a front surface that is crossing the zone will dissipate by late morning and the rain will showers during the afternoon, with a tendency to improve throughout the day.
The organization also said that for security reasons will not be allowed to come with umbrellas in recintoe advised the use of hoods and raincoats. The rhythms also noted that at the Worten CoimbraShopping are the last tickets on sale today.