Bono has never been to university. He confessed it in Coimbra, in response to the reverent allusion to the old tower. Had he gone, he would have left with a degree in sales. A salesman that instant translation of the concert turned into a traveling salesman and the Irishman added: “Seeing songs with my friends.”
In concert absolutely stunning, it had been, perhaps, the moment less mainstream, perhaps the least populist, despite the nod to the Academic and Coimbra, with the unexpected cry “Brioooooosa” at the entrance of the band.
Admittedly, there are details that, despite already dissected too, deserve special attention: the political message of support to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese dictatorship has, for years under house arrest, the social message with a call to combat extreme poverty, the poetic message, with the usual choice of a girl in the red zone for a dance to “All I want is you” and of course the technological paraphernalia brought by hundreds of trucks and the stage sui generis embodies so well; And yet, everything else was noteworthy, in Coimbra, on weekend of frantic year. First, the massive influx of outsiders, especially the Grand Harbour. Which, of course, caused clogging the main entrances and exits of the city. On the night of Saturday to Sunday, for example, the broad lines of IC2 recorded miles, or north to the junction of the A1 southbound, until Condeixa.
In general, signs of recommended routes and car parks, combined with transport services to the Calhabé, functioned effectively. There were complaints, of course, and even some discomfort by those who expect more fluidity. But the overall tone was pleasing.
Rain and wind did not scared fans Even yesterday, with the setback of the winter day that startled many people, the logistics set up by the city of Coimbra worked more than satisfactory. And despite the unexpected difficulties, it is certain that fans who yesterday were waiting at the gate of the Cidade de Coimbra Stadium for the second concert of the Irish band kept expectations high.
At least that was the image that passed through the many groups in line the streets near the stadium, for example, a group of six friends from Ovar, Aveiro, keys and even in Norway who was one of the terraces in the area.
The fellows, who only asked for a “lively concert,” were not worried “because of bad weather, because they came” equipped “with protection against the rain.
Yet another group of eight fans showed the same relaxed attitude about the rain. “That [the concert] is at least equal to that of yesterday,” they asked.
More unusual was the situation of Ivan Oliveira, Fernão Ferro. Like “had no tarp” to protect from rain, was wearing a fluorescent yellow reflective apparel. “If I lose, it’s easy to identify where I am,” he explained. The bad weather has come to let the young worry. However, already in line to enter the stadium and the place secured, he expressed a desire “to be insane, the best show of my life.”