MOSCOW, August 26 (Itar-Tass) - The legendary Irish U2 rock group brought the house down on Wednesday during their first guest performance in Moscow. More than 40,000 rock lovers gathered at the Luzhniki stadium despite rain to watch three hours of rock extravaganza. All the tickets to the show had been sold out.
The Snow Patrol opener band played as a warm-up. The audience gave them a very warm welcome. But the house burst into applause to greet the U2 leader Bono when he appeared on the stage. The U2 musicians started their concert with the “Beautiful Day” hit. For the next three hours they performed their most famous hits and songs from their new CD “No Line on the Horizon”.
Addressing the audience from the stage, Bono said that he was very pleased to be in Moscow where U2 had never been before. He told the audience that he had met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who produced a very good impression on him. In the end, Bono wished everybody peace on Earth.
Torrential rain didn’t spoil the show. The audience paid no attention to the whims of nature. They enthusiastically sang along to their favourite tunes and danced to the U2 hits. They had waited for U2 for so many years.
The appearance of Yuri Shevchuk, the leader of the Russian DDT rock group, was a surprise. Together with Bono, they sang a song titled “Don’t Come Knocking.” The Irish musician thanked those who had bought tickets to the ‘red zone’. All the proceeds gained from the sale of tickets to those places will be transferred for the treatment of children ill with AIDS.