U2 Amazed, Fans soaked, Adam Shirtless

U2 360 Tour / Nick Walker 2011 U2’s 360 Tour pulled into TCF Bank Stadium last night with the 170-foot stage none as the “The Claw” stadium filled with 60,000 fans that came to see the largest outdoor concert in 30 years.

Neither road construction, nor rain could keep fans away from the University of Minnesota brand new stadium.

We are closing in on the end of this massive tour, this was the third to the last stop on the world tour, or the second to last USA stop, which started more than two years ago.

The boys jumped into songs from “Achtung Baby” rain starting to fall, which gave way to Bono breaking into a verse from the Beatles “Rain.” Later on, he gave a nod to prince with “Purple Rain”

The set list was packed; with the biggest hits, including “I Will Follow,” “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Elevation.” The band downplayed material from its most recent album, 2009’s; “No Line on the Horizon,” probably because it was the band’s weakest seller in 15 years.

A dedication to Amy Winehouse with “Stuck in a Moment” which was dedicated to Michael Hutchence (INXS) a friend of Bono’s.  The band covered “ Stand By Me” with the help of Somalian/ Canadian rapper K’naan. Bono was a bit chatty throwing out comments about the stadium  “handsome place for us to be hanging out in” Adam Clayton stripped off his shirt let the rain just fail down.

No matter what people will say about the stage and all the equipment, U2 gave a performance that was both over the top and intimate, epic and purely amazing.