Saturday, September 24, 2016

U2 Unites the Crowd with Every Song at the iHeartRadio Music Festival

U2 closed out the first day of the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival and they got the whole crowd into every song of their set.

The Irish rockers opened with “Desire” and had the audience reaching for the ceiling as paper rained down. Those papers turned out to be $10,000,000,000 (ten-trillion) dollar bills with Donald Trump on them alongside the phrase “Make America Hate Again.” The other side has the number one and written under it it says “but we’re not the same.”

Next up was “Vertigo,” which kept the crowd’s heads spinning, especially because at one point, Bono launched a bottle of water over everyone.

The following song was "Elevation" and U2 got the audience off their feet by demanding that the entire T-Mobile Arena be jumping.

During "Pride (In The Name of Love)," video of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking wise words played, and everyone listening appreciated his message. Bono told the audience that America is "the best idea the world has ever had," and he pushed his love out to the thousands of people in attendance. They sent love back to him and he felt it.

With everyone feeling as one, U2 rocked the song by that name. Bono and each person in the venue held up their pointer finger.

Drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton took a break, The Edge moved to the piano and Bono soothed everyone with a tender version of "Every Breaking Wave," off their latest album, 2014's Songs of Innocence.

U2 closed their set with "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Before the song started, Bono explained how 40 years ago this week, they met drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. and asked him to join their band. Happy things worked how they did for the group, the crowd clapped and sung along with the hit song.

No comments: