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05/31/2001 U2, PJ Harvey (Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena)

By Eric | May 31, 2001 11:59 pm

Amanda’s first real show! There was a heart-shaped walkway that jutted out from the stage, and we were about 4 people deep from the barrier at the point of the heart. PJ Harvey played a lackluster 45 minute set, I thought she was rather boring, a lot of others seemed to as well. Then U2 came out and kicked right into Elevation… these guys live up to all the hype and then some! Bono is totally dynamic up on stage, a lot of crowd interaction, and the rest of the band sounded tight as hell. Playing a good mix of stuff off of All That You Can’t… and the older songs, they made good use of the walkway, playing out by us most of the night! The only crowdsurfer of the night was brought up on the walkway by Bono, who let him dance for awhile and then jumped back into the crowd. A girl was brought up on stage for a hug, and a second girl later in the set was actually humped by Bono! The entire band came down and played Desire right in front of us! Bono talked about how the 3rd show they ever played in the US was in Buffalo, and it was also the night John Lennon was shot. They also did a little tribute to Joey Ramone. Two encores later, they closed with All That You Can’t Leave Behind. U2 played for a solid two hours and then some, and totally made my $45 ticket completely worth it.
Setlist: Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until the End of the World, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, In My Life/Stuck In a Moment, Kite, Gone, New York, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday/Get Up Stand Up, In A Little While, Desire, Stay, Bad/40, Where the Streets Have No Name, Pride. Encore(s): Bullet the Blue Sky, With or Without You, The Fly, One/She’s a Mystery to Me, Walk On.


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