360 degrees of spectacular…

I’ve noticed that sometimes facebook picks up my blog post within a couple of hours of me posting and other times, like yesterday, it can be up to 24 hours before it hits.

And then there are the time like now, when I’m just very late writing up a post for the day!

Saturdays are usually pretty quiet for us. We do the routine things. Today was the same…and then we went to the amazing U2 360°concert. The huge space station stage is mind-boggling. Takes 5 days to assesmble and cost $25million. Then there’s the whole transportation-around-the-world thing. These guys are making bucketloads of money – but we knew that!

This was our third U2 concert.

We saw them in Salt Lake City, supported by No Doubt and the very athletic Gwen Stefani, in November 2001 – the Elevation tour.

We saw them in Melbourne, supported by Kanye West, in November 2006 – the (delayed) Vertigo tour.

And now we’ve seen them, supported by Jay Z, in December 2010 – the 360° tour.

We’ve never been impressed with the support acts. I can only remember a rare few support acts that I’ve ever enjoyed. The fabulous Mia Dyson, supporting Eric Clapton in Brisbane, 2007. We also saw her supporting Joe Cocker in Perth, 2008, along with Renee Geyer (another fabulous voice). Not sure if there have been any others and this concert didn’t offer us anything we wanted to see or hear in the way of a support act. I guess we are just not fans of the type of music Jay Z plays. Plenty of people in the red zone seemed to be enjoying him.

The U2 concert itself lived up to and surpassed all expectations. The special effects were grand and the music was pure U2. Loved it! I have to say, though, that Bono’s voice wasn’t great through a few of the songs, but the songs themselves and the music, and the rest of the band are all more than enough to make up for a few off-key hits by Bono. It was an unforgettable night and was the biggest concert Perth has ever seen. Certainly it was the most spectacular concert or event  we’ve ever seen.

We caught the train and walked to Paterson (Subiaco) Stadium from Leederville station. Definitely a good move; Perth’s public transport is great, especially for people like us who live close to the train. There was a fair sized crowd walking from the station to the concert. The crowd on the way back was huge – with everyone going to the station at the same time. There must have been a continuous stream of people between the stadium and Leederville for well over half an hour after the show finished as people filtered out. The platform was full when we arrived and there was no way we were going to be able to get on the first train, which was already pretty full of people who’d caught the West Leederville train to Perth and then back out via Perth station. We did make it onto the next train, along with way too many others – more than should have been on the train. It was standing room only – squashed in like sardines for a few stops, but it didn’t take long for space to start opening up and to get a seat.

Would we go and see U2 again? Bloody oath we would!

U2 360 Space Station

U2 360 Space Station

Deb at U2 Concert Perth

Deb at U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

U2 Concert Perth

And here are a few short video snippets. Quality isn’t very good, but they show the crowd and a little of how the whole thing looked and felt.

The band entering the 360 space station

Snippet of Pride(In the Name of Love)

Snippet of Vertigo