U2

Bono of U2, Melbourne 21st February 1998

Bono of U2, Melbourne 21st February 1998

Show me a music photographer and I’ll show you a fan of live music. Shortly after my age hit double figures, one band dominated and continues to dominate my music collection. 6 tours  and over 20 shows later, through the earnestness of LoveTown, the sheer bombastic ambition of ZooTV, the brilliance of Popmart, the heart of Vertigo, the audacity of 360 and the return to arenas with Innocence+Experience, the 4 lads from the north side of Dublin remain both a compelling and confounding live act.

Compelling in their ability to overcome cavernous stadia and deliver songs spanning almost 40 years that sound in most cases as fresh as when they were released, and confounding because they’ll never play the precise setlist we dream of.

Album hiccups along the way (All That You Can’t Leave Behind, I’m looking at you) and courting adoration and hatred in equal measures, U2 remain.

Bono & The Edge of U2, Melbourne 1st December 2010

Bono & The Edge of U2, Melbourne 1st December 2010