- What a perfect day to tailgate. Honestly...
- Snow Patrol was the opener. I've always liked "Run" and never really cared for the rest of their stuff, but I have to say they were WAY better live than I expected them to be. A little heavier, to my surprise - their vocalist sang with a bit more energy, and the live arena drum sound helped loads, too. Also, they were playing through Diamond amps, strangely, which meant they were probably a bit gainier than their recorded sound. All in all I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
- I've never been a massive U2 fan, but I have to say they put on an awesome show. We had field tickets, so we were right down on the ground, and while we could have gotten quite a bit closer tot he stage had we tried, we opted to hang back a bit, since we were right in front of the soundboard, had more space, and were still no farther than 100 or so feet from the stage. The production was spectacular - they had a circular stage (its the "360 degrees tour"), and wandered around the edge a fair amount, but they also had a circular LCD display ringing the stage, and had cameras on the band. The guys running the cameras were awesome - it looked as much like a live concert music video as it did anything else. Sound was pretty good - a little muffled in places, but we were low enough that echoes weren't really a problem. Bono also still has an almost spectacularly good voice, something that his recordings don't really do justice - he'd do little tags here and there sequing into or out of their tunes, ending one song (whose name eludes me at the moment) with a reworking of the Beatles' Blackbird, and starting another with a vocal-and-sparse-guitar take on "Amazing Grace" where he really stretched his range, but totally nailed it. There was the expected politicizing, but he managed to limit it to the very end of the show and stayed on a signle subject (a leader in Burma who's been under house arrest for the past 20 years because she made the mistake of running and winning against the opposition). Over all, it was just a great concert experience.
- Parking at Gillette, however, is an unmitigated clusterfuck. We figured it'd be bad, so we didn't even try to beat the crowd, instead being one of the last groups to leave the field, taking a leisurely stroll back to my car, and pulling back out our lawn chairs, some snacks, and a final round of beers to pass the time while the traffic ebbed. We ended up waiting an hour and fifteen minutes before the cars trying to get out of the row we were in even moved a full car's length, and then when traffic DID get moving a little bit, I made a few "bold" moves, drove like a Masshole, and got us out of there, but it still took us until 3AM to get home from a concert that ended at 11:45, most of which (until 2:30 or so) was just trying to get onto I-95. Whoever was tasked with handling traffic flow for the stadium was an incomtetent asshole.
Anyway, I had a great time, but I was dead tired when I finally made it to bed, and feel pretty woozy today for it. Good show though.
(I'm a little bummed - evidently, for a few tour dates, Muse was the opener :/)