U2 still awesome after all these years


U2’s set was remarkable in that the biggest highlights of the evening came from songs created in this decade, proving their continued relevance. “Vertigo,” “Elevation,” and “City of Blinding Lights,” when played in succession, proved to be powerful masterpieces that prove the band’s relevance for any naysayers.

Sure, there’s always that one moldy oldie that would have delighted you, but you have to applaud a band that has “walked on” into this millennium and left their classic rock contemporaries behind.

The band was in a celebratory mood this week. They conveyed warm 60th birthday wishes to old friend Bruce Springsteen by dropping “She’s the One” into the musical bed of “Desire,” and they acknowledged the crowd of 84,472 for setting an attendance record at Giants Stadium.

Speaking from the stage at the end of the night, Bono said, "News just in. We've broken every record for attendance in this stadium -- including the Pope. Sorry Bruce -- we know it’s your birthday and all.”

Before adding later, "I know they're knocking this place down...we probably won't be here again before the wrecking ball but it was a magic place for us as well as the Giants."

It was a beautiful day for U2 fans, one that makes a stadium safe for both the band and its fans once again.

Here was the set list from the second night at Giants Stadium: Breathe/Get on Your Boots/Mysterious Ways/Beautiful Day/No Line on the Horizon/ Magnificent/Elevation/I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Unknown Caller/Until the End of the World/Stay/Unforgettable Fire/City of Blinding Lights/Vertigo/I'll Go Crazy – Remix/Sunday Bloody Sunday/MLK/Walk On/One/Where the Streets Have No Name/Ultraviolet/With or Without You/Moment of Surrender.