Bono asked the 85,000 U2 fans packed into Giants Stadium on Thursday night why a bunch of Irish boys like them felt right at home in New Jersey.
The answer is simple: for the biggest rock band in the world, everywhere is home.
U2 put on an epic show on their 360 Tour for their New Jersey and New York fans, giving Giants Stadium a proper farewell with the biggest, and one of the last, concerts to be held there in history.
They were sure to give a shout out to The Boss and Bon Jovi, winning over the crowd from the start.
Bono and the boys played a balanced mix of old and new, kicking off the show with songs like “Breathe” off their new album “No Line On The Horizon,” and then quickly switching gears and diving into classics like “Mysterious Ways.”
No matter what the song, the Irish band performed in a wildly impressive setting.
Seeing “The Claw,” or the 150-foot spaceship-like stage with four legs, in person was breathtaking. The lights, the moving bridges, the 360-degree giant shape-shifting video screen – the Irish rockers certainly didn’t skimp out on the visual thrills. At one point, Bono emerged from below the stage decked out like a Christmas tree in red lights and lasers to sing “Ultraviolet Light (Light My Way).”
But the most impressive aspect of U2’s live performance is that even without the glitz and glam, these Irishmen sure know how to put on a show.
Larger-than-life Bono had the audience in the palm of his hands from start to finish. The singer and humanitarian effortlessly wove in his politics, dedicating “Walk On” to Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, and turning the message of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” into “Free Iran.”
But the Irish megastar also knew when to keep it light and thrown in a few surprises, like when he invited an audience sing-along by throwing in a verse of “Stand By Me.”
When it comes down to it, any singer who can get 85,000 people to sing a verse of a song with high energy, and in unison, is a star in my book.
In fact, those were the best parts of the show – when Bono entrusted the fans to take over the vocals for songs like “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “One.”
The Irish boys say they felt comfortable at Giants Stadium, and there’s no doubt that the thousands of U2 fans felt right at home with them.