This weekend, Stacey and I made the quick (55 min) flight to Philly for the U2 in concert at the Wachovia Center!

Needless to say, U2 did not disappoint! They kicked some serious ass! I would have to say that it was probably the best concert I’ve been to in my life!

If only I could see them at home in Dublin’s Croke Park next month!

The stage was simply amazing, with special light effects, a cool, transparent “screen” comprised of hundreds, if not thousands of individual squares behind the stage, and a circular platform that allowed Bono and others to move out into the audience!

We flew from RDU on Saturday morning, and stayed at a hotel connected directly to one of the terminals at PHL (talk about convenience!). We then split a cab to the Wachovia Center with a nice couple that we met from the DC area. The concert got out around midnight and we tried to get a cab back to our hotel. This was easier said than done, since there were no cabs available in the area! We even tried calling several services and were told “I have no one in that area…sorry!”. After about two hours (yes, two hours) we spotted our hotel shuttle that apparently was called by some other pissed off concert goers and was nice enough to take us back as well. There were probably 15 of us that piled into that thing (as opposed to being stuck on the street for the rest of the night).

The next day, after sleeping in, we spent the afternoon in South Philly, feasting on an original Philly Cheesesteak and checking out the waterfront area near Penn’s Landing.

After an action packed 24 hours, we were back at the airport to catch our return flight back to Raleigh.

U2 rocks – Philly set list:

  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • Elevation
  • Cry / Electric Co.
  • An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart
  • Beautiful Day
  • Miracle Drug
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
  • Love and Peace or Else
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Bullet The Blue Sky
  • Running to Standstill
  • Pride in the Name of Love
  • Where the Streets have no Name
  • One
  • Zoo Station
  • The Fly
  • Mysterious Ways
  • All Because of You
  • Yahweh
  • ’40’

U2 Vertigo 2005 Tour

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