Jun 5 2001
Boston, MA, US / Fleet Center
with PJ Harvey
U2 Elevation 2001  


Show One

Unconnected Thoughts, Random Observations, U2 Back In Boston

'Twenty five years coming to this city, twenty five nights we played this city from the days in the Paradise Club,' muses Bono introducing Stuck In A Moment, which itself is introduced with a nod to the Beatles and In My Life.
'Made a lot of friends in Boston.'

Paradise is in his mind tonight.   Midway through I Will Follow, Bono
declaims, 'Ring those bells, ring those bells,  we wrote this song on two strings, Boston lift me up on your shoulder,  let's get to a place we can never get over, club called Paradise, club called paradise, Boston lift me up on your shoulder, paradise...a club called Paradise, we can go there tonight...'

Edge is wearing a red No. 7. t-shirt tonight.

'This is about letting go of someone you love, could be a lover, could be a father, a child, some one you love, someone you don't want to let go of...this is Kite.'

During Sunday Bloody Sunday a fan throws down an Irish flag and the singer lays it on catwalk and walks away from it, singing  Get Up, Stand up, blowing  kisses to a fan in the heart with a flag.

'Right, I'd like to do something that's very difficult for singers to do, I'd like to introduce you to the rest of the band.
'In the No. 7 shirt, he could have come here by space shuttle tonight, but he's travelling on a creamy, white, yellowy Les Paul....The Edge.
'The man who gave us our first job and has never tired of reminding us of that fact, will you welcome Larry Mullen Jnr.
'The first manager of U2, the jazz man, the musical conscience of the group whose definitely playing the biggest instrument, Adam Clayton.'

Desire is  'for any punk rock groups or any other rock groups out there this evening, blind ambition or something, it's better blind...'

Stay  'London, Belfast, Massachusetts....'



Pride ('Dr King still singing...')


'Thanks for paying out your hard earned on a rock show, thanks a lot.
Thanks for giving us a good life.  Thank you to PJ Harvey for opening the show, opening her heart and pulling back her ribcage and thanks for following us down the Jubilee road.
'We got a lot of help from Boston, from Harvard and Jeff Sachs up there.
'It's an extraordinary thing, we met this man, a righteous guy who marched with Martin Luther King and he said an odd thing. He said we're never really going to feel like we can be free when our brothers and sisters in Africa are still in chains, chains of disease, chains of money, old loans hanging like a noose around the necks of the people, dignified people.'
'In a way, it's not just a civil rights thing, it's  human rights, the right to live like a human.'

U2 - Kite (Live From The FleetCenter, Boston, MA, USA / 2001)
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How did this happen?
My friend and I see a line outside and assume it's for tickets. We get in and wait for a while. Sure enough it starts to move, only we are promptly ushered inside they garden, to the floor, and inside the heart!! Nobody ever checked tickets! We just happened to get in the line at the right time. But now, we can't go to rest room, buy a beer, etc., so I approached a security guard after a while and said "excuse me I didn't get a wristband on the way in." ... Bring in the heart already, I must belong there he assumed, apologies and puts one on me. We end up in the first few rows and on the Live In Boston video! One of the best shows I've ever been to. I distinctly remember "Where The Streets Have No Name" as being almost religious.
Opening Night
This was the first night of their Boston run. I felt the band was tight in the nervous sense and the cameras all over may have something to do with that feeling. We were on the floor and many of our neighbors were playing to the cameras which detracted from the ambience of the floor. We stood outside the Heart at the tip around 10 rows out. It was a great spot for both audio and visual enjoyment of the show.
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