96FM’s Gavin Miller went to potentially the biggest gig of the year in Melbourne over the weekend and was left amazed by what was going on in front of him.
Over 55,000 people crammed into Marvel Stadium on over two nights last week, here how it all went down…
I was a bit emotionally exhausted for a day or so afterwards. U2 shows tend to do that to me. When you see that band in person, they really take you on a ride. A proper, loud, brash, thoughtful, get-up-out-of-your-seat emotional rock and roll experience… and they do it to me every single time.
I started counting it up in my head as I lined up at gate 3. This would be the 5th time I’ve seen U2 live. The first two times were within a week of each other back in 1993, when the groundbreaking Zoo TV tour arrived in Melbourne at the MCG (where the sound was awful and I heard everything twice), and then I followed it up to Brisbane (where the sound – and therefore the overall experience – was spot on). The next time I saw them was in Sydney on the Vertigo tour in 2007, which was in my top 5 gigs of all time, and then again in Melbourne in 2010 when they brought that giant claw and plonked it in the middle of what was then called Etihad stadium. I was up close to the stage for that show and my ears were ringing for days afterwards. Totally worth it.
Then, last Friday night, after a nine year wait, U2 were back in Melbourne at the same venue, the recently rebranded Marvel stadium, this time on the Joshua Tree tour. The claw from the 2010 trip had been replaced by a screen four times the size of an IMAX screen. At the precise moment I set foot in the stadium, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds started playing Wonderwall, dwarfed by the aforementioned screen, and the crowd sang along heartily. The vibe of the night was already set…
Click here to read Gavin’s blog on the whole experience.
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