The day began with what people thought were random U2 sightings all over Manhattan, and then slowly, people came to realize that they were driving all over the city on the back of a truck, playing various songs, as part of a video shoot for "All Because Of You."
The final destination was Empire Fulton Ferry State Park, at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, where the band played a short set, both for video purposes and for a future MTV program called "MTV Jams." The video shoot was free and open to the public; information about its location was widely available to anyone who did any basic slethuing this weekend. Originally the band wanted to play Central Park (couldn't get permits, allegedly) and then the location was Washington Square Park (concerns about crowd control) and finally, this dramatic destination in Brooklyn.
With the Brooklyn Bridge and a twilight Manhattan as a backdrop, the band unceremoniously took the stage and launched into a crunchy version of "Vertigo." They were clearly in high spirits and enjoying themselves. Obviously, the set was heavy on new material, as the new album (How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb) is released tomorrow, November 23; however, spirited versions of "I Will Follow" and "Out of Control," from the first album, Boy, "Beautiful Day" (from the last album, All That You Can't Leave Behind) and, finally, an unexpected and poignantly tentative rendition of "She's A Mystery To Me" (originally written for Roy Orbison) also formed part of this 10-song set.
The performance was strong and the new songs more than held up live.
U2 plans to begin a U.S. tour this March. Expanded review and photos also available at jukeboxgraduate.com.
The setlist was:
Vertigo (Take one)
All Because Of You
Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own
City Of Blinding Lights
Original Of The Species
She’s A Mystery To Me
I Will Follow
Out Of Control
Vertigo (Take two)