I say U, you say 2!
It's U2 day, boys and girls. Tonight, U2 brings their U2 – 360 World Tour to The Georgia Dome in Atlanta as the band continues to support its No Line On The Horizon album.
When I was a kid, I didn't like surprises. I wanted to know what I was getting for my birthday and Christmas and would actually go to great lengths to find out. My sister and I would snoop, dig, unwrap and re-wrap just to know what was going to be under that tree. There are some who would say I shortchanged my experience on Christmas morning. They're probably right. What they're not appreciating is how much fun it was to sneak around and try and figure it all out beforehand. I still had my day, I just had it early.
As I've gotten older, my fondness for surprises has changed. I still like knowing what I'm getting for Christmas before the big day, but I don't like having my entertainment experiences altered by spoilers and too much information going in. I don't want to know how the movie or the book ends before I read or watch it. I don't even want to know if you think it's good most of the time, although I'm willing to take on some recommendations from a knowledgeable source. I don't like knowing too much about a new album before it's released. I like to know that it's coming, but I don't want to know too much about it until I've experienced it myself, even if it's the artist who created the work doing the talking.
So what does all that have to do with tonight? Everything! This U2 360 show is the third in U2's history to not only be in stadiums but to bring a large visual element. There is so much eye candy associated with this tour, and I've done my best to know as little about it as possible, preserving the potential for wonder and awe. I know there's a massive 360 degree video screen. I know there's a giant claw involved but I'm not sure what it does. That's about it. Everything else is going to be a surprise. 11, once again my sidekick for this adventure, has provided some information about the set list and if I try really hard I could relay that to you, but I've even worked hard to forget about that.
Music can minister and reach and speak to us on so many levels and in so many ways. The music of U2 is particularly powerful and versatile. Without boring you with too many of the details, I need to let go tonight. I need to be transported and transformed. In short, I hope U2 has a few tricks up their sleeve for me.