Saturday, November 25, 2006

U2 honouring the dead

U2 played in Auckland last night, their first NZ gig since December 1993. Every time they play here they shuffle the setlist to include One Tree Hill, their tribute to their roadie Greg Carroll who was killed in a motorbike accident while running an errand for Bono. The U2 boys outdid themselves, incorporating Maori motifs into the set lighting for the song and taking time to speak about Greg, his tangi and the hill (an Auckland landmark) before and after the song. Definitely one of the best songs of the night. It was followed by Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, the song Bono wrote for his dad's funeral.

There's a no-camera rule, but everyone's cellphones tend to have a built-in camera these days so I have plenty of not-very-good photos, mostly with a sea of hands all holding up their phones in front of me! These are from the One Tree Hill set.
U2 One Tree Hill set


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