Totally head over heels with the DVD of U2 Vertigo Tour Live from Chicago.
What is this,
- a second round of mid-life crisis?
- trying to recover my lost youth? (We lived in Dublin when they were starting out - but I was playing the bourgeois accountant!)
- a hopeless effort to fill the gaps in my cultural experience?
But they really are magnificent. The show ends with the prayer 'Yahweh' then '40', which is lifted straight from Psalm 40, and they have this huge stadium singing (worshipping?) along with them. And on the way we have had sections from the Declaration of Human Rights, an appeal for fulfilment of Martin Luther King's dream, equality for everyone, everyone! EVERYONE!! 'under the eyes of God' not just in America, Europe, Asia but also in Africa. An appeal to Bush, Blair and the people to 'Make Poverty History'. A cry for peace between Islam and Jew. 'Father Abraham, where are you now?' A clear anti-war statement, it seems to me, in 'Bullet the Blue Sky' followed by 'Running to Standstill' "dedicated to the brave men and women in the US armed forces". Yet, somehow he is quite sincere. Tremendous theatre. And, of course, the music and the songs.