The second show of U2 360° in Anaheim was probably one of the best shows that I have ever seen. I saw four shows during 360: one in Dallas (’09), one in Oakland (’11) and two in Anaheim (‘11). All of them were great, but the 2nd show in Anaheim was awesome.
I had general admission tickets and we got there around nine-thirty in the morning on both days to make sure we would get a good spot on the field.
The first night we were inside the runway and it was crowded. I’m pretty sure they had a limit but had I known how crowded it would get, I would have secured a place on the rail instead.
But I did get a few good pictures that night. Here’s one of screen.
One of the most memorable parts of the show was during “Beautiful Day” when NASA astronaut Mark Kelly aboard the International Space Station recited the bridge to song. His image was displayed on the giant oval screen and he was tossing out little paper words that read, “It was a Beautiful Day” that literally floated right in front of him. You cold tell he was speaking into a video camera but the as he looked down on the crowd. It was amazing. I was so mesmerized that I forgot to take any pictures. But it is something I will never forget.
Only a band like U2 could pull off something like that maybe, only they could pull it off.
Once I snapped out of my stupor I was able to get a few good shots of Adam bring a little soul to the show.
I like this shot of the screen, especially with Bono mugging while the others a looking quite serious.
I like this shot of the screen, especially with Bono mugging while the others a looking quite serious. It’s cool and gonzo at the same time.
And finally our favorite front-man being himself.
Although it was cramped, I managed to take a few good pictures with my $79 Canon Powershot. I realized that night that I should have spent more money and bought a more powerful point-and-shoot camera, even though I was on a very limited budget.
It was still a good night and quite memorable.