As great as the first show was—and it was excellent—there was a little something missing. The crowd seemed a little subdued throughout the night and Bono even noted it during the second show. He attributed it to June Gloom, a weather pattern in Southern California marked by cool temperatures and overcast skies that may have affected their moods.
But the second show was totally different night. From the beginning the audience was rowdy but well behaved. The weather was warmer and perhaps that might have raised their spirits. I say might because I have been to shows where it was raining that didn’t dampen the feeling at all. Whatever the reason, there was an elevation (and you see what I just did there) in the energy of masses.
We also got a prime spot on the rail at about the four o’clock position. I’ve chosen this position a few times during Vertigo and found that Bono tended to linger in this area. My always friends let me decide where to stand (I’m the show veteran) and I’ve always taken that responsibility seriously. Fortunately, I’ve made the right choices over the years and we’ve never been to a bad show.
Here’s a shot of the cameramen getting into their rigs before the main event.
By the time the band took the stage my little Canon was working overtime. As I mentioned in the previous post, I wished I had spent more money on a better camera. What I quickly realized was with the camera set of Automatic, the flashing lights, the smoke, even Bono and company moving around on stage was a little too much for it. I took hundreds of shots but far less than that were salvageable. That was a very important lesson to learn. Don’t be so freakin’ cheap.
Here’s the band a few songs into to the show.
I did manage to get a few good shots. Here’s one of Bono singing to the International Space Station.
He was right in front of us and I was snapping away like sports photographer. You can even see Adam and Larry in the background.
This was a great night and I was lucky enough to catch the B-man doing his thing.
I hope you like these images and I welcome your comments.