U2 performing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” at San Jose, Ca. 5-19-15

Thanks to another fan MikeJ, for submitting his recording of the band playing a timeless favorite.  The visuals elevate this performance.  Enjoy!

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Eight nights, eight shows, U2 bites into the Big Apple

It’s been over three weeks since the band ended its North American Tour culminating in an eight-show stay at Madison Square Garden. Our best-loved lads from Dublin are now taking a well-deserved rest before embarking on the next leg of their tour.

New York being New York, the shows saw performances with Jimmy Fallon, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen. The former got on the e-stage by displaying a sign that read singer with a broken finger.

Jimmy Fallon at MSG

Fallon also got to perform a piece of “Desire” with the band and he looked like a kid at Disneyland. It doesn’t really matter if you are a famous television-star or just an average Joe who is a fan; singing with U2 at a live concert is beyond awesome.

Afterwards, Fallon thanked Bono and said, “It’s not easy being you. Thank you guys so much. You guys are the greatest. How great is tonight?! This is one of the best shows I’ve seen in the history of live concerts! I brought a few friends of mine. If it’s alright, I’d like to introduce them to you. The Roots, ladies and gentlemen!”

The Roots then joined the band in performing “Angel of Harlem”. I must admit, Fallon’s band can groove. They brought a little funk to the soulful tune. Bono, ever the generous performer, sang along with Larry and I almost forgot how much I loved this song.

On the fifth show, Lady Gaga stepped onto the stage wearing nothing but underwear and a pair of high-heeled shoes to sing a duet of “Ordinary Love” with Bono. The lady knocked it out of the park. I knew she could sing, but I didn’t know she was that good. As my dad would have said, she’s got some pipes.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Bono perform

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 26: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Bono perform “Ordinary Love” onstage during U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour at Madison Square Garden on July 26, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

This is such a powerful song and we’ve all heard Bono sing it. But sometimes it takes another artist with a voice as mighty his to realize how amazing it can be. The fact that it was performed live is truly astonishing.

I love the fact that she performed with them. It was an odd pairing but quite wonderful and shows that music truly transcends boundaries. That’s also what makes it so wonderful, that even today it can still surprise you.

On the final night, the band invited Bruce Springsteen to the stage.  This was New York, of course.  They played “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and there was no way better to end this leg of the tour with two rock legends, sharing the platform, and reminding everyone that music still matters.  Music has always mattered and always will matter.

U2 & Springsteen

The countdown now begins to the European leg of the tour.  The band will be rested and ready to give fans and music-lovers alike another incredible experience to add to memory.  I’m so envious.

U2 takes Manhattan

U2 in NYC subway

Our four favorite chaps from Dublin began their eight–that’s right eight–show stop in Madison Square Garden this past weekend (July 18th & 19th).  The shows are sold out by the way, but there are still ways to gets tickets.

With one foot firmly planted in the past, the band performed October and Gloria with all the verve and energy of a punk band just starting out.

U2 [2015.07.18] Madison Square Garden - On stage

Bono said to the crowd, “When we first played a club called The Ritz in this great city, about a century ago, we thought ourselves a punk band…and you know what?  In all the ways that matter, we still do.  Still getting into trouble for doing things different.  A band of equals…with an audience of equals…an audience of betters.”

He’s right.  They’re still putting the music first and still themselves out there.  It’s only out there where they find out if the music is any good or not.  Fortunately for us, it always is.  By the end of the night, the crowd is hanging from the rafters.

After all these years, their performances still kick me in the chest not matter where I am in the arena.  Yes, I’m a fan, but it’s more than that.  They rock better than any other band I know.

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The band ended the show with a declaration from its front man, “To answer the question why this band is refusing to give it a rest, we offer you this song.”  With that, they closed the night with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.

I hope they never do.