We hardly know what hit us. Bono is going on about stealing The Edge from Wales and delivering him to a GAA stadium when we realise they are playing Out of Control. Night two is different, the ‘party night’, says Bono: ‘Watch those boys on the second date, girls…’
It’s community singing, fun and abandon. Bono, Edge and Adam crack up as they suddenly find themselves together on the left hand b-stage. Even Larry, taken the mickey out of in the local papers for his permanently surly demeanor, breaks out in a smile once or twice.
For Party Girl, it ‘pays to advertise’. Canadian fan Matt carrying a ‘I can play guitar’ sign is spotted by Bono early on in the show and he gets his 15 minutes (almost literally – Dallas can’t find a guitar for him that works and The Edge is very reluctant to give up his own) playing Party Girl with the band and this time Bono gets the words right. ‘Worst wedding band, best rock and roll band,’ he boasts. The 80,000 fans agree.
The big songs (Streets, Pride) bring the chills as the crowd jumps up and down from the front to the back to way up in the stands. ‘Don’t go, don’t go,’ Bono ad-libbed during the show — perhaps spotting a stray Hothouse Flower in the crowd.
If we have to point out faults this show and the first, it’s the rush towards the end — please Mr Mayor, extend that curfew and give the band and their audience the time they deserve.
Talking about extensions… and no, we’re so not going there, we’ve been told Paul McGuinness announced on RTE’s news bulletin that the band are considering taking this outdoor show to the States next year.
Shortly after last night’s show, Bono was seen signing autographs for screaming fans outside the Clarence Hotel where the band, no doubt, celebrated their second succesful conquest. On the streets of Temple Bar, the fans were left to wonder: what more can Monday night’s show bring?