Wales is having the good weather, but the crowd in the Millennium Stadium won’t be able to enjoy it once inside: the place has a roof.
The house lights go down for Starsailor at 4.45pm local time. They seem excited to be there and the singer claims he was ‘one of those sad ones who’d stand on his couch watching U2 videos pretending to be Bono.’ They are followed by The Killers at 6pm: singer Brandon Flowers is wearing his fetching pink jacket. (It’s Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane, we’re told.) Flowers and his band get a massive response from the crowd, everybody is singing along.
We are told U2’s performance is similar to their first Twickenham show. It seems less spontaneous than Dublin, but Bono brings in the funny with some quotes regarding The Edge and Wales: ‘Like Saint Patrick, The Edge was stolen from Wales and to rescue Ireland…’ Right. Bono only needs to sing the first two or three lines of Unchained Melody and the Welsh crowd takes it from there.
After the show, our team narrowly avoids a head on car collision with support act The Killers…