Tuesday, October 13, 2009

U2 Concert

I know it is hard to believe, but Gary and I attended a U2 concert last evening. It was the first and only rock concert I'd ever attended, unless you count the Amy Grant concert that was held after a Rangers' game many years ago. I'm not an absolute huge fan of this band, but I do like a few of their songs, and it was nice to hear them in person.

Or more to the point, I've had a new experience. :-)

The major reason I talked Gary into this outing was so that he could see the new Cowboys' stadium. It is huge! You can see my short online album about the stadium. The food prices were high, there was a beer cooler every 40 feet, and the toilet I used sprayed water everywhere. Other than that, the place was impressive.

My observations about the concert:
  • The opening act, MUSE, was terrible.
  • If you want to hear a concert, don't go to a football stadium. The acoustics aren't that great.
  • If you want to hear the music, buy a CD. Apparently concerts are more about having an experience, and less about hearing music.
  • The multimedia, and especially the light show, was dazzling.
  • Rock concerts are a great place for people-watching. My analysis of the demographics: lots of 30 year olds, a good number of parents with their teenagers, a few families with their younger children, a few pregnant women, and 8 people with gray hair, including one of the band members.
  • Dress code: women--lots of tight jeans, lots of cleavage, a few little black dresses, and lots of high-heeled boots. Men: jeans, sweaters, nice shoes. I was expecting more people in grubby jeans, tee-shirts and athletic shoes.
  • I was disappointed not to see the stadium's famed HUGE screen in action, but I guess that is because the band has its own elaborate spaceship stage.

Speaking of the band's screen, it was very interesting from a technology point of view. It was shaped like a loop that went over the band. It was made up of many small hexagonal shaped panels that either fit tightly together to make a solid screen, or separated (each piece being connected to an expando lattice structure that either held the pieces tight together or slightly apart. This photo shows them when apart:

The multimedia and light show was impressive. And it makes you wonder how they move all that equipment and structure from one place to another. They must employ a massive crew to do the logistics. Here is a collage of photos showing some of the light show.

I guess I should end this lengthy post with two more photos:
I was there:

And here's a horrible photo of the band: