Bono loves the Boss and the E Street Band. The rest of his band does, too — maybe not as much as he does, but plenty nonetheless. On U2‘s massive 360° Tour, which stopped at New Meadowlands Stadium on Wednesday night, the Dublin quartet has been honoring the memory of Clarence Clemons. During the encore set, Bono hoisted a dayglo sign with Clemons’ name on it up onstage with U2, and then dedicated “Moment of Surrender” to the late saxophonist.
That wasn’t all. The U2 frontman closed “Moment of Surrender” with a quote from “Jungleland,” and dropped a chorus of “The Promised Land” into “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Afterward, he solicited a “Bruce” chant from the audience, and pointed out that Bruce was The Edge’s middle name (the guitarist looked slightly embarrassed by this.)
The singer reminded the crowd that U2 has played East Rutherford 24 times. The 360° Tour stopped in old Giants Stadium in 2009, and would have returned to the Meadowlands last year if Bono hadn’t hurt his back.
U2 seemed to genuinely enjoy the new stadium. Bono congratulated New Jersey on landing the facility, and, with less irony than you’d imagine, even called it “posh.”
After performing “Magnificent,” Bono stopped the show to read a setlist from a concert U2 played at the Fastlane in Asbury Park in the mid-’80s. He asked the crowd if the Fastlane was still operating, and seemed genuinely sad to learn it wasn’t.
There were rumors circulating in the stadium that Springsteen would make an appearance at the show. He did not. But as much of a thrill it would have been to see the Boss onstage with Bono, it was nice to attend a Jersey show where the main attraction did not yell “good evening, New York City.” Bono and his bandmates knew exactly where they were; better still, they were happy to be where they were. Maybe it’s because of the Springsteen connection, but New Jersey clearly signifies mightily for Bono. Maybe he ought to move to Teaneck or something.
Okay, that’s it for tonight. Look for a review of the show in Friday’s paper. And yes, I know all about the traffic. See, that’s why Bono likes it in the Meadowlands — he can just take a helicopter in and out. He doesn’t have to sit on 120 wondering if any of the cars up ahead will ever move again.
U2 360° TOUR
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Until the End of the World
I Will Follow
Get On Your Boots
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Pride (In the Name of Love)
City of Blinding Lights
I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Where the Streets Have No Name
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
With or Without You
Moment of Surrender
Out of Control