Well, last night was my first big-time concert. My mother, who once protected me from such things, baby-sat our kids so we could go (does that make her complicit?). The crowd was remarkably tame, split between kids and old folks. I belonged to the second group. At one point we spotted a stretcher waiting by an exit, and Charlene mentioned that she hoped it wasn’t for me. It’s funny to be in a public place and to smell marijuana smoke for much of the evening. If it were tobacco, they probably would have had the guy in jail by now. Not many bands can play to 20,000 people, but U2 did. The concert started out a bit flat – Vertigo seemed off somehow. It got better and by the end, we didn’t want it to end. Unfortunately, it was twenty minutes shorter than Monday night’s concert. Some fan reaction here. I spent a lot of time enjoying the design of the tour. Great use of multimedia, great transitions and set design. These guys know how to put on a show. I thought I might be tempted to buy a t-shirt – we even joked about buying my mother one to thank her for babysitting. I’d love to see her in a U2 t-shirt. But at $45-65 a shirt we overcame the temptation. Great night; fun to share it with Charlene. Update: A review from Buffalo here. They thought the first song was okay. Flickr pics here, and the official U2 account here.