Saturday, January 26, 2008
I first noticed U2 when they opened the Grammys in 2001 (apparently my year of awakening). I was so taken with the energy of Bono, and raw sex appeal of this Irish rock band. Yes, I had heard their songs on the radio, yes, I had seen Bono on the entertainment news shows in his signature shades, I just didn't get it until I saw them in action on stage. I'll admit, although audio is great I'm a bit of a visual fan. That's why the film U2 3D was such treat for me. The sweeping style of the 3D film draws the viewer into the crowd, and alternately tosses them on stage. The show is staged so well, impressive how the band embraces its audience by extending its stages and reaches out. I can say, I have fallen hard for The Edge (yes, I have a thing for guitar players and, damn, he oozes cool). Bono's sincerity, voice and energy is infectious. A word about the film's audience. The folks behind me cheered after every song. I was surprised how many families were in attendance. A little girl named Autumn (I'm guessing 4 or 5 years old), was sitting in front of me, and in beautiful innocence said "what's the movie?", her mom said, "it's U2", Autumn said, "oh, I like U2!". Talk about spanning generations. A great concert film.