Since we’re all scheduled to die on Friday, why not go out with some of our favorite tunes?
R.E.M. “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” This is the most obvious thing to play, and you can make yourself dizzy trying to sing along to the lyrics. For a live and more ska version, check out No Doubt‘s cover during MTV‘s New Year’s Eve Bash when we all thought computers were going to kill us when we rolled over into 2000.
U2 “Last Night On Earth” While “Pop” wasn’t U2’s most successful album, I still think it was their most ambitious and it’s one of my favorites. This is one of the better cuts and it’s video features the last filmed appearance of William S. Burroughs. You can also check out their song “Until The End of The World” which appears on the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Prince “1999” You gotta have a little Prince before you die. This one was popular going into the year 1999, but it still resonates today.
Justin Timberlake ft. Beyonce “Until The End Of Time” A slow burner if you plan on spending the apocalypse with your boo.
Britney Spears “Till The World Ends” Get together with your besties, dance it out and remember all the good times.
Like when you thought Brit and Timberlake were going to be together forever.
Soundgarden “Blow Up The Outside World” One of the darker songs from DiC faves Soundgarden. Their hit “The Day I Tried To Live” also works.
My anticipation for this concert has been building for some time, since the tickets were purchased over a year and a half ago, and due to an emergency back surgery for Bono, rescheduled for June 6th, 2011. I had questions, would Bono still have it? Are they getting too old? Would U2 live up to all their past performances. All my questions were answered with a (“12th Man“) resounding YES! He’s got it, and more! Better than ever!
Arriving at the show venue, Qwest Field, Seattle, home of the famous “12th Man“… I was awestruck by the sheer NUMBER of people, all ages, all colors and styles, gathering in ONE grand place. All hoping to get a glimpse of one of the worlds greatest rock bands, U2. Over 63,000 people in attendance ( much more than a packed out sporting event on a good day) . The stage, one of the grandest things I have ever seen in my life. A giant robo-claw of sorts, adorned with massive lighting, 360º giant video monitors, and a 360º stage, so they could be seen by all in attendance.
Opening act was not to disappoint. Lenny Kravitz, a big name in his own right, doing all his greatest hits. I will admit, I have a new appreciation for Lenny after seeing him and his band live. Not only is he decent to look at, but talented, and a bit of a diva too. Being the first act onstage, there were some technical difficulties (not that in the crowd could really hear or notice), but he made it well known it was not to his standards. In the middle of singing, he’d throw in, ” I’ve only got two notes” , or “sorry, just a little technical $#!#” .
Intermission was with great Seattle flare. I don’t know that any crowd can get into it like us Seattle folk, but I’ve never seen the “WAVE” so enthusiastic in all my life. Anticipation building, fans trying to come up with things to pass the time, volley beach ball on peoples heads… and THEN… THEY entered the stadium, and the roar of the some 63,000 fans screaming and cheering and whistling became deafening. It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E.
Taking the stage, the lights died down, and U2 started tearing up the night Seattle skyline with “Even Better Than the Real Thing” And, yes–It was! U2 is SO amazing live. The sound, energy the charisma … electric.
The setlist for this tour was their best ever ( this being my 3rd U2 concert to date) Here’s the rundown.
Main Set: Even Better Than The Real Thing, I Will Follow, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Elevation, It’s the End of the World as We Know It – Until the End of the World – Where Have All the Flowers Gone, All I Want Is You, Stay, Beautiful Day – Space Oddity, Pride, Miss Sarajevo, Zooropa, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, I’ll Go Crazy (remix) – Discotheque – Life During Wartime – Psycho Killer, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Scarlet, Walk On – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Encore(s): One, Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Where the Streets Have No Name – All You Need is Love, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With or Without You, Moment of Surrender
When the band did come back out for the encore… I was SO STOKED, Bono came out swinging on a hanging microphone, singing to “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – one of my favorites. I can say his back is not holding him back one bit! He was jumping and swiveling and walking ALL over that massive stage. He, is truly, the most amazing performer, in his element on that stage, and at 51 years young–cooler than ever. Not only is U2 impeccable as musicians and artists, but they are amazing people, great humanitarians, with huge hearts, and put their money where their mouth is.
Upon leaving the stage, the last thing that is so vivid in my memory, is seeing fans lining the exit corridor, and there was a young lady holding a sign that said “On my bucket list… Meet Bono” and as Bono walked by, he saw the sign, and reach out and gave her a high five. The lucky fan went airborne, jumping and screaming and shaking because she, could cross off that item from her “bucket list”. A second in time for him, a lifetime of memories for her.
[FANTASTIC review, Heather! AGAIN, I might add! Please check out Heather’s Guest Review of Depeche Mode! What would I do without all these wonderful folks who are generous enough to write reviews for Dipped in Cream??]
For the big finale all the Idol castoffs were brought back to remind us why they were kicked off, but there were some great duets with the likes of Tony Bennett and Gladys Knight. Over 122 million votes were cast, and apparently America really loves Scotty McCreery.
Keeping with Idol tradition, the Top 13 dressed in all white performed Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way“. It sounded better than when they did it weeks ago, maybe Gaga threatened to kick them with one of her platform boots if they messed it up.
James Durbin performed with Judas Priest. I like that he and Rob Halpert tried to out-leather and stud each other.
Jacob Lusk duetted with Kirk Franklin on “I Smile” and then were joined by Gladys Knight. In oddest duet of the night, Casey Abrams and Jack Black sang Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls“. Jack has a movie to promote, and well, Casey needed something to do. It surprisingly, sounded really good.
During last year’s finale, the girls got together to sing a medley of Christina Aguilera’s hits an then she came out to show them how it’s really done. Beyonce let the Top 13 girls butcher her hits and then she out booty shook them during “Crazy In Love“. Later, Bey returned to give us a live version of her latest single, “1+1“.
Along with TLC’s performance, I think Idol was trying to make a point that girls rule the world, or at least Idol for the night.
Scotty and Haley got duets, with Tim McGraw and Tony Bennett respectively.
Jennifer Lopez got to heat up the stage with her husband, Marc Anthony. He covered Héctor Lavoe’s “Aguanile”, she danced and Sheila E. tore up those drums. It was a hot performance, and as Seacrest said, “Now we know what they do at home”. (Was Ryan pervy-er this season, or is it just me?)
The Top 13 guys peformed a medley of songs that starts off with Stefano Langone singing Prince, and James singing “What’s New Pussycat“. This was oddly sexy, and even more so when they were joined by Tom Jones! We all did the Carlton Dance–don’t act like you didn’t!
Lady Gaga, who is on a huge promotion tour for her latest album Born This Way, threw herself of the edge while singing “The Edge of Glory“. Never has she been more literal. This song is growing on me, though.
Lauren got to sing with Carrie Underwood. I think Carrie took advantage of Lauren’s voice being shot by hitting all those big notes, and maybe to silence all the people comparing Lauren to her. And how ’bout her tiny shorts and gorgeous legs? We GET it, Carrie! You’re a pretty, skinny blonde chick in a plastic sort of way!
The judges all got tributes, but Steven’s was the most fun and he got down on the piano while performing Aerosmith’s “Dream On“. I wonder why James didn’t join him.
There was also a boring Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark number with Bono and The Edge of U2. No wonder this thing has had so many problems. Down to the results, Lauren looked like she was about to piss her panties and Scotty was obviously overwhelmed when he was announced the winner. I personally think Lauren’s winning song was better. Scotty’s “I Love You This Big” sounds childish and weird. Then again, they were the youngest to ever be in the finale, as was pointed out to us numerous times over the two hour show.