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U2, Zurich, CH – September 12th, 2010

Almost a month has passed since this concert (the 4th U2′ concert in a bit more than an year for me) and a lot of thing have gone through my life. This concert has been different from the ones I’ve been before. Probably the rain, probably a smaller stadium, probably a different setlist, probably Bono in a great shape, but the concert has been somewhat different. This concert has seen the live debut of “Mercy” and I also had chance to listen a bunch of songs I haven’t listen before. Unfortunately, because of the heavy rain, the Encore was shorter and With or Without You and Ultraviolet/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me were not played. I wish they did, but unfortunately the weather was so terrible.

This is the set list of the concert in Zurich, September 12th 2010:

  • Return Of The Stingray Guitar
  • Beautiful Day
  • I Will Follow
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Elevation
  • Until The End Of The World
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • North Star
  • Mercy (live debut)
  • In A Little While
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • City Of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Mothers Of The Disappeared
  • Walk On

Encore

  • One
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • Moment of Surrender

 I’ve put some pictures of this concert in a gallery and I’ve also published a couple of shot on flickr.
I’m going to talk about Zurich soon, promise!

U2 @ Wembley

It was a day like another. More or less. Laura & I were wandering in Oxford Street, then in Tottenham Court Road. It was 7PM and we thought to eat a pizza in Goodge Street1. Then, she said “Why don’t we go near the stadium and we see how the stadium and the area looks like?”. “OK”, I replied. Then I had a look at the clock, started a quick calculation on the tube map and my brain had a flash: if we run just a bit, we are under the stadium just in time to seat and see the concert! What!?!? “We already have a ticket for tomorrow”, I said myself! I don’t mind! If tonight they play “Stay” and I’m not inside That stadium, I will blame for the rest of my life that I didn’t spent few pounds to get in.
We took the tube, we did the shortest way (probably not the quickest) and we arrived at Wembley around 8 o’clock. Just the time to make few steps out of the tube station and a guy came toward me and said: “do you want a ticket?” Yep, sure I want one (in my mind again)! “What kind of ticket do you have?” “Standing”, he said. Then my answer was “No, Thanks”. Than another guy came and said “I have two seating tickets”. “How much”. “40£ each”. I was nearly to open my wallet, then I had a quick look around (so many people with tickets to sell and so few minutes before the start!) and a very quick check to my finance. “No, it’s to much” was my answer. He promptly replied: “How much do you offer?”. Quick look to the Laura’s eyes, then “25£ each”.
I have to say, it worth more than 25£. The concert was Magnificent2, the place inside the stadium was amazing, the thrilling feeling inside me made the concert even better than the real thing, but they didn’t play “Stay”. This is the set-list:

  • Breathe
  • No Line On The Horizon
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Beautiful Day
  • Elevation
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  • Unknown Caller
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Pride
  • MLK
  • Walk On
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • Mysterious Ways

Encore

  • Ultraviolet
  • With or Without You
  • Moment of Surrender

I woke the day after quite late. It was midday, more or less. As soon as the sleepiness went away, I realized that I had another ticket for the U2’s gig. Great! Honestly, after waiting for 15 years to see the U2, it’s quite amazing to see them 3 times in a bit more than one month. The second day concert was amazing. The set-list probably more interesting than the first day. The seating a bit closer to the stage and the stadium not completely full. I also had the chance to bring a couple of friends (unfortunately they had to seat somewhere else). There are few gems (Yes, I finally listen “Stay” live!) in the set-list:

  • Breathe
  • No Line On The Horizon
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Beautiful Day
  • Until The End Of The World
  • New Year’s Day
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Stay (Faraway, so Close!)
  • Unknown Caller
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Pride
  • MLK
  • Walk On
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • Bad

Encore

  • Ultraviolet
  • With or Without You
  • Moment of Surrender

Obviously, I’ve done hundreds of pictures. I’ve post two short galleries on the blog, one for the 14th and one for the 15th. Unfortunately, the 14th I had only the wide angle lens attached to the camera, so I have only large picture of the stadium. I’ve also posted the best pictures into my Flickr Concert Pool. Enjoy.

  1. Pizza Icco forever!
  2. This word is not casual

U2, Milan, IT – July 7th, 2009

I’m still speechless. 10 days has passed but I still remember this concert as it was yesterday. I’d been waiting this concert for years. I remember the day we spent the night on ticketone to reserve the site we liked. Since then a lot of things happened. But it’s not time to remember this concert anymore. I’ve bought the tickets for the concert in Wembley and I’m really looking forward to seeing that stadium and that concert. If it will be at least half good as it was in Milan, it will be the second best concert of my life anyway!
This is the set list of the concert at San Siro, July 7th 2009:

  • Breathe
  • No Line On The Horizon
  • Get On Your Boots
  • Magnificent
  • Beautiful Day
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • Stand By Me
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Party Girl – Happy Birthday
  • In a Little While
  • Unknown Caller
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Pride
  • MLK
  • Walk On
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • One

Encore

  • Ultraviolet
  • With or Without You
  • Moment of Surrender

 I’ve put some pictures of this concert in a gallery and I’ve also published a couple of shot on flickr (shot 1, shot 2).

Radiohead, Milan, IT – June 18th, 2008

I waited this concert for 6 months. And, fortunately, everything goes OK. Radiohead is a great band, with a lot of colors and feeling. A band that change radicaly its style across the career, but with a strong background.
The concert was full of colors and effect. The stage is at same time simple and full of impact. Weather you have possibility to see them, catch it!
This is the set list of the concert:

  • Reckoner
  • 15 Step
  • The National Anthem
  • All I Need
  • Nude
  • Airbag
  • The Gloaming
  • Dollars And Cents
  • Arpeggi
  • Faust Arp
  • How To Disappear Completely
  • Jigsaw Falling Into Place
  • A Wolf At The Door
  • Videotape
  • Everything In Its Right Place
  • Idioteque
  • Bodysnatchers

Encore 1

  • House Of Cards
  • There There
  • Bangers And Mash
  • Just
  • The Tourist

Encore 2

  • Go Slowly
  • 2+2=5
  • Paranoid Android

Giovanni made few pictures during the concert, that you can see here. For more pictures, look here (all the right reserved to the author).

Joe Satriani & Paul Gilbert, Birmingham, UK – May 12th, 2008

Anche quest’anno ho ficcato un concerto dentro il mio viaggio primaverile. Questa volta è stata l’occasione per vedere Satriani (l’avevo già visto al G3 di Pistoia, alcuni anni fa). Ma l’occasione era ancora più ghiotta, visto la presenza di Paul Gilbert come apertura del concerto.
Non c’è molto altro da aggiungere: il concerto è stato semplicemente DEVASTANTE! :lol:
Il concerto di Paul Gilbert è durato circa 50 minuti: una session tra pezzi nuovi e pezzi vecchi, sia suoi (come Down to Mexico) che con i RacerX (come Scarified e Technical Difficulties). Ecco la track list:

  • Hurry up
  • Curse of Castle Dragon
  • Silence Followed by a Deafening Roar
  • Eudaimonia Overture
  • Norwegian Cowbell
  • Bultaco Saturno
  • Scarified
  • The Rhino
  • Bronx 1971
  • Technical Difficulties
  • Suite Modale
  • I Cannot Tell a Lie
  • Down to Mexico

Il concerto di Satriani è durato circa 2 ore. E ragazzi, tirava fuori fiamme da quella chitarra!!! Mi ci voleva un po’ di sano rock potente. Ecco la track list:

  • I Just wanna rock
  • Overdriver
  • Ice 9
  • Diddle-Y-A-Doo-Dat
  • Ghosts
  • One Big Rush
  • Musterion
  • Revelation
  • Satch Boogie
  • Out Of The Sunrise
  • Time Machine
  • Cool #9
  • Andalusia
  • Super Colossal
  • Flying In A Blue Dream
  • Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
  • Bass Solo
  • Cryin’
  • Always With Me, Always With You
  • Surfing With The Alien
  • * ENCORE * Crowd Chant
  • Summer Song

Ne è valsa la pena… se potete, andate a vederlo a Milano o Udine il 10 e l’11 Giugno. Purtroppo non ci sarà Paul Gilbert come spalla, ma solo Satriani vale il prezzo del biglietto. Se volete vedere qualche foto del concerto, date un’occhiata qui.