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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

Luminara di San Ranieri…

…the most wonderful day to visit Pisa. Yes, this is probably the right sentence to describe this city in this fantastic day. 70.000 candles light every piece of the Arno river. I don’t think exist in Italy something else so suggestive.

This is probably the best shoot I did that night. To see some others pictures, click here.

My birthday has passed…

Un altro anno se n’è andato. Se guardate indietro di un anno su questo blog, troverete la bellissima torta al cioccolato di mia madre dello scorso anno. Quest’anno il mio compleanno mi ha portato una bella festicciola a sorpresa. :)

Un grazie a chi si è ricordato di me (in ordine cronologico): Laura, Franceschina, Giovanni, i miei genitori :), Leonardo, Susy, Peppe, Max, Antonio (Skyboy), Alessandra & Giulio. :D

Umbria Jazz 2007

Beh, eccomi di ritorno da Perugia. Avevo assolutamente bisogno di questa “vacanza” rilassante, di questi 3 giorni di relax. Effettivamente ultimamente ero fin troppo teso. Troppi appelli di laurea in giro! :)
L’Umbria Jazz mi ha fatto bene: un po’ di buona musica, birra a nastro, tanta figa… questi sono gli ingredienti giusti!!! Così ci si riprende!!! ;)

Ora però ritorno al lavoro…

Tanti auguri… a me!

Beh, sono arrivato ad ¼ di secolo! :) Oggi pensavo: “ma quante cose ho fatto in questi 25 anni??”. Dopo un po’ mi sono risposto: “non a sufficienza, ho ancora molto da fare!!!”. :)

Voglio ringraziare chi si è ricordato di me oggi: Marc, Giuseppe (il sardo), Giusi, Elisa, Susanna, Laura, Giovanni, Leonardo, Massimo, Giacomo, Antonio (il leccese!), Sergio, Enzo, Francesca e Valentina. Tutti coloro che non sapevano della data magica, sono esentati dalla mia ira. Gli altri… sono cazzi vostri!! :@ :)