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U2 and Muse Sell Out Georgia Dome in Memorable Rock Concert

Note: Check out the  AJC’s review here.

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U2 fills the Georgia Dome (w/ Muse)(AJC.com)(10-6-09)

 

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What an amazing sight to see 65,000 plus rock fans inside the Georgia Dome Tuesday night with the world’s largest concert stage and production! I’m posting 20 photos I shot during the first 3 songs U2 performed and the dynamic opening set from Muse. You guys tell the story below. 

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SO DID THIS U2 SHOW LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?  

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SO DID THIS U2 SHOW LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

188 comments Add your comment

DamnDawg

October 7th, 2009
5:25 am

Nuchow

October 7th, 2009
5:33 am

As good as they have ever been. Legendary

HRH

October 7th, 2009
6:11 am

They did not disappoint last night!! But WHY did they not play “In The Name of Love”??? One of their biggest songs of the 80’s and about MLK! We’re in ATL…HELLO!!!! Great concert and glad to have been a part of it!!

D

October 7th, 2009
6:28 am

Makes one proud to be of Irish heritage.Party at Ri’Ra’ in Midtown & then the party of the year at the dome!!!

Swampdoctor

October 7th, 2009
6:44 am

Incredible!!!

Brian22

October 7th, 2009
6:52 am

Not nearly as good as the Vertigo tour. Had as much to do with the acoustics in the Dome as the “No Line”-heavy setlist.

Sara

October 7th, 2009
7:04 am

Absolutely loved it. Amazing performance. Love their new stuff and it went well with their classics. Truly the greatest rock band of all time.

Stephen

October 7th, 2009
7:10 am

Too heavy in recent songs and the bass was overly strong. I have been to three U2 concerts and this was more about being loud. Also, I don’t understand having the audience basically sing two songs. I didn’t pay for to hear the audience sing. This was good but could have been great. I went to hear their classics (Joshua Tree, War) and really didn’t hear any of them.

Tupper

October 7th, 2009
7:20 am

Weak. It was like listening a cover band. No musical improvisation at all.

heidi

October 7th, 2009
7:22 am

completely agree w brian. we took our kids (9 & 12) and it was good but not amazing. breathe and no line on the horizon should be pulled from the set list. the last time they played the 2 nights at philips arena was far better but the acoustics in the dome are truly BAD. still…not a bad way to spend a tuesday nite. :)

Brutalo

October 7th, 2009
7:36 am

Atlanta is simply not ready for the shows of this magnitude. I am not talking about the U2 or show itself, it is about traffic befor and after the show. Yes, I know, Marta rules etc, but when you live/work on 75 North there is no Marta in sight. Anyways, loved Muse, loved them since first time I saw them in Lakewood in 2004. U2 were great, but not amazing. i still believe that their PopMart tour was the best of it’s kind. On the top of that, very poor use of 360 stage on this show. saw Metallica on Sunday and these dudes utilized their 360 stage soooo much better.

Josh M

October 7th, 2009
7:41 am

I saw U2 at the Dome in 1992 and 1998 (I think), and I didn’t go back this time. That is just a horrible place for concerts, and I’m not spending those prices for those acoustics.

Steve B

October 7th, 2009
7:50 am

The production was incredible. I am still trying to understand the complexity of the large overhead screen. You really felt you were living inside of an incredible music video. Great camera work, interesting, hugh set, and U2 at its best. I will still never understand why “loud” has become more important than great sound. Vocals were often hard to understand and I think many folks were glad to get to their cars, put in the CD and once again here U2 as they love them.

Merl

October 7th, 2009
7:51 am

Muse rocked! I hope these guys come back soon and U2 were incredible. I was worried about the acoustics in the Dome because the last show I saw there was the Rolling Stones and the acoustics were horrible. Had seats on the 200 level and was surprised by how good Muse and U2 sounded. As long as these guys are touring I’m going!!!!

Jason

October 7th, 2009
7:54 am

Stephen,
Bands tour to promote their new CD. If you have been to three U2 concerts as you say you have, then I am sure you have heard plenty from the Joshua Tree and War. Also, If you have been to U2 concerts in the past, I am also sure you have heard PLENTY of crowd interaction and participation, the band has based it’s live career on that.

I agree with the others, the GA Dome is absolutely TERRIBLE as far as acoustics (no wonder the bass was poorly mixed). U2, as well as any other band should never play the GA Dome…it is a terrible acoustical experience and makes it almost not worth it to pay a premium ticket price when you are dealing with reverberation mixing with the actual signals. I think Turner Field would have been a better choice or even 2 nights at Philips, but then again, they stage is designed for stadiums, not arenas.

U2 rocks, the Dome sucks.

Ron

October 7th, 2009
7:54 am

Saw them in Charlottesville and Raleigh and doubted they’d be able to fit the stage in the Dome. Did the spaceship have its tower?

Oh, and to the guy who complained that there weren’t enough Joshua Tree and War songs: They played New Year’s Day, Sunday, Bloody Sunday, Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For and With or Without You. What the hell else do you want?

Ozzy

October 7th, 2009
7:58 am

Sara

“The greatest rock band of all time”? Shirley you’re not serious.

Ron

October 7th, 2009
7:59 am

Good point Jason. The thing I respect the most about U2 is that they refuse to become a nostalgia band. They always promote new songs, and they should. That’s been my biggest disappointment with Tom Petty. He’s made a ton of great music in the last 10 years, but you’d never know it from his shows. It’s a predictable 80s and 90s greatest hits set list that every year further alienates young audiences.

People who complain about anything made after they were in high school need to look in the mirror and realize they sound like their grumpy grandfather. If you want to stay in 1988 fine, but don’t expect artists to.

Mike

October 7th, 2009
8:01 am

Disappointing. The Dome acoustics are known to be horrible however the expansive U2 crew (most of County Cork) did as good a job as possible to minimize that. Still the Art Blank special pre-sale last row under the overhang seats received nothing but reflected muddled garbage. The tour should be called 90 degrees since the majority of the “in the round” stage was completely wasted. The Irish lads could be schooled big time by Metallica on that regard. But then it appeared U2 is more into the big money to fund the big technology then respecting the fan base. Muse played a nice set. Too bad most were still looking for parking and didn’t catch them even when they started 30 minutes late. Oh well, I’ll rent the DVD next time.

HRH

October 7th, 2009
8:02 am

The Tower was there at The Dome. And I agree Ron with all you say. I’m just bummed they did not sing “In the Name of Love”…especially in ATL since it is about MLK. But remember, some people are ALWAYS going to complain in blogs. It’s their nature. I look at these blogs and shake my head sometimes. I had a GREAT night with my firends at the concert. That counts for something!!

David

October 7th, 2009
8:02 am

Couldn’t go last night, but the set list by this point in their career is filled with too many beaten to death tunes. And “Stuck In A Moment” is one of their worst songs. Would have enjoyed hearing Magnificent, Unforgettable Fire and a couple of Joshua Tree tunes, but if I drew up a set list it would be drastically different. When I saw U2 at the Dome in ‘92 I do remember how horrible it sounded from our floor seats.

Betty

October 7th, 2009
8:04 am

Loved U2; thought the much-publicized stage set was the worst I’ve ever seen. Half the time it was like seeing a gigantic light show with a U2 soundtrack–couldn’t see where any of the bandmembers were and lights were bouncing on the screens instead of video of the band.

David

October 7th, 2009
8:06 am

One comment about people not wanting U2 to play new material. I’d be fine with it if everything was as good as Magnificent. Such a great song. But a huge chunk of their songs in the past 10 years are a little boring.

Jason

October 7th, 2009
8:09 am

Completely disagree. While I am not a rabid fan of the new CD, I think ATYCLB and HTDAAB are brilliant albums.

ElectObama08

October 7th, 2009
8:13 am

Good comments by Jason, the band thrives on interaction from the crowd and the set list for the tour digs into their catalogue whilst putting their new tracks front and center and these come into their own in a live performance. I saw the tour at Gillette Stadium and if you want to hear how it sounds outside of a dome I posted the whole gig on YouTube under the same user name. I will be at Phoenix and hope they open the roof so the acoustics don’t turn into Dome II.

Nick

October 7th, 2009
8:13 am

Jolly good show! Like HRH, I was surprised the boys did not sing all of their tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, but these are tunes they have performed in Atlanta many times previously. It was great to hear a couple of their seldom-performed-live tunes such as “The Unforgettable Fire.” More details, including notes on Bono’s connections to The King Center in Atlanta, and review at http://olympicringsandotherthings.blogspot.com

Dano

October 7th, 2009
8:15 am

Did not waste my time or $ on U2 at the dome…no reason to hear any band there…did go to see Paul McCartney in Piedmont Park last month…let’s just say it was sort of cool to see a Beatles concert in 2009 with amazing acoustics and Midtown skyscrapers as the backdrop..yeah, still the greatest band of all time even if the band is missing three original members…

Ron

October 7th, 2009
8:17 am

HRH, I’m with you on Pride. That’s a tough one to leave out. Then again, if they played every song I liked they’d still be playing! And David, I agree that NLOTH hasn’t blown me away, but, boy, I just don’t see how you can’t like All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. Vertigo, Elevation, Beautiful Day, Walk On, City of Blinding Lights and All Because of You are boring?

Jason

October 7th, 2009
8:18 am

Having seen them perform every time they have come to Atlanta since 1983 (Agora Ballroom?), I can say I have enjoyed each and every show and have appreciated the subtle (and not so subtle) changes over the years and with each new Album. It’s impossible to say who is the best of all time, but u2 are up there with the best of the best and their live shows can quite often be like a spiritual awakening.

Misterbigideaguy

October 7th, 2009
8:19 am

This was my 20th plus U2 concert and what a disappointment. It was like making love to a woman in California while you’re in NYC. Total lack of intimacy no matter how close your seat. The goal here was to open the whole house to mass ticket sales – not bring the audience closer as Bono said. It’s actually kind of sad that U2 has become such a huge commercial machine, they really have no choice but to support the massive business model they’ve established. I left last night knowing it would be my last U2 concert because the band I fell in love with 28 years ago can’t exist any more in a world that requires crash commercialism for mega stars. Sure, the songs are great and the performance tight, but the reasons U2 became what they are today are long, long gone.

Matt

October 7th, 2009
8:21 am

I saw U2 at the Dome in ‘92 and went again last night. The Dome’s acoustics sucked then and still sucked last night. The place is designed for football, to make the crowd louder. The crowd last night overpowered the music, which is the Dome’s fault. Please play Phillips next time, if the stage can fit in there.

Overall, I thought it was a great show! I thought the screen/lights were some of the best I’ve seen, they definitely bring the production to a new level with every tour. I thought the set was a good mix of old and new, I’m sorry I missed the Joshua Tree tour too, but I don’t expect them to play the whole album every time out people. By my count they still played 4 songs from that album but I was glad to hear plenty of Achtung Baby in there. Ultraviolet was definitely a highlight for me.

Definitely one of the greatest LIVE bands of all time but pick another venue next time. How about a week at the Tabernacle?

U2Fan

October 7th, 2009
8:21 am

Went to the concert, and thought it sounded like most any other concert in the GA Dome so I knew what I was in for regarding acoustics. I think that is a much different show in an outdoor stadium.

To that end, my only disappointment was that the other five U2 concerts that I attended had a theme around the show. (Joshua Tree = America, ZooTV = technology, Pop = Disco. Later tours = Love). The only theme I can identify from this tour was “look at our BIG stage and cool video screen”.

Maybe that was because I had $250 seats and still sat 75 yards away from the main stage, but that is nit picking.

Good show, but not the best U2 show I have seen.

HRH

October 7th, 2009
8:21 am

I saw McCartney in Piedmonet Park too Dano. Great concert, but no reason to trash on U2…especially if you did not go!

Jason

October 7th, 2009
8:22 am

I am surprised you left feeling that way, you know the next tour will be a different feel….as they always are.

War Jacket

October 7th, 2009
8:23 am

Saw U2 twice back in the days when they really mattered: Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, Auchtung Baby time frame.

I don’t see how they could even be compared with what I saw at Phillips on Sunday night. Metallica ROCKS!!!

OZZFEST

October 7th, 2009
8:25 am

This was falsely advertised as a “360″ show, in fact it THAT IS THE NAME OF THE TOUR. THIS IS TOTALLY BUGUS. They should rename it the “180 tour”…they played 80% of their show towards the front and Muse never turned around at all. BONO SHOULD HAVE ATTENDED METALLICA at Philips Arena on Sunday, they PLAYED A TRUE 360 “in the round” show, contantly circling the stage. U2 had a perimeter ring around the main stage accessed by two rotating bridges, but they rarely used the outer ring and there was no need to have built the % of the ring towards the back…they never used it.

I would have been happier if they had plopped the smaller Vertigo stage under the spider tent and just rocked, instead they played almost the entire “No Line Under the Boredome” CD. Muse clearly blew them off stage.

U2 is becoming REM. Yawn.

Steve

October 7th, 2009
8:30 am

Good but certainly far from great from my perspective. Was personally surprised at the lack of showmanship for a show of this caliber, looked tired. Had all these bridges and circular stage around the main stage, but spent 95% of their time in one small area. God Bless Bono, as it is great to see a celeb use his power and influence to stir up a lot of backing to great causes, BUT I do not personally like see the last 30-45 minutes of a show dedicated to speeches, video, and songs about poverty, AIDS, civil rights…there was no climax, all slow songs to end it…not what I want to see for a $275 rock and roll ticket. Don’t regret seeing, but wouldn’t pay to see’em again.

Colin

October 7th, 2009
8:33 am

Muse was incredible. They’re a great live band and put on a great show – always improv between songs and add a bit here and there that doesn’t make it onto the CD. I hope they can soon headline a tour here in the States as they do in the UK and Europe where they fill stadiums 65,000+ just by themselves.

U2 was loud. And had a lot of production (which was incredible – the stage and effects and lighting – and the SCREEN – great production). That said, I was actually kind of disappointed that I didn’t enjoy the U2 portion more. They came back for 2 encores which seemed a little much even for them. Show went LOOOOONG and I know several big U2 fans who think the show could have been an hour shorter.

Overall worth the $, but I really wish Muse had a longer set. They were the more dynamic band last night, despite the massive amounts of $ spent towards the production of the U2 set.

David

October 7th, 2009
8:34 am

Muse is a better band! U2 is on their way down and becoming the Rolling stones of touring..I’m not saying they suck etc..just saying their music is becoming less relevant. Muse needs to tour and headline their own concert. They are huge overseas and semi big here people just need to buy their albums and realize their genius. Hope the show was good…maybe i’ll go to a U2 concert when they charge 30 dollars a ticket

Jason

October 7th, 2009
8:34 am

This is encouraging, with all the negative comments, I look forward to seeing them at Center Stage next time…at least I know I will be closer next time!

Matt

October 7th, 2009
8:40 am

Muse was great, I really enjoyed seeing them. I will say they really, really like Radiohead. They are what would have happened if Radiohead had become a power trio and kept putting out The Bends over and over again….eventually.

HRH

October 7th, 2009
8:40 am

Again…people always complain on blogs whether it’s warranted or not. Take it with a grain of salt.

donna outlaw

October 7th, 2009
8:41 am

we’re going to see them in houston in reliant stadium as they’re my husband’s favorite band. after we saw green day in new orleans, i told him they’ll have to be almost supernatural to beat the green day concert! i also love muse and “uprising” is on vh1 right now! i’ve never been to a concert in reliant stadium so i hope the acoustics are better than the georgia dome. the few concerts i remember from the superdome like the stones had decent sound but the new orleans arena sound was amazing like phillips arena. we have $252 seats and from the seating chart, we’ll be to the left of the front of the stage. it’ll be a nice trip and my husband can’t wait.

Machetethehospitalredtape

October 7th, 2009
8:42 am

Was in the front row of the nosebleeds with my 12 year old daughter for her first concert of a band that she has heard of. Yes, the War tour was much more intimate and accessible, but many people have noticed, and for every one of the 70,000 or so people there, about 10 more would have loved to go. This band is one of the most popular in the world because of how they play onstage, how they try hard to continuously evolve (no longer trying to rhyme with Nicaragua), and because of the amazing catalog of songs they have developed. For an intimate experience, there are literally millions of bands that cannot sell out my basement. Go see them. For the biggest band in the land, just acknowledge that you can only see them with another 70,000 people and stop complaining.

The concert itself had some hit or miss moments, those of us in the nosebleeds appreciated the attempts to communicate with those of us miles away, and with the limitations inherent in seeing such a large show, it went very well. Seen them many times, too, and each time has some great moments and some negatives. Saw one of the best concerts they have ever played in NYC in 2001, and saw a disfunctional catastrophe a few weeks later on the same tour. They were earnest, treid hard, and had a reasonably good mix (only real problem was the blue lights on the circle were out in places, sure someone will get the sack for that). Many people headed for the bathrooms during the new stuff, but one was played in goofy fashion walking around with bongos, getting some attention. Walk on was weak (voice, and dorks standing onstage with a mask), but most of the other older stuff came off extremely well.

I would go again, and my daughter loved it.

donna outlaw

October 7th, 2009
8:45 am

floor tickets in houston are only $52 so how much lower can you go? my husband is a fan club member so we got first chance at tickets and feel we’ll have decent seats in houston. i read the comment about muse being huge in europe and wonder why snow patrol toured with U2 throughout most of europe instead of muse?

Sean Patrick

October 7th, 2009
8:45 am

The sound was awful and yes, the acoustics in the Dome are difficult to work with… but I’ve seen the Stones and other bands who did a FAR better job working with it.

Jason

October 7th, 2009
8:46 am

Correction to AJC: the concert was NOT sold out.

Sean Patrick

October 7th, 2009
8:47 am

I meant to add that for energy they did look like they were into it!

HRH

October 7th, 2009
8:49 am

It actually did sell out at 6 PM yesterday. The Dome only allows so many people in there due to “fire hazard”. After you tally the “standing room” crowd on the floor, it hit capacity whether all seats were filled or not.

Matt

October 7th, 2009
8:51 am

To donna outlaw, Muse headline they’re own tour in Europe.