Seattle Times : U2 Gives Festive, Fine Show in Domesamedi 13 décembre 1997
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From The Seattle Times :
U2 GIVES FESTIVE, FINE SHOW IN DOME — LAST ROCK ’N’ ROLL CONCERT WASHUGE EXTRAVAGANZAPATRICK MACDONALD, SEATTLE TIMES STAFF CRITIC
Concert review U2 and Smash Mouth, last night at the Kingdome. It was a night of lasts. The last rock ’n’ roll show in the Kingdome and the last night in America for U2’s "PopMart Tour." And what a fine last night it was. Lead singer Bono, his vocal problems apparently over, was inclassic form, and the huge extravaganza fit the Dome nicely. The mammoth video screen was amazing,projecting close-up shots of the band in action interspersed with incredible, artful visual effects. And the sound was the best ever in the Kingdome, surpassing even the recent Rolling Stones show.
The night had a festive air. Bono interacted with the crowd much more than at the band’s Eugene show lastMay, using a long extension of the stage to get down close to the fans. At one point he donned a red Santa’scap offered by someone from the crowd. "And the Lord said, humble yourself," he quipped as he modeled the cap for the camera.
The fans joined in singing several songs, including an apparently improvisational version of "Stand By Me."
Explaining - or perhaps apologizing for - the glitzy presentation, he told the crowd, "We wanted to turn a casino into a cathedral."
The wording was apt, because the show had a spiritual element, especially when Bono played guitar and sang a simple, heartfelt "Sunday, Bloody Sunday," the band’s classic song about the political troubles in its nativeIreland.
The concert opened with the band approaching the stage through the audience, guarded by a tight phalanx ofsecurity people. Bono brought up the rear in a red-hooded boxer’s robe, and when he got on stage he jumped in place and rabbit-punched the air. With the huge screen awash in bright colors and multi-images of the band,they swung into "Mofo," from the latest album, "Pop," and followed it with another, earlier song with a similartheme of loss and salvation, "I Will Follow."
Traditionally, the last night of a rock tour includes some hijinks. They started early, when four imitation Bonos, in red wrap-around shades and muscle shirts, appeared on stage during the fourth song, "The Real Thing."
The intensity continued with "Gone," for which Bono strapped on a guitar and the Edge supplied harmony vocals.One of the first times Bono got close to the crowd was for a lively "Last Night on Earth," followed by "Until the Endof the World."
Among other hits performed were "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "New Year’s Day" and "Bullet the Blue Sky."
The California ska-punk band Smash Mouth celebrated its moment of glory as opening act with an energetic,clownish set highlighted by a "Happy Birthday" sing-along for the band’s soundman and a finale of its bouncy hit, "Walkin’ on the Sun."