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U2 at Madison Square Garden Is Date-Night for Jon Bon Jovi and Wife
The band played the first of eight shows at the New York City landmark on Saturday, July 18.
U2 hit Madison Square Garden for the first of eight shows at the New York City landmark on Saturday, July 18, drawing not only a sold-out crowd, but also fellow musicians (Jon Bon Jovi), stars of the film world (filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, actor Ed Burns with wife Christy Turlington), iconoclasts (Harry Belafonte, Salman Rushdie) in addition to extended family and friends.
The Bon Jovi singer was spotted in the crowd (seated in section 107), where he stood for the show in its entirety with wife Dorothea. "Date night," is how a source described their attendance. No doubt note-taking was also in order, as the New Jersey rocker is set to hit the road with his band in the fall.
U2 frontman Bono gave a shout-out to Belafonte and Rushdie, one of several moments during the show when he addressed the crowd to recount his own memories of playing New York's The Ritz as a young punk band in the '80s and of his mother, Iris, to whom he dedicated the song of the same name, a track from the band's latest album, Songs of Innocence.
Indeed, the nearly three-hour show was heavy on selections from the Innocence, which also included opener "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" and the ballads "Song for Someone" and "Every Breaking Wave," but also pulled out a rarity in "October," which Bono delivered with The Edge accompanying him on an upright piano.
Other highlights included the crowd-pleasers "Vertigo," "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Beautiful Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name." Missing from the set list were the hits "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Desire," though both, along with the uptown-inspired "Angel of Harlem," are sure to make an appearance or two later this month.