With a scaled-back stage show and rejuvenated role in the music business, U2 brought sincerity back to modern rock Saturday (March 24) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on the opening night of their much-antic

With a scaled-back stage show and rejuvenated role in the music business, U2 brought sincerity back to modern rock Saturday (March 24) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on the opening night of their much-anticipated Elevation tour.

From their first-ever single, 1980's coming-of-age anthem, "I Will Follow," to the current release "Walk On," another self-reflection piece looking back at where their success has brought them, the Irish foursome powered through a two-hour set that pleased three decades worth of fans.

There was no grand entrance as Bono and company casually strolled onto the main stage and launched straight into the tour's namesake, "Elevation," followed by the recent Grammy winner, "Beautiful Day." Fans enthusiastically pumped their fists, sang along at the top of their lungs, and pushed themselves to new spiritual levels as U2 pulled out modern-day classics such as "New Year's Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday."

The group's in-the-round set-up -- with a lit catwalk circling the main stage and an open area for about 300 lucky fans -- gave way to great interaction between Bono and fans. The leather-clad frontman regularly made laps on the elevated track, shaking hands, mugging for
photographers, and grabbing souvenirs.

The set wound down with a number of older favorites, including "Bullet The Blue Sky," "Mysterious Ways," and "One," before closing with current single "Walk On." The tour continues with a second show in Ft. Lauderdale tonight (March 26).