We went into the stadium and had something to eat sitting in the lovely sunshine. We went to our seats, great ones at the front on a small tier inbetween the upper and power tiers on Edge's side. Kasabian were the support, they were ok.
The Claw and stage all looked the same to me, though I've heard some people saying they thought the catwalk was smaller. It must have been difficult to erect as there was a kind of capsule suspended high up in the middle of the stadium which was held in place by horizontal cables. One of the Claw legs was very close to the capsule and the "spike" had to be placed between the cables, it must have been a logistic nightmare, no wonder it was already nearly built on the Saturday that we arrived in Frankfurt.
I'm not going to review the concert song by song, I'll just write about aspects of it that stood out for me.
As before, Space Oddity opened the gig, but the band's entry was different, they all walked on together from behind the stage and then went straight into Return of the Stingray Guitar (typical long-winded U2 song title LOL!) I really liked the tune, which was mainly instrumental. Bono was doing a circuit of the catwalk during it, throwing funny Zoo-like poses. It was humourous and yet also very touching as it was almost like Bono was showing us he was all better after his operation and we, the audience, were celebrating that with him and sending him our love. It felt very powerful and I felt very emotional myself, we nearly lost him as a performer and I was so glad to see Bono cavorting around the catwalk in his own clumsy, inimitable way
The next song was Beautiful Day, followed by a generally very "up" rockin' set. I really missed No Line on the Horizon, don't know why they dropped it, it was well received live last year. I had purposely not listened to Glastonbury on the Net so this was my first experience of it, and boy did I like it, a real rocker! I'm so glad U2 were brave enough to play new music live, it was a new U2 experience for me and a very good one. It was very well received by the crowd too.