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U2 in Greece...Opa!

I had the chance to see U2 while Lindsay and I were on our honeymoon in Greece and although it cost more than I would have liked to pay, it was worth every penny. I had never seen U2 in the past, so I can't compare pre and post back surgery Bono, but even if this was Bono and half speed it was still amazing. I have never seen a major rock band outside the United States before and there were some interesting things I noticed.  First of all, it's funny to hear the crowd sing along to a song like "Without or Without You" but hear a distinct accent.  For at least 95% of the crowd, English is their second language. There was also tons and tons of smoking.  Despite Olympic Stadium being totally open air, it still smell like a giant ash tray. When Bono addressed the crowd he spoke in English, but in one particularly preachy section of the show, Bono was sure to have his thoughts translated into Greek on a big video screen.  It really didn't matter because in English or Greek the crowd just wanted to hear the hits.  Preachy doesn't work well here and it doesn't in Greece either. The concert was excellent.  All the moving parts (Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullins and Adam Clayton) worked together without a hitch.  Musically they were right on.  As far as what they were wearing, it always suprises me how they dress so differently.  Bono is always in leather,  The Edge looks like a gay lumberjack (he wears a flannel shirt with some sequins or rhinestones on it), Adam Clayton was wearing a glittery t-shirt that could have been stolen from Mick Jagger's closet and Larry Mullin had the typical drummer t-shirt.  It was tight and had some sort of design on it, but it was rather subtle. Finally, a quick review of the food.  I didn't see a lot of choices, but they did have hot dogs.  The dog had some kind of mystery sauce and it was DELICIOUS.  Lindsay was grossed out, but I thought it was great and not expensive. So in short: Good music, good crowd, too much smoking and great hot dogs.

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