To close out an absolutely epic show at the Linc, U2 frontman Bono lead the 75,000-strong crowd in a stirring rendition of "Happy Birthday" for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
It was a vintage U2 concert event in microcosm: an enormous crowd stuffed into a giant football stadium all sharing a small moment of unified intimacy underneath a giant mechanical claw that, one twitter follower noted would even freak out aliens.
From all accounts, the rest of the gig wasn't half-bad, either—even if not everyone ascribes to their politics. They played a couple of dozen songs from their enormous back catalog, including "Beautiful Day," "Pride (In The Name of Love)," and "With or Without You."
Best of all, some fans who heard the show didn't even have to pay for it (good thing as face value on tix ranged from $73 to $668).
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