The important part is that the band played One Tree Hill. At both shows. In its full band, electric form. With Edge's extended live solo. For the first time since 9 January 1990.
You better believe that I was excited, not to mention moved. It is quite simply the most emotionally powerful musical thing I have ever heard; lining up for hours upon hours was most certainly worth it. The band played the song flawlessly, Bono's voice was stronger than I expected, and the best part was that at the second of the two shows, One Tree Hill was the very last song. There could not have been a more perfect ending to the show, or to my U2 trek in general.
And now I'm going to say something likely to surprise some of you. I have said before that if I could have my way, I want One Tree Hill to be the last song I ever hear U2 play live. Furthermore, I do not know how the band are meant to top their performance from the second Auckland show. Therefore, unless something truly exceptional happens such as a concert in my hometown or the band starts playing all of Wire, Tomorrow, 11 O'clock Tick Tock, Heartland, Gone, and other unlikely favourites of mine, I will not see U2 live again. It's funny how the only people who have believed me when I've said that elsewhere are the people who were with me at the show and witnessed the performance of One Tree Hill for themselves.
Oh, and on a slightly different note, at the two Auckland gigs, Bono also did his most awesome snippets ever. During the breakdown of Elevation at the first show, Bono sung a few lines of Crowded House's Four Seasons In One Day, and at the same spot during Elevation at the second show, he threw in some of Split Enz's I Got You. As far as I'm concerned, that even tops the few instances from 2001 of Bono snippeting Joy Division's She's Lost Control.
That's about it for now, as I'm really quite tired. Have a good one, folks!