In the 1994 film “Blown Away”, Tommy Lee Jones’ character Gaerity says that he will give the lads a listen when he is given a cassette tape of music by U2. Fans did more than just give a listen when the U2 tribute band Hollywood U2 came to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on August 31 for their first visit to Niagara Falls.
From the moment “Bono” stepped on the stage for the opening number – “Zooropa” – fans were singing, dancing, and clapping along to the songs.
“Bono” told the crowd that there was a message in the music…and that message was love; adding that the word was found in nearly every U2 song.
The video screen behind the band aired various images as they sang.
With a set list that included over 20 songs; the night’s music included “Beautiful Day”, “Real Thing”, “Mysterious Ways”, “Get Out of Your Own Way”, “In God’s Country”, “One Tree Hill”, “Vertigo”, “Elevation”, “One”, “New Years Day”, “Miss Sarajevo”, “I Will Follow”, “Desire”, “The Sweetest Thing”, “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “With or Without You”, “Pride”, “Bullet”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, and “Where the Street Have No Name”.
All through the show “Bono” shook hands with fans, walked through the audience, and gave away guitar picks and such. After the show the fan fest continued with a meet and greet with many photos.
Band members went beyond just looking like the original artists…they became the band, and while Joe sounded very much like Bono – one fan proclaimed that he sounded better than the original – the thing missing was the brogue.