Ok normal update. We didn't get to see Salvo the other day instead we went to San Giovanni, a huge church which is one of the 5 great ancient basilicas in Rome, to listen to God. It is the oldest of the great basilicas (even than St Peter's - Vatican) and is the cathedral church of the popes (whatever that means). Andrea and I went on seperate wanderings and both of us noticed all of the odd, what we would call pagan, architecture and paintings. Check out the San Giovanni pix section on the right to see what I mean. When I got out Andrea was chatting to a Romanian street begger. I feel like we have a real afinity with this people group after spending time in the gypsy camp.
On thursday we joined a group of WYWAMs who weren't youth by any means, were all Korean but were from WYWAM Hawaii - very bizarre. They did a Korean dance and gave out Gospel tracts, again this was all at San Giovanni. I headed home feeling rough still and Andrea stayed there. Friday I had a day of rest and sleep and it was much needed. Friday night we tried to get to the cinema after a lovely dinner by Justin. However, after an hour of trying to find a road to it - we could see it a 24 giant screen Megaples by UGC - we gave up and headed home.
Saturday - our date day and chill together day. Marco came back and needed picking up and driving around Rome, all of the stuff with Paolo happened and we still went to see U2 in concert. I was shattered before we even got there.
We got to the stadium at about 5 and got in by 6:30 after a chilled beer on the grass nearby. Whne we got in it was fantastic there were probably already about 40000 people there and it wasn't even half full yet.
The openning bands were Feeder and then Ash. U2 came on at 8:30 and went on till 11:40 - over 3 hours. They all seemed very relaxed and the music was amazing but the sound set up a little poor, echos and screchings every now and again - lol.
Songs played - Vertigo, I Will Follow, The Electric Co., Elevation, New Year's Day, Beautiful Day, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, All I Want Is You, City of Blinding Lights, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love and Peace or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky, Miss Sarajevo, Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, One
Then an Encore - Zoo Station, The Fly, With or Without You, All Because of You, Yahweh, Vertigo
One of the first things I noticed in the stadium was a large "Jesus is the way.." banner - check out U2 photo section on the right.
When the second song - I will follow - starts Bono spots an inflatable bottle in the audience, and realises it has got Heineken advertising on it. He says: "I don't think they need any more advertising... We want to advertise love! We want to advertise soul! Imagination!"
At the start of Elevation, a man gets up on stage, talks to Bono and then speaks to the crowd saying "Tonight Italy and Ireland are in love." Bono says in English: "Tonight, Ireland and Italy are getting married!" Obviously much applause and uproar.
There must have been loads of people that understood English because when Bono made statements in English people seemed to understand what he was on about.
"Miss Sarajevo is dedicated to all the families, all the lives destroyed, broken by what happened today in Egypt".
There was lots of reference to the Make Poverty History campaign - "Italy fans are the most generous to us as a band, but Italy is the least generous to the people of Africa. Now is the chance to do something great."
A reference was made to Pope Paul II and his support for the campaign.
Near the end of the set the first 5 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) came up on screen.
Article 1 - All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 2 - Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3 - Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4 - No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5 - No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 6 - Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
(Full list at http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html
Also Bono placed a gret emphasis on the Coexist logo using the Muslim Crescent Moon as the "C", the Star of David as the "X" and the Cross of Jesus as the "T", saying why can't popel get along we are all descendents of Abraham. There is no place for killing each other. (picture in U2 pix section on right).
A great evening but shattering. Had time with Marco today and the girls are cooking tonight.
Hmm just realised I have yet to mention them. 4 girls from Sheffield post A levels (one used to be in Andrea's A Team) 2 are here for a week and then travelling around Italy, and the other 2 are here for 3 weeks. They have been here 5 days so far :-).