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Live Review: U2

Live Review

Venue: London O2 Arena

A narrow victory of substance over style.

Arriving on a bare stage beneath a single giant light bulb, U2 begin their latest arena show in Pearl Jam mode, still playing at being the world’s oldest garage band. But this is just the opening conceit of an unusually theatrical production for the Irish quartet, which is cleverly set up like a conversation between their past as punky teenage idealists and their present as multi-millionaire elder statesmen with Putin and Obama on speed dial.

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