U2, Madonna, Seal and Newt

It was a really fun week photographically. I love shooting concerts and this week my favorite band came to town, making it extra special. An unbelievable 92,000 people packed the Stade de France to see U2 do their thing. And I’m guessing none of them were disappointed.

Bono in Concert with U2 at the Stade de France

Bono in Concert with U2 at the Stade de France

Even after all this time together (33 years), awards (22 Grammys) and record sales (over 145 million), the 4 original members of U2 put on a show like none other. Bono is one of those rare performers that can connect with you even in a stadium full of people.

Bono on the Big Screen in Concert with U2 at the Stade de France

Bono on the Big Screen in Concert with U2 at the Stade de France

It kind of goes without saying but if you’ve never seen them, treat yourself to one of their shows before they really get too old. But until then, to see some images from their show this week, CLICK HERE.

Although I find her rather vulgar, Madonna still gets an A for effort in concert.

Madonna in Concert in Paris

Madonna in Concert in Paris

I couldn’t care less about her music but in typical American fashion, she knows how to perform and put on a spectacle.

Madonna in Concert in Paris

Madonna in Concert in Paris

And lastly, Seal put on a show that was mildly entertaining. He has a nice voice and seems to enjoy performing.

Seal in Concert in Paris

Seal in Concert in Paris

I was pretty surprised how popular he still is here. Granted it’s a slightly older crowd but he filled the arena he played in.

Seal in Concert in Paris

Seal in Concert in Paris

I’m really thankful to have access to Al Jazeera English here in France.  They actually have some real journalists working for them, many formerly with the BBC.  If you have a few minutes, watch this interview with Newt Gingrich (there are actually 2 parts).  Don’t you wish our reporters would ask questions to our politicians the way this reporter does?  And just listen to how little sense Newt really makes in his arguments … it’s laughable.  And by the way, if you’d like to watch some good journalism, search on YouTube for the Al Jazeera series called “Fault Lines” which looks at fundamental problems in various aspects of American life.  If you’re a “patriot” and don’t want to hear this stuff, forget it.  But if you’re interested in learning about the US in ways that very few in our media (with the exception of Amy Goodman & Frontline) will expose, check out this series.

Some photos of the week:

Paris - 10:30pm

Paris - 10:30pm

Sunset Hug

Sunset Hug

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