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U2 is still a can-do band, as its first Forum show amply proves

U2 is still a can-do band, as its first Forum show amply proves

There's something to be said for the symmetry of your basic rock 'n' roll quartet, of which U2 is the most globally successful and enduring of the past three decades. Like a table, the unit needs four solid supports — bass, guitar, drums and vocals — to keep it sturdy, but once it's stabilized, most anything can be stacked upon it. Whether there's an optimistic ballad, an arena rock anthem or a rhythm-heavy banger, a proper quartet can handle it. During the first of the Irish band's weeklong set of five concerts at the Forum, U2's musician pillars held and expelled so much energy that at times the sold-out arena could barely contain...

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