^That's true. I have their live album Under a Blood Red Sky w hich is an excellent live album if not one of the top 10 ever recorded.
But, this was consistently bad. What's more is that the review in the paper the next day claimed that it was an exercise in perfection. Obviously, the guy has no ear as do most concertgoers. Even teh people next to me thought Bono was great. When you're a musician, you tend to be pickier, but I was right in my observations.
I know U2 tickets are expensive. It's too bad you paid for a show where they were off. I'm a musician as well and can usually pick up on when musicians are off. While I love U2, I have noticed there are certain songs (usually pre-Rattle & Hum era) that when Bono sings now, it just doesn't sound right (with or without you being one of them......he just can't hit some of the notes and seems out of breath when singing this nowadays).
I remember reading about Bono talking about loosing his high register. Apparently, after the Zoo Tv/Zooropa tours, he "partied" a lot which caused damage to his vocal chords. I'm sure aging also has something to do with it.......I know within the past few years my voice has changed quite a bit.
Anyways, if you do see them again, I hope they put on a better show.