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[ October 12th 2001 ]

Irish rock group U2 tripped the light fantastic in an electrifying performance during the first show on the sold-out third leg of their Elevation Tour last night, playing to 11,000 screaming fans in Notre Dame, Indiana and broadcasting to millions tuning in to a live worldwide webcast, the bands official web site U2.com reports today.

The show spanned U2's entire career from early singles like New Years Day to a clutch of hit tracks from All That You Canít Leave Behind. There was also a debut airing for the Marvin Gaye classic What's Going On?, the song Bono has been instrumental in getting an all star cast to cover to benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa, as well as victims of September 11.

At the climax of the evening Bono paid tribute to rescue workers involved in the September 11th attack - this was the first show the band have performed in the US since - and, in a poignant moment, as the band played Walk On, U2 invited onto the stage firefighters and policemen from New York City. There was barely a dry eye in the house.

The entire show was also broadcast live on the internet and utilising state of the art viewing through multiple cameras and a revolutionary spin cam. U2, whose "Elevation" track made its commercial debut in Paramount Pictures Tomb Raider movie earlier this year, joins Gorillaz, Limp Bizkit and Craig David who have each grabbed several nominations for November's MTV Europe Music Awards in Germany.

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