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U2 concert's big, but eyes little things

Bono, right, and The Edge perform in concert

Bono, right, and The Edge perform in concert as part of U2's 360 Tour at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (July 20, 2011) Credit: AP

U2's 360° tour is the biggest tour in history, a technological marvel draped in the massive metal construction known as "The Claw." But its strength lies in the little things -- like Bono's ability to connect with an audience and The Edge's tender harmonies.

"I haven't changed much," Bono told the crowd last night at the sold-out New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., as he introduced "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." "Two hundred trucks, 400 tons of equipment and 95,000 people, and I'm a happy man."

But all that stuff is really a bonus, once Bono goes through a religious moment in "Until the End of the World" or belts out the operatic bits of "Miss Sarajevo." While the content of their "Spider-Man" Broadway musical still hasn't managed to outpace its high-flying bells and whistles, that's not the case with the band's U2 360° Tour.

In the face of so many stimuli, it's the quiet moments that stick out, like the acoustic version of "Stay (Faraway, So Close)" and the spoken introduction of "Beautiful Day" from Cmdr. Mark Kelly from the International Space Station.

Wednesday night's show was rescheduled from July 2010 after Bono injured his back during tour rehearsals in Germany. In that year, a lot has changed, including the band's focus on its last album "No Line on the Horizon."

Their show is now more of a big-picture party, showing how well songs from throughout their 30-year career still make an all-important human connection.

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