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U2's second night on 'David Letterman': 'Magnificent'

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U2_letterman_lYesterday in Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg helped in the unveiling of U2 Way (a.k.a. 53rd and Broadway). Granted, the street sign will only be there for a week (which is for the best really — New York has enough letter and number streets to confuse tourists as it is), but it was a nice way to commemorate the band’s week-long stint on Letterman.

Speaking of, how about that night No. 2? I don’t know about you, but waiting to find out what they’re going to play each night sort of feels like the anticipation during a concert, only you have to wait a full 24 hours between songs. I couldn’t have been more psyched last night to hear the opening chords to “Magnificent” (the best song on their new album, no?). Granted, the performance was slightly less flashy than Monday’s, but then again, “Magnificent” is a slightly less flashy song than “Breathe.” It was still enough to bring the audience to its feet at its close. Earlier in the evening, Dave described the band as “transcendent,” and honestly, there couldn’t be a more apropos word for them or their performances so far this week. Tuesday’s performance: B+

What about you, PopWatchers? Did you prefer Monday night’s performance over last night’s? What do you hope to hear tonight?

More U2/David Letterman:
U2 kicks off week of performances with David Letterman
U2’s five-night Letterman stand: Will you be watching?
Review: U2’s ‘No Line on the Horizon’

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