I'll never forget watching the 2002 Super Bowl halftime show. I remember being really excited because it was going to be U2 performing. What I didn't expect was what they were going to be doing. All of a sudden the stadium goes dark, the band starts playing "Mothers of the Disappeared", and the names of the 9/11 victims start scrolling on these tower-like canvases behind the band. Wow.
And The Edge goes into the beginning lines of what is quite possibly U2's greatest song, "Where the Streets Have No Name". And Bono recites Psalm 51. And everybody in the room fell silent.
It was something to see: a band that isn't from the US, pouring out thier hearts in love for our country. It still gets me. If you didn't see it, you owe it to yourself to watch it, and try to image what it was like watching this only a few months after Sept. 11th.
U2 really is the greatest band in the world.