A Canadian website's review of U2's March 28 show says, "They are, with little dispute, one of rock's greatest live bands. So why did U2 choose the creaky, hot, 40-year-old San Diego Sports Arena to open their hugely anticipated world tour? One possible reason came to mind early on and was only cemented during the rest of Monday's two-hour, 22-song show: Maybe Bono wanted a decidedly less-than-state-of-the-art sound system on opening night... The front man struggled. Song after song -- new and classic -- he seemed to be holding back....During the usually riveting 'Sunday Bloody Sunday...'Bono looked almost disinterested, letting the crowd do the work on the rousing chorus." (www.obviousnews.com)
A reviewer for Interference.com writes, "Certainly the [U2] tour opener at the San Diego Sports Arena blew me away, but there definitely were certain aspects of the show that seemed familiar. Was this tour already shaping up to be U2's swan song? The stage...was small, much smaller than what I remembered from the Elevation Tour...the lighting effects were taken from the Pop Mart and Zoo TV stages.... Was U2 trying to put a bow on its impressive career and call it a day?"