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U2 honours 9/11 victims at Super Bowl show

Posted on Monday, February 04 @ 04:21:41 CET by Macphisto

(BRETT MARTEL / Associated Press) -- NEW ORLEANS -- U2 had the Super Bowl halftime stage all to itself Sunday, and the Irish rockers delivered a moving tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Lead singer Bono walked onto the field with a slow, shoulder-wagging swagger, singing the group's recent hit, Beautiful Day, as he climbed onto the point of a pink, heart-shaped catwalk that surrounded the stage.

As the first song wound down, a giant screen scrolled the names of victims in the attacks, and the group broke into the 1980s hit, Where the Streets Have No Name.

The names also reflected in overlapping patterns across the stands, which were dark, save for the countless camera flashes.

Unlike glitzy halftime shows of the past, the effects were limited to standard strobe lights. But all attention was on Bono, who pulled back his lapel to reveal the lining of his jacket -- an American flag -- to the roars of the crowd.

Sunday's pre-game lineup opened with the Boston Pops. Wearing white coats and black bow ties, the musicians drew enthusiastic applause when they finished their first session with Stars and Stripes Forever.

The pre-game lineup also featured Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle, James Ingram, Wynonna, Yolanda Adams and Mariah Carey.

Canadian group Barenaked Ladies along with No Doubt were featured in a tailgate party segment on Fox earlier in the afternoon.

Carey, wearing a long, royal blue dress, performed the game's national anthem for the first time, her renowned high inflection peppering several verses. As she sang with the stadium lights down, fans in the Superdome's three levels held red, white and blue glow sticks, respectively, from top to bottom. A giant American flag in the shape of the United States was unfurled on the field.

Producers said most of the musical performers pre-recorded their soundtracks to reduce the possibility of technical problems. However, U2, played live.

The pre-game show also included a video of current and former star players reading the Declaration of Independence. In another video, former presidents Carter, Clinton, Ford and Bush joined Nancy Reagan in quoting Abraham Lincoln. The videos concluded with fans chanting "U-S-A!"

McCartney, who was in New York when the hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center, sang his Sept. 11-inspired song, Freedom.

He took the stage, acoustic guitar in hand, as cheerleaders with silver, glittering pom-poms spelled out "freedom" across the field. Others marched with dozens of flags from other countries.

"I'm proud to be here and stand up with America," McCartney said in a TV interview shortly before halftime ended.

Earlier, LaBelle, Ingram, Wynonna and Adams joined Manilow in singing Let Freedom Ring, a song Manilow wrote years ago to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.

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