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U2's Chicago #4 setlist, 29/06

U2 performed the penultimate night of their five-night stand in Chicago today. After yesterday's surprises, there were more in store today. The band in soundcheck ran through Two Hearts Beat As One, Sweetest Thing, and The Crystal Ballroom, and Bono and Edge also did Stevie Wonder's version of Happy Birthday. Previous rehearsals of Crystal Ballroom have not included Bono, but today he participated. You can watch a brief video of it here.

This soundcheck, finally, was a harbinger of things to come for The Crystal Ballroom. It made its live debut tonight as the 13th new song to be played this tour (9 from the main Songs Of Innocence album, Invisible, Ordinary Love, Lucifer's Hands, and now Crystal Ballroom). The Innocence + Experience Tour is now level with 360 for new songs: 360 had seven from No Line On The Horizon and six then-unreleased songs. (It is, however, worth noting that one of the current tour's thirteen is Every Breaking Wave, which although a new song now was also played as an unreleased song on 360.) The last tour to have more than thirteen new songs was ZooTV, with a total of eighteen from Achtung Baby and Zooropa - or nineteen if you count Slow Dancing, which debuted on Lovetown, was also played on ZooTV, and was finally released in late 1993 as a b-side to Stay.

Here's footage of Crystal Ballroom:


Sweetest Thing returned to the set after an absence of over a month; it had missed thirteen shows. Bono dedicated it to his wife Ali, who like last night was in attendance at this show. The Electric Co. and I Still Haven't Found returned after missing two shows each. Before I Still Haven't Found, Bono led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday for John Cusack. This is the first time this tour that Bono has led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday; he did it 14 times across 360.

The setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / Smells Like Teen Spirit (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
  15. The Crystal Ballroom
  16. Sweetest Thing
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  21. With Or Without You / My Kind Of Town (snippet)

  22. Encore(s):
  23. City Of Blinding Lights
  24. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  25. Happy Birthday
  26. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)
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U2's Chicago #3 setlist, 28/06

Today, U2 performed their third show of a five-night run in Chicago. There were some very interesting reports from the soundcheck: Lucifer's Hands, only played live once before on 13 June 2015; The Crystal Ballroom, never performed live; Gloria, not performed since 14 December 2005; and Two Hearts Beat As One, last performed on 27 December 1989 (which is its sole performance since April 1985). Two of these songs made their way out of the soundcheck for full performances, and another was snippeted.

Gloria made its debut as the fortieth song played so far this tour, or 42nd if you count the two songs only played at the Roxy on 28 May. It is the first song from October to be performed this tour. Gloria had not been performed for 9 years, 6 months, and 14 days - or, as Bono claimed when he introduced the song, "about twenty years"! He was, however, quite correct when he introduced Lucifer's Hands as only being played live once before. It was back for its second performance of tour after missing four shows.

All I Want Is You was also performed for only the second time this tour, returning after a nearly month-long absence of nine shows. Bono introduced it by saying "you can tell the missus is in the house tonight", and during the song mentioned that he was "feeling the spirit of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in the house" before giving a shout-out to their son who was present tonight. At the start of All I Want Is You, Bono mentioned that there was a "marriage theme tonight", which had been sustained over the previous couple of songs to acknowledge the US Supreme Court's historic ruling in favour of marriage equality. A rainbow flag was thrown on stage during Pride and Bono shouted "gay pride in the name of love!", then in Beautiful Day he altered a line to "rainbow colours right in front of you" and sang a snippet of Two Hearts Beat As One at the end.

Three fans were brought on stage for Desire, back from a three-show absence. Bono first pulled up Julia during Mysterious Ways to do the Meerkat filming - when she said she had been on stage once before, in Cleveland ten years ago, Bono replied with "my how you've grown!" He then brought up two more fans, Shawn and Kevin, to play guitar and sing respectively.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / She's A Rainbow (snippet) / A Clockwork Orange (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Desire / La Bamba (snippet) / Julia (snippet)
  16. Lucifer's Hands
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / Two Hearts Beat As One (snippet)
  21. All I Want Is You
  22. With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)

  23. Encore(s):
  24. City Of Blinding Lights
  25. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  26. One / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Chicago #2 setlist, 25/06

Tonight, U2 performed their second of five shows in Chicago. If you need to catch up on the first night's proceedings, see here.

U2 soundchecked earlier today, and the news is very interesting. The Crystal Ballroom, yet to be performed live, was rehearsed twice. The band also did Volcano, The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), and Beautiful Day with a Moment of Surrender snippet leading into Bad. Unfortunately, Crystal Ballroom did not make its debut tonight, but the rest of the soundcheck was a harbinger of what was to come.

Three songs returned after an absence of three shows: Angel Of Harlem, One, and Bad. Volcano returned after missing two shows, and Out Of Control after missing one. Beautiful Day ended with a very lengthy snippet of Moment Of Surrender, a few more lines of which featured again at the end of Bad. On the current tour, all but one of Bad's six performances have been on the second night in a city (the exception is its appearance at the first show in Phoenix).

Before Every Breaking Wave, Bono sung the melody of Also Sprach Zarathustra, the theme of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as Edge's piano rose onto the stage. During Until The End Of The World, Bono altered the lyrics to "we broke the bread, drank the wine, since 1987" in reference to a sign in the audience. He sung very little of One tonight, letting the audience take over for the majority of the song.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Angel Of Harlem
  16. Volcano
  17. Also Sprach Zarathustra (snippet) / Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  21. Bad / Into The Mystic (snippet) / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  22. With Or Without You

  23. Encore(s):
  24. City Of Blinding Lights
  25. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  26. One / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Chicago #1 setlist, 24/06

Tonight, U2 performed their first of five Innocence + Experience concerts in Chicago, Illinois, a city the band visited three times on the 360 Tour and six times on both the Vertigo and Elevation tours. Reports indicate that Ordinary Love and Raised By Wolves were soundchecked prior to the show, and that Bono was feeling a bit under the weather.

Larry very briefly played a bit of Out Of Control's drum intro at the beginning of Vertigo, the third time this tour he's accidentally played the opening of a different song. Bono dedicated Elevation to the champion Chicago Blackhawks, who captured the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Final at the same arena a few days earlier. Before the snippet of I Remember You at the end of Beautiful Day, Bono spoke about the successful Irish referendum for marriage equality.

In response to the tragic race-motivated shooting at a historic Charleston, South Carolina church that left nine innocent African American parishioners dead last Wednesday, Bono yelled "Dr. King, we need you now more than ever in Ferguson, in Baltimore, IN CHARLESTON!" during Pride's bridge.

Ordinary Love returned to the setlist after an absence of three shows; The Electric Co. and I Still Haven't Found returned after missing one each. Elevation was performed at consecutive shows for the first time this tour. Tonight was the first time U2 have played a setlist identical to that of a previous show - the same songs in the same order were played on 12 June in Montreal.

The setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / My Kind Of Town (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Out Of Control (snippet) / Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Elevation
  16. Ordinary Love
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky / Anthem (snippet)
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / My Kind Of Town (snippet) / I Remember You (snippet)
  21. With Or Without You

  22. Encore(s):
  23. City Of Blinding Lights
  24. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  25. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)
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U2's Montreal #4 setlist, 17/06

Today U2 performed the final show of their four-night stand in Montreal. This is the first time U2 have ever played four concerts in Montreal on a single tour.

There is a report that the band soundchecked The Crystal Ballroom today. It is yet to be performed live, and unfortunately did not appear in tonight's setlist.

Stuck in a Moment was performed tonight for only the second time on tour, returning after an absence of seven shows. It was preceded by Elevation, performed for the third time on tour and back after missing two shows. It was not on the printed setlist, but replaced When Love Comes To Town. Out Of Control was played after missing one show. During Pride, Bono drew attention to the plight of Raif Badawi, an author and activist held prisoner in Saudi Arabia.

At the end of City Of Blinding Lights, Bono spotted a Quebec flag and sang part of Gens Du Pays, an unofficial anthem of Quebec. He could not remember the lyrics so the crowd took over and sung it enthusiastically. The concert closed with 40, which had not been played for six shows; this is its third performance of the tour. It was dedicated to the six people killed - and their grieving Irish relatives - in yesterday's tragic Berkeley balcony collapse.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet) / Transmission (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways
  15. Elevation
  16. Stuck In A Moment
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky / Anthem (snippet)
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day
  21. With Or Without You

  22. Encore(s):
  23. City Of Blinding Lights / Gens Du Pays (snippet)
  24. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Anthem (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  25. 40
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