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U2's Copenhagen setlists, 29 and 30/09/18

U2 closed out September with a brace of concerts in Copenhagen. The first was the usual set with the surprise retention of All Because of You in the fourth slot. The second was the shortest concert (by song count) so far this tour.

Oh, and two tour debuts, two leg debuts, and an incredible audience that blew the night into the stratosphere.

The set on the 29th was, as expected, mostly unchanged from every other concert in Europe except for All Because of You; every other opening night on this leg had contained Red Flag Day. The most noteworthy moment was arguably during Beautiful Day when an incredible - and one of the most visually spectacular - fan co-ordinations in memory painted the Danish (on Adam's side) and Irish flags (on Edge's side) across the audience; an act that clearly moved and delighted the band (you can see the flags and reaction in our video here).

The stagnation of songs this tour has been a common complaint across social media this tour, and while it is understandable for telling the band's story it has led to the expression of disappointment for those who attend and/or listen to multiple shows. Those negative opinions were completely answered in the band's second concert.

The first surprise was the return of Gloria to the set in the fourth slot, the leg debut for the song. It was last performed at the final night of the first leg. It's inclusion means that Red Flag Day missed a city for the first time this leg. Then, after the usual performance of Beautiful Day, expectations were destroyed as the usual second half of the first act was discarded entirely.

Two tour debuts and one long-awaited return left the first act with only eight songs, but there could be no complaints. The Unforgettable Fire was performed for the first time since 15 August 2010, a gap of 8 years, 1 month, and 15 days; funnily enough, that concert was also in Denmark. The song was just as colourful as you can imagine, and the crowd loved it. It was performed mainly on the main stage, with Bono wandering into the barricage during the second half.

The rest of the band joined Bono there and it was followed by a fully electric rendition of Stay, last performed 7 years and 2 months ago to the day on the final night of 360° in Monction. U2 have brought the song back sporadically since the end of ZooTV; it was performed at 48 concerts on the Elevation Tour, and on 29 occasions on 360° (it was also rehearsed leading up to the opening of PopMart but did not appear on that tour). However, all of those performances have been acoustic and featured only Bono and Edge (and on one occasion, a lucky fan who played piano alongside them). Consequently, this is the first time the song has been played both by the full band and electrically, since the final night of ZooTV on 10 December 1993, a gap of 24 years, 9 months, and 20 days (or 9060 days if you want the straight count). To add one more stat, by being performed seventh it is also the earliest it has ever been played in concert, though by just one slot.

The final big change was the return of Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, performed for just the third time in 2018 and second time on the tour; it was last played on E+I on the opening night in Tulsa, a gap of 4 months and 28 days. In a throwback to rehearsals in Laval, it closed the first act. The song was largely the same arrangement as in Tulsa, but featured a different ending that was simply phenomenal, the screen slowly closing as U2 played on. The song had previously not appeared in the same set as The Unforgettable Fire or Stay, and had shared a night with Gloria just once. It was evident over the last few months that the band really wanted the song to work; despite being dropped after the opening night they continued to work at it during rehearsals. The reception after tonight may convince them to keep it around.

The remainder of the night was unchanged apart from snippets. Sunday Bloody Sunday was not played in concert for the first time since 23 September 2010 in Brussels. Iris and Cedarwood Road were not played during the I+E/E+I tours for the first time, and so this was also the first E+I concert to not include anything from Songs of Innocence. As a result of the first act being two songs shorter the night clocked in at just 21 songs.

One notable event late in the night came during One, as the group paid tribute to Joe O'Herlihy who has now worked with them for 40 years.






  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights Of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Gloria
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. The Unforgettable Fire
  7. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  8. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  9. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  10. Elevation / Get Off My Cloud (snippet)
  11. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  12. Even Better Than The Real Thing Fish Out of Water Mix
  13. Hall of Mirrors (snippet) / Acrobat
  14. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  15. Summer Of Love Bono and Edge
  16. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  17. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  18. New Year's Day
  19. Ode To Joy (snippet) / City of Blinding Lights

  20. encore(s):
  21. Women of the World (snippet) / One
  22. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  23. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2's Madrid #2 setlist, 21/09/18

U2's second and final E+I concert in Spain saw the first time this leg that a concert has not had 23 songs (the halted Berlin date notwithstanding). 24 songs made the set, with the surprise inclusion of Spanish Eyes to close the main set. This was just the song's 19th-ever performance, and the sixth in the country that gives the song it's name. Until the 360° Tour U2 were pulling it out on a bitour basis (if that wasn't a word before, it is now), but since then it has appeared at four tours in a row. With a gap of 11 months and 18 days since the last rendition in Mexico City, it is also the shortest time between performances of the song since 1987.

Other changes to the set were minor. All Because of You took the fourth slot, as is usual for the second night. Despite recent reports of Stay (Faraway, So Close!) being rehearsed, it was another Zooropa song that made an appearance of sorts as Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car was briefly snippeted prior to Vertigo. This is the first time it has made any kind of appearance in concert since it was snippeted during The Fly on 20 September 2005, a 13-year and 1-day gap. On that occasion it was reported that U2 were considering it for inclusion; it will be interesting to see if this apparently random snippet leads to anything down the line.


  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights Of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. All Because Of You
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. The Ocean
  7. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  8. Cedarwood Road
  9. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  10. Lord Of The Flies (snippet) / Until the End of the World / Introduction (snippet)
  11. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  12. Elevation
  13. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (snippet) / Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet) / The Jean Genie (snippet)
  14. Even Better Than The Real Thing Fish Out of Water Mix
  15. Hall of Mirrors (snippet) / Acrobat
  16. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  17. Summer Of Love Bono and Edge
  18. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  19. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  20. New Year's Day
  21. Ode To Joy (snippet) / City of Blinding Lights
  22. Spanish Eyes

  23. encore(s):
  24. One
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2's Lisbon setlists and Madrid #1, 16/09/18 - 20/09/18

Three more concerts down and U2 have settled into a pattern across two nights; Lisbon #1 contained the same songs as #Paris 1, while Lisbon #2 was the same as Paris #2. Continuing that trend, Madrid #1 tonight switched the fourth song back to Red Flag Day, the only real change to the set so far this leg. Fan reports from outside the venue indicate that U2 are continuing to work on The Unforgettable Fire, among other songs. Where (if) it slots into the setlist at some point remains unknown.

There was a brief technical fault that brought some concern at the beginning of tonight's concert, as the video screen jammed during The Blackout. Edge dropped to his knees and Bono lay down in order to see the fans while it was stuck. Thankfully, unlike faults in years past, it was of brief duration.

Some stats from recent days that may be of interest:

  • For the gamblers out there, tonight One was performed for the 777th time - it is now on equal count with Bullet the Blue Sky;
  • Until the End of the World overtook Mysterious Ways on playcount to become the second-most played song from Achtung Baby;
  • Even Better Than the Real Thing now has more recorded performances than Out of Control; one more and it will equal October


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U2's Paris setlists, 08/09/18 to 13/09/18

For the first time on the tour U2 performed four concerts in one city. The sets had little variation between nights, with a more interest perhaps being in the songs rehearsed across various soundchecks.

Prior to the first concert there were three distinct groups of sessions. The first consisted of Edge on his lonesome with work on The Blackout, The Unforgettable Fire, Stay, and The Unforgettable Fire a second time. The second saw Larry and Adam join him for Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, The Unforgettable Fire, Landlady, Wild Horses a second time, and Stay. Bono arrived for the final session which consisted of Stay, and Wild Horses. The Unforgettable Fire was reherased prior to both Cologne shows, while Wild Horses has been heard at soundcheck since the beginning of the tour, but these are the first known rehearsals of Landlady and Stay. Sadly none of the four songs graduated to a concert performance.

Happy Birthday was sung for Willie Williams during the first show, and All Because of You was played in place of Red Flag Day at the second and fourth shows; the sets were otherwise identical to the nights in Cologne, aside from snippets.



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U2's Cologne #1 setlist, 04/09/18

The tour continued today with the first of two concerts in Cologne, and thankfully Bono's voice was in fine form. He made just two references to it during the night; the first as MacPhisto, gleefully saying "I see my old friend Boh-no lost his voice in Berlin. Bravo! Bravo! I think he is his very best vocalist with the sound turned down." The second came in his talk to Ali before You're the Best Thing About Me: "Hey darling, I really miss you; especially with what happened earlier in Berlin. The show is going really well tonight, voice is strong..."

Fans outside the venue reported hearing The Unforgettable Fire being soundchecked today, but it was not performed. The setlist was identical to the first night in Berlin (and what was planned for the second Berlin concert), so Red Flag Day was played for the third concert in succession; previously it had a streak of only twice in a row. On a note of that, despite Berlin #2 lasting just five songs the performance of Beautiful Day means that it is still the only song to have been performed at every concert since it debuted live (not counting songs from the most recent album). Had Bono not attempted it after the problems in Red Flag Day the only songs to hold that distinction would be The Blackout and Lights of Home.

The full set was:

  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights Of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Red Flag Day
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. The Ocean
  7. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  8. Cedarwood Road
  9. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  10. Lord Of The Flies (snippet) / Until the End of the World / Introduction (snippet)
  11. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  12. Elevation / Vertigo (snippet)
  13. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  14. Even Better Than The Real Thing Fish Out of Water Mix
  15. Hall of Mirrors (snippet) / Acrobat
  16. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  17. Summer Of Love Bono and Edge
  18. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  19. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  20. New Year's Day
  21. Ode To Joy (snippet) / City of Blinding Lights

  22. encore(s):
  23. One
  24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  25. 13 (There Is A Light)
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