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U2's Madrid setlists, 20/09/18

  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
  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 acoustic
  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. Women of the World (snippet) / One
  24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  25. 13 (There Is A Light)
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 Posted by Macphisto on

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


 Posted by Matkin on

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.



 Posted by Matkin on

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 acoustic
  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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 Posted by Matkin on

U2's Berlin #2 setlist, 01/09/18 (show cancelled)

Update 02/09 10pm: Berlin show rescheduled for 13 November 2018.

A bizarre moment just a few songs in has caused the remainder of tonight's concert to be cancelled. During Red Flag Day Bono's voice stopped working, with fans initially reporting that his microphone had stopped functioning. However Bono seemed quite flummoxed, saying at the close of the song "I think it's the smoke. I can promise you I have not been smoking, but this is like a giant cigar - I've lost my voice and I don't know what to do." He told the crowd that he was not somebody who demands perfect conditions to sing, asked for the smoke machines to remain off for the remainder of the night, and the band then attempted Beautiful Day but the vocals were almost inaudible through the song. Bono apologized, saying "Oh man. So, so sorry." He told fans they were welcome to leave, and they would ensure another night was scheduled for Berlin. It was announced that they would take a 10-15 minute break to see if there was any improvement in his voice.

After about 20 minutes a representative of the venue came on stage and asked the crowd, in both German and English, to be patient; the band wanted to continue the show. After another 20 minutes he returned and announced that the remainder of the night was cancelled. He instructed fans to hold onto their tickets and to keep an eye on the band's social media channels to see what would be done about the concert (and presumably the upcoming shows in Cologne). Before he returned to the stage some fans reported that Edge's amps were being packed up, and our webmaster Matt tweeted that the band had already left the venue. The usual setlists onstage revealed that tonight's set was planned to be the same as last night's.

U2 have had to halt a concert partway through the set on multiple occasions in their career, though generally they are able to continue after a delay. On other occasions they have had to shorten shows for various factors, though never to this extent; in the past an ongoing show has been shortened by no more than three songs. Some notable times when a show has been paused, halted, or had notable problems include:

  • 14 December 1980 in New Haven, Connecticut, when Bono initiated a fight on stage causing the concert to end early;
  • 8 February 1985 in Zurich, Switzerland, when vocal problems cause the band to take a break after 7 songs. They return to the stage and finish the set;
  • 16 April 1985 in Worcester, Massachusetts, when Adam notices a lighting rig come loose and the concert is halted while technicians secure it. The band return and play a set longer than initially planned;
  • 2 April 1987 in Tempe, Arizona, when Bono has vocal problems on the opening night of The Joshua Tree. The set is cut short at least one song, as With or Without You does not debut until the following concert;
  • 20 September 1987 in Washinton, D.C., when Bono falls and dislocates his shoulder on stage. The concert is completed before he is taken to hospital;
  • 18 December 1989 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, when Bono's voice is damaged. The main set is completed, but the encore is cut short by at least three songs as the band skip the segment with B.B. King and play only 40. The following two nights in the city are cancelled entirely, and four more are scheduled in Rotterdam to make up for it;
  • 23 September 1997 in Sarajevo, Bosnia, when Bono suffers from vocal troubles all night and Brian Eno is prepared to take over if necessary. The concert is completed, with the audience doing much of the singing;
  • 2 June 2001 in Albany, New York, when the crowd takes over for Bono for much of the concert. Captured on DVD in Boston a few nights later, Bono says he had "never felt so crap";
  • 12 September 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland, when heavy rain causes the band to cut the encore short by two songs.

There are other occasions were a concert is briefly halted due to trouble in the audience; this mostly occured during the group's early years when there was not as much of a security presence. One such event was caught on film.

  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights Of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Red Flag Day
  5. Beautiful Day
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 Posted by Matkin on

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