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Rehearsals in Turin, 01/09

U2 continued rehearsals in Turin on Tuesday. Today's rehearsals included a number of Songs Of Innocence tracks that were fixtures on the first leg, plus some older material.

The scribes at U2Place report that U2 ran through Cedarwood Road, Raised By Wolves, Where The Streets Have No Name, Invisible, The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), and Song For Someone - all of which have been played at every show so far. After a break the band then worked on Bullet The Blue Sky with the Zooropa outro that was rehearsed yesterday.

Edge was also heard rehearsing the piano parts of New Year's Day, a song awaiting its tour debut.

An interesting video has been posted on Facebook by the folks at U2360Gradi - a fan in Turin asks Bono if they will play Acrobat. He replies with a smirk that "we looked at it yesterday actually". Bono, I hope you know that there are tens of thousands of fans who want that to not be a joke!



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Rehearsals begin in Turin

Reports have come in from U2Place.com's Twitter account that U2 have arrived in Italy and begun rehearsals in Turin ahead of the second leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour.

A number of songs were rehearsed on Monday. They included New Year's Day (not yet performed this tour), Every Breaking Wave, October, and - perhaps the most significant news - Bullet The Blue Sky with a Zooropa outro. Tweets about rehearsals are here and here.

Zooropa has only been performed in Europe three times, and all of those (somewhat truncated) performances were over 22 years ago in August 1993 at shows in the United Kingdom. It has never been played in continental Europe. After those three August 1993 performances, Zooropa was played at 28 shows in South and North America in 2011. You can view the full list of its performances here.

View U2Place's Twitter stream for more, including photos of Bono in Turin. U2.com have also posted a teaser video ahead of opening night.



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Staging arrives in Turin ahead of the second leg of U2's IE Tour

The European leg of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour begins in a few days. First stop: Turin, Italy.

Work has begun at the Pala Alpitour ahead of opening night, with the band's crew currently setting up the stage. Italian-language fansite U2Place have posted on their website photos of the trucks arriving at the venue. Even more excitingly, they have tweeted two photos from inside the venue showing initial preparations.

The band will reportedly arrive in Turin in the next day or two. We will keep you updated on any rehearsals that take place during the week. Stick with us for opening night on Friday, 4 September, when we bring you all the action and see how much the show evolves from North America.

On an unrelated historical note, another setlist from the Boy Tour has surfaced. We would like to thank reader Bill for contributing the set for 3 May 1981, Tampa. If you know any details (even one song) to flesh out any missing or incomplete setlists, please contact us.



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U2 New York City #8 photos, 31/07

Our friend Jason Brice did it again so we're able to post a great photo set from the last show of the first leg in New York. You find his photo set from New York here.
We also thank his daugther Annah for quite a few quick video uploads from recent shows!
 

Jason also did more U2 Innocence + Experience tour shows earlier and the photo sets can be accessed via the links below.
2015-05-26 Inglewood, 2015-05-27 Inglewood, 2015-05-30 Inglewood, 2015-06-03 Inglewood, 2015-07-02 Chicago, 2015-07-26 New York, 2015-07-27 New York, 2015-07-30 New York.



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U2's New York City #8 setlist, 31/07

After two and a half months of concerts across ten cities in the USA and Canada, the first leg of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour finished tonight in New York. Today's show is the first time U2 have ever played eight consecutive shows at any venue ever. It also equals the record for the most shows at the same venue on one leg of a tour. On Lovetown's first leg, U2 played eight shows in Sydney but they were done in separate clusters of three, two, and three between late September and mid November 1989. That leg contained the previous record for most consecutive shows: seven in Melbourne.

The band have played 48 different songs at the 36 shows that comprised this leg. That equals their record of 48 different songs on the third leg of Vertigo - and in this case, 44 of the songs are original U2 numbers, beating 42 originals on said leg of Vertigo.

The reason the count of different songs has reached 48 is because of a tour debut tonight. Party Girl was performed to celebrate the end of a successful leg. It was last played on 7 July 2009 (though in between then and now it was snippeted on 19 December 2010). That's an absence of 6 years and 24 days. Party Girl is by far U2's most enduring live b-side. It has now been played 188 times since debuting on 26 February 1983, appearing on every tour from War to Innocence + Experience with the sole exception of Popmart.

The show's other big surprises came in the encore. Every night of U2's stand in New York there have been rumours of a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen and those finally came true. He joined U2 for I Still Haven't Found, which segued into a full performance of Stand By Me (which was not on the printed setlist). Bono acknowledged Springsteen as an inspiration to U2, setting a level to which they always aspired, and then gushed to the crowd about this being the best show on the band's best tour ever. The encore ended with a special treat, 40, back after missing seven shows.

Bruce Springsteen perform with U2 in New York

A couple of other songs earlier in the night had also returned after briefer absences. The second song of the night was Out Of Control, back after missing four shows. Before Party Girl, Desire was performed after missing one show. It was dedicated to Engine 44, who responded to the emergency call when Bono had his bicycle accident last November.

U2 now take a short break before touring Europe for the first time since 2010. Opening night is 4 September in Turin, though we believe there will be some rehearsals beforehand. We will of course keep you updated, and on the European leg we expect to have videos courtesy of our talented webmaster Matt. We look forward to your company then, and thanks to everybody who has read, commented, and interacted with us over the first leg of this tour. Your support is always appreciated. If you attended shows, why not create your personal concert statistics?

The full setlist tonight was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  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) / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet)
  16. Party Girl
  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 / Hungry Heart (snippet) / New York, New York (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
  26. Stand By Me
  27. 40
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