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U2's New York City #6 setlist, 27/07

Tonight U2 performed their sixth of eight shows at Madison Square Garden. This is the most consecutive concerts they have ever played in New York City. Although they did seven shows in NYC on the third leg of the Vertigo Tour in 2005, the final two came over a month after the initial run of five.

The second song of the night was a massive surprise: Two Hearts Beat As One. Although U2 did soundcheck it in Chicago last month, it had not been played live since 27 December 1989 - so Bono was quite correct when he introduced it as a song not played in a quarter of a century. The gap between performances is 25 years and 7 months exactly. In fact, that performance in 1989 is the only time Two Hearts has been played live between 29 April 1985 and today.

This means that U2 have now played 45 songs on the first leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour; 43 original songs plus Happy Birthday and Stand By Me. In this period they also did two more original songs at their Roxy sideshow. The leg total of 43 is the most original songs U2 have ever played on any individual leg of a tour, and the figure of 45 songs overall is also close to a record. The third leg of Vertigo had more songs overall, 48, but six were covers, hence it featured only 42 original songs compared to this leg's 43. The second leg of Popmart featured 43 songs overall, of which 27 were originals and 16 covers; the third leg of ZooTV featured 42 songs, of which 28 were originals and 14 covers. In the eighties U2 only once played more than forty songs across an entire tour, never mind an individual leg: they did 44 on the Joshua Tree Tour, of which 29 were originals and 15 covers (our stats on that page show 14 covers because Helter Skelter is counted with Rattle And Hum). My thanks to Kevin Feeney for bringing this statistic to my attention.

During the E stage rotational segment tonight, U2 brought Desire and Angel Of Harlem back into the setlist - both had sat out the last two shows. Angel Of Harlem was performed with a Chilean fan, Ignacio, who was allowed to keep the guitar he played. October was on the printed setlist after Angel Of Harlem but was not performed.

Near the end of the main set, U2 performed The Troubles for just the fourth time this tour (and the fifth ever). It had missed 17 shows since its last performance over a month ago in Montreal on 16 June.

The show closed with One, though not without a couple of false starts. Bono intended for the audience to sing it, introducing it by saying "you can sing yourselves home; I'm out". However, he was unhappy with the start and his attempts to direct the crowd and then the band led to the song coming to a full stop. A new attempt was successful in generating a large singalong. The printed set showed I Still Haven't Found rather than One, but Bono signalled for One to the rest of the band during Streets.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Two Hearts Beat As One
  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 / Love And Peace Or Else (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
  16. Angel Of Harlem
  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. The Troubles
  22. With Or Without You / In The Garden (snippet)

  23. encore(s):
  24. City Of Blinding Lights
  25. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  26. One / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
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U2's New York City #5 setlist, 26/07

U2 are now past the halfway mark of their residency at Madison Square Garden. Tonight's show equalled their record of five consecutive concerts in New York; on the third leg of Vertigo, they did seven shows at this venue but the final two were not consecutive with the first five.

Rumours before the show suggested that Lady Gaga would make a guest appearance during U2's set. There have already been a couple of false rumours of Bruce Springsteen joining U2 on stage at Madison Square Garden, but this time the rumour proved true. Lady Gaga joined U2 during the second set to play piano and sing on Ordinary Love.

This performance of Ordinary Love represented its return to the set after missing three shows. It was preceded by Elevation, also back in the set after a three-show absence. These are the first two songs to be repeated in the E stage rotational slots across U2's five nights in New York so far.

Early in the show, Gloria rotated back into the set after missing two shows. During the intermission after the first set, the video featuring The Fly was used instead of the video featuring The Wanderer, which had been used at the previous show.

After Every Breaking Wave, U2 reverted to the setlist order used up until (and including) the first show in Boston on 10 July rather than that introduced on 11 July and used at the subsequent six shows. Hence Beautiful Day returned to the main set and City Of Blinding Lights was reunited with the Stephen Hawking video at the start of the encore. The encore closed with One, restored to the set after an absence of a single show.

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. Stairway To Heaven (snippet) / 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. Elevation
  16. Ordinary Love
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / Born This Way (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. One / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
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U2's New York City #4 setlist, 23/07

U2 continued their lengthy run in New York tonight, playing their fourth of eight shows at Madison Square Garden. Soundcheck reports indicated that the band rehearsed The Electric Co., Sweetest Thing, and Lucifer's Hands.

The soundcheck proved prophetic. The Electric Co. returned to the rotational second slot after an absence of two shows. Then, during the E stage rotations, Lucifer's Hands was played for just the third time ever, returning after an absence of eleven shows. It was followed by Sweetest Thing, back in the set after missing ten shows.

Up until about a fortnight ago, Every Breaking Wave had always led to Bullet The Blue Sky. However, since then the band have tinkered with the set, following it first with Bad on 11 July and then with With Or Without You at subsequent shows. Tonight, Bono spotted a sign held by a Brazilian fan, Paulo, and pulled him on stage after Every Breaking Wave to play All I Want Is You with the band. This represents All I Want Is You's return to the set after missing four shows. At the end of the performance, Bono let Paolo keep the guitar.

The final setlist variation of the night occurred in the encore. I Still Haven't Found returned after missing one show. There was, however, another variation in the show's production earlier on. For the past four concerts, U2 have used Gavin Friday's version of The Fly as intermission music over the PA. Tonight, however, they returned to the song used during intermission at almost all the previous shows: The Wanderer.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin was in attendance tonight. When Dallas Schoo soundchecked Edge's guitars he played some Led Zeppelin riffs, and Bono included a couple of Led Zeppelin snippets. The snippet of Good Times, Bad Times at the end of Beautiful Day was the whole first verse and chorus.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  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) / Blaze Of Glory (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. Lucifer's Hands
  16. Sweetest Thing
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. All I Want Is You / Into The Mystic (snippet)
  19. With Or Without You
  20. City Of Blinding Lights
  21. Bullet The Blue Sky / Black Dog (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
  22. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  23. encore(s):
  24. Beautiful Day / Good Times, Bad Times (snippet)
  25. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  26. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)
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U2's New York City #3 setlist, 22/07

Tonight, U2 played their third of eight concerts at Madison Square Garden in the heart of Manhattan. Some of the many notable people in attendance included Sir Paul McCartney, Nile Rodgers, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, Alicia Keys, former US Senator and current Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, and longtime U2 producer Steve Lillywhite. The latter tweeted out earlier in the day that U2 had a "good surprise" for those in attendance tonight. Some of the rumours included Bruce Springsteen possibly joining the band on stage. While they did not come to fruition, U2 proved to have a surpise up their sleeve after all.

Early in the set, Out Of Control returned after a four concert absence. It was last played the second Boston show on 11 July. Bono inserted the lyrics "how long, how long" during Out Of Control's bridge, seemingly making reference to 40.

It turns out that Jimmy Fallon did more than just watch the concert. After Mysterious Ways, Bono "spotted" Fallon in the crowd holding a "singer with a broken finger" sign and pulled the host, who recently had surgery on his hand after a fall, onstage to sing lead vocals on Desire. Fallon and The Roots, the house band for the Tonight Show, covered the Rattle And Hum song last November when Bono's bike crash in New York City left the band unable to perform on the late night show that week.

Speaking of The Roots, they joined U2 and Fallon on stage to play Angel Of Harlem, much like the two bands did on the Tonight Show back in May. The Roots drummer Questlove took Larry's spot on the drums, while Mullen played the tambourine. As with Out Of Control, these performances of Desire and Angel Of Harlem represented their return to the setlist after missing four shows each. This is the first time U2 have performed Angel Of Harlem at a full tour gig in New York since the third leg of the Elevation Tour in October 2001.

The video featuring Stephen Hawking's voice that had preceded all previous IE Tour performances of City Of Blinding Lights (and Miracle Drug, on the two occasions that it was performed in place of City Of Blinding Lights) was moved to precede Beautiful Day at the start of the encore. The encore closed with One, which returned to the set after missing a single show.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control / 40 (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
  15. Desire
  16. Angel Of Harlem
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. With Or Without You
  19. City Of Blinding Lights
  20. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  21. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  22. encore(s):
  23. Beautiful Day / Summer In The City (snippet) / I Remember You (snippet)
  24. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  25. One / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
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U2's New York City #2 setlist, 19/07

Today U2 performed their second of eight shows in New York City. If you missed yesterday's set, including the surprise live resurrection of October, you can check it out here.

Early in the set, U2 performed Gloria for just the fourth time this tour, returning to the set after missing one show. Bono introduced it by saying that U2 do not play it often enough.

During the E stage set, Volcano returned for its sixth appearance of the tour (and seventh live performance ever). Like Gloria, it had missed just one show since it was last played. It was followed by Stuck In A Moment's fifth performance of tour, another song returning after a single-show absence.

October stayed in the setlist tonight, its second performance since returning from an absence of more than 25 years. It was dedicated to astronaut Mark Kelly and congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who are husband and wife. With both Gloria and October in the setlist, this means tonight's show is the first since 11 November 1989 to feature two songs from the October album.

In the encore, Bad was performed after missing three shows. It has normally been played late in the main set - the last time it was in the encore was for its first appearance of the tour on 15 May. Historically, it has normally been a late-main-set kind of song, though it is no stranger to the encore; for example, it appeared in the encore a number of times during the Vertigo Tour and once more for its only North American performance of 2011 in Pittsburgh. The encore finished with another song returning after an absence: I Still Haven't Found came back after missing two shows.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet) / Transmission (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow / Summer In The City (snippet)
  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
  15. Volcano
  16. Stuck In A Moment
  17. October
  18. Every Breaking Wave
  19. With Or Without You
  20. City Of Blinding Lights
  21. Bullet The Blue Sky
  22. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  23. encore(s):
  24. Beautiful Day / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  25. Bad / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  26. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  27. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)
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