Thanks a lot to Frank and Stefan for taking part in this!
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Tonight U2 performed their final hometown show at the 3Arena in Dublin. Tonight's concert was originally scheduled to be the final one of the second leg (and as of this writing, the whole tour), but the postponement of the final two Paris shows after the terrorist attacks led to them being rescheduled for December. U2 traditionally end off their Irish run of shows strongly, and the excitement tonight was palpable. Ali, Jordan, and Eve were known to be in attendance tonight, as were Noel Gallagher, Guy Oseary, and Gavin Friday.
The Electric Co. returned to the set after missing two shows. Vertigo featured an extended outro in the style of the Vertigo Tour. The e-stage portion featured a few surprises. First the "Queen of Ireland", Panti Bliss, joined U2 on stage during Mysterious Ways. Following the song, Bono credited her with trailblazing marriage equality in Ireland and quipped that she puts the "gay into Gaelic." She then performed the Meerkat portion of the show as Imelda May joined the group on stage for Desire, returning after a single absence. Imelda sang the majority of the lyrics with Bono providing backup vocals with The Edge. Desire was followed by Angel of Harlem, also back after missing one show. The song was dedicated to Christy Dignam of Aslan.
At the end of With or Without You Bono shouted "No more dreaming it all up again!", a reference to his famous speech on 30 December 1989 at the old Point Depot. Shine Like Stars was snippeted for the eleventh time of the tour, surpassing the Elevation Tour for most appearances of the coda since the end of the ZooTV tour, when it was still a regular feature. Before Bad, Bono thanked Jake Berry for adapting the stage so they could perform in Dublin. Bad's appearance was the first time this tour it has been performed three times in the same city, and the first time it has appeared at three concerts in a row. 40 was the final song of the evening, back after missing one night. It was dedicated to the late Dennis Sheehan and his family, and Bono spoke of how he got the crowd to sing the famous "How long to sing this song" refrain during the filming of the Red Rocks video. There were 22 snippets in total tonight, tying the record jointly set earlier this tour in London and Belfast.
The setlist was as follows:
Here are our videos from the third Dublin show. We were 3 people filming today. Frank in the seats and Stefan and me in GA. So we have some duplicates but from different angles.
Tonight U2 performed the third of four hometown shows at the 3Arena in Dublin. Bono's brother Norman was in attendance, as was Ali. Other notable guests included Matt Damon and Colin Farrell.
I Will Follow's appearance in the set is notable as the 900th known performance of the song; though due to many unknown/incomplete setlists from the early days, the actual count is likely in excess of 1000. On a humourous note, as pointed out by Vladimir Zrinjski on Twitter, it means Bono has sung the line "walk away, walk away" in excess of 21,000 times in concert! Shine Like Stars was a late addition to With or Without You, Bono belting it out right before the song came to a close with the modified lyric "We'll shine like stars in the Irish night". This is the tenth time of the tour it has been snippeted, which ties it with the Elevation Tour for most appearances since the end of the ZooTV tour when it was still a regular addition.
Gloria returned to the set after an absence of six shows while Elevation returned after missing just one. One of two big surprises was New Year's Day, performed for just the third time this tour after an absence of 11 shows. It has only been performed at third concerts so far this tour. A special guest of the night was Andrew Rowen, a childhood friend of Bono's who was caught up in the bombings that inspired Raised By Wolves and was also the inspiration for Bad, which was the second big surprise of the night. Bono dedicated the song to him, citing him as an inspiration and telling the crowd that after losing his way he had very much found it again. He also relayed an anecdote of how Andrew Rowen still keeps a part of the exploded car with him; "because it took a little piece of me, I took a piece of it." One closed out an emotional concert, back after missing one show.
The set was as follows:
Tonight U2 performed the second of four hometown shows at the 3Arena in Dublin. The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, was in the house tonight, as was Shane MacGowan of The Pogues; Bono gave him a shout out during Beautiful Day.
Out of Control returned to the set after missing one show. Desire and Angel of Harlem were also both played after missing one show. Bono introduced the latter by saying it had debuted at the Point Depot 30 years ago. However he was off by a little over three years and one country on this stat; the debut of the song was 16 October 1988 in London, England. Bad and 40 also returned to the set after missing one concert. This was the 500th known full performance of Bad. Neither song was on the printed set, with I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For planned to close. It has now missed 12 concerts.
The setlist was as follows: