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U2's Los Angeles #2 setlist, 21/05

Today, U2 performed their second of two shows at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, in the greater LA area. This is the first of only three cities on the North American leg to get more than one show—Chicago and East Rutherford also get this honour. When U2 first played the Rose Bowl in 2009, they did just one show, though of course that was with the 360 Tour set-up that permitted seat sales behind the stage, and there were two subsequent LA-area shows in 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Tonight's setlist featured a slightly altered order. A Sort of Homecoming—an early highlight of the tour—was mysteriously omitted from tonight's show. This means that the Joshua Tree keeps creeping closer to the start of the main set. The first three shows had five songs before the album, then four songs at the fourth, and tonight there were just three before the band began Where the Streets Have No Name. This means Mothers of the Disappeared was played the earliest it has ever featured in a setlist, fourteenth song of the night, beating last night's placement at fifteenth. It had previously been played sixteenth on 12 December 1987 and at the first three shows of this tour.

Furthermore, With or Without You was played the second-earliest it has ever appeared in a live set, sixth song of the night, equal with 16 December 1989. Only 25 November 1989 is in front, when it was played fifth. Bono spotted signs requesting WOWY's live-only verse Shine Like Stars, and although he did not sing it in the traditional spot at the song's climax, he did speak-sing "shine like stars in the summer night/shine like stars in your light" over Edge's solo.

The previous shows have featured just one extended encore, but tonight U2 did two encores. The first encore began with Miss Sarajevo, the first time it has opened an encore, and Bad. The band then took another break before coming back for the second encore. Unreleased new song The Little Things That Give You Away returned to the setlist to close the show, after not featuring in yesterday's setlist.

The upshot of the variations (by which we mainly mean the omission of A Sort of Homecoming) is that this show had the shortest setlist of the tour so far: 21 songs. The previous shows have had 22, or 23 in the case of Seattle. The last time U2 played a show with no more than 21 songs in the setlist was over a decade ago on 24 November 2006.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  4. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  6. With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky
  8. Running To Stand Still
  9. Red Hill Mining Town
  10. In God's Country
  11. Trip Through Your Wires
  12. One Tree Hill
  13. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  14. Mothers Of The Disappeared

  15. encore(s):
  16. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  17. Bad / America (snippet)
  18. Beautiful Day / City Of Stars (snippet)
  19. Elevation
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One
  22. The Little Things That Give You Away
All details for this show including reviews, videos and photos can be found here.

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U2's Los Angeles #1 setlist, 20/05

Today U2 performed their first of two shows at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, in the greater Los Angeles area. They have played the Rose Bowl just once before, for the 25 October 2009 concert that was broadcast live on YouTube and released as an official live video document of the 360 Tour.

In acknowledgement of the tragic death of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), the preshow music tonight featured Black Hole Sun right before the song that introduces U2 to the stage, The Pogues' A Rainy Night in Soho. Bono dedicated Running to Stand Still to Cornell and his whole family.

At the end of the Joshua Tree, Bono dedicated the concert to Guus Van Hove and Helena Nuellett, two fans who died in August 2011 while searching for the site where the album's cover was photographed.

There were a couple of tweaks to the setlist. Bad's two previous appearances this tour have been fourth in the setlist, the earliest it has ever been played at any full-tour concert (it was, of course, second at Live Aid). Tonight, it moved to the encore, a far more typical setlist location. It was followed by I Will Follow, played for the second time this tour. This show is the first of the tour to not feature the new unreleased song The Little Things That Give You Away; it was on the printed setlist, but the band conferred after Bad and chose to play I Will Follow.

By shifting Bad to the encore, all of the Joshua Tree songs were played one song earlier than at the three previous shows this tour. This means that tonight's performance of With or Without You is the equal third-earliest it has ever been played. It was also done seventh on 30 March 2005. It has appeared fifth in one set and sixth in another. Otherwise, it has typically appeared late in the main set or in the encore.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. A Sort Of Homecoming / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky
  9. Running To Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  15. Mothers Of The Disappeared / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)

  16. encore(s):
  17. Beautiful Day / City Of Stars (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  20. One
  21. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  22. Bad / America (snippet)
  23. I Will Follow
All details for this show including reviews, videos and photos can be found here.

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U2 to appear on late-night US TV

On today's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel announced that U2 will appear on his show next week to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of The Joshua Tree.

The performance will take place on Tuesday 23 May, between the second Pasadena show on 21 May and the Houston gig on 24 May. At this stage we do not know if U2 will just chat or perform any songs, but atu2 report a rumour that U2 will play two songs live.

Our database listing for this show is here. It will be U2's first appearance on Kimmel's show, though Bono made an appearance last November.



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U2's Santa Clara setlist, 17/05

Today, U2 performed a Bay Area show in Santa Clara, the first of three dates in California. The band played Bad again, after it made its tour debut at the previous show in Seattle. This time around the band concluded the show with new song The Little Things That Give You Away, like they did in Vancouver. Bono introduced it by saying "we've got a new album; this is a song that's on it".

It's worth noting that this tour features A Sort of Homecoming's earliest appearance in any setlist. All three nights it has been the third song. Previously, the earliest it was ever played was at its final appearance on the original Joshua Tree Tour, when it came fifth on 27 June 1987.

We also believe that this tour's three performances of New Year's Day are the first time Bono has ever sung the "golden age" verse from the original studio version. He has sometimes sung the "maybe the time is right" lines, but never the "golden age" ones. We, and some of our followers, have gone through literally hundreds of New Year's Day recordings in the hope of finding an elusive performance with "golden age" that some fans believe must be out there. I, Axver, was convinced it would show up in a couple of unusual early performances. We have not found it. If you have any evidence to the contrary, please contact us (or tweet at us). As a sidenote, Bono did sing the first verse from the US Mix, also known as the Kevorkian Mix, of New Year's Day at its first three live performances in December 1982.

Today's full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. A Sort Of Homecoming / America (snippet)
  4. Bad / America (snippet)
  5. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  6. Where The Streets Have No Name
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  8. With Or Without You
  9. Bullet The Blue Sky
  10. Running To Stand Still
  11. Red Hill Mining Town
  12. In God's Country
  13. Trip Through Your Wires
  14. One Tree Hill
  15. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  16. Mothers Of The Disappeared / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)

  17. encore(s):
  18. Beautiful Day / Do You Know The Way To San Jose (snippet)
  19. Elevation
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One
  22. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  23. The Little Things That Give You Away
All details for this show including reviews, videos and photos can be found here.

If you attended the show we ask you to share your concert review or photos with other site visitors. You can post your review of the show here and upload your pictures here.



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Videos of U2 in Seattle, 14/05

Two days ago we brought you lots of videos from Vancouver, and today we can repeat the dose for Seattle.

Our videos again come from Stefan and Frank, as well as a new contributor, Joni. The videos include the tour debuts of I Will Follow and Bad. If you want to check out the full setlist and all our information about it, read this article.



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