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U2's Uncasville setlist, 03/07/18

Tonight brings an end to the first leg of the Experience + Innocence Tour, and U2 closed it off with their first performance in Uncasville, Connecticut. Not only was it their first visit to this small village (it, along with Chesterfield, Mohegan, and Oakdale, forms the town of Montville which has a population under 20,000), it was also the first time U2 have played in the state since 7 December 2005 in Hartford.

The setlist was mostly unchanged from the normal narrative of the tour thus far; Gloria was restored to the set after missing two concerts, and it came with the usual G-L-O-R-I-A snippet at the end. As usual Bono spoke about Pop before Staring at the Sun, this time name-dropping Please as a song from the album that meant a lot to him. Resuming discussion on the song at hand he quipped that the reason he doesn't remember writing it is because Edge claims that he wrote it instead. Asking if the song was just a tune or had chords as well he was informed by Edge that it had chords, to which he responded with an expletive. Bono ended the tour leg by twisting his ankle as he left the stage during 13.

The first concert of the leg was the longest at 27 songs; the next 7 nights varied between 25 and 26 songs, and every subsequent performance had 24 songs (though 21 June in Boston is listed at 25 songs due to the recitation of the poem Hedgehog). Of the 32 songs performed over the 27 nights of the first leg, 23 of them were played every night. Of the songs that were rotated, Gloria was performed 15 times and All Because of You on 11 occasions. They were played on the same night just once, 7 May in San Jose. Red Flag Day was the least performed new song, appearing only four times; once in the rotational slot and the other three times in the company of Gloria. The final rotational song was The Electric Co., played just once this leg. New Year's Day, Song for Someone, and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses were all also played just once. 

Notably, this is the first time we are aware of that The Ocean has been performed at every concert on a tour leg, though it came close on the third and fourth legs of the Boy Tour (17 of 27 concerts, and 53 of 59 respectively) and the fifth leg of October (8 of 9 concerts). The incompleteness and unavailability of many early setlists means that this is likely not actually the case, but it is nonetheless the first time we are actually certain of it! Staring at the Sun was similarly played on every night of a tour leg for the first time since the closing arc of the PopMart Tour just a shade over 20 years ago. Desire was performed every night for the first time since the Zooropa leg of ZooTV in mid-1993. Discounting the two-concert long fifth leg of 360, this is the first time since the third leg of PopMart at the end of 1997 that Bad has not been played on a tour leg at least once.

The tour resumes in Berlin on 31 August; it will be interesting to see what changes U2 makes to their story for the European market.

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Johnny Was (snippet)
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  15. Desire Hollywood Mix
  16. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  17. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  18. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge acoustic
  19. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights

  23. encore(s):
  24. Women of the World (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2's Newark setlist, 29/06/18

Tonight U2 are taking a break from New York City by crossing the state border into nearby Newark; they head back to NYC on 1 July. This is the group's first concert in Newark. The last time they played in New Jersey but NOT in East Rutherford was all the way back on 12 May 1983 in Passaic. Tonight thus breaks a streak of 26 shows played in the same location.

Fans heard two songs so far unplayed this tour during soundcheck today: Summer of Love, Every Breaking Wave, and then Summer of Love a second time. Neither appeared in tonight's performance.

All Because of You returned to the set after missing one concert. Before Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bono spoke of the bombing of Dublin in 1974 which inspired Raised By Wolves, and how he would have been caught up in it if he had not decided to cycle to school that day. One was dedicated to the victims of the recent shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper.

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. All Because Of You
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. Lord Of The Flies (snippet) / Until the End of the World / Introduction (snippet)
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  15. Desire Hollywood Mix
  16. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  17. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  18. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge acoustic
  19. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights

  23. encore(s):
  24. Women of the World (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2 perform at Harlem's Apollo Theatre, 11/06/18

Today U2 performed a special show for invited guests and contest winners at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. It will be broadcast on SiriusXM on 13 June.

The band opened the set with a trio of songs from Boy, recalling the days when they played venues of this size regularly. This trio began with E+I Tour regular I Will Follow, followed by The Electric Co. (which was performed for the first time in 2.5 years two nights ago in Uniondale), and then the first performance of Out of Control since 6 December 2015.

The band then skipped to their most recent output, performing Red Flag Day live for the sixth time. It was last played a couple of weeks ago at Jack White's record shop on 27 May, or if you want to count from a more conventional gig then its last outing was 23 May.

Next came a brace of songs from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, All Because of You and Vertigo. The last time U2 performed two songs from that album back-to-back in a setlist was on 30 July 2011, when City of Blinding Lights led to Vertigo.

The How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb duo led to a pair of songs from All That You Can't Leave Behind, Elevation and Beautiful Day. Bono used an extended intro of Elevation to introduce the rest of the band, describing Edge as "a genuinely funky man - for an Irish guy".

The band ended the main set by drawing on on a sequence of songs from the current E+I Tour, performing Pride into Get Out of Your Own Way and American Soul. Like on tour, Bono used his megaphone for some lines in American Soul. And during Pride, he paid tribute to "the great African-American poets who turned the Apollo into the great cathedral that it is". He had previously remarked, after Elevation, that "I feel like I should take my shoes off or something, this is a sacred place for music".

Angel of Harlem, fittingly, opened the encore. It was the first in a sequence of three songs from Rattle and Hum, for which U2 were accompanied by the Sun Ra Arkestra. Angel of Harlem and When Love Comes to Town had not been performed previously this year. Angel of Harlem was last performed at a regular tour gig on 28 November 2015 but has been performed at four other dates since then, the most recent being at a private party on 1 April 2017. When Love Comes to Town had its last regular tour appearance on 31 May 2015, followed by two off-tour appearances in December that year, the more recent of the two being on 24 December 2015 as part of Bono's Christmas carolling in Dublin.

This series of Rattle and Hum songs was followed by Stuck in a Moment; beforehand, Bono dedicated it to Anthony Bourdain and spoke about how the song was inspired by the loss of Michael Hutchence. The Sun Ra Arkestra stayed for this song. U2 last performed Stuck at a regular tour gig on 19 July 2015, and it has been performed at five off-tour events in the interim, with the most recent on 30 November 2017.

After Stuck, the band feigned at taking a second encore break—but Bono and Edge never really left, returning to play the stripped-down piano version of Every Breaking Wave. And yes, the "last performed" stat here is another regular show/off-tour event split: 7 December 2015 for a regular tour show, and 16 November 2017 for off-tour.

Adam and Larry then came back for the last two songs of the night. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses made its long awaited return, having been performed just once this year at the opening night of the E+I Tour on 2 May. The night closed with Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way; Bono introduced it as "this is not a song, this is a promise". Love Is Bigger brought tonight's tally of songs from Songs of Experience to four, while Boy, Rattle and Hum, and All That You Can't Leave Behind were each represented by three songs.

At eighteen songs, this set contained six more than U2's equivalent show during the I+E Tour, 28 May 2015 at the Roxy. Seven of tonight's eighteen songs were reprised from the Roxy, while five had not yet been performed during 2018. Two of those songs were the same—Out of Control and Stuck in a Moment were both played at the Roxy, and both had not yet been performed this year.

The full setlist was:

  1. I Will Follow / Walking On The Moon (snippet)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send in the Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Out of Control
  4. Red Flag Day
  5. All Because Of You
  6. Vertigo / 1969 (snippet)
  7. Elevation
  8. Beautiful Day
  9. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  10. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  11. American Soul

  12. encore(s):
  13. Angel of Harlem / Into The Mystic (snippet) (with Sun Ra Arkestra)
  14. Desire (with Sun Ra Arkestra)
  15. When Love Comes To Town / Romeo Had Juliette (snippet) (with Sun Ra Arkestra)
  16. Stuck In A Moment (with Sun Ra Arkestra)
  17. Every Breaking Wave Bono and Edge
  18. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  19. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
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U2's Uniondale setlist, 09/06/18

Tonight U2 performed in Uniondale, New York, after their brief diversion north of the interntional border. Though every U2 tour sees several stops in New York, this is just their fifth in Uniondale - and the first since 9 March 1992, when it held the sixth concert of the ZooTV Tour. Every previous performance in Uniondale has been held at the Nassau Coliseum and that is true again tonight, though it is now known as NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Several songs were heard in soundcheck, likely for the forthcoming SiriusXM concert at the Apollo Theatre on Monday night. The Electric Co. was heard multiple times, followed by Red Flag Day, Stuck in a Moment with piano, Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, and When Love Comes to Town.

The Electric Co. surprised everyone tonight by being performed for the first time this tour; it was last played 2 and-a-half years ago in Dublin on the I+E tour. This is the first song to debut on the current tour since the first-ever live performance of Red Flag Day in San Jose, one month and a day ago.

Tonight's set included three songs from Boy. The last time U2 performed that many songs from that album at a regular tour date was when they did the exact same three on 28 October 2005; on that night they appeared consecutively, while tonight Beautiful Day intruded upon the sequence. Every regular tour show since then has maxed out at no more than two Boy songs—three tracks from Boy were played across 2015, but never all three on the same night. There is, of course, an off-tour exception: 28 May 2015 at the Roxy, which featured four Boy songs: the same three as tonight, plus Out of Control. It also featured a fifth Boy-era song, the pre-album single 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. In case you are wondering, the last regular tour gig to have more than three Boy songs was right back on 24 September 1984 when six were performed.

The full setlist was:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. The Electric Co. / Send in the Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. The Garden of Love (snippet) / Until the End of the World / Introduction (snippet)
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  15. Desire Hollywood Mix
  16. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  17. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  18. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge acoustic
  19. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights

  23. encore(s):
  24. One / Invisible (snippet)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2's Montreal #2 setlist, 06/06/18

U2 performed their second of two shows in Montreal today. After this gig they return to the US for the final twelve shows of the first leg of the Experience + Innocence Tour, as well as a special one-off at New York's Apollo Theatre.

The band did an extended soundcheck today. It included All Because of You and three songs not yet performed this tour: The Electric Co., Angel of Harlem, and When Love Comes to Town. The most recent regular tour performances of those three songs were all between May and November 2015, though Angel of Harlem and When Love Comes to Town have had subsequent off-tour appearances.

The soundcheck was prophetic for All Because of You, which returned to the setlist after missing the previous six concerts. It was last performed on 16 May 2018. The other songs are likely being rehearsed for the Apollo show.

All Because of You took the setlist position occupied by Gloria last night. There were no other changes to the setlist

In Montreal, the band have added some extra flourishes to the start. The MRI sequence that introduces Love Is All We Have Left is now reprised at the end of the song and is followed by a taped count-in for The Blackout.

The band appear to have been impressed with the enthusiasm and volume of the fans in Montreal over both nights. Bono made numerous remarks to this effect, remarks that he has not made to other cities previously on the current tour, including a quip in the intro to Desire that "we desire to be in the room with the greatest rock'n'roll fans on the planet!"

The full setlist was:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow / Walking On The Moon (snippet)
  5. All Because Of You
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday / The Garden of Love (snippet)
  11. Until the End of the World / Introduction (snippet)
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  15. Desire Hollywood Mix
  16. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  17. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  18. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge acoustic
  19. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights

  23. encore(s):
  24. One / Invisible (snippet)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is A Light)
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