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U2's Omaha setlist, 19/05/18

U2 performed in Omaha today. This was just their second concert in the state of Nebraska; the first, also in Omaha, took place on 15 December 2005. Bono has also sung at three non-tour events in Nebraska, two of which actually took place before U2 had ever played in the state; you can access them from our Nebraska listing.

Gloria returned to the setlist after missing one show. It seems fitting that Omaha gets it: Gloria's run of six consecutive shows in 2005 ended the night before they came to Nebraska. This performance is notable as Gloria has now regained the title of most-played song from the album October. The title track October had taken that crown in 2015. Gloria now has 384 known performances to October's 383; there are a number of missing setlists for the band's tours in the early 1980s so both songs will have been performed more than that.

Raised By Wolves did not appear in the setlist for the second time this tour, the first instance being in St Louis on 4 May. The video introduction for Wolves was still played, then Larry continued with the Sunday Bloody Sunday drumming until the guitar of Until the End of the World began. Bono did his Psalm 23 snippet, usually a link from the end of Wolves, over the intro of Until the End of the World.

Bono has been doing band introductions during Desire most nights this tour, including a description of Larry as "the company of thunder" and Adam as a stylish and suave earthquake. Edge has been "an intensity of white light", and Bono expanded on this tonight: "an intensity of white light so bright that Kim Jong-Un thinks of him as a WMD ... a weapon of mass devotion, The Edge!"

In the encore, Bono spoke about the school shooting tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas. He described U2 as "friends and fans" of the US and underscored that "this gun stuff confuses us". "You've got to look at this and sort it out. We don't know what the solution is, but we believe in you to find it." He then dedicated the closing number, 13 (There Is a Light), to the high school students.

The setlist clocked in with 24 songs. This is, by one song, the shortest set of the tour so far.

The full setlist was:

  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 / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. Psalm 23 (snippet) / Until the End of the World / Alabama Song (snippet) / Words (snippet)
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / The Jean Genie (snippet)
  15. Desire
  16. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  17. You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  18. Staring at the Sun 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 Los Angeles #2 setlist, 16/05/18

Today, U2 performed their second of two shows in the Los Angeles area, at the Forum in Inglewood. This was the tour's last date on the North American west coast; the band will now be heading eastwards across the continent.

The band slightly modified the start of the setlist tonight. Red Flag Day and Gloria were dropped, with All Because of You replacing them after I Will Follow. This means tonight's set is one song shorter than last night's.

All Because of You's return to the set comes after missing four concerts. It was last played at the first San Jose show, on 7 May. Tonight's changes brought to an end Gloria's streak of consecutive concerts, stalling at five. It will have to wait a bit longer to attain the streak discussed yesterday.

Bono ended Beautiful Day with a snippet of Black Hole Sun and acknowledged Chris Cornell and his family, almost a year to the day since the Soundgarden singer died.

Before One, Bono again promoted the band's invitation for fans to submit their vocals to be included in the chorus for Women of the World, the song that is played during the encore break. Full details are here.

We had some difficulties with our live coverage of tonight's concert, so I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge Chris Barca on Twitter and prbiker15 on Interference, who both kept detailed setlists. Thank you both.

The full setlist was:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow / Mother (snippet)
  5. All Because Of You
  6. Beautiful Day / Black Hole Sun (snippet)
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  12. Until the End of the World / It Never Rains In Southern California (snippet) / Amsterdam (snippet)
  13. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  14. Elevation
  15. Vertigo / Rebel Yell (snippet)
  16. Desire
  17. Acrobat
  18. You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  19. Staring at the Sun acoustic
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  22. American Soul
  23. City of Blinding Lights

  24. encore(s):
  25. Women of the World (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)
  26. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  27. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2's Los Angeles #1 setlist, 15/05/18

Today, U2 performed their first of two shows in the Los Angeles area, at the Forum in Inglewood.

The new intro music, It's a Beautiful World by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, remained at the start of the show after debuting at the second Las Vegas show three nights ago.

Red Flag Day, after missing the previous show, returned to the setlist for its third performance ever. This time it slotted into the set between I Will Follow and Gloria.

Gloria, if you have been following our Twitter, is closing in on a little record—and so is The Ocean. Gloria was a regular of U2's setlists in the 1980s, but since then has been a rarity. The most consecutive shows at which it has been performed since December 1987 is six in December 2005. Today's performance brought it to five in a row, so it could equal its record tomorrow. As for The Ocean, it appeared in nine consecutive setlists during September and October 2005, but otherwise has been even more scarce. Tonight, it achieved its seventh consecutive performance; if it gets to ten, that will constitute its longest run of consecutive concerts since 1982.

Bono spoke from the heart about his daughters Jordan and Eve before The Best Thing, though he had time to include a joke: "Eve, going into show business, that's a worry!"

To introduce the last song, Bono spoke about how it can be hard sometimes to believe you're not a kid any more yourself: "I'm eleven!" He then described the rest of the band: "Adam's, like, wisdom of the ages. Larry, eternal youth. Edge, as you know, is from the future." He turned to ask Edge what the future is like, and Edge responded "it's better" to laughs and cheers from the audience.

Another lighter moment occurred at the start of Staring at the Sun. Bono missed his cue for the first line and made a light-hearted apology to Edge before they both came back in to do the line again. The band stumbled over a number of performances of Staring at the Sun on Popmart, especially when they were playing it in electric form in April and May 1997, and clearly the song is not finished yet with tricking the band and confounding their timing!

Speaking of Staring at the Sun, today it became the second-most performed song from Pop. It can now claim 119 live performances, to 118 for Please. It is still 27 performances behind the most-played song from Pop, Gone. Discotheque, in case you are wondering, is fourth on 114. Staring at the Sun and Discotheque are, however, the only two Pop songs that have been performed on more than two tours (not counting various dates). The only album more than a decade old (since it's unfair to compare with the newest albums) whose most-played song has been performed fewer times than Gone is Zooropa, where Stay can claim 104 performances. Yes, even Passengers has a song—Miss Sarajevo—that has been played live more than any song from Zooropa or Pop.

Also, you can be a part of the upcoming shows. Bono came out before One to sing along to the end of the song that plays during the encore break, Jim O'Rourke's cover of Ivor Cutler's song Women of the World. He then used the speech over One's intro to mention that you can submit your vocals to be part of the chorus, as described in detail here. But, as this was evidently Bono's night of mirth and mistakes, he could not quite remember the hashtag, quipping that there are "so many hashtags in my life!" The correct hashtag, should you wish to contribute (we will spare everybody Axver's so-called singing), is #womenoftheworldtakeover

The full setlist was:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Red Flag Day
  6. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  7. Beautiful Day
  8. The Ocean
  9. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Cedarwood Road
  11. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  12. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  13. Until the End of the World / Alabama Song (snippet) / Introduction (snippet)
  14. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  15. Elevation
  16. Vertigo / The Jean Genie (snippet)
  17. Desire
  18. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  19. You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  20. Staring at the Sun acoustic
  21. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  22. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  23. American Soul
  24. City of Blinding Lights

  25. encore(s):
  26. Women of the World (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet)
  27. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  28. 13 (There Is A Light)
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U2 to perform special New York show for SiriusXM subscribers

Are you a current SiriusXM subscriber? Do you want to see U2 in the intimate surrounds of the Apollo Theater in New York? Well then, you better enter this competition.

That's right, in between their Experience + Innocence Tour concerts in Uniondale and Philadelphia, U2 are going to play this special invite-only gig in Harlem on 11 June. At present, the only way to gain entry without a direct invitation is to win the SiriusXM contest—and there will be just one grand prize winner, who will score a trip for two to New York and tickets to the gig.

To enter, you have to have been a paid-up SiriusXM subscriber continuously since 25 April 2018. If you're not a subscriber, there's no use signing up now, though you might want to find a friend who is a subscriber and persuade them to take you with them if they win the contest.

Now, let's be honest, even if you are eligible to enter, you are almost certain not to win. But all is not lost! SiriusXM will broadcast the concert, so we can all listen.

This special show might have some goodies too. The last time U2 did a small concert like this, at the Roxy on 28 May 2015, they did a very special setlist indeed, including the only performance of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock since 2001 and one of only seven performances of California (There Is No End To Love) ever.

Our database listing for this event is here. U2 have never performed at this venue as a full band before, but Bono appeared there on 17 May 2012 for a performance of Angel of Harlem (hmm, I wonder what song we could get again this time around?) at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America.



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U2's Las Vegas #2 setlist, 12/05/18

U2 performed their second of two shows in Las Vegas tonight. This is only the second time that they have performed two shows in Las Vegas on the same tour. The first time was at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during the Vertigo Tour, 4 and 5 November 2005. That second show in 2005 was notable for guest appearances by Mary J. Blige and Brandon Flowers.

The intro music tonight was different to that used so far this tour. At the previous five shows, U2 have come out to Winter Beats by I Break Horses. Tonight, they used It's a Beautiful World by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, who you might remember were the opener for last year's European shows.

The setlist changed very little from last night. The opening sequence was modified slightly, with Beautiful Day coming after I Will Follow and Gloria rather than preceding them. The only other change was that the band dropped Red Flag Day and did not include anything to replace it, so that the set had 25 songs rather than 26. U2 might not vary their setlists heavily from night to night, but even by their standards that is an uncommonly low degree of variation between shows in the same city—especially when playing in arenas, as they are this tour, rather than in stadiums.

The lack of song rotation means, among other things, that Staring at the Sun has been played both nights in Las Vegas. These are its first performances in Las Vegas since its shambling live debut here on the opening night of Popmart, 25 April 1997, when U2 had to give up on the first performance and do it over again.

In Beautiful Day, the folks from the U2Chile fansite got a shout-out when Bono saw their Chilean flag. He sang "see the world in green and blue, see Chile right in front of you".

Like he did at the second San Jose show, Bono made a Rolling Stones reference while in his Macphisto character before Acrobat: "pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name. It's actually Mr Macphisto; I sometimes dress up as Mick Jagger." In his Macphisto speech he made sarcastic allusions to Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels, and with regards to last year's riot in Charlottesville he asked "who could make this shit up, seriously!"

There was no snippet in the transition from Acrobat to Best Thing tonight. Instead, Bono spoke about how great it was to have his daughters in attendance at last night's show. "They went clubbing, that's what kids do... they're not home yet!" And in his speech before One he described his bonds with his bandmates and with his wife. "The most valuable thing that experience has taught me is that, as an artist, I am one quarter of a person without Edge, Adam, and Larry, and as a man I am only one half of a person without Ali."

It is also worth noting that the crowd chanted the "ooh ooh ooh" vocal melody of Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way very loudly, continuing in strong voice even after the band had finished playing the song.

The full setlist was:

  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 / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  12. Until the End of the World
  13. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  14. Elevation
  15. Vertigo / The Jean Genie (snippet)
  16. Desire
  17. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  18. You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  19. Staring at the Sun acoustic
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  22. American Soul
  23. City of Blinding Lights

  24. encore(s):
  25. One / Invisible (snippet)
  26. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  27. 13 (There Is A Light)
All details for this show including reviews, videos and photos can be found here.

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