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U2's Chicago #2 setlist, 23/05/18

Today, U2 performed their second of two concerts in Chicago. It is worth noting that these two gigs have taken place almost 35 years to the day since U2 visited Chicago on the War Tour for a show on 21 May 1983 and saw the exhibition that inspired The Unforgettable Fire.

Reports from today's soundcheck indicate that the band worked on Red Flag Day, The Ocean, Raised By Wolves, and Until the End of the World.

The soundcheck proved an accurate indication that Red Flag Day would be played. It had been omitted from the past three shows, and slotted into the setlist position occupied last night by Gloria. This is Red Flag Day's fourth live performance to date, and the first time it has been performed without Gloria in the setlist—the three previous times it has been played, Gloria has also been in the setlist.

Raised By Wolves, however, did not make it out of soundcheck. U2 continued with the extended Sunday Bloody Sunday outro leading into Until the End of the World, and tonight Bono recited William Blake's poem Introduction over the start of the song, in the spot where he usually shouts the "comfort me!" ending of the Psalm 23 snippet.

Speaking of Sunday Bloody Sunday, and to build on yesterday's statistic about 1,000 live appearances of any type, today that song achieved its 900th known full performance. Missing and incomplete setlists mean that this number probably under-estimates its total live appearances by roughly 20. In terms of known full performances, it is the third U2 song to reach 900—both Pride and I Will Follow are ahead of it. If Pride remains a regular feature of the nightly setlist for the rest of the year, it will become the first to reach 1,000 known full performances.

Bono, in his Macphisto persona, slipped a little Frank Sinatra into his sinister intro to Acrobat tonight. Macphisto, with a cackle, told the locals that "I will always be with you, Chicago—you are my kind of town".

At the end of the show, as he wrapped up 13, Bono made an allusion to Walk On, dropping in a mention of "home, that's where the hurt is".

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. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  11. Introduction (snippet) / 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. My Kind Of Town (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) / Walk On (snippet)
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U2's Chicago #1 setlist, 22/05/18

Today, U2 performed their first of two shows in Chicago. They are playing at the United Center, to which they have been regular visitors: this is their sixth run of shows at this venue since 2001, having played at least two shows here on every North American arena leg this century. The arena will now be all the more special to the band, as Bono told the audience that the United Center's staff had today raised money for Project Red and that venue management had matched it.

The start of the concert was delayed by technical difficulties with the screen. Bono alluded to this in the introduction to The Best Thing, remarking that "the people were just so cool with it" as part of an imagined letter to his wife; he then added "I think I scared them with the devil thing", i.e. Macphisto before Acrobat.

Bono fell off the stage at the beginning of Lights of Home but was fortunately okay as he immediately climbed back on. This is not the first time he has taken a tumble; most famously he slipped during Exit on 20 September 1987 and finished the show despite a dislocated arm. Four years earlier he lost balance at the Rockpalast Festival on German TV during Surrender. In similar fashion to tonight he slipped while walking backwards on the opening night of the Elevation Tour, also during the third song. And on this same stage Edge fell on opening night in 2015.

Tonight's performance of The Ocean means that it has been performed at ten consecutive shows. This is a record for known performances at consecutive gigs. It was performed at nine consecutive gigs on the Vertigo Tour, from 16 September 2005 to 7 October 2005. Before that, it was almost certainly played at more than ten shows in a row in 1980–82, but because of missing setlists we have no such example in our database—every decent-length run is broken by a show with an incomplete or unknown setlist. The Ocean was performed at every show with a full setlist available in December 1982 on the War Pre-Tour, and it is likely that it appeared at all 21 shows.

Sunday Bloody Sunday reached a milestone tonight, for it became the first song with 1,000 live appearances in our database: 899 of those are full performances, and 101 are snippets. It almost certainly has been played more times than this, but we are missing a number of War Tour setlists and a handful from the Unforgettable Fire Tour. It was most likely performed at about 20 shows with missing setlists across those two tours, but we simply cannot confirm that.

Tonight's setlist was identical to that played at the previous show, in Omaha. That means Raised By Wolves missed its second successive show, but that Gloria stuck around.

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. 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 / Introduction (snippet)
  12. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo / The Jean Genie (snippet)
  15. Desire Hollywood Mix
  16. 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 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 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 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 Hollywood Mix
  17. Acrobat
  18. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  19. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge 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 Hollywood Mix
  18. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet) / Acrobat
  19. You're The Best Thing About Me Full band acoustic
  20. Staring at the Sun Bono and Edge 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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