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Staging arrives in Turin ahead of the second leg of U2's IE Tour

The European leg of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour begins in a few days. First stop: Turin, Italy.

Work has begun at the Pala Alpitour ahead of opening night, with the band's crew currently setting up the stage. Italian-language fansite U2Place have posted on their website photos of the trucks arriving at the venue. Even more excitingly, they have tweeted two photos from inside the venue showing initial preparations.

The band will reportedly arrive in Turin in the next day or two. We will keep you updated on any rehearsals that take place during the week. Stick with us for opening night on Friday, 4 September, when we bring you all the action and see how much the show evolves from North America.

On an unrelated historical note, another setlist from the Boy Tour has surfaced. We would like to thank reader Bill for contributing the set for 3 May 1981, Tampa. If you know any details (even one song) to flesh out any missing or incomplete setlists, please contact us.



 Posted by Axver on

U2 New York City #8 photos, 31/07

Our friend Jason Brice did it again so we're able to post a great photo set from the last show of the first leg in New York. You find his photo set from New York here.
We also thank his daugther Annah for quite a few quick video uploads from recent shows!
 

Jason also did more U2 Innocence + Experience tour shows earlier and the photo sets can be accessed via the links below.
2015-05-26 Inglewood, 2015-05-27 Inglewood, 2015-05-30 Inglewood, 2015-06-03 Inglewood, 2015-07-02 Chicago, 2015-07-26 New York, 2015-07-27 New York, 2015-07-30 New York.



 Posted by Macphisto on

U2's New York City #8 setlist, 31/07

After two and a half months of concerts across ten cities in the USA and Canada, the first leg of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour finished tonight in New York. Today's show is the first time U2 have ever played eight consecutive shows at any venue ever. It also equals the record for the most shows at the same venue on one leg of a tour. On Lovetown's first leg, U2 played eight shows in Sydney but they were done in separate clusters of three, two, and three between late September and mid November 1989. That leg contained the previous record for most consecutive shows: seven in Melbourne.

The band have played 48 different songs at the 36 shows that comprised this leg. That equals their record of 48 different songs on the third leg of Vertigo - and in this case, 44 of the songs are original U2 numbers, beating 42 originals on said leg of Vertigo.

The reason the count of different songs has reached 48 is because of a tour debut tonight. Party Girl was performed to celebrate the end of a successful leg. It was last played on 7 July 2009 (though in between then and now it was snippeted on 19 December 2010). That's an absence of 6 years and 24 days. Party Girl is by far U2's most enduring live b-side. It has now been played 188 times since debuting on 26 February 1983, appearing on every tour from War to Innocence + Experience with the sole exception of Popmart.

The show's other big surprises came in the encore. Every night of U2's stand in New York there have been rumours of a guest appearance by Bruce Springsteen and those finally came true. He joined U2 for I Still Haven't Found, which segued into a full performance of Stand By Me (which was not on the printed setlist). Bono acknowledged Springsteen as an inspiration to U2, setting a level to which they always aspired, and then gushed to the crowd about this being the best show on the band's best tour ever. The encore ended with a special treat, 40, back after missing seven shows.

Bruce Springsteen perform with U2 in New York

A couple of other songs earlier in the night had also returned after briefer absences. The second song of the night was Out Of Control, back after missing four shows. Before Party Girl, Desire was performed after missing one show. It was dedicated to Engine 44, who responded to the emergency call when Bono had his bicycle accident last November.

U2 now take a short break before touring Europe for the first time since 2010. Opening night is 4 September in Turin, though we believe there will be some rehearsals beforehand. We will of course keep you updated, and on the European leg we expect to have videos courtesy of our talented webmaster Matt. We look forward to your company then, and thanks to everybody who has read, commented, and interacted with us over the first leg of this tour. Your support is always appreciated. If you attended shows, why not create your personal concert statistics?

The full setlist tonight was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet)
  16. Party Girl
  17. Every Breaking Wave
  18. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  19. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  20. Beautiful Day / Hungry Heart (snippet) / New York, New York (snippet)
  21. With Or Without You

  22. encore(s):
  23. City Of Blinding Lights
  24. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  25. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  26. Stand By Me
  27. 40
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U2's New York City #7 setlist, 30/07

It is the penultimate night of U2's eight-night stand in New York, and indeed the penultimate night of the first leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour. This show equals U2's record for most consecutive shows in a city. Back on Lovetown's first leg, U2 performed seven consecutive shows in Melbourne. That record will be beaten tomorrow.

This show featured a number of surprises. After Mysterious Ways, Bono brought well known fan Mark "U2Brothr" Baker to do the filming for Meerkat and spoke to him about when he and his tribute band Acrobat came on stage earlier this tour at the first Toronto show. Bono then acknowledged the woman who called 911 after his bicycle accident in November and two of the firefighters who responded, who were in the audience. They were not brought on stage but were given the microphone to speak from the floor. The firefighters, of Engine 44, were cheered warmly and shared a shot of Jameson with Bono. The woman, who was from Virginia, took some potshots at New York and New Yorkers since many other people passed by the accident without stopping to help, and her putdowns were not well received.

The rotational slot early in the main set was occupied by The Electric Co., back after missing two shows. The E stage rotational slots were filled by Elevation and Ordinary Love for the third time out of the seven New York shows so far. They had both missed a show each.

Ordinary Love was followed by a cover of Satellite Of Love in honour of Lou Reed. The performance featured Reed's vocals and video footage like on ZooTV. This is the first time U2 have covered Satellite Of Love since 10 December 1993 (though Bono and Edge performed it at a private memorial on 2 December 2013 after Reed's death). It was played at 145 shows across ZooTV.

The encore featured a further surprise. Paul Simon joined U2 on stage for Mother And Child Reunion. Normally we list this song as a snippet leading into Steets, as it is used to introduce the song rather than being performed separately; however, this performance was longer, with Simon singing lyrics that Bono does not get up to, and it sat more independently of Streets. For this reason, today's version gets a separate listing in our database.

A photo of the printed setlist shows that the closer was listed as I Still Haven't Found. However, the band played One instead.

The full setlist was:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / Helter Skelter (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Girls On Film (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Elevation
  16. Ordinary Love
  17. Satellite Of Love
  18. Every Breaking Wave
  19. Bullet The Blue Sky
  20. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  21. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  22. With Or Without You / Satellite Of Love (snippet)

  23. encore(s):
  24. City Of Blinding Lights
  25. Mother And Child Reunion
  26. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  27. One / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
All details for this show including reviews 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.



 Posted by Axver on

Edge and Adam perform at fan party

Today, two members of U2 did something very cool. Fellow fansite @U2 were celebrating their twentieth anniversary at The Cutting Room in New York when Edge and Adam (and Edge's guitar tech, Dallas Schoo) crashed the party.

The tribute band Unforgettable Fire were performing their set when Edge and Adam joined them on stage for two songs. First was Where The Streets Have No Name, and it was followed by Out Of Control. Our database listing for this show is here.

It appears that the lads kept @U2 in the dark, organising the surprise directly with the venue. No doubt @U2 will have more details when they have the chance to come back to earth, so keep an eye out for that.

This appearance comes the night before the final two shows of the first leg of the Innocence + Experience Tour. Between this special appearance and the live resurrection of Two Hearts Beat As One a couple of days ago, the band have been busy springing surprises this week. Will we see any more before the month is done?



 Posted by Axver on

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