U2's San Jose #1 setlist, 07/05/18
Today, U2 performed in San Jose. It was the first of their four shows in the state of California: two in San Jose and two in greater LA.
There was a surprise in the first set: Gloria made its tour debut, continuing a trend (running back to the Elevation Tour) of tour debuts happening in San Jose. Gloria was last performed on 27 November 2015, in Dublin, 2 years, 5 months, and 10 days ago. It took the setlist position occupied by New Year's Day at the St Louis show.
Also in the first set, Raised By Wolves returned after missing St Louis. It took its standard position between Sunday Bloody Sunday and Until the End of the World. Song for Someone, however, remained absent, making this the second show it has missed on the IE/EI Tours.
All Because of You has now been performed at three concerts in a row. City of Blinding Lights and Vertigo have been regulars from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb on (almost) every tour since their release, but the album has otherwise gone almost unrepresented since 2006. This is the most any other song from HTDAAB has been played since the end of the Vertigo Tour, beating Miracle Drug's two performances in 2015. No other song from HTDAAB has been performed at a regular tour concert in the meantime, though A Man and a Woman showed up at a charity concert on 15 October 2011, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own was rehearsed in 2009, and One Step Closer rehearsed in 2015.
In the middle of Until the End of the World, Bono inserted a snippet of the song Amsterdam—the first of its five appearances to not take place in the city Amsterdam. Bono modified the lyrics to reference California.
Bono is now really getting into the revival of his Macphisto character at the start of Acrobat. Tonight he gave a lengthier speech than at the previous two shows, adding some sarcastic references to California's highways.
Bono sung a snippet of Landlady during the intro of Best Thing, marking its first live appearance of any kind. This means that only two tracks from Songs of Experience have not appeared live, either as snippet or in full: Red Flag Day and Summer of Love (and, if you want to count it, the bonus track Book of Your Heart).
Tonight's performance of Staring at the Sun is its 115th live performance, pushing it one ahead of Discotheque to make it the outright holder of the title of third-most played song from Pop. It is three performances behind Please and still 31 shy of pace-setter Gone. Neither of those two songs have been performed live since 2001.
On a minor note, the outro music played at the first two shows was the "Ambient Mix" of The Miracle of Joey Ramone. Tonight that was changed and This Must Be The Place by The Talking Heads preceeded it.
The full setlist was:
- Love Is All We Have Left
- The Blackout
- Lights Of Home
- Beautiful Day / Many Rivers To Cross (snippet)
- I Will Follow / Mother (snippet)
- Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
- All Because Of You
- The Ocean
- Iris (Hold Me Close)
- Cedarwood Road
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
- Until the End of the World / Amsterdam (snippet) (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
- Landlady (snippet) / You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
- Staring at the Sun acoustic
- Pride (In the Name of Love)
- Get Out Of Your Own Way
- American Soul
- City of Blinding Lights
- Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
- 13 (There Is A Light)
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