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A revealing glimpse behind the scenes

A very interesting picture is circulating online that will be of interest both to setlist watchers and those of you interested in behind-the-scenes technical details. On the ProSoundWeb forums, an engineer on U2's crew posted a photo of a monitor console. You can view it on our site here.

Note the setlist at top left. It is unfortunately cut off and difficult to read, but most of it is visible. It looks like the setlist for the 20/06 rehearsal (even if the timestamp on the monitor shows 2004! Somebody's forgotten to set the time?), beginning with In A Little While. The names of resurrected songs such as The Unforgettable Fire, Even Better Than The Real Thing, MLK, and Walk On are clearly visible along with standards like With Or Without You and Vertigo. Unfortunately, Ultra Violet is harder to read - the song between Where The Streets Have No Name and With Or Without You looks like it could say "Ultraviolet", one word, or possibly "Elevation" instead. If Ultra Violet, the set is precisely identical to 20/06. (Update: A reader has written in and noted that on another recent printed set, the band have written Ultra Violet as one word, even though the back cover of Achtung Baby uses two words. This raises the chances of the word being "Ultraviolet", but it is still very hard to distinguish. Thanks to Sebastjan for the tip.)

Some interesting comments appear on the set. A few are in a font too small to read, even when the picture is enlarged, but others can be distinguished. Between Angel Of Harlem and Unknown Caller is the previously reported "(Space Chat)", presumably a Bono speech of some description. MLK is followed by a bracketed note of "segue into Desmond Tutu"; the 19/06 rehearsals reported a message about Desmond Tutu. An "encore" break is marked between Walk On and Vertigo.


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