At the start of the afternoon in Turin today, a soundcheck took place at the Stadio Olimpico. It seems that this may well have been the first by the actual band with Bono; that is the report
(in Italian) on U2Italia, but U2Place's article
(also in Italian) is more cautious and does not say for sure whether it was the band or a pre-recording.
There is also a slight difference in the songs reported. Both sites agree on the following setlist for the rehearsal:PrideCity Of Blinding LightsVertigoWhere The Streets Have No Name
U2Italia indicates Slow Dancing
was done before Streets, but this is not corroborated by U2Place, which instead indicates Moment Of Surrender
was done after Streets.
City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, and Streets have all been 360° Tour staples, and are natural selections both as songs easy to play for the band to warm up, and as songs that give the Claw a good work-out. Pride's appearance is notable for once in its live history, given its sudden disappearance after the first show of the 360° Tour's second leg on 12 September 2009
; it has never missed so much of a tour.
And if Slow Dancing was done, that is particularly interesting; it was last performed on 16 November 2001
. It was performed at least once on every tour up to Elevation since its concert debut on 1 December 1989
(the only b-side to hold that title after Party Girl
missed Popmart), but then missed all of the Vertigo Tour.
Stay tuned later for our nightly wrap-up of proceedings. I would just like to note now, however, that it will probably be published a couple of hours later than usual. Don't worry; it will be coming.