The Stories of Surrender tour came to a close in Madrid last night. Madrid is the second-most played city in Spain for U2 behind Barcelona, but this is still only the 9th time a performance has occured there. The setlist remained the same as it has throughout the second half of the tour, ending with "Torna A Surriento" and including the now familiar snippet of "Miracle Drug" ahead of "Iris".
The tour finale came one day after Bono performed on Che Tempo Che Fa for Italian TV, sadly the only appearance in that country during the tour. Bono mentioned to fans outside several times during the tour that they had tried to find a suitable venue in Italy, and were close to booking one in Venice, but hadn't been able to arrange anything. We have heard rumours that the tour may be extended with a couple more dates announced in the new year, but we stress that this is far from confirmed.
One minor stat that passed us by earlier is that "Beautiful Day" is now the 10th most played U2 song, tying "Until the End of the World" in Toronto and passing it in Chicago. It has now been played 619 times. In addition "City of Blinding Lights" has passed "11 O'Clock Tick Tock", "Gloria", and "'40'" in official statistics with 20 more renditions added to its tally - however we note that all three have likely been played more than their current counts suggest due to missing and incomplete setlists up to and including The Unforgettable Fire tour. Nonetheless, according to our database "City" has now been played one time more than "'40'" and it is just two counts behind "Running to Stand Still". Finally, "Iris" has now been played as many times as "Love and Peace or Else" with 130 renditions, passing "Get on Your Boots", "Another Time, Another Place", "Surrender", "Stay", "New York", "Please", and "Cedarwood Road".
"Stories For Boys" has also moved up the rankings but all the songs it passed are also from U2's earliest days with missing sets, so trying to sort out actual counts from that is more trouble than I can handle at 1am!
- City of Blinding Lights
- Miracle Drug (snippet) / With or Without You
- Glad To See You Go (snippet) / Out of Control
- Stories for Boys
- I Will Follow
- Iris (Hold Me Close)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- Pride (In the Name of Love)
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- Desire / Money, Money (snippet)
- Beautiful Day
- Torna A Surriento
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