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No rehearsals on 28/06; audio and summary of past rehearsals

Tomorrow, U2 are set to play a dress rehearsal concert in Barcelona, and then on Tuesday the 30th, the 360° Tour begins. This evening, the band reportedly are taking a break, at least from rehearsing on the stage at Camp Nou. So, in the run-up to the dress rehearsal, let's summarise what U2 have been doing at Camp Nou thus far. An article on U2.com says that the band have rehearsed "thirty-plus tracks" and that they won't spoil the surprise about which tracks (despite another article clearly indicating Walk On will be played every night), but "if you want to find out, it's not difficult". No, not difficult at all. Let's have a look - and a bit of a listen!

Broken down by album, the band are known to have rehearsed the following songs:

Boy: 0
October: 0
War: 2 (Sunday Bloody Sunday, Drowning Man)
The Unforgettable Fire: 4 (Pride, The Unforgettable Fire, Bad, MLK)
The Joshua Tree: 3 (Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You)
Rattle And Hum: 1 (Angel Of Harlem)
Achtung Baby: 4 (Even Better Than The Real Thing, One, Mysterious Ways, Ultra Violet)
Zooropa: 0
Pop: 1 (If God Will Send His Angels)
All That You Can't Leave Behind: 5 (Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment, Elevation, Walk On, In A Little While)
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb: 3 (Vertigo, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, City Of Blinding Lights)
No Line On The Horizon: 7 (No Line On The Horizon, Magnificent, Moment Of Surrender, Unknown Caller, Crazy Tonight, Get On Your Boots, Breathe)
Total: 30

Additionally, there were reports of a bass soundcheck resembling Seconds, and a U2.com video showed Larry playing Electrical Storm on glockenspiel. The U2.com article cited previously states that it "seems like the band are really intent on mixing things up on this tour", but take that for what it's worth. Over the last few rehearsals, the set seems to have become fairly stable.

Meanwhile, there is now audio on YouTube of Drowning Man and the intro of Angel Of Harlem from the 26/06 rehearsal. Watch below:

If you're curious about that Desmond Tutu speech before Where The Streets Have No Name, another video depicts it. The speech is indeed a pre-recorded one by Bishop Tutu himself, and here it is over the intro of Streets:

Finally, U2 have been trying to re-invent some songs for the tour. There have been various reports about Crazy Tonight and Even Better Than The Real Thing being "remixes"; an acoustic Sunday Bloody Sunday; Stuck In A Moment either acoustically or on piano; and Mysterious Ways with an acoustic guitar. Well, to check out some of Mysterious Ways - and to hear In A Little While in the background of another video - see this blog article from German fansite U2Tour.de.

Posted on by Axver

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