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U2 on Saturday Night Live, 26/09

Today, U2 appeared on Saturday Night Live. This is U2's third appearance on the show; they appeared first on 9 December 2000 to promote All That You Can't Leave Behind, and again on 20 November 2004 in support of How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

U2 performed three songs on air, separated by various SNL skits. After the broadcast was finished, they played a fourth and final song off-air for the studio audience. The setlist was:

  1. Breathe
  2. Moment of Surrender
  3. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  4. With Or Without You (not broadcast)

Surprisingly, U2 did not play their latest single, Crazy Tonight. In fact, none of the three songs the band played on-air are currently singles, although one of the two from No Line On The Horizon may well become a single in the near future. Neither Moment Of Surrender nor Ultra Violet have ever been played outside of the full concert setting before. This is also the first time Moment Of Surrender has been played in any position other than the closer, and during the performance, Bono ad-libbed some rapped lyrics. Ultra Violet was played complete with the steering wheel microphone and LED jacket from the 360° Tour, but it was played while the credits scrolled and was cut off before the end.

Earlier in the day, U2 did a dress rehearsal of the setlist they played for the show itself. A report also indicates they soundchecked yesterday and did Crazy Tonight and Angel Of Harlem.

Posted on by Axver

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