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U2's rehearsals in Auckland, Tuesday 23/11

Today, more rehearsals took place at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, and this time it was by the band themselves rather than the crew. However, before detailing today's proceedings, we have some extra information from yesterday, posted on Interference by ramblin rose. Besides the material already featured in this report, the crew soundchecked parts or all of the following songs at some point during the day: Bad, Beautiful Day, Boy Falls From The Sky (unreleased song), Miss Sarajevo, Mysterious Ways, New Year's Day, Return Of The Stingray Guitar (unreleased song), The Unforgettable Fire, Unknown Caller (not yet performed in 2010), and With Or Without You.

Before rehearsals began today, Edge posted a photo of the actual One Tree Hill here. This evening's session then began with some extensive One Tree Hill soundchecking. A big thank you to Simon for his reports from the venue, and thanks also to coolian2 and KhanadaRhodes on Interference for fleshing out some details. The band began a little after 6pm local time and rehearsed:

One Tree Hill riff
Further One Tree Hill jamming
One Tree Hill, instrumental but complete - Bono then sings outro
One Tree Hill, full band
Scarlet (previously only played once ever); Bono improvises extra lyrics around the main "rejoice" refrain
Boy Falls From The Sky
Boy Falls From The Sky again, instrumental

This rehearsal session concluded around 7:30pm local time. At about 8:30pm, some guitar sounds, a few keys, and a falling microphone were heard, and then another rehearsal session began with Space Oddity over the PA. This session lasted until about 10pm and featured most of the main set, deviating little from what was played in Europe. The band played:

1. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
2. Beautiful Day / One Tree Hill (snippet)
3. I Will Follow
4. Get On Your Boots
5. Magnificent
6. Mysterious Ways
7. Elevation
8. Until The End Of The World - Bono forgets some lyrics and the song becomes an instrumental
9. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
10. Mercy
11. One Tree Hill - they stop a third of the way through and restart it
12. In A Little While
13. Miss Sarajevo
14. Boy Falls From The Sky, preceded by a lengthy jam

After Miss Sarajevo, Bono asked the band if they wanted to just play Boy Falls From The Sky and then call it a night. The band evidently agreed with this suggestion, and no songs were played after Boy Falls From The Sky.

Posted on by Axver

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