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U2's Chicago setlist, 05/07

Today, U2 performed in Chicago. Although this was their only show in one of North America's biggest concert markets this year, it is their third 360° Tour appearance in Chicago, following on from two shows in 2009. Those two shows, held on 12 and 13 September 2009, were in fact the very first 360° Tour concerts outside of Europe. It all seems so long ago now. The soundcheck today was largely performed by the crew; it included Where The Streets Have No Name, One, Zooropa, City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Moment Of Surrender, Even Better Than The Real Thing, and Beautiful Day. U2 did show up for some of this soundcheck, including Even Better Than The Real Thing.

The setlist contained two very special surprises. The first came early in the show, when Out Of Control unexpectedly cropped up after the opening run of Achtung Baby songs. This is just the third time it has been played on the 360° Tour, and the fourth time this year when you add Glastonbury to the count. The second surprise was even more special and unexpected.

Before Moment Of Surrender, Bono spoke about how it was 25 years since the death of Greg Carroll, who was killed by a drunk driver on 3 July 1986 and in whose memory One Tree Hill was written. Initially, it seemed that they might only snippet it in Moment Of Surrender - then Bono offered the crowd a deal; "if we screw up pretty badly, you don't put it on the Internet". And after a few initial stutters, they launched into a full performance of One Tree Hill, complete with the solo. A far cry from screwing up pretty badly! This was just One Tree Hill's fourth performance on the 360° Tour, following the first and second Auckland gigs and Santiago. This is also the first time One Tree Hill has been played in full in North America since 20 December 1987.

It is also worth noting that the snippet of Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World at the end of Mysterious Ways is that song's first live appearance in any form since 10 December 1993 (although it was rehearsed last year in Turin). The full setlist was:

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing Fish Out of Water Mix
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World (snippet) / Independent Women (snippet)
  4. Until the End of the World
  5. Out of Control
  6. Get on Your Boots
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
  10. Elevation
  11. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City of Blinding Lights / My Kind Of Town (snippet)
  15. Vertigo
  16. Miss You (snippet) / Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On / The Battle Hymn Of The Republic (snippet)

  20. encore(s):
  21. One
  22. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet) / Where the Streets Have No Name
  23. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me / My Kind Of Town (snippet)
  24. With or Without You
  25. Moment of Surrender / One Tree Hill (snippet)
  26. One Tree Hill
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