@AreBeePea Overall for whole tour it’s 6-6. If you count 11OTT/Ocean from Roxy, it’s 8-6 to BOctoWar era.
@AreBeePea Neither were played today, which is what Chris was referring to with his 4-3 stat.
@alexwatlington My feeling is an order like Bullet/Troubles-or-RTSS/WOWY/BD/Pride would work even better.
@AreBeePea No. BOctoWar was represented by I Will Follow, Gloria, SBS, and 40.
@alexwatlington But agree w/ this. Keep Mother & Child Reunion if they must but go seamless from prev song, no speech, no yelling over intro
@alexwatlington Don’t think there needs to be a transition into Pride. It’d work better elsewhere in set. Follow Bullet w/ Troubles or RTSS.
@EvergreenBeer Yes, well spotted! Added to the set. :)
@alexwatlington Pride itself sounds ok this tour, but the Hands snippet is clunky and the transition to Pride poor.
Also in 2015, Boy-October-War songs outnumbered ATYCLB-HTDAAB-NLOTH songs 4-3. Isn’t that something? #U2ieTour
Before I (Chris) head out, I just wanted to point out that it’s 2015 and there were as many October songs in the set as ATYCLB songs tonight
@Drea104 Yep, I (Ax) was also lucky enough to get 40 at my first show. Though at my second I got Bad/40, which was even better.
@JeffReinhart77 I might pass out from the joy
Crowd still singing “How long to sing this song?” incredibly loud. What a feeling that must be. #U2ieTour
40 closing out Chicago gives me hope I’ll see 40 close the final New York show. Would be incredible to see in person.
24th is 40! Great way to end the five show stay in Chicago. #U2ieTour
For what it’s worth, Bono mangled the first line of Streets, saying “I want to feel” before struggling to correct himself.
Mother And Child Reunion (and a shout out to celebrity chef Mario Batali)leads into Streets, the 23rd song of the night #U2ieTour
22nd is City Of Blinding Lights, opening the encore #U2ieTour
Bono sounding great during With Or Without You tonight. No more 360 speak singing.
21st is With Or Without You #U2ieTour
Multiple verses of Moment Of Surrender tonight
Moment Of Surrender snippet
@Tvbona My all time favorite song.
@JeffReinhart77 Yeah I (Ax) fully expect the Hands/Pride bit to be changed for the 2nd leg. I hope it is. It’s awkward.
Bad returns after missing two shows. #U2ieTour
20TH IS BAD! #U2ieTour
My Kind Of Town snippet at the end of Beautiful Day
@JeffReinhart77 I could see it being swapped out maybe, yeah.
19th is Beautiful Day (!!!) #U2ieTour
@Alberto_Fanjon Yup, 7 times actually. Most notably at the dedication of the Clinton Presidential Library.
Bono asks the crowd to sing for the people working for peace in Baltimore, Chicago and Charleston. “Send a message of love” #U2ieTour
I’d love for even just one full performance of The Hands That Built America. Even just one. (Chris)
18th is Pride, preceded by The Hands That Built America snippet. #U2ieTour
No snippet of 19 tonight. Was done at the last two shows.
Bono Bullet rant time
17th is Bullet The Blue Sky #U2ieTour
16th is Every Breaking Wave. #U2ieTour
July 18th is the first New York show and Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Ordinary Love should be a safe bet. I (Chris) can’t wait to see OL!
15th is Ordinary Love. My Two Hearts Beat As One prediction is painfully incorrect. #U2ieTour
There is no end to love, people!
I (Chris) love this song way more than I should. I could belt out California all day and night.
Only the third performance of California this tour. First time since May 28th in LA.
14th is California! #U2ieTour
Bono pulling a girl from Mississippi, hundreds of miles from Chicago, onto the stage to Meerkat. #U2ieTour
Young Americans snippet in Mysterious Ways
13th is Mysterious Ways #U2ieTour
12th is Even Better Than The Real Thing #U2ieTour
@ryannichols7 Edge’s backing vocals drive me NUTS, but yes I love that version. I’d take a Bono/Edge acoustic performance if anything.
11th is Invisible, opening the second set. #U2ieTour
Love, love, love The Wanderer. Nearly had a heart attack when Bono sang some of it in Nashville on 360. Play it, boys! (Chris)
Couldn’t make out what Bono mumbled there before the la la la’s. Anyone catch it?
@MarkCDarwin Yeah I’m surprised by how stable the sets have been. Nights 3+ in the past have usually seen order shaken up more.
Love And Peace Or Else snippet in UTEOTW
@NateIngraham One of the best songs I’ve ever seen live!
“Comfort me, comfort me, COMFORT ME, COMFORT MEEEEEEE” leads into Until The End Of The World, the 10th song of the show. #U2ieTour
Psalm 23 snippet
@NateIngraham Totally. Fantastic way to start a main set or an encore. Worked very well with Zooropa midset on 360 too
RAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISED BYYYYY WOLLLLVES. So intense. Is it July 18th yet?
@alexwatlington I’m really surprised it only ever opened one show, and that NLOTH didn’t open any. Both would’ve done better than Breathe.
9th is Raised By Wolves #U2ieTour
Can’t believe the news today. I (Ax) want to take this moment to say #RIPphilwalsh. What a tragedy.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home snippet in Sunday Bloody Sunday
@sb_wreeldeal Praying for Stuck In A Moment and Elevation at one of my shows!
Always thought Cedarwood Road should lead into SBS. A song about Bono’s wife is odd going into a song about the killing of unarmed citizens
8th is Sunday Bloody Sunday. #U2ieTour
@TheeEdge NYC 1, 5 and 8 so far
7th is the beautiful Song For Someone #U2ieTour
I (Ax) think all-time best #U2 openers were in the 80s: Hawkmoon, Streets, and 11 O’clock Tick Tock.
Re: openers, I (Ax) think Mofo #U2’s best post-80s opener. COBL & Zoo Station also excellent choices. Breathe only one I outright disliked.
Am I the only one who thinks the intro riff of Cedarwood Road sounds a bit weak without the backing guitar underneath? Still love it though
@jackmhicken It was only done twice back in May. I’m surprised it hasn’t been done since.
@PatWashington Hahaha I (Ax) hear it the exact same way.
6th is Cedarwood Road, after a decent sounding “Free yourself to be yourself” Iris singalong. #U2ieTour
I’m gonna cry like a baby during Iris in New York, I can already tell. (Chris) #U2ieTour
@rossgperry I (Chris) am not the biggest fan of the song. Good opener though.
No Mofo intro :(
@sb_wreeldeal Yeah, large shitty sprawling city in southeast Queensland near Brisbane. Moved away soon as I could.
5th is Iris (Hold Me Close) #U2ieTour
“It’s been an incredible 10 days, thank you for taking us in. And I’m sorry if we made a mess of your town”- Bono on Chicago #U2ieTour
Never seen a tour other than 360, but City of Blinding Lights might be my favorite opener ahead of Zoo, Streets, EBTTRT, OOC and Elevation.
4. I Will Follow #U2ieTour
Interesting that a bunch of you really dislike The Miracle as an opener. Just a question, how many of you have seen it live yet?
3. Vertigo, with a snippet of Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? to start #U2ieTour
Snippet of Van Morrison’s Gloria at the end of the song.
Bono introduces the band just before Edge’s kickass riff leading into the final chorus. #U2ieTour
Gloria always takes me (Ax) back to when I was a teenager on the Gold Coast, listening to the October album in my room on lazy weekends. #U2
Gloria returns to the setlist after missing one show. Second performance in ten years! #U2ieTour
2. GLORIA!!! #U2ieTour
Where does everyone rank The Miracle in terms of U2 tour openers? Not the best, in my top 5 or 6. (Chris) #U2ieTour
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) opens Chicago 5. No surprise tonight in that regard. #U2ieTour
People Have The Power playing over the PA. Almost showtime! #U2ieTour
Hi all, Ax here; I’ll pop in and out while Chris reports. Predictions: OOControl, WLCTT, Stuck, Troubles, One or 40 close. Prob One; hope 40
Still looking for a mixlr stream, hopefully we get one in time for the show. #U2ieTour
@Alberto_Fanjon I’ll say in full. Why not? Would love to see Moment of Surrender come back in full too.
Haven’t seen anything about a soundcheck today, though. Don’t know yet if U2 did one. Can anyone at the venue confirm? #U2ieTour
Prediction time: Two Hearts Beat As One, Volcano, Bad and 40. I’ll probably be way off, but we’ll see. #U2ieTour
Hi all, Chris here. I’ll be taking you through tonight’s Chicago 5 proceedings, as Ax is tied up with other things. Who’s excited? #U2ieTour
@Timothij Yes, well spotted! It’s now added to the set. Thanks! :)
U2start Before this tour, the record of most snippets in a single show was 17 (2001, Atlanta w/21 songs). The record has been broken this tour!
@FearthePhenom Yeah, grey zone there - I think he’s just aiming to blend that old snippet in as part of the California ref.
@Ehud97 That’s a fair point, and I’ve put that caveat in the article.
@atu2 Absolutely, very clear what he was singing there.
@atu2comSherry Yeah it’s shown up for the previous two 4+ night stands so I’d expect it once in Chicago at least.
@ryannichols7 I briefly hoped so… but straight into WOWY damnit.
@litofpigs Afraid not. Stiiiill waiting.
@atu2 Yeah that sounded excellent - it ought to become at least semi-regular.
@pappy90 I’m glad I’m not the only person who went there.
@EveryBrokenWave Ah cool, hope it was a good trip!
@EveryBrokenWave Oh where’ve you been? I’m just heading to Sydney for a week for work.
@EveryBrokenWave No worries. Ax here - missed you being around during shows lately. Hope you enjoy next week; I’ll be travelling during them