The Hollywood Mix of Desire from last night youtube.com/watch?v=HEd0mF…
In case any of you were wondering about my (Ax) reaction to #AFLGiantsDogs: What a breathtaking finish! SONS! OF! THE! WEST!
I (Ax) am surprised how many people are hostile to the Yellow snippet. I’m no Coldplay fan, but how is it worse than any other Bono snip?
@phillipmoran1 I also teach fascism. I know it when I see it, and Trump’s rhetoric is frankly terrifying. But whatever. I’m done.
@phillipmoran1 Somebody need not live in a country to have an informed opinion on its politics. I (Ax) am a political historian after all.
@phillipmoran1 I (Ax) would prefer not to debate this via this account, but given Trump’s policies are at best borderline fascist, yes.
@DWilbur3 I (Ax) find Bono’s love affair with the US tiresome, that’s all.
@mrmikeyadams I heard that one fifteen years ago!
@TheWizardTower Well I do enjoy Ultraviolet, the masochist’s favourite U2 song. “Ultraviolent love…”
Something to keep in mind: a disavowal of one person does not equate an automatic endorsement of another. It’s your world, you can change it
Sometimes I wonder why I (Matkin) try to play the peacemaker…
@Pigeon_off If you choose to focus on only two out of the main four that is your prerogative. In my country the third-placed party won last.
@Pigeon_off Are there ever more than two candidates? This year is more competitive than it has been in decades with two other known choices
@phillipmoran1 You sure are showing the lazy stereotypes that define a typical Trump supporter.
Signed Ax, in a personal capacity
Now I (Ax) am off to watch #AFLGiantsDogs. Here’s hoping Footscray achieve a miracle. CARN THE DOGGIES!
.@phillipmoran1 Extrapolating a “severe blanket stereotype” on Americans just for saying we received some racist commentary is laughable
@phillipmoran1 Ax did no such thing. He was talking about the tweets we received just for reporting on the set.
I (Matkin) will just say this: anybody who is surprised that U2 would dare comment on Trump’s policies clearly has no idea of U2’s past!
I (Ax) suppose the Amazon link for my book may be better for many of you. amazon.com/Acknowledge-No…
While I (Matkin) will remind him to be as political as Bono and not turn into a traveling salesman with a 16-inch cockatoo!
If you want to follow my personal account where I post more about history (and other stuff), it’s @DrDreHistorian.
joe_ahorro Spoke to Joe O’herly. New rumour alert. Says they’ll return here next year. North America in the Spring. Australia early 2018.
.@Pigeon_off No member of U2 endorsed Clinton tonight.
While I (Ax) have you all here, you should definitely grab a copy of my book. otago.ac.nz/press/books/ot…
@phillipmoran1 Maybe not but there have been racist tweets. I (Ax) prefer not to make this account more political than Bono makes it though!
@abidhussayn Still 25% of tonight’s concert. Accurate representation of 40 years I think!
@leehblair Very rare outside full tour concerts/dress rehearsals though. Only at music video, Super Bowl, U2 3D premiere, U2 Minus 1 & atU2
@leehblair Last one of comparable length? Carnegie Hall had 6 songs, Hollywood Ball had 7. No Streets at either.
@nitebus I am genuinely surprised no new song. The rest of the set not a shock.
@nitebus To be honest I’d complain more but it’s just water off a duck’s back now. I expected exactly this.
@U2Achtung_ You’re missing EBW after One.
@nitebus We were bad last tour? I thought we were pretty good compared to normal!
Or not. It’s ISHF instead!
EBW-Bullet-Zooropa-Streets to end?
Not sure I was needed tonight, Ax is entertaining you all plenty!
Every Breaking Wave! #U2
I wonder if Do You Hear Us Coming will make a return?
@coribald I’m struggling to remember!
Yellow snippet to close out BDay
Don’t worry Ax, I’m rusty too. I used up all my tweets with a Beautiful Day’s worth of time until they refreshed!
I also forgot to mention Vertigo had a She Loves You snippet, sorry. I’m normally on the ball with naming those. Must be rusty! #U2Vegas
Today is first time Desire has opened any full-band public show. (There are a few other examples, usually acoustic small/impromptu gigs.)
Elevation makes a trifecta of rockers to open #U2
Vertigo Tour visuals according to Sil.
@FernandoDante U2’s website
Vertigo is second. Hollywood Desire had something Trumpy incorporated into it. I believe they were ridiculing him. Matkin
Been a few years since I listened to the Hollywood Mix. Really heavy emphasis on the bass if I remember it right.
Yes, that is the opening song. Desire in the never before-played Hollywood Mix. Which is basically album version with police sirens.
Hollywood Mix of Desire? Amazing!
Okay, maybe a couple minutes was an exaggeration. Maybe closer to 30 seconds?
Seems to be at least a couple of minutes behind though #iHeartFestival
WTSHNN Dallas and Stuart set up 7 guitars. Also a b-stage-esque drum kit set up.
@TyTy1124 I’m assuming for E stage songs like Desire?
While Matt is relaxing on the beach, Matkin is busy getting medicated to try and stop his nose from auditioning for the Numb video!
Drake says “a lot of love for my brother Bono”, praises him for “trying to make the world a better place”. #iHeartFestival
Nice to see Matt is relaxing on a tropical island while Matkin and I put in the hard yards!
@allhorizonbomb Sorry, not a subscriber so I (Ax) can’t listen.
Good to see Ax and Matkin covering iHeart for our site. Here’s what I do at the moment. Matt https://t.co/pIPfGdHniH
U2 meant to be starting now but proceedings a bit behind schedule, Drake still playing. Should be on within 20 mins though. #iHeartFestival
U2start Bono: “You mean there are some phones we haven’t gotten into yet?”
U2start Bono confirms in interview album is coming next year. Question: “Some young people are going to hear your music for the first time”
Bono says U2 album in 2017. twitter.com/TyTy1124/statu…
@MekVox Show’s running behind schedule though. Drake has started 20mins late.
Drake is beginning at #iHeartFestival, so that means U2 are about 40 minutes away.
@AndrewDowling84 In theory half an hour. In practice prob 45-50 mins.
Looks like an audio stream here w/ super awful DJ chat right now: iheartradio.com.au/events/iheartr…
Would’ve been nice for U2.com to inform subscribers that they’d have a stream with a bit more than an hour’s notice…
Why you wouldn’t broadcast the two biggest acts on the bill is beyond me. U2.com offering stream to subscribers (not me!).
The Australian iHeartRadio feed has ended, looks like they aren’t broadcasting Drake or U2. Stay tuned, will update when new streams known.
@nsauerpauer U2’s set will be longer as headliner. Scheduled for 45 mins.
At least the changeovers are super-quick at #iHeartFestival. Twenty One Pilots are on now.
All I (Ax) care about is that U2 and #AFLGiantsDogs don’t clash. Curse the AFL for putting the game in a twilight slot. (CARN THE DOGGIES!)
21 Pilots meant to start over 10 mins ago but Sia just finished. Doubt U2 will be on before 11pm local time at this rate. #iHeartFestival
Well, you definitely can’t say that Sia hasn’t put any thought into her live presentation! #iHeartFestival
@TyTy1124 There’s even a rumour doing the rounds Bullet will be in the setlist but I have no idea who the source for that is.
Here’s the schedule for rest of #iHeartFestival, Las Vegas time:
9:30: Twenty One Pilots
If you’re wondering what’s going on at #iHeartFestival, One Republic are now on stage. U2 are about 2 hours away.
@AntonioMbass U2 are meant to be on at 10:40pm for a 45 minute set - though I’ve just seen some reports they may go longer. Unconfirmed.
Imagine if instead of playing a new song tonight, U2 cover Warpaint’s “New Song”. youtube.com/watch?v=_PhAMl…
@trojanchick99 Yep, couldn’t care less about the rest of the lineup.
Sam Hunt is now playing at iHeart if you need a pop-country fix (I don’t). U2 on in roughly 2.5 hours.
Billy Idol now on iHeart stream if you want to see him. Me (Ax)? I’ll keep cranking Sylvaine’s great recent album: youtube.com/watch?v=Lky6Ko…
Hah, bizarrely the Australian iHeart seems to work for this Canadian where the American one won’t.
Hahah, you thought network problems could stop this Matkin from tuning in? Not when U2 are scheduled to be on!
If you’re in Australia like me (Ax), this iHeart stream works - and something really terrible is on right now: iheartradio.com.au/events/iheartr…
.@bookthoughts U2 are on at 10:40pm Vegas time. That’s 1:40am US eastern, 6:40am London, 7:40am most of Europe, 3:40pm Australian eastern.
@jeffreyakemp I think you missed one - perhaps Get On Your Boots?
@hedygabriel I’m not expecting them to, but you never know!
@CBarcaQC Yeah I wouldn’t be shocked to see EBTTRT and/or Elevation sneak in there.
I knew I forgot to predict something! Yes, let’s add that. twitter.com/johnnyo217/sta…
.@Maideneer Streets very rare outside full-length tour gigs (& rehearsals). Super Bowl, Glasto, U2:3D launch are only 3 full band examples.
@trojanchick99 They have 45 minutes. So I’m expecting 8-9.
I (Ax) prefer THIS prediction though: 11OTT, Electric Co, Gloria, ASOH, Heartland, One Tree Hill, Exit, Fly, Acrobat, LIB.
Ax’s prediction: Vert, IWF, Miracle, new (Best Thing), Desire, MWays, One, BDay, Pride and/or OOControl. Poss EBW after One & drop Miracle.
@Naomi_U2Sydney I’m putting ten bucks on “leftover IE shirts had an extra date printed on them so they can be sold”.
@Naomi_U2Sydney Though tempting to put it in IE Tour folder anyway just because people often don’t seem to find gigs listed in Various Dates
@Naomi_U2Sydney According to me (Ax) it’s not!
@Naomi_U2Sydney Ax here: Streets has almost never been played at off-tour gigs. But its few off-tour plays are recent, so a chance.
@trainmaniac Ah, nice. Thanks!
@trainmaniac Hola? How does that work?
With just 45 minutes to play I’d be surprised if they can fit in more than 10 or 11 songs. Matkin
@Naomi_U2Sydney It was, but you can also look at the Roxy set - no JT songs there at all.
Expect a stream here: iheart.com/live/iheartrad… Not sure if worldwide. Opened in Canada, said not available here.
@Naomi_U2Sydney That would be “Miracle” =P
Meant if any NEW songs RT @u2gigs: Matkin predictions tonight: No more than 3 SOI songs, two will be Miracle and EBW. If any songs, just one
But I’m usually wrong when making predictions so don’t be surprised if they pull out OTH and 11OTT instead!
What hits? Have to expect BD, Vertigo, One, Pride. Poss Desire, SBS, Bad. 45 min not a lot of time. No surprise if Streets skipped.
This is first time full band has played since tour end in Paris. Expect them to be playing hits more than new(er) stuff.
Matkin predictions tonight: No more than 3 SOI songs, two will be Miracle and EBW. If any songs, just one