Life Begins With "The Crystal Ballroom"

United Center, Chicago:   Looks like Chicago has gotten the most treats of any city so far on this tour.  The band continued their normal sound check and within hidden was "Two Hearts Beat As One" "Sweetest Thing" and "The Crystal Ballroom"  one of the most requested songs on the tour so far. Last night "The Crystal Ballroom made its debut at number 14 and ended the song with "Only in Chicago"  a reference to the band always throwing out the unexpected tune.

Venue: United Center  June 28, 2015

Setlist

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / Smells Like Teen Spirit (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet)
  4. The Crystal Ballroom
  5. Sweetest Thing
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  10. With Or Without You / My Kind Of Town (snippet)

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. Happy Birthday
  4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)




Gloria, Gloria She Arrives In Chicago

United Center, Chicago:  Show number 3 gives fans a little extra treat. Sound check does not mean the song will make it to the set list. Last nights performance did have a new arrival that had social media a buzz.  During sound check the boys played, "The Crystal Ballroom" "Gloria" "Two Hearts Beat As One"  3rd night with a few break days in between allowed the boys to throw in a couple of fresh tracks. Bono did make a nod to the Supreme's for a land mark decision on marriage equality ruling as well as to nod to June and Johnny Cash's son who attended the show.

A rainbow flag was thrown on stage during Pride and Bono shouted "gay pride in the name of love!", then in Beautiful Day he altered a line to "rainbow colors right in front of you" and sang a snippet of Two Hearts Beat As One at the end.

Three fans brought on stage Julia, Sean and Kevin.  Julia had been on stage before about  10 years ago. Bono chipper self added a comment "My you have grown"  Chicago fans have been pouring in videos and photos and we have been reviewing all of them. Over the next few days we will be uploading most if not all of them.

Venue: United Center  June 28, 2015

Set list

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / She's A Rainbow (snippet) / A Clockwork Orange (snippet)

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Desire / La Bamba (snippet) / Julia (snippet)
  5. Lucifer's Hands
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / Two Hearts Beat As One (snippet)
  10. All I Want Is You
  11. With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. One / Invisible (snippet)

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Paul In The House, Cyrstal Ballroom Sidelined

Once called the fifth member of U2, Paul McGuinness stopped in for the second night. Social media a buzz of a possible sighting of Mick ( Rolling Stones) however no truth to that. Bono still a bit under the weather, fans stepped up and sung most of "One" allowing Bono to pull back a bit. 

Sound check seems to always be a testing ground for possible set list changes. "The Crystal Ballroom" was rehearsed twice and yet not added to the set list. Most of the rehearsal was a preview of the night ahead. 

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Venue: United Center  June 25, 2015

Set list  

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Out Of Control
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Angel Of Harlem
  5. Volcano
  6. Also Sprach Zarathustra (snippet) / Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  10. Bad / Into The Mystic (snippet) / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  11. With Or Without You

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. One / Invisible (snippet)

*snippet provided by U2GIGS

Chicago Opening Night "The Spirt Is in The House"

Kevin Mazur /U2TOURFANS 2015

Kevin Mazur /U2TOURFANS 2015

Chicago opening night and the fans are lined up ready to go into the United center. Some of those fans have been waiting in the GA line for hours and yet they are refreshed and ready to experience something totally different as the boys from Dublin take over. 

U2 has played Chicago a few times to sell out crowds. Sound check a couple of new entries into the set list "Ordinary Love" and "Raised By Wolves" Bono may have been feeling under the weather however once the show started who could tell ? 

Chicago was a buzz after winning the Stanley Cup and now the worlds greatest band was in town. Bono dedicated "Elevation" to the Blackhawks. Of course a couple of political comments and a nod to marriage equality. 

The venue had a different feeling, a sense of a strong presence a feeling that was pretty over whelming and that was shared all over social media. Bono did speak of Charleston, South Carolina, yelling "Dr. King, we need you now more than ever in Ferguson, in Baltimore, IN CHARLESTON!" during Pride's bridge.  For an opening night this was a pretty special show.

Venue: United Center  June 24, 2015

Set list  

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / My Kind Of Town (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Out Of Control (snippet) / Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  9. Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
  10. Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Elevation
  5. Ordinary Love
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky / Anthem (snippet)
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / My Kind Of Town (snippet) / I Remember You (snippet)
  10. With Or Without You

Encore(s):

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / People Have The Power (snippet)

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