Packed Rogers Centre Welcomes U2

U2 360 Tour /U2TOURFANS 2011 TORONTO – U2 proved that the wait was worth it. Rogers Centre sold out and the tour is coming to a finish finally. Now fans may want the tour to go on, however its time to come to close.  The evening started out the same as the rest of the shows with David Bowie’s Major Tom, driving the band right into “Even Better than the Real Thing” “Achtung Baby” and “The Fly” as the crowds arose from their feet to welcome the boys from Ireland back.

Rise your hands in the air! Bono shouts during Mysterious Ways as he walks towards the The Edge on the walkway.

 No Line on the Horizon tracks was few and the 130-minute show could be called the greatest hits show.   

“Thank you for your patience, some of you were two years younger when you bought tickets for tonight’s show, feeling much better thank you,” Bono said, adding Mullen was starring in the new film Trainspotting III before saying The Edge had a new idea for a musical: a superhero bitten by a spider and turns into a nerd.

“Where are we? Who are we?” Bono quipped before the first notes put him and the sold-out right at home with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Here the crowd took over the first verse while Sunday Bloody Sunday had the same effect with one massive sing-along. 

U2 360 Tour / U2TOURFANS 2011 Dedicating Beautiful Day to Arizona Congresswoman and shooting victim Gabrielle Giffords, U2 shifted into another gear with Elevation as Bono crammed a Canadian flag tossed onstage into his rear pants pocket. “I got Canada shining from my backside.” 

From there Pride (In The Name Of Love) had its spine-tingling moments as the lights along the CN tower glowed and rose, looking like an applause meter. The same could be said for City Of Blinding Lights, another highlight with Bono taking a young boy from the audience, walking the circular walkway and harmonizing with him. 

If there was one slight lull it might have been the one-two combination of Miss Sarajevo and Zooropa, but even this was striking with the screen expanding and elongating from the claw’s floor to ceiling. The dance-meets-disco medley featuring with I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight and Discotheque was also okay but slowly grew on the crowd.

After Walk On, the group returned for more warhorses in One, an epic Where The Streets Have No Name and a memorable With Or Without You.

 The Set list

  1. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  2. The Fly
  3. Mysterious Ways / Someone Somewhere In Summertime (snippet)
  4. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet)
  5. I Will Follow
  6. Get On Your Boots
  7. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Beautiful Day
  10. Elevation
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. Miss Sarajevo
  13. Zooropa
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. Miss You (snippet) / Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On

  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
  24. With Or Without You
  25. Moment of Surrender

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