U2 Continues To Evolve Concert Staging

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York: U2 has been no stranger to extravagant set designs over the last three decades. While the band is most known from its hits from the 80s — spawned mostly from 1987’s classic album The Joshua Tree — U2’s lavish set designs did not start until after the release of Achtung Baby in 1991. The “Zoo TV” Tour that followed was the band’s first with massive screens and what was deemed an intentional “sensory overload.” Screens played a mixture of closeups, prerecorded videos and live television while renovated Trabants were a part of the lighting system. Since then, the evolution of U2’s concert experience has continued to place the band in a story played throughout the show.

Even as the show and production value continue to expand, it is the music that always brings fans back to the shows. Editor-In-Chief/Founder of U2TOURFANS.com Andres Gonzalez is one of such fans, noting that “Young rock bands should take notice. U2′s original sound builds a success-long career which includes sold out shows at Madison Square Garden.” U2 still has six shows remaining at Madison Square Garden, the last of which will be Friday, July 31.

The mixture of sound and show has brought the experience of U2 concerts from its simple atmosphere of the 80′s to the massive production it is today. 1997’s “PopMart” Tour featured a 150’ by 50’ LED screen – the largest of its time – along with a 100-foot high arch and a 35-foot-high mirrorball that transported the band between main and side stages. U2 has continued to build upon its unique stage designs with each passing tour and there has been no shortage of innovation since. Such originality has continually kept ticket demand high, especially for U2 tickets on the secondary market.

U2's Toronto Tour Dream Stop

Toronto, Ontario: Toronto fans may change the name of this tour stop to the U2 Dreams Come True stop for a few fans U2 departed from the norm and changed a few peoples lives forever. U2 has always been about their fans. This tour happens to be a bit different.

Mark Baker @U2BROTHR / U2TOURFANS

Mark Baker @U2BROTHR / U2TOURFANS

This tour seems to be about making some dreams possible. The band may not even know that a few of their fans have a couple of U2 experiences that they would like to have in their life time. Or maybe they do? Either way the Toronto shows had a few dreams come true. As we reported earlier about Mark Baker A.K.A @U2BROTHR and his band Acrobat and their opening night performance.

To fans and the band amazement they killed it. Bono and The rest of the band can be spotted watching off stage with smiles.  Well you would have thought that would have been the end of surprises. No a chance. U2 fans should not assume anything.

The band second night performance introduced Stephanie This fan played the guitar with the band for not one song but two. She played "Angel Of Harlem" and "All I Want Is You"  Which she killed it ! It was a very emotional performance and you could tell that she knew this was a once in a life time experience. Maybe that's what this tour really is about. Experiences that take your breath away.

This was a departure from the original set list which we received earlier in the evening and our Editor squashed our attempt to share it via social media. "The one thing I know is that a printed setlist is and has been always subject to change without notice he said" 

Well so true it was. "The Crystal Ballroom" did not make an appearance and the set continued as printed.  U2 moves on to Boston and New York to close out this leg expectations are high. This North American leg has been full of surprises, heartache, tears, laughter and dreams coming true.

Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, CA July 7 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. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo / God Save The Queen (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
  10. Until The End Of The World

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways
  4. Angel Of Harlem
  5. All I Want Is You / Into The Mystic (snippet)
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bullet The Blue Sky
  8. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  9. Beautiful Day / Give Peace A Chance (snippet)
  10. With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (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)

*Snippets U2GIGS

U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Surprises Boston, New York, Chicago and More

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U2 surprises fans with additional dates for selected cities.  Shows are now confirmed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Paris - see the list below. (Tickets for the Barcelona shows are on sale today.)

NORTH AMERICA
June 16th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
June 17th, Montreal, QC, Bell Centre

June 28th, Chicago, IL, United Center
June 29th, Chicago, IL, United Center

July 14th, Boston, MA, TD Garden
July 15th, Boston, MA, TD Garden

July 26th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
July 27th, New York, NY, Madison Square Garden

EUROPE

Sept. 12th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Sept. 13th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome

Sept. 20th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe
Sept. 21th, Stockholm, Sweden, Globe

Sept. 28th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World
Sept. 29th, Berlin, Germany, O2 World

Nov. 14th, Paris, France, Bercy
Nov. 15th, Paris, France, Bercy

Directly from U2.com

As a subscriber to U2.com, if you did not use your unique ticketing presale code to buy tickets for shows already announced, you will be able to use this code to buy up to TWO tickets in presales for one of these new shows - or two single tickets at two separate shows. (See our FAQ's for further detail.)

These subscriber presales begin on Wednesday December 10th at 10am (local).

If you have already used your presale code, it is not valid for further use and cannot be used to purchase tickets in presales for these newly announced shows.

U2's North American Promotional Tour Kicks Off

The boys will he heading to New York for a full week of performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Starting November 17th. Jimmy and U2 have worked together before in fact Jimmy asked the boys to come back around and stay a bit longer.  

Fallon’s announced the U2 week during his monologue and we can expect to hear more about this in the coming week.  U2's last performance was on the Top of The Rock and had "The Roots" join in on their new release of "Ordinary Love" 

You can expect an amazing week of U2 performances and a possible North American tour announcement. Follow U2 on U2TOURFANS for more news and information about the upcoming tour dates.