London, Nigel Brown: Boys forth night of six in London the band threw in a surprise into the set list with " All I Want Is You"
Few groups would respect playing six evenings at the O2 as a stage down. For U2, whose past, stadium-filling 360° visit kept going two years and was the most noteworthy earning voyage through unequaled, this keep running of dates considers decidedly imply.
The Irish whizzes are advancing their thirteenth studio collection, a year ago's Songs of Innocence, a record discharged in a welter of debate. Ever welded to the amazing signal, the band dropped the collection complimentary into 500 million iTunes records, setting off some entertaining over-responses from grumblers pompously insulted at being sans given music.
U2 have discussed the collection being the most individual of their close to 40-year vocation, and its cathartic nature is delicately reflected in this present visit's organizing. The band start the set spotlit under a solitary light as they fire into a paean to their adolescent musical epiphany, The Miracle (of Joey Ramone), and the punky The Electric Co from their 1980 presentation collection, Boy.
Bono has talked regularly of the overwhelming impact on his mind of losing his mom to a cerebral aneurysm when he was 14, and new track Iris (Hold Me Close) is less a tune but rather more primal shout treatment conveyed from a stadium rock stage. He murmurs Cedarwood Road, about his childhood road, from a lifted metal enclosure among video projections that make him give off an impression of being strolling down that very road
U2's teases with innovation have dependably veered from the front line to the mushy, a pattern proceeded as they force a lady from the group to film Elevation: the flimsy footage turns into a synchronous live stream for endorsers of a versatile video application. More compelling is Every Breaking Wave, a despairing ditty murmured by Bono joined just by The Edge on piano.
U2 would not be U2 in the event that they didn't enthusiastically merge the individual and the political, and October is joined by frightening pictures of the destruction being fashioned by the besieging of Syria. Escaping transients and Isis preparing camps outline Bullet the Blue Sky, as Bono discusses the grievances of commentators of his worldwide activism: "You're a piece of the issue, not the arrangement."
The full setlist was:
- The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
- The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet) / Live Forever (snippet)
- Rock 'n' Roll High School (snippet) / Vertigo
- I Will Follow
- Iris (Hold Me Close) / Hold Me Close (snippet)
- Cedarwood Road
- Song For Someone
- Sunday Bloody Sunday / When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
- Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet)
- Until The End Of The World / Love And Peace Or Else (snippet) / Words (snippet)
- (Intermission - The Fly)
- Even Better Than The Real Thing
- Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet)
- Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet) / Clair (snippet)
- All I Want Is You / Into The Mystic (snippet)
- Every Breaking Wave
- Bullet The Blue Sky / Ode To Joy (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
- Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
- Pride (In The Name Of Love)
- With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
- City Of Blinding Lights
- Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet) / Blackbird (snippet)
- Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / One / Invisible (snippet) / Hold Me Close (snippet)
*Snips provided by U2GIGS