Paul Simon Joins U2 On Stage

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

Mark Peterson / U2TOURFANS 2015

New York: When we awoke we thought it was all just a dream. The U2 North America tour has reached the end of the road.

The last stop New York City. The band has taken up residency at Madison Square Garden as well as our photographer has also lived out of his road case and it all seems unbelievable.

This leg of the tour has been unofficially named "The Dreams Come True Tour"  and rightly so.

You have Mark "U2Brothr" Baker who joined the band on stage not once but twice and his band performed with the boys from Dublin. Fans from all walks of life got a chance of life time to step on stage and dance and sing.

We knew this tour would be special. Topping the week off, a fan website had a couple of surprise guests.  The Edge and Adam crashed the party and performed with the band. Believing in dreams may not be for everyone, however for U2 fans dreams do come true. 

Thursday night wraps up the 7th night. The show did have a few surprises and our guest is that this Friday night show will have some big surprises. Mark Baker hinted that last night we would see some BIG BIG surprises and our guest was that he was referring to Bono asking him on stage.

A warm shout out to Engine 44 and some Jameson shared as Bono thanked them for helping him. This was not the first time he had thanked the boys from house 44. Ordinary Love leading into Satellite of Love made an appearance to honor Lou Reed. During the encore Paul Simon joined the band on stage. The evening ended with the crowd singing "One"

Venue: New York Madison Square Garden July 30 2015 

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / Helter Skelter (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  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
  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 / Girls On Film (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Elevation
  5. Ordinary Love
  6. Satellite Of Love
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky
  9. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  10. Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet)
  11. With Or Without You / Satellite Of Love (snippet)

Encore(s):

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

** Snip provided by U2GIGS

Boston Pride, Fans Loud, Bad Anniversary

BOSTON - Often bands print a set list or make one on the fly via a sharpie and the catering menu just because the vibe changed.

U2 is not one of those bands that changes their printed set list often however this tour has seen already a few changes to mix things up. Keeping the show fresh and current.

Social media buzz had people wondering if the band was about to add "New Years Day" Or was the band about to introduce something else last night at TD Garden. 

The changes really made the show flow better and while the encore only had two songs (which by the way bands are never required to perform a set number within the encore, its just a feeling).

Beautiful Day end the second half the show and when Bono returned he was pretty talkative about the contributions support that Boston fans have given the one campaign. The show ended with "One" which as a perfect closer to a evening of experiences.

This band does not settle into a groove as we have come to know. It should not be expected to be the same show in and out.  The boys will be back on the stage Tuesday, July 14, 2015. On The horizon MSG.  

Venue Boston TD Garden July 11, 2015

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Vertigo (snippet) / Out Of Control
  3. Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet)
  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 / Burning Down The House (snippet)
  4. Desire / Love Me Do (snippet)
  5. Angel Of Harlem
  6. Every Breaking Wave
  7. Bad / Walk On The Wild Side (snippet) / Moment Of Surrender (snippet)
  8. With Or Without You
  9. City Of Blinding Lights
  10. Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet)
  11. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. Beautiful Day / Satellite Of Love (snippet)

Encore(s):

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

* Snippets provided by U2GIGS

Bono Welcomes U2BRTHR To The Stage

The returns to Canada this time to Montreal for a 4 night run. This was the first of four nights that the band's setlist can be considered to be on normal rotations at this point. A couple of familiar rotations in "Electric Co, and "I will follow"  and "Ordinary Love" stayed in the set list.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the evening Bono brings Mark Baker to the stage, any dedicated U2 fan knows Mark as @U2Brthr has an amazing documentary Mark was on the stage to film "Meerkat" Elevation.  We reached out to Mark to get a quote and he had this to say "I haven't left the MTL residence yet.  I fluctuate from ear to ear smiling or tear swelling. Barely slept. Too surreal." Truly an amazing evening for this dedicated U2 fan.

Venue: Bell Centre Montreal, QC, CA June 12, 2015

Set List

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / Anthem (snippet)
  3. Vertigo
  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

(Intermission)

  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways
  4. Elevation
  5. Ordinary Love
  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
  10. La Vie En Rose (snippet) / 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)

Bono was a bit more political expressing his concerns about of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan for human rights abuses as well as the current violence in Yemen  Speaking to the crowd in French and English.

Phoenix Surprise

Last night was the first of two shows in Phoenix, AZ. A couple of changes, first the opening walk out song was changed to “People Have The Power” by Patti Smith. 

The rest of the evening set list was pretty much the same has the May19th show ( San Jose) with a few welcomed additions. “In Gods Country” (not printed on the set list) remember we said earlier changes could happen on the fly. We will do a complete wrap up of Phoenix and show special on Sunday.

 

 

 

Last Nights Setlist

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet)
  3. Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (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
  11. (Intermission)
  12. Invisible
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet)
  15. Desire
  16. In God's Country
  17. Sweetest Thing
  18. Every Breaking Wave
  19. Bullet The Blue Sky / America (snippet) / 19 (snippet)
  20. The Hands That Built America (snippet) / Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  21. Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet)
  22. Bad / Moment of Surrender (snippet)
  23. 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

 

U2 Rehearsals

The boys have been focusing on getting ready for the show. This tour promises to be different and in fact we might been getting a little insight to how different based on what some fans have been capturing around the venue. Remember while they rehearsal a lot of songs only a few may appear in the set list and remember that venues that have multiple  shows can expect to have different set lists from night to night. 

A fan posted this online today with of course by now you have seen the video (its on our facebook page ) of Bono talking and a couple of choice words.  We have been getting a couple of bits and bites however we really want to try to hold on posting every detail of the rehearsal. Let the boys have their time. Its going to be here and gone within a few minutes.