Sunday, May 24, 2015

Setlist : 05/23/2015 US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona, USA

05/23/2015 US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona, USA
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), Vertigo (snippet) / , Out Of Control, Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / , Vertigo, I Will Follow, Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23(snippet), Until The End Of The World / Macbeth Act 5 Scene 1 (snippet), (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways / Young Americans(snippet), Angel Of Harlem, When Love Comes To Town, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky / Whole Lotta Love (snippet) / 19 (snippet), The Hands That Built America(snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), Beautiful Day / One (snippet), With Or Without You
encores: Miracle Drug, Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet), One
comment: Larry accidentally started Vertigo a song early and played its drum intro while the rest of the band launched into Out Of Control. During Pride, Bono acknowledged Ireland's vote in favour of marriage equality with a passionate and enthusiastic mid-song speech and altered one lyric to "they cannot take your gay pride".

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Setlist : 05/22/2015 US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona, USA

05/22/2015 US Airways Center - Phoenix, Arizona, USA
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet), Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet), I Will Follow, Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet), Until The End Of The World, (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet), Desire, In God's Country, Sweetest Thing, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky / America (snippet) / 19 (snippet), The Hands That Built America(snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet), Bad / Moment of Surrender (snippet), With Or Without You
encores: City Of Blinding Lights, Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
comment: First performance of In God's Country since 2 December 2001. It was not on the printed setlist, and was performed with an audience member on rhythm guitar. During Mysterious Ways and Desire, Bono brought three sisters on stage to dance.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

U2.COM : GAME CHANGER

Noel Gallagher, currently touring the US with his High Flying Birds, was at the second show in San Jose last night.

Afterwards he spoke to U2.com. Here's what he thought of the show.

'I thought it was as great a leap forward as it was when I saw ZOOTV the first time, which itself was a great leap forward from Rattle and Hum. If it's at all possible to get a great leap forward from that, then tonight was it.

It was theatre.

It starts off as a punk rock gig but then it gets intimate, there's a lot of truth in it about where they come from and the people that they are.

At points it's quite touching when you see footage of people like Bono's mum and his kids, stuff like that, walking up the street they grew up on.

Visually the band were explaining it to me for a good six months but I still had no idea about this screen they were talking about, it didn't make much sense to me at all - most things don't with Bono at four o clock in the morning. But tonight, I don't like to use the phrase, but this is a game changer, not only for them but for shows in general. It is something competely different.

You don't expect to have that screen in that position and doing that thing... and the beauty of it all is that it still does not take away from what a great band they are.

It was always going to be a contentious thing what they did with the album release but I think it paid off tonight because the stories of the songs have been told visually and it works, I really do think it works in a visual sense.

For people who haven't seen it, they play inside of a video screen and it's something else, it's like watching a television but you kind of forget sometimes that they are actually there on stage and they are playing live. It's a psychedelic experience.

I've been a fan since hearing 'New Year's Day' in 1983 and I've seen them loads of time. With the greatest respect in the world when I saw the 360° Tour I thought that was the end of something, and not in a bad way. I thought, this is so staggering and huge and tall, so amazing, I thought this was the end of something and I wondered what the beginning of the next thing will be - and here it is.

It was staggering - and only the fourth show. I can't wait to see it again.'

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Setlist : 05/19/2015 SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, California, USA

05/19/2015 SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, California, USA
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), The Electric Co. / Send In The Clowns (snippet) / I Can See For Miles (snippet), Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / , Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet), I Will Follow, Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet), Until The End Of The World, (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways / Young Americans (snippet), Desire / 1969(snippet) / Love Me Do (snippet), Sweetest Thing, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky / America (snippet) / 19 (snippet), The Hands That Built America (snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet), Bad / Into The Mystic(snippet) / Moment of Surrender (snippet), With Or Without You
encores: City Of Blinding Lights, Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet), One / Invisible(snippet)
comment: First performance of The Electric Co. since 12 February 2006. Bad was not on the printed setlist. One was dedicated to Dave Goldberg, at whose funeral Bono recently sang.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

U2.COM : 'AMAZING...'

'It's almost like I've seen a Broadway play at the same time as I seen a rock concert...'

Eoghan McDermott of RTE's 2fm reporting from Vancouver on the opening night of #U2ieTour.

Setlist : 05/18/2015 SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, California, USA

05/18/2015 SAP Center at San Jose - San Jose, California, USA
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), Out Of Control, Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / , Vertigo, I Will Follow, Mofo (snippet) / , Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves, Until The End Of The World, (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet) / Young Americans(snippet), When Love Comes To Town, Angel Of Harlem, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet), The Hands That Built America (snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet), With Or Without You
encores: City Of Blinding Lights, Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Setlist : 05/15/2015 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

05/15/2015 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet) / , Vertigo, California (There Is No End To Love), I Will Follow, Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves, Until The End Of The World, (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, Angel Of Harlem, When Love Comes To Town, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky / 19 (snippet), The Hands That Built America(snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), Beautiful Day / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (snippet), With Or Without You
encores: Miracle Drug, Bad / Moment of Surrender (snippet), Mother And Child Reunion(snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love)(snippet), One
comment: When Love Comes To Town is performed for the first time since 28 August 1993; it is performed in honour of the recently deceased BB King and at the end Bono paid tribute to him, remarking that "the thrill will never be gone". Miracle Drug is performed for the first time since 28 November 2005. Tour debuts by Angel Of Harlem, Bad, California, and One. A few times during the show, Bono made light of Edge taking a tumble offstage during the last song of the previous night's show. He referred to U2's controversial distribution of Songs Of Innocence with his quip that "Edge downloaded himself into the audience without permission".

Friday, May 15, 2015

U2.COM : 'VISUALLY STUNNING'

U2’s return to the concert stage tonight, for the opening show on their ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ world tour, was nothing short of a triumph.

The band delighted the crowd of 19,000 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver with more than two hours of brilliant musicianship, illuminated by one of the most visually stunning rock productions ever mounted.

No fewer than seven tracks from last year’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ album were let loose on an audience for the first time, from the opening ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’ onwards. Every one was passionately delivered and warmly received among a compendium of the band’s most celebrated anthems.

The band reached all the way back to their earliest days on record by moving from that new opener to ‘I Will Follow,’ from 1980’s ‘Boy’ debut. A cleverly-sequenced set offered staples from all chapters of the U2 songbook, from ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ to ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Desire,’ alongside fresh additions such as the moving ‘Iris (Hold Me Close)’ and ‘Raised By Wolves.’

What gave an explosion of colour to the entire proceedings was the technological masterpiece of a giant construction suspended above the walkway connecting the main and “b” stages. Known thus far within the touring operation as the “divider,” it looks like a fence but serves as a superbly versatile backdrop for animated and filmic visuals, with giant images of the band, moving in real time, projected onto it to give an entirely new dimension.

Double-sided, with space for Bono to work his presence in its corridor, the construction filled the entire arena and helped convey a truly surround-sound presence all the way to the back row.

'Technology can be fun,' as the frontman said himself.

The main set ended on ‘With Or Without You,’ but there were four more treats in store, with a brightly-lit angular set design for the encore that was launched, appropriately, with ‘City Of Blinding Lights.’ Clearly elated to be back in their element, the band sprinted for home with ‘Beautiful Day,’ ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ and ‘I Still Haven't Found What I’m Looking For,’ as Vancouver roared its approval.


05/14/2015 Rogers Arena - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), Out Of Control / Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio? (snippet), Vertigo / God Save The Queen (Sex Pistols) (snippet), I Will Follow, Mofo (snippet) / , Iris (Hold Me Close), Cedarwood Road, Song For Someone, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Raised By Wolves / Psalm 23 (snippet), Until The End Of The World, (Intermission), Invisible, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways / Burning Down The House (snippet) / Young Americans (snippet), Desire, Sweetest Thing, Every Breaking Wave, Bullet The Blue Sky, The Hands That Built America (snippet) / , Pride (In The Name Of Love), The Troubles, With Or Without You
encores: City Of Blinding Lights, Beautiful Day / I Remember You (snippet), Mother And Child Reunion (snippet) / , Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet) / All You Need Is Love (snippet), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Invisible (snippet)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

'I love you, and you know that' - Larry Mullen Jnr pays emotional tribute to dad at funeral mass


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Larry Snr passed away at the age of 92 in the Bon Secours Hospital in Glasnevin on Sunday after a short illness.

Today his remains were walked from his home on Rosemount Avenue in Artane the short distance to Our Lady of Mercy Church, with Larry Jnr (53) carrying the coffin with other family members.
Larry jnr's bandmates are rehearsing for the opening gig of their new world tour at the moment, and in his eulogy he thanked them and the U2 crew for helping him make it home from Vancouver in Canada for the funeral before he flies back to join them on stage.
"Nice one on the timing dad," Larry smiled from the altar as he described how his father had been sick only for a short time but was a man who was "truly ready to go".

“He wasn’t sick very long, however he received bad news on Friday. He decided to exit his mortal coil on Sunday,” Larry explained.
"I had an opportunity to speak to him on Saturday and he was overwhelmed by the care, love and support shown to him," he added.
He said his father had spent his adolescence in a seminary before leaving in the 12th month of his final year at the age of 21, followed by ten years of wanderlust trying to readjust.
“Then meeting my mother, who was herself orphaned, and by all accounts complicated,” said Larry.
“They had three children quickly in their marriage. They lost their youngest daughter Mary at nine, followed four or five years later by the death of his wife, devastating the life of Larry,” he added.
“To my dad, I just want to acknowledge that there are no regrets between us. I love you, and you know that. No regrets,” he ended.
Today was also the monthly poetry day in the church. An event that Larry Snr regularly participated in.
Before the funeral mass the mourners were told that the event was cancelled as a mark of respect.
Larry Jnr’s sister Cecelia also spoke at the mass, saying her father was a private man, but a family man.
“This has come as a huge shock to our family,” she said, adding that he was an extraordinary man.