“Stories of Surrender” wraps in North America
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2022-11-14)
Tonight saw the end of Bono’s short run of solo shows in North America to promote his memoir, Surrender.
The Los Angeles show was the seventh and final North American show on Bono’s “Stories of Surrender“ tour. At a capacity of 1976 people, the theatre is also the smallest venue on the North American tour, and only Madrid, Berlin and Dublin are smaller shows. The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles opened in 1926.
Bono mentions that Guy Oseary and his family are in attendance at the show this evening. Others in attendance tonight were Chris Martin (from Coldplay), Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber, Angelica Houston, Martin Garrix, Finneas, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, and Rita Wilson. Bono’s daughter Eve was at the show, as was Bono’s wife Ali. The Edge was also present with his wife Morleigh. The performance tonight is the same as the others on the tour, with no deviation in the set list. The show is tightly choreographed, leaving little room for change, and the only large change over the course of the tour was in Toronto when the encore was not performed. The full show is performed tonight in Los Angeles. Bono’s voice is noted as being very strong this evening and that he sounded amazing.
The show itself is a mix of full performances of songs, as well as shorter pieces of some songs. Bono’s band for this tour includes former U2 producer, Jacknife Lee on keyboards and percussion, Kate Ellis on cello and Gemma Doherty on harp, backing vocals and keyboards. All three performers are from Ireland. Bono and the other performers are on a bare stage, with little for props (table and chairs in one area, an arm chair and a table in another area.) The stage does have writing from Bono’s hand which can be seen at various points in the show. Accompanying Bono are images that he has created, animated behind him on two screens, including his drawings and text. The show is a mix of music and stories from his book, and features a mix of full length songs and shortened versions of songs. Others from U2’s past collaborators have been involved in the show, including Willie Williams and Gavin Friday. Joe O’Herlihy is providing sound for the tour.
The public onsale for tickets was October 7 at 10am local time. A special presale for U2Com subscribers was held the prior day at the same time. Ticket prices ranged from $55 to $250, and no dynamic pricing was in use for this event, and each ticket came with a copy of Bono’s memoir, given out at the theatre. Tickets were delivered digitally 72 hours prior to the event. Like other performances on this tour, phones were locked in Yondr pouches during the show.
There is now a two day break in the tour schedule, while Bono and tour equipment are moved to the UK. The next show will be in London England on November 16.
Many thanks to Harry and Mona for their help with the information above.
The public onsale for tickets was October 7 at 10am local time. A special presale for U2Com subscribers was held the prior day at the same time. Ticket prices ranged from $55 to $250, and no dynamic pricing was in use for this event. No one under the age of five was allowed into this performance. Tickets were delivered digitally 72 hours prior to the event.For the full show details, including set list, please check the following show listing: