U2eiTOUR Leg Two Pre-Show and Post-Show Songs
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-08-31)
This article deals with the second leg of the U2eiTour. For leg one, please visit here. This article was last updated on September 9, 2018, with information from the second show in Paris.
SPOILERS: This article does contain spoilers about the new opening for the shows in Europe.
With each new tour we like to keep track of the music by other artists that U2 use throughout the production, including the music used before, after and during the shows. The eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour is no different, as the tour winds through Europe we will track the music we hear throughout. We’ve been tracking these songs since the PopMart tour in 1997, and all of the tours since can be found in one spot in our Tour Songs news page. As well on that page you can find links to Spotify playlists containing most of the songs if you want to relive a particular tour. The Spotify playlist for leg two of the #U2eiTOUR is available here.
The tour music we hear before a show is something that has been curated in the past by Gavin Friday for each tour and continues to do so.
The mix usually starts off with a mix of album tracks – one or two artists will be featured with a number of tracks in a row. Later that will break into an actual mix where the songs are all from different artists.
The full albums identified to date include Anohni’s Hopelessness album, Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express album and The xx’s I See You album. The xx were heard before Berlin 1 and Cologne 1. Both the Anohni and Kraftwerk albums were heard before the show in Berlin 2, and when Bono struggled with his voice, both albums were heard again in the intermission while fans waited to hear if the concert would be postponed. Individual songs from both albums have been identified including Anohni’s “Drone Bomb Me,” “4 Degrees,” “Execution,” “Obama,” “Violent Men,” “Why Did You Separate Me from the Earth?” “Crisis,” “Hopelessness,” and “Marrow” and Kraftwerk’s “The Hall of Mirrors,” “Europe Endless,” and “Showroom Dummies” and The xx’s “Dangerous,” “Say Something Loving,” “Lips,” “A Violent Noise,” “Performance,” “Replica,” “Brave for You,” “On Hold,” “I Dare You,” and “Test Me”.
After these full albums are played, the mix of songs starts to play, which includes songs from a number of artists. While this mix of songs plays on the screens are a display of “protest posters” by the artist Edel Rodriguez.
The songs identified in the pre-show mix so far are:
- “Israel” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
- “Angel” – Gavin Friday
- “Electioneering” – Radiohead
- “Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix)” – Depeche Mode
- “This is America” – Childish Gambino
- “Think” – Aretha Franklin
- “In Between Days” – The Cure
- “Black Panther” – Kendrick Lamar
- “I Dare You” – The XX
- “First We Take Manhattan” – Leonard Cohen
- “Kebab Träume” – DAF
- “Rock Me Amadeus” – Falco
- “Humility” – Gorillaz
- “Kong” – Nenah Cherry
- “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
- “Money (That’s What I Want)” – The Flying Lizards
- “Helden” (German version of “Heroes”) – David Bowie [For shows in Berlin and Cologne]
- “Héros” (French version of “Heroes”) – David Bowie [For shows in Paris]
- “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” – The Carpenters
- “Sign O’ The Times” – Prince
- “People Have the Power” – Patti Smith
- “Talk” – St Francis Hotel
- “A Means to an End” – Joy Division
- “Black Screen” – LCD Soundsystem
- “Tilted” – Christine and the Queens
As the tour continues we will continue to identify more songs, and will add them here and to the Spotify play list. The play list is somewhat randomized, and will not necessarily end at the same spot each night. Night one in Berlin the last song from the play list was “Rock Me Amadeus” by Falco, where as the second night it was The Carpenters’ “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft”. In Munich the show started shortly after Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” and for Paris the show started after Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand”.
Mid-way through the first leg of the tour, the band started taking the stage to “It’s A Beautiful World” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The song had also been used in the rehearsals for the tour but didn’t get used in an actual show until Las Vegas. The song continues to introduce the shows and on set lists it is listed as “It’s a Zootiful World”, a reference to some Zooropa era voices you can hear throughout the mix including “What do you want?” But on the first night in Europe it is not labeled that way, and instead is just referenced via the name of the artist.
After the intro music there is a brief instrumental piece, overlaid with sounds from an MRI examination. The voices are saying “Breathe, Breathe in please, Breathe in, Breathe in, Exhale, Thank you. Exhale. Thank you.” Under the voices the music that you can hear is Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfish’s “Rain” from the Blade Runner 2049 soundtrack.
In North America the band would then go into “Love is All We Have Left” on the PA, with some live vocals from Bono. For the first show in Berlin the band instead went into the long “Babel” instrumental that opens the song “Zooropa.” Over the music is heard Charlie Chaplin’s voice taken from the film, The Final Dictator (1940). [Thanks T!]
During the Show:
- “Sunday Bloody Sunday” Ending
An audio mix played as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” ends features a number of audio clips that Tim C identified back in 2015 when the mix was first used to introduce “Raised by Wolves”, although these days it sits before “Until the End of the World”. Included in the mix is Terry Jacks’ “Seasons in the Sun”, Mud’s “Tiger Feet” and Donny Osmond’s “Any Dream Will Do” can be heard in the mix. For a full look at the included pieces see the original article where Tim identified the components in the mix.
- “The Sick Rose” and “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” – Gavin Friday, Regine Chassagne, Larry Mullen Junior
Gavin Friday, longtime friend to Bono, and former lead singer of the Virgin Prunes is featured during the Experience and Innocence Tour. Over the music for “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” Gavin can be heard reciting William Blake’s poem, “The Sick Rose” from Songs of Experience, and then continuing on to sing “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”. Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire joins Gavin on vocals for the song, and it is Larry Mullen on drums for this version of the song.
“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” is a cover of the song that U2 contributed to the Batman Forever soundtrack in 1995, and the video for the song featured an animated MacPhisto. In 2015, during the Intermission, the band started out using a variety of videos before settling in on a cover of “The Fly” by Gavin Friday, newly recorded for that tour. This time, Gavin’s vocals are back for the Intermission, accompanied by an animated video that walks through a twisted comic book take on the band complete with super powers, and mysterious strangers.
- “Women of the World”
“Women of the World” is a song that was first recorded by Ivor Cutler and Linda Hirst in 1983. In 1999, Jim O’Rourke released his album Eureka, which included a cover of the song titled, “Prelude to 110 or 220 / Women of the World”. O’Rourke is probably best known as a musician and a producer, and worked with Sonic Youth.
In the early shows the O’Rourke version of the song was accompanied with added vocals by Madison Ryann Ward. As the tour has gone on the band has added other voices into the mix, recording the audience at the Ellen show singing the song, and later inviting people to submit their own vocals singing the song.
On the first leg of the tour in North America U2 switched back and forth between two songs, their own “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” which has been remixed and is titled the “Ambient Mix”. Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads visited the show in San Jose and the band switched to “This Must Be the Place” for that show, before switching back to “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)” but would later switch back to the Talking Heads song starting with Montreal. The set list for the first show of the tour in Europe also lists “This Must Be the Place” as the outro music.
A big thank you for the help from Joe Ahorra, Remy, G’lies, Nico, Tassoula, Elva, and Joni.