Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX, USA
Set List of Show:
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "New Year's Day"
- "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
- "New York"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "Sweetest Thing"
- "In a Little While"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "The Fly"
- "Bullet the Blue Sky"
- "With or Without You"
- "Walk On"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Elevation" (Influx Mix) - U2
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Satisfy My Soul" - Bob Marley
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Creep" (Radiohead) /
"I Want to Take You Higher" (Sly and the Family Stone) /
"Devil Inside" (INXS) /
"Staring at the Sun" (U2) /
"Love to Love You Baby" (Donna Summer) /
"Could You Be Loved" (Bob Marley) /
"Get Up Stand Up" (Bob Marley) /
"Crazy Love" (Van Morrison) /
"Burning Love" (Dennis Linde) /
"40" (U2) /
"Sexual Healing" (Marvin Gaye) /
"Whole Lotta Love" (Led Zeppelin) /
"Young Americans" (David Bowie) /
"Hallelujah" (Traditional Verse) /
U2 move on to Dallas, and the crowd is excited to have them in town. Bono addresses the crowd a number of times suggesting that something was “going off tonight”. He speaks about the first time they played in Dallas, where they had a slot in a bar prior to a wet T-shirt competition that happened later in the night. (The show was April 2, 1981, almost exactly twenty years before this show.)
The concert is very similar to the opening show of the tour. “Desire” is replacing “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” as the big change. It was “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” on the printed set list for the evening in Dallas, but the band change gears to play “Desire” at the last minute instead. It is the first appearance of “Desire” on the tour. During the performance he does a short snippet of Elvis’ “Burning Love” where he does his best Elvis impression.
During the concert, Bono says he wants to do something “old school”, and proceeds to introduce the band. He starts by telling about older names of the band, The Hype, Feedback and The Larry Mullen Band as he introduces Larry. Adam Clayton is introduced as the band’s first manager, prior to Paul McGuinness, and also called the poshest member of U2. Finally introducing The Edge, Bono notes even his mother calls him by his nickname, and that he’s a father to many children.
During “In A Little While” Bono pulls a female from the audience onto stage. She’s wearing a cowboy hat and a T-shirt that says “Will Work for Bono”. At the end of “Bad” U2 includes a snippet of “40” in the show. The segment introducing the encore, featuring Charlton Heston doesn’t go down as U2 hopes, instead the audience is applauding Heston while he is on screen.
Other snippets throughout the show include “Creep” and “I Want to Take You Higher” during “Beautiful Day”. “Devil Inside”, “Love to Love You Baby”, and “Staring at the Sun” make brief appearances during “Discotheque”. “Could You Be Loved” and “Get Up Stand Up” are part of “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Crazy Love” appears during “In A Little While”, and “Sexual Healing” pops up during “Mysterious Ways”. In the encore, “Whole Lotta Love” and “Young Americans” appear during “Bullet the Blue Sky”. During “One”, Bono includes the extended verse of the song, singing “hear us coming”, and he also uses Psalm 116 to open “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
Dave Ferman in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said of the show, “Last night’s show before a sold out crowd at Reunion Arena was one of the very best concerts I have ever seen in an arena. It was fun and passionate and blazing with muscular confidence.” and “U2’s shift back into arenas was little short of a masterstroke. To see Bono at the bottom of the heart, surrounded by fans, is to see him where he always should have been – amid the people who love him instead of high on a giant stage flanked by giant props.” A review in The Austin Chronicle by Christopher Gray of the shows in Dallas and Houston, it’s mentioned, “Bono spent at least half the shows gallivanting around the heart-shaped catwalk, touching hands, receiving gifts (a yellow rose in Dallas was the best), and prostrating himself while chanting a divine invocation before ‘Where the Streets Have No Name.’ Someone in Dallas tossed him a black cowboy hat, which he modeled to the crowd’s great delight.”
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