Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
Set List of Show:
- "No Line on the Horizon"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "New Year's Day"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
- "Unknown Caller"
- "The Unforgettable Fire"
- "City Of Blinding Lights"
- "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Walk On"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
- "With or Without You"
- "Moment of Surrender"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Soon" - U2
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"My Hometown" (Bruce Springsteen) /
"Movin' On Up" (Primal Scream) /
"I Don't Want to Join the Army" (Traditional, World War I) /
"Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"All You Need is Love" (The Beatles) /
"We Are Family" (Sister Sledge) /
"40" (U2) /
"Fool to Cry" (Rolling Stones) /
U2 play a third and final show in Dublin as part of the U2360 tour. Although the band will play in Europe again in 2010 on the tour, no Dublin dates are included. Unlike the first two shows, where tickets are sold out and hard to find, there are lots of tickets available, and those coming to the show are surprised to find that tickets are available at the venue. In the end the show is listed as a sell out.
The show tonight is opened by two local bands, Bell X1 and The Script. The skies have a bit of rain, but it is clear over Croke Park itself. A rainbow can be seen in the distance behind the stage during the performance by The Script.
For the first time on the U2360 tour, “New Year’s Day” makes its debut. The song has been rehearsed in earlier sound checks but tonight is the first appearance of the song in concert. “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” makes a second appearance on tour, after a debut in Berlin the previous week. Also special tonight? Bono adds the extra “Shine Like Stars” verse into “With or Without You” for the first time on this tour. Bono also adds the extra “Hear Us Coming” lines into “One” tonight.
Tonight is a special one in another way as well, Bono gets to announce to the crowd that Aung San Suu Kyi is going to receive the Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2009 from Amnesty International. Suu Kyi was one of the inspriations behind “Walk On”. Bono shares, “She has been under house arrest in her native Burma for most of the last 20 years. Her crime is that if she was to participate in elections she would win. This week, the brutal force that has her incarcerated will decide in a mock trial if she will spend the next 5 years in a prison. We are proud to announce tonight, on the 27th of July in Dublin, that Amnesty International have chosen Aung San Suu Kyi as the recipient of their Ambassador of Conscience Award 2009. Thank God for Amnesty International. May God keep Aung Sang Suu Kyi safe.”
To further celebrate the award, the band’s website, U2.com announce a new initiative to feature the masks they have been asking fans to wear. They ask that fans send photos in wearing the mask in strange and “interesting” places, and that The Edge will select photos to share online.
Snippets tonight include Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown” during “Beautiful Day”, “Movin’ on Up” during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “I Don’t Want to Join the Army”, “Relax”, and “Two Tribes” during “I’ll Go Crazy”. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” appears in “Walk On”, “All You Need is Love” and “We are Family” appear in “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “40” and “Fool to Cry” appear in “Bad.”
Ahead of the show tonight the band soundchecked “I Will Follow”, “Drowning Man”, “New Year’s Day” and worked through “Electrical Storm” a couple of times. Although the band have been working on “Drowning Man” at many tour stops it never makes it into the set list for the tour.
Ahead of the show the Gardaí issued warnings about traffic in Dublin, with the rush-hour traffic and the opening of the Ikea store in Ballymun happening at the same time.
- 2009-04-07 U2 360 Tour Presented by Blackberry: Fastest Sell Out & Largest Concert Attendance in Rose Bowl Hist (Live Nation Publicity)
Officially Released Tracks
- New Year's Day (Live from Dublin, Jul. 27, 2009 - No Fade)
- I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (Live from Dublin, Jul. 27, 2009 - Live U2360° Remix)