Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL, USA
Set List of Show:
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
- "No Line on the Horizon"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "The Unforgettable Fire"
- "City Of Blinding Lights"
- "I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight"
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "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:
"Blackbird" (The Beatles) /
"Stand By Me" (Ben E. King) /
"Mofo" (U2) /
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (Sly and the Family Stone) /
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" (Michael Jackson) /
"Get Up Stand Up" (Bob Marley) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
The second leg of the tour is moving into its final shows. Eight cities and eight shows left with Tampa included. The band are playing at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and Muse is the opening act this evening. The stadium is warm tonight, one of the hottest nights at the show so far. Tonight they are breaking another record, this time for the biggest audience in Raymond James Stadium, breaking the record held by the Super Bowl.
During the show, ahead of “Elevation”, the band link to the International Space Station, where Guy Laliberte is playing space tourist. He speaks about the importance of water, and shares with the audience his view of the earth. “I see stars, I see darkness, I see emptiness. But planet Earth looks so great, and also so fragile.” Laliberte’s message is part of his “Moving Stars and Earth for Water”. The event visits actors, artists, poets, and rock stars around the world from the space station. The event went live to the conversation between Bono and Laliberte where Bono called him the “first clown in space.”
Once again during “City of Blinding Lights” Bono brings a young boy onto stage. He and Troy walk around the stage, and Bono shares his sunglasses, as he has done on other shows.
Tonight the band debut a new encore video. For most of the tour the band had used the electronic voices video first heard in Europe, but at a handful of shows they used a video of Maya Angelou reading one of her poems over a Passengers track. Tonight they introduce a new video, featuring Cosmo, the doodle of a space baby from the Achtung Baby and Zooropa album artwork. During the piece Cosmo recites phrases from the tour, “space junk”, “What time is it in the world?”, “We are those people”, “Turn on your radio”, “Baby baby baby” and “Planet earth is blue”. The band seem happy with the new video piece, as it remains in the show for the remainder of the leg, appearing at all shows from Tampa through Vancouver.
Snippets included through the evening include “Blackbird” in “Beautiful Day”, “Stand By Me” at the end of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Mofo” in “City of Blinding Lights”. “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” both appear in “I’ll Go Crazy”. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” has a snippet of “Get Up Stand Up” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” opens with “Amazing Grace.”
Reviewed in the St. Petersburg Times the show is described “On an otherworldly stage that looked as if it could snack on the Death Star, and in front of more than 70,000 screaming, singing, stinking fans, four middle-aged dudes from Dublin once again gave us ample reason to unload hosannas and hyperbole. Life-affirming. Transcendent. Just when we needed ‘em most.” In the Orlando Sentinel the review shared, “For a show with so many bells and whistles, at least a few effective moments were relatively simple. When Bono and The Edge teamed for a solitary ‘Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of’ it yielded astounding intimacy. Likewise, it was a low-tech mirror ball (along with thousands of high-tech cell phones) that turned the stadium into a sea of stars in ‘With Or Without You.’ And it doesn’t take a video introduction by Desmond Tutu to make ‘One’ enduring and emotionally charged. Spirit, not spectacle, is still U2’s biggest asset.” Curtis Ross in the Tampa Tribune echoed those comments, “But in the end it was U2 that made the biggest impression – four musicians who wanted to be the biggest band in the world and succeeded.”
- 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