Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX, 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"
- "Your Blue Room"
- "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:
"Here Comes the Sun" (The Beatles) /
"Stand By Me" (Ben E. King) /
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" (Sly and the Family Stone) /
"Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
Tonight the show is the second in Texas, but the band have moved to Houston where the earlier show was in Dallas. They are playing Reliant Stadium in Houston, with the roof open. Support act for tonight is Muse, and it is the last show that Muse are playing on this leg of the tour.
The show is a standard one for the U2360 show, without many surprises this evening. “Magnificent” which moved to the third slot of the night with the previous show is back in the same spot this evening, ahead of “Mysterious Ways”. “Your Blue Room” is played this evening, and it will be the last time that the song is played on the U2360 tour. “Unknown Caller” continues to be absent from the show as well.
Throughout the show Bono mentions the ties between this show and space. Bono and The Edge had visited Johnson Space Center the previous day, speaking to astronauts in space. Tonight Bono is namechecking many of the astronauts themselves. The band introductions include mention of Chief Flight Engineer Larry Mullen and Space Walker Adam Clayton.
“Your Blue Room” goes to a pre-recorded piece from the International Space Station with the voice of Frank de Winne finishing off the track. And Cosmo, the space baby appears during the encore break of the show. Bono even works in a “Houston we have no problem” at one point of the show.
“The Unforgettable Fire” tonight is dedicated to Stephen Gately again, one of the singers in Irish band Boyzone, who died this week.
Snippets included throughout the show included “Here Comes the Sun” in “Beautiful Day”, “Stand by Me” at the end of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and both “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” and “Two Tribes” as part of “I’ll Go Crazy” tonight. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” comes at the end of “Walk On” and “Where the Streets Have No Name” starts out with “Amazing Grace”. Bono also does the extended “Hear Us Coming” verse as part of “One” tonight.
In the Houston Press Chris Gray in reference to the three new songs that start the show said, “In a concert that stretched from the International Space Station to the strife-torn streets of Tehran to a would-be martyr under house arrest in Myanmar, but never left Houston for a second, U2 owned the 60K-strong crowd at Reliant Stadium Wednesday night before (we’d wager) 80 to 90 percent of them even knew exactly what they were hearing.” He finishes his review talking about “One”, “Again and again (and again), the song written as U2’s lives (and U2 itself) were falling apart brought band, crowd, city and cosmos together under a higher law to peer on a world apart from the one we’re all too familiar with, the one gripped by economic earthquakes, moral blackouts and wars between nations. It leaves you, baby, if you don’t care for it. But Wednesday night, only love could leave such a mark. Magnificent.”
Guests at the show tonight include a few people from NASA. Willie Williams shares in his diary on U2.Com, “Both Shane Kimbrough and Mike Massimino had come to the show with their families, along with Dawn Kopra, Steffi Wakata and Chris Stott whose spouses are on (or have recently been on) the space station.” It is Mike Massimino that pushes the button to cue the smoke this evening, signaling the start of the show, and the start of “Space Oddity”.
Officially Released Tracks