Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Set List of Show:
- "Return of the Stingray Guitar"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "New Year's Day"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "In a Little While"
- "Miss Sarajevo"
- "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"
- "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"
- "With or Without You"
- "Moment of Surrender"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) /
"Movin' On Up" (Primal Scream) /
"It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" (R.E.M.) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
The second stop on the third leg of the U2360 tour takes U2 to the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The band play a single show at the venue, and the show is opened by Kasabian. This show was originally sold as the opening show of the third leg when that leg was announced. The Turin show was announced later after sales had happened for Frankfurt, bumping Frankfurt to the second show.
The show tonight starts out again with “Return of the Stingray Guitar” the new instrumental that gives Bono an opportunity to prance around the stage and interact with the audience prior to the show starting. “New Year’s Day” is moved up in the set list tonight, which causes some confusion as the piano doesn’t make it on stage in time for this new spot in the set. The Edge improvises on guitar while waiting for the piano to show.
“North Star”, one of the three new songs played in Turin, doesn’t make it into the show this evening, but the other two (“Stingray Guitar” and “Glastonbury”) both appear.
Bono jokes about his spinal injury and surgery that caused the postponement of their planned North American leg. “Thank you for the German doctors who have me back on this stage tonight. I’ve been rebuilt by German engineering. I have a ‘Made in Germany stamp’ on my ass.” He then introduces the band, using cars to describe each. The Edge? An Audi. Adam? A BMW, king of the autobahn. And Larry? The trabant. “Do not forget about those little cars that meant a great deal.”
“Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” makes its second appearance at a U2360 concert after debuting in Turin a few nights previously. For the performance Bono uses the light up jacket and microphone which he uses as a swing. Bono appears to be in great shape, and is quite physical for this song as well as other moments of the show. The “meatheads” with aliens whistling “Where the Streets Have No Name” encore break is used again tonight, with the alien speech tonight translated into German. It then goes into the Cosmo / Zoo Baby piece used at the end of the North American dates.
Tonight “Moment of Surrender” is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Love Parade tragedy in Duisburg, Germany on July 24. At the electronic dance music festival, a crowd pushes towards an entrance tunnel, as the festival opens late. 21 people lost their lives and an estimated 500 more were injured in the event.
Snippets include “My Sweet Lord” in “Mysterious Ways”, “Movin’ On Up” in “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “Discotheque” in “I’ll Go Crazy” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during “Walk On”. “Amazing Grace” also opens “Where the Streets Have No Name”. During “Vertigo” Bono adds a snippet of R.E.M.‘s “It’s the End of the World as we Know It (And I Feel Fine)”. Michael Stipe, the lead singer for R.E.M. is at the show tonight.
Along with Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Helena Christensen is also at the show this evening.
In his diary on U2.com, Willie Williams shares, “The stadium in Frankfurt has quite a small footprint with steeply raked seating close to the pitch. This gives it a cauldron-like feel and is the perfect kind of venue for our show, only slightly marred by the gigantic scoreboard hanging directly in front of the pylon.
Overall we had another great show, which will be good for communal confidence, though I still want to play with the set some more. I’m not sure that we have ‘Act I’ quite nailed, and besides, it helps to keep the show alive if we don’t let it settle down too much. Spectacular blunder of the night went to Team Stage Management who apparently spaced out on the fact that New Year’s Day requires the piano. The song was placed very early in the set and I guess somebody somewhere didn’t put two and two together, so when Edge when upstage to play the intro the piano was conspicuous by its absence. Without missing a beat Edge improvised on guitar, which lent an interesting punk feel to the song, until the piano emerged from its trapdoor in underworld.”
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