Olympic Stadium, Seville, Spain
Set List of Show:
- "Return of the Stingray Guitar"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "New Year's Day"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "North Star"
- "Happy Birthday"
- "In a Little While"
- "Miss Sarajevo"
- "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 Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) /
"Anthem" (Leonard Cohen) /
"Many Rivers to Cross" (Jimmy Cliff) /
"Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
"All You Need is Love" (The Beatles) /
With just four shows to go, U2 play a second back to back show in Spain, but tonight they are at Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla in Seville, Spain (Also known as Estadio La Caruja de Sevilla). The band have finally broken out of the wet, rainy weather the tour has been faced with for weeks. Seville is hot, sunny and gives a break from the cold. Opening tonight is Interpol. The show was originally scheduled for September 29, but a general strike happened on that day, and the change in date was announced on August 19.
Like many other shows, this one has three songs that have not yet been released by U2. Unlike the previous show where the band played “Spanish Eyes” in the place of “North Star”, tonight “North Star” returns. The other two unreleased songs are “Return of the Stingray Guitar”, the instrumental that opens the show, and a performance of “Mercy”.
U2 have never played Seville before, so this is a first for the band. The crowd are enthusiastic and loud throughout the show. There are some reports that the crowd forcefully rushing in when the doors opened, knocking at least one police officer to the ground.
Early in the show Bono talks about how the tour was born in Spain, with the first shows taking place in Barcelona in 2009, and now tonight the tour is returning as a rebellious teenager to Spain.
Introductions of the band tonight include a football theme. Bono calls each member of the band by the name of a football player. Adam Clayton is the Iker Casillas of U2. Larry Mullen is EL Niño Fernando Torres. The Edge is “Xavi Hernadez or is it Iniesta?” And Bono calls himself Sergio Ramos.
Ahead of “In A Little While” Bono asks the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” to his brother Norman Hewson who is at the show this evening. Bono shares that it was Norman who gave him his first guitar lesson. Bono invites a girl out of the audience to dance with him later in the song.
It is “Ultra Violet” that appears in the rotational slot in the encore tonight.
Snippets tonight include “My Sweet Lord” during “Mysterious Ways”, “Anthem” during “Until the End of the World” and “Many Rivers to Cross” at the end of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. “I’ll Go Crazy” includes snippets of “Relax” and “Two Tribes”. “You’ll Never Walk Alone” appears at the end of “Walk On”, and both “Amazing Grace” and “All You Need is Love” appear during “Where the Streets Have No Name”. Bono also includes the longer “Hear Us Coming” verse in “One” tonight.
In his diary for U2.com, Willie Williams writes, “This gave me the best part of an hour to sit and watch the audience arriving, in ones and twos or large groups but all excited and ramping up for a great night. In this part of the world the audience really does come to be part of a communal event, rather than just to come and see a show. A great show it was too, absolutely packed to the rafters and such a loud audience. These people I had watched arriving, all excited, did not disappoint. I think we’ll miss them…”
Tickets for the sale went on sale on October 8, 2009, with a U2.com presale that started on October 5, 2009.
Many thanks to Fernando and U2 En Espana by Xavier Balart for some of the information used above.
Officially Released Tracks