Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
Set List of Show:
- "Return of the Stingray Guitar"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "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"
- "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:
"Here Comes the Sun" (The Beatles) /
"My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) /
"Into My Arms" (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) /
"Highway to Hell" (AC/DC) /
"Devil Inside" (INXS) /
"Funky Town" (Pseudo Echo) /
"Relax" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"Get Up Stand Up" (Bob Marley) /
"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) /
U2’s 360 Tour finally hits Australia. The band starts out with two shows in Melbourne. The venue is a covered venue, which comes in handy as it’s a wet and rainy day, and the roof is closed in the afternoon, however, the stage impedes the roof being closed fully, and while most of the building is dry, there is a long strip down the centre of the field that gets wet. The rain holds off for the show itself, and the roof is opened back up for the show itself. Jay-Z continues as the opening act for the Australian shows.
Snippets tonight include “Here Comes The Sun” in “Beautiful Day”, “My Sweet Lord” during “Mysterious Ways”, “Anthem” during “Until the End of the World”. Some Australian related snippets come next with “Into My Arms” during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Highway to Hell” and “Devil Inside” during “Vertigo”. “I’ll Go Crazy” includes snippets of “Funky Town”, “Relax”, and “Two Tribes”. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” includes “Get Up Stand Up” and “Walk On” includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. “Amazing Grace” opens “Where the Streets Have No Name” which also has a snippet of “All You Need is Love” at the end.
In the middle of the show, the middle section which tends to change includes “Mercy” tonight. It is the first of the new ‘unreleased’ songs to be played on the current leg of the tour other than “Return of the Stingray Guitar” which is opening shows. Tonight “Mercy” is no longer unreleased however, this is the first show since the “Wide Awake in Europe” EP has been released, which contains a live version of “Mercy”. After “Mercy” the band go into “Bad”. “Bad” hasn’t been a regular on this tour, having only been played twice before in 2010.
During “Magnificent” Bono names St. Kilda, Richmond and Fitzroy. Bono pulled a girl up from the audience during “In A Little While”. Jay-Z joined U2 on stage for “Sunday Bloody Sunday” but left before “Scarlet” begins. The rotational song in the encore tonight is “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.” The Edge has difficulties with his guitar setup throughout the show, and has to trade in for a wired guitar at one point. The guitar problems seemed worst during “Bad” and “City of Blinding Lights”.
A couple of changes are in place for the show in Melbourne. One is at the end of the show, when Elton John’s “Rocket Man” plays after the band leaves the stage. While only a small amount of footage of the astronauts is in use during “In A Little While” additional footage can now be seen during “Rocket Man” of the astronauts having fun on the station.
The second planned change is The Edge decides to join Bono on the runway for “The Return of the Stingray Guitar” at the start of the show. Bono will go one way, and The Edge will go another. However, Willie Williams who agrees to the change forgets to pass it along, and when The Edge hits the runway, lights and camera operators are confused.
A review in the Sydney Morning Herald shares, “The sight of the four mates from Dublin, who have endured for more than 30 years together, entering the packed stadium by walking through the crowd as David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ blasts out is genuinely thrilling. It’s a nod of gratitude to fans, an acknowledgment that the quartet and their followers have stuck tight for so long. Yet Bono was the irrepressible star last night. He used the elongated catwalks to strut, shadow box and spider dance through early parts of the set.”
Soundchecks ahead of the show appear to have been done by U2’s crew, and are fully instrumental. Jay-Z also soundchecks his set.
Tickets for the show go on sale on September 3, 2010, with a presale through U2.Com on August 26, 2010. The presale is for four subscriber groups, Horizon, Breathe, Magnificent, and Boots. A fifth group, Cedar, is available on August 30th, and is for people buying new memberships ahead of the general sale.
Officially Released Tracks