Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile
Set List of Show:
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "One Tree Hill"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "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: "Gracias A La Vida" (Get On Your Boots Remix) - Francisca Valenzuela / U2 / Soweto Gospel Choir
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Pre-Recorded Intermission Song(s): "Fez - Being Born" (Medley) - U2
Pre-Recorded Intermission Song(s): "Zooropa" (Medley) - U2
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Gracias A La Vida" (Violeta Parra) /
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (The Beatles) /
"Anthem" (Leonard Cohen) /
"I Want to Know what Love Is" (Foreigner) /
"Two Tribes" (Frankie Goes to Hollywood) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Mothers of the Disappeared" (U2) /
"All You Need is Love" (The Beatles) /
U2 start out the sixth leg of the U2360 tour with a single show in Santiago, Chile. They are playing at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos and Muse are the opening act for this leg of the tour. They will play seven shows in total in South America, split between three cities.
The show tonight starts out as the shows that were held in South Africa a month ago. The band take the stage to a remix of “Get On Your Boots” featuring the vocals of the Soweto Gospel Choir, and then start into “Beautiful Day”. Tonight there are additional vocals by Francisca Valenzuela in the mix, singing “Gracias a la Vida”, lyrics, a song written by Chilean, Violeta Parra. Bono sings along with the mix before kicking into “Beautiful Day”. Not only is “Return of the Stingray Guitar” not played this evening, none of the new unreleased songs that were played throughout the 2010 leg are present in the show.
“One Tree Hill” is performed live after “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. The song mentions Chilean political activist killed under the dictatorship of Pinochet, and tonight is the first time U2 plays the song in South America. Bono is accompanied by Francisca Valenzuela on vocals for the song. Valenzuela moved to Chile at the age of 12, and is a popular singer, songwriter and musician in Chile. Bono shares that the song is “rarely played” only at “extremely special occasions” and the song is about the “love of life and fear of losing it”. At the end of the song after thanking Francisca, Bono cheekily asks “Who’s that girl?” “One Tree Hill” is dedicated to Jara and his wife Joan and “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is also dedicated to Victor Jara, and follows “One Tree Hill”.
Willie Williams shares in his tour diary for U2.com, “The opening of the shows in South Africa, featuring a recording of the Soweto Gospel Choir, was absolutely stellar. Much as it’s often fruitless to hope lightning will strike twice, we did have a fish around to see if there might be something along those lines that we could do to create a unique opening for Latin America. We discovered a young Chilean singer called Francisca Valenzuela who is a very popular new artist here, perhaps with something of the Sinead O’Connor about her. She came to the stadium this afternoon (apparently from college where she’s studying journalism) and immediately clicked with the U2 guys. So much so, they recorded some vocal parts on the spot and by tea-time we had ourselves a whole new intro. ‘Gracias a la Vida’ is the lyric, based (I gather) on a Chilean poem. The vocal is quite something and Francisca (‘Fran’) was fantastic – articulate, confident and seemingly not at all intimidated by the spontaneity of the event. Clearly she’s a star in the making.”
“City of Blinding Lights” is complete with the pre-recorded break that debuted in Cape Town, featuring “Fez – Being Born”, “Zooropa” and elements of Achtung Baby.
During the introduction to “Where the Streets Have No Name” Bono plays the music for “Mothers of the Disappeared” and hums over top of it but the full song is not played. Willie Williams shares, “It seems like the right kind of reference, acknowledging the history but now very much in the spirit of a country that has moved on.”
Snippets tonight include “Gracias A La Vida” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” during “Beautiful Day”, “Anthem” in “Until the End of the World”, “I Want to Know What Love Is” during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Two Tribes” during “I’ll Go Crazy”. “Walk On” includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “All You Need is Love” makes an appearance during “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
“Moment of Surrender” is dedicated to the people of Japan who have just recently gone through a horrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami, “our hearts and our prayers go across the world from Chile to the people of Japan”.
The day before this show, the band worked on a number of songs in sound check, although it appears Bono was not present. “Return of the Stingray Guitar” was worked on during that sound check, but was not played tonight in Santiago. The song had also not been played in the most recent shows in South Africa. Most of the main set was worked on, with the only vocals heard being identified as being from The Edge. Thanks to U2Gigs.com for the information on what was sound checked.
Rene Castro is at the show. Castro is a Chilean artist who became friends with U2 in the 1980s while in exile in the United States. It was Castro who painted the stage sets for the LoveTown tour in 1989, and he also did some of the trabant cars for the Zoo TV tour in 1992. Castro was incarcerated by the Pinochet regime due to his activism. When detained, he was held in the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos stadium, where the show is taking place tonight. Over 40,000 people spent time in detention at this stadium over the years during the Pinochet regime.
The show goes on sale on December 16, 2010, with a pre-sale that starts via U2.com on December 10.
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