Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico
Set List of Show:
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "Happy Birthday"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "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:
"Tequila" (The Champs) /
"Anthem" (Leonard Cohen) /
"Rain" (The Beatles) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"Please" (U2) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
The final leg of the U2360 tour visits Mexico, the United States and Canada. Originally planned for an early 2010 start, the tour leg was delayed due to health related issues. The delay allowed additional dates to be scheduled as well. The first show is held in Mexico, and is the first of three shows in Mexico City. Snow Patrol join U2 for the three Mexican shows. Mexican fans have been in a queue for the show for a week.
Before “Space Oddity”, the traditional song of Mexico, “Cielito Lindo” is played over the PA which gets the crowd throughout the stadium cheering and singing along.
The show itself is similar to the shows performed during the shows in South America. “Zooropa” and “Even Better Than the Real Thing” both continue to be part of the show, after making their debut on the earlier leg of the tour.
“Magnificent” is a new arrangement of the song, reported to have been worked on at previous sound checks on the previous leg, but not debuting until tonight. The remix incorporates video and spoken words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the introduction, and again during the middle of the song. “Our voices will be heard…”
Bono’s 51st birthday was the night before this show, and “Happy Birthday” is sung for him at the show. Edge leads the sing-along. Bono thanks the crowd. He speaks about how extraordinary Mexico is, and how the spirit of Mexico is unbreakable.
In the lead in to “Beautiful Day” a girl is brought on stage to read from a poem. The poem is by Mexican poet, scholar and philosopher, Nezahualcóyotl. A number of poems are attributed to him, but often they were written down long after he died in 1472. Tonight the poem read is “Con Flores Escribes”.
The “Fez – Being Born” introduction that once introduced “City of Blinding Lights” now introduces “Zooropa”. It is a pre-recorded intro before “Zooropa” starts in full.
“Moment of Surrender” is dedicated to those who have lost loved ones in the recent violence in Mexico.
Snippets tonight include “Tequila” in “Get On Your Boots”, “Anthem” as part of “Until the End of the World”, “Rain” during “Beautiful Day”, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during “Walk On” and “Amazing Grace” during “Where the Streets Have No Name”. “I’ll Go Crazy” has two snippets, “Discotheque” and “Please” which are welcomed by fans, and heard in rehearsals prior to the show.
Ahead of the show tonight the band have been rehearsing for two days in Mexico. On May 9th work was done on “Magnificent”, “Even Better Than the Real Thing”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Zooropa” and “I’ll Go Crazy Tonight”. On May 10 they work on “Magnificent”, “I’ll Go Crazy Tonight”, “Walk On”, “Zooropa”, “Magnificent” and “Even Better Than the Real Thing”.
In his tour diary for U2.com, Willie Williams shares, “Azteca is a huge stadium with high, steep sides so the atmosphere was just electric, with something close to 100,000 people in there. The air was so thick that you could practically see the electricity. The exit route for me to get to the ‘runner’ was not easy, being directly across the stadium field and then ramping up through one of the grandstands. I left in plenty of time, making it to the top of said ramp just at the beginning of Moment of Surrender, where I met Paul McGuinness. We watched the last song from this vantage point, with the whole stadium laid out below us. As ever, Bono asked the crowd to take out their phones to create the electric Milky Way – this is always a fantastic moment but tonight with so many people crammed into such a high-sided building it was exceptionally intense. The light from the thousands of cellphone screens was dazzling – quite seriously I think you could have read a book by it. Paul commented that this moment of the show has got consistently brighter over the past two years as the tour has progressed. You could probably chart the release dates of each new generation of mobile phone technology by the brightness of Moment of Surrender.”
This show in Mexico went on sale on November 18, 2010. Although it is the first show to happen, it was the third and final show that was announced, and the other two shows were sold earlier in the year. Mexico was not on the itinerary for the originally scheduled 2010 North American dates.
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