Angel Stadium, Anaheim, CA, USA
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"
- "All I Want is You"
- "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "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:
"The Great Curve" (Talking Heads) /
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Frank Sinatra) /
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie) /
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Lenny Kravitz) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads) /
"Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"United We Stand" (The Brotherhood of Man) /
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles) /
The shows in Anaheim see U2 playing their first multiple stops in one city since the tour left Mexico City in early May. This is the first of two stops in Anaheim. Opening both shows is Lenny Kravitz.
The set list for the first show is very similar to what they have been playing each night on the tour in these single show cities. Indeed the show was identical to what was played in Oakland on the previous show, with the exception of some snippets.
The introductions of the band tonight shares Bono’s ideas about where they would be without their manager. Larry Mullen would be a highway patrol man in Dublin. Adam Clayton would be the designer of posh hand bags. The Edge would have been a city planner. And Bono thinks he would have ended up being a theatre critic.
U2’s manager Paul McGuinness is brought on stage at the end of “Until The End of the World”. It is claimed that this is his first time on the stage during a show. Bono shares that it’s his 60th birthday (well, yesterday it was!) and asks the crowd to join them in singing “Happy Birthday”.
Snippets tonight include “The Great Curve” in “Mysterious Ways”, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” in “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”, and “Space Oddity” during “Beautiful Day”. Bono includes a tip of the hat to opening act Lenny Kravitz with a snippet of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” during “Vertigo”. “I’ll Go Crazy” includes “Discotheque”, “Life During Wartime”, “Psycho Killer” and “Walk On” includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. In the encore “One” includes “United We Stand” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” opens “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
A new video accompanies “Miss Sarajevo” tonight put together by Run Wrake. The new video features children’s drawings. The idea for the video came from Bono who remembered seeing children’s drawings in Mostar where images of beauty queens and fairy tale princesses lead you into drawings from a warzone, and the creators tried to capture that idea on screen.
In his diary for U2.com, Willie Williams shares, “The band came in to sound check and I also managed to get the new Miss Sarajevo video sequence loaded and programmed. This venue’s less than ideal, as there’s no seats to the rear (just an attractive faux rock-formation) and being a baseball field the side seating feels further away than we’re used to. However, we’re nothing if not adaptable and we got through it. The debut of the children’s drawings of war for Miss Sarajevo went very well and I think just one or two little tweaks will suffice. The fog, at least, was glorious again, so I was in my own mirrorball love-fest.”
Ben Wener in <em>The Orange County Register shares, “Standout moments were abundant, to be sure: the robust build to a romantic peak in ‘All I Want Is You,’ followed by the starker emotional outcry of an acoustic ‘Stay (Faraway, So Close!!),’ was about as magnetic as I’ve seen this all-too-stoic bunch get in a stadium. But as much fun as it is to have the mighty U2 play twice mere minutes from home, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to having seen better performances over the years. They can’t all have that inexplicable in-the-moment magic that flashed repeatedly at the Rose Bowl. This one was very good — even VERY good. It just didn’t have enough of that magic.”
In the house tonight are Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who gave U2 their first contract. Maria Shriver is also at the show tonight. Also present at the show to celebrate Paul McGuinness’ 60th birthday are his wife Kathy and his children Alexandra and Max.
Perhaps more interesting was the sound check in the afternoon. The crew played around with both “The Electric Co.” and “If You Wear That Velvet Dress” as well as “The Fly”, none have been played so far on this tour. The band also sound checked “The Fly” twice, and then worked on “Even Better Than the Real Thing”, “Magnificent” and “Ultra Violet”.
This show was one of the 2010 shows that had to be rescheduled due to Bono’s back injury and subsequent operation. The show was originally scheduled for June 6, 2010, and tickets purchased for that show were valid for the new 2011 show when rescheduled. Lenny Kravitz was also slated to open the initial date. Tickets initially went on sale on November 9, 2009. The first show in Anaheim was listed as a sell out prior to the postponement.
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