Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN, USA
Set List of Show:
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "The Fly"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Get On Your Boots"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "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"
- "All I Want is You"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)" (Beyoncé ) /
"The Wanderer" () /
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie) /
"Miss You" (Rolling Stones) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads) /
"Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads) /
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel by Rodgers and Hammerstein) /
"Amazing Grace" (John Newton and William Walker) /
U2 move on to Nashville for the next show of the U2360 tour. It is their first performance in Nashville since December 1981. Florence and the Machine join them to open the show. The show is the 100th show of the U2360 tour. In his tour diary on U2.com, Willie jokes, “By way of joining in the celebration, Tennessee arranged for a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which was very touching. It was stupefyingly hot outside but being a humidity-free heat, I confess to secretly loving it.” The show happens on Dudley Field.
The band introductions play on the fact that the band haven’t been back for a performance in Nashville since 1981, Bono claiming some things remain the same. Introducing Larry he shares, “He’s handsome and he’s had that haircut since 1981”.
Tonight, being in the home of country music, Bono adds an extended piece of “The Wanderer” into the end of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”. The song was originally recorded with Johnny Cash for the 1993 album Zooropa and has never been sung live by U2 in a full concert before. (Although it was sung by U2 at a tribute to Johnny Cash, recorded in a closed arena without an audience.) After “The Wanderer”, U2 continue into “Stay (Faraway, So Close)”, another song from Zooropa.
At the end of the night, after “Moment of Surrender” Bono pulls up a fan named Adam to play guitar. The fan is blind, and wants to play a song for his wife Andrea, and was holding a sign on the front row that read “Blind Guitar Player”. Bono hands him his green guitar, and they do “All I Want is You” with the band coming in partway through the song. At the end of the song Bono tells the fan to keep the guitar. Adam shares with The New York Post, “It was the greatest feeling knowing that I was playing with the greatest rock star in the world but he didn’t make me feel like that at all, he made me feel like we were in our living room.”
“Moment of Surrender” was listed as the last song on the printed set list, and it is just the third time it hasn’t ended the U2360 tour, with the other two occasions being when shows were running late and the band were facing curfew considerations.
Snippets include “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” during “Mysterious Ways”, “The Wanderer” during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Space Oddity” during “Beautiful Day”. “I’ll Go Crazy” includes “Miss You”, “Discotheque”, “Psycho Killer” and “Life During Wartime”. “Walk On” includes “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Amazing Grace” opens “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
In The Tennessean Dave Paulson writes, that the “band that essentially transformed the town with its presence. Cars clogged West End from the I-440 exit to the stadium before and after the show. Local attendees parked on the side streets of Hillsboro Village neighborhoods, where a few enterprising residents were charging for spots in their driveways. Tailgaters stretched for blocks beyond the stadium at a scale normally reserved for big-time Commodore games, while the venue itself was reshaped by the presence of ‘the Claw’”.
Present at the show tonight are Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic, musicians Michael W. Smith, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood, and astronaut Shane Kimbrough.
This show in Nashville was not part of the shows planned for 2010 that had to be cancelled due to Bono’s back injury and later surgery, it was added new when the other dates were rescheduled. Tickets went on sale on Octo
Officially Released Tracks
- Scarlet (Live from Nashville, TN, Jul. 2, 2011)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday (Live from Nashville, TN, Jul. 2, 2011)