Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, USA
Set List of Show:
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "The Fly"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "Out of Control"
- "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"
- "One Tree Hill"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World" (U2) /
"Independent Women" (Destiny's Child) /
"The Promised Land" (Bruce Springsteen) /
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Frank Sinatra) /
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie) /
"My Kind of Town" (Frank Sinatra) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads) /
"Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads) /
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles) /
"One Tree Hill" (U2) /
After two shows kicking off the second leg of the tour back in 2009, U2 return to Chicago tonight for a third and final show in the city. Interpol join them as an opening act for the show this evening.
Bono adds a bit of “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” to “Mysterious Ways”. The song hasn’t been performed live in any way since December 1993 in Tokyo.
“Out of Control” makes an appearance early in the show, taking the spot usually reserved for “I Will Follow”. Although it has been performed a few times in 2011, it is still fairly rare to appear.
Bono dedicates “Moment of Surrender” to Greg Carroll. Carroll worked as an assistant to Bono and was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running errands for Bono twenty-five years ago this week. Bono sings a bit of the song during “Moment of Surrender” to the loud roars of the crowd. He offers to sing the rest if they promise they won’t put it on the internet if the band screw it up really badly. And for the fourth time on the tour, “Moment of Surrender” doesn’t end the show, instead, the band do a full version of “One Tree Hill”. The song had been played previously on the tour in Auckland in 2010 (twice), and in Santiago earlier in 2011.
Snippets include “Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” and “Independent Women” during “Mysterious Ways”, “The Promised Land” during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” during “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)” and “Space Oddity” during “Beautiful Day”. “My Kind of Town” gets added to “City of Blinding Lights” and “I’ll Go Crazy” includes “Discotheque”, “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho Killer” tonight. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” makes an appearance during “Walk On” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” appears in “Where the Streets Have No Name”. The final encore includes “My Kind of Town” during “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” and “One Tree Hill” during “Moment of Surrender” before being played in full.
In The Chicago Tribute Greg Kot spoke about the end, “Before exiting, the band pulled out an impromptu ‘One Tree Hill,’ another oldie, but a rarely performed one. The elegy came together piece by piece, like an old automobile being rebuilt from scratch – first The Edge tinkering with the chords next to Bono, then Clayton and Mullen joining in until the rickety rig was up and running, its very tentativeness making it somehow all the more moving and powerful. It was a reminder of the U2 that Bono referenced earlier in the show, the one that took risks and turned them into lasting moments.”
The show was originally announced as part of the 2010 dates, which were postponed when Bono injured his back and later required surgery. Tickets for the show originally went on sale on November 9, 2009. These tickets were valid for the shows when the new date was scheduled. The 2010 show was also to have featured Interpol.
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