Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada
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"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Space Oddity" - David Bowie
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Rocket Man" - Elton John
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Someone Somewhere In Summertime" (Simple Minds) /
"Anthem" (Leonard Cohen) /
"The Promised Land" (Bruce Springsteen) /
"Space Oddity" (David Bowie) /
"Television Screen" () /
"Miss You" (Rolling Stones) /
"Discothèque" (U2) /
"Life During Wartime" (Talking Heads) /
"Psycho Killer" (Talking Heads) /
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (The Shirelles) /
After two earlier shows in Toronto at the same venue in 2009, the U2360 tour returns for a single night in 2011. Interpol open this show. The venue has a retractable roof which is closed early in the day due to possible weather issues, however, before the show the roof was opened, just before Interpol’s set. As it did in 2009, the light show in the CN Tower next to the venue looked like it was part of the show. The show in Toronto is the 105th show of the tour, with only six shows to go until the end.
The band go back to a fairly normal set list at this point, after having removed five of these songs and replacing them with others for a second show in Montreal.
Introductions focused tonight on things that have changed since the band had last been in town. Adam is “walking differently because he’s become a father”. Larry’s film career is mentioned (Man on the Train was filmed nearby). And Bono shares that Edge has an idea for a new musical.
Snippets include “Someone Somewhere in Summertime” during “Mysterious Ways”, “The Promised Land” at the end of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Space Oddity” at the end of “Beautiful Day”. There is a snippet of “Television Screen” during “Vertigo”. “I’ll Go Crazy” gets a number of snippets including “Miss You”, “Discotheque”, “Life During Wartime” and “Psycho Killer”. “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” opens “Where the Streets Have No Name”.
At the end of the show Bono took some time to thank Canada for their idealism and helping to save millions of African lives through the governments support of AIDS-fighting drugs. Arthur Fogel from Live Nation also gets a shout out, “he’s one of your own”.
In his diary of the tour for U2.Com, Willie Williams shares, “The question of the day was whether we’d be able to have the roof of the Rogers Center (nee SkyDome) open or not. This is weather dependent but is a crucial issue because to have the roof closed spells sonic death for a rock event. It’s a bit of a tough building for sound anyway but enclosing the whole space makes it infinitely worse. Our landing at Toronto’s far-flung airport coincided perfectly with peak-hour traffic, extending our commute by over an hour. Driving past the venue we could see the roof was closed so Joe’s heart sank, but apparently the final decision was yet to be made. At 7pm the coin was tossed and came up heads, meaning the roof could be opened. Apparently it’s quite rare for them to open the roof when there are people inside and quite an extraordinary sight it was too, this vast, vast canopy splitting apart and revolving away.”
Neil Davidson in The Canadian Press writes, “It made for a big open-air party Monday for the sold-out crowd pegged by promoters as 60,000-plus. And the band delivered big time with a set that lasted two hours 10 minutes. Their faces may be more lined, but the bodies are lean and the spirits willing. U2 knows how to put on a show, using its influence and the best technology money can buy to a perfect advantage.”
This show was among the shows initially announced for 2010, which were cancelled when Bono injured his back and subsequently required surgery. Tickets for the original 2009 date went on sale on November 2, 2009 with presales starting through U2.com on October 27, 2009. The original planned date for this show was July 3, 2010 before the cancellation and rescheduling.
Officially Released Tracks