SAP Center, San Jose, CA, USA
Set List of Show:
- "The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)"
- "Out of Control"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Iris (Hold Me Close)"
- "Cedarwood Road"
- "Song for Someone"
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "Raised by Wolves"
- "Until the End of the World"
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "Mysterious Ways"
- "When Love Comes to Town"
- "Angel of Harlem"
- "Every Breaking Wave"
- "Bullet the Blue Sky"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "With or Without You"
- "City Of Blinding Lights"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Beat on the Brat" (U2 Remix) - The Ramones
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Spiritual High Part II" - Moodswings ft. Chrissie Hynde
Pre-Recorded Intermission Song(s): "The Wanderer" - U2 with Johnny Cash
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?" (The Ramones) /
"Mofo" (U2) /
"Ziggy Stardust" (David Bowie) /
"Burning Down the House" (Talking Heads) /
"Young Americans" (David Bowie) /
"19" (Paul Hardcastle) /
"The Hands that Built America" (U2) /
"I Remember You" (The Ramones) /
"Mother and Child Reunion" (Paul Simon) /
"California (There is no End to Love)" (U2) /
U2 opened the new tour in Canada, after a few weeks of practicing in Vancouver, but the show now heads South to the USA. Tonight the show is in San Jose at the SAP Center. The set list for the show is very similar to the first night set list in Vancouver.
In tonights show, however, “When Love Comes to Town” and “Angel of Harlem” take the place of “Desire” and “Sweetest Thing” that had been played in Vancouver’s first show. “Beautiful Day” has also been moved up in the set, falling in the encore in Vancouver, and now coming after “Pride (In the Name of Love)”. “The Troubles”, although on the printed set list for the show is dropped from the performance, and it appears Bono made that call during the show. It had been slated to be in the same spot as it was in “Vancouver” just ahead of “With or Without You”. The band also switched the playing order of “Angel of Harlem” and “When Love Comes to Town” from what appeared on the printed set list. Bono dedicates Angel of Harlem to the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, and it’s minister, Reverend Cecil Williams.
The fan on stage to film the band moment continues tonight. A girl is brought out of the audience to film the band using a cell phone while they perform “When Love Comes to Town”. The video is not only displayed on the screen down the centre of the arena, it goes out live via Meerkat to those at home. Tonight technology wasn’t their friend, and it took a bit of work to get the camera to work.
The show is still being developed. The intermission “punk rock” video that had been used for two nights in Vancouver has been dropped in favour of a video featuring an animation of Johnny Cash singing “The Wanderer”. Throughout the video, Cash is on screen, and he ages as the song progresses.
Bono works snippets in throughout the show, including “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” and “God Save the Queen” into “Vertigo”. A short snippet of U2’s own “Mofo” is present in “Iris”. “Ziggy Stardust” makes an appearance during “Until the End of the World.” In the second act, “Burning Down the House” and “Young Americans” appear in “Mysterious Ways”, “Bullet the Blue Sky” has a snippet of “America” and “19” before Bono adds a bit of “The Hands that Built America” between “Bullet” and “Pride”. The Ramones’ “I Remember You” gets a few moments in “Beautiful Day”. In the encore, it’s an extended piece from “Mother and Child Reunion” into “Streets” which contains a brief piece of “California (There is No End to Love)” as well as “California Dreamin’”.
USA Today‘s Jon Swartz shared, “A U2 show comes with heightened expectations and an almost euphoric anticipation for a cultural touchstone. It’s an impossibly high bar to meet. For more than two hours last night, the seminal Irish rock band did just that. A blistering start and finish book-ended a tech-tinged show that is bombastic, brilliantly absurd arena rock.” and “An invigorated band tore through anthems and new stuff under a reconstituted sight-and-sound show. Enormous speakers from the ceiling spread out sound more evenly in the arena. Dazzling screens split the room in half. At times, it was a case of seeing is disbelieving.”
The tour was announced on December 3, 2014, with tickets going on sale on Monday December 8. Presales for U2.com members started on December 4, 2014 with subscribers who joined prior to September 9 being part of the Experience group, and new subscribers, who joined after September 9 being part of the Innocence group. Both San Jose shows were announced from the start, and both went on sale at the same time. Ticket prices ranged from $31.50 – 278.00. Doors were advertised to open at 6:30pm.
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