The Forum, Inglewood, 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"
- "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"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "People Have the Power" - Patti Smith
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Same Love" - Macklemore and Lewis ft. Mary Lambert
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) /
"Love and Peace or Else" (U2) /
"My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) /
"Young Americans" (David Bowie) /
"Not Fade Away" (Buddy Holly) /
"19" (Paul Hardcastle) /
"The Hands that Built America" (U2) /
"I Remember You" (The Ramones) /
"Moment of Surrender" (U2) /
"Transmission" (Joy Division) /
"Mother and Child Reunion" (Paul Simon) /
"California (There is no End to Love)" (U2) /
This is U2’s second show at The Forum in Inglewood, of five shows in total that they will play in this venue. Today is not a happy one for the band, as long time tour manager for the band has passed away. Sheehan, born in England, but raised in Ireland had been working with the band for more than 30 years in the role. In a statement on U2.com, Bono shared, “We’ve lost a family member. We’re still taking it in. He wasn’t just a legend in the music business, he was a legend in our band. He is irreplaceable.
The loss hangs over the show tonight. Bono speaks about Sheehan and his history with the band over the years prior to “Iris”. “The extended family is very important to us, and we look after each other. It takes a lot to put on a show like tonight. Last night, we lost a member of our family. Dennis Sheehan was his name. He was U2’s tour manager for 33 years. He loved, as we all do, the city of Los Angeles. He called the Sunset Marquis his home away from home. And he came to the city as a young man in the ’70s working for Led Zeppelin and, in so many ways, he always thought that U2 could be the next Led Zeppelin.” Bono also says “Goodbye Dennis Sheehan” at the end of “Beautiful Day”.
At the end of the show, the band have changed the set list to incorporate “40”. Bono shares that it was Dennis that used to go into the audience to encourage fans to sing “how long” over and over at the end of the song. It is no different tonight, and fans can be heard singing long after the band has finished. Throughout the song images of Sheehan are shown on the screen. At the end of the show a picture of Dennis is shown on the screen in black and white, with “Dennis Sheehan” and “1946 2015” on either side of the photo. Sheehan was with the band on tour.
“Bad” is an addition to the set which wasn’t planned. The original set list posted had “Beautiful Day” continuing straight into “With or Without You”.
Snippets tonight include The Ramones’ “Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio?” as part of “Vertigo” and a quick snippet of U2’s own “Love and Peace or Else” as part of “Until the End of the World”. “My Sweet Lord” and “Young Americans” appear as part of “Mysterious Ways” and “Not Fade Away” is part of “Desire”. “Bullet the Blue Sky” has the now familiar “19” snippet, and is followed by a quick snippet of “The Hands That Built America” in the transition between songs. “I Remember You” is heard in “Bad” and there’s a snippet of “Moment of Surrender” as part of “Bad”. In the encore, Joy Division’s “Transmission” appears in “City of Blinding Lights”. “Mother and Child Reunion” is the introduction to “Streets” and that song includes a line from U2’s own “California (There is no End to Love)”.
Spotted in the crowd tonight are Coldplay’s Chris Martin, actor Colin Farrell, and Julian Lennon.
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. The first four Inglewood shows were announced from the start, and all went on sale at the same time. A fifth show was announced later.
Officially Released Tracks