Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Set List of Show:
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "New Year's Day"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "With or Without You"
- "Bullet the Blue Sky"
- "Running to Stand Still"
- "Red Hill Mining Town"
- "In God's Country"
- "Trip Through Your Wires"
- "One Tree Hill"
- "Mothers of the Disappeared"
- "Angel of Harlem"
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "Every Breaking Wave"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
- "Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "The Whole of the Moon" - The Waterboys
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Fall At Your Feet" - Crowded House
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"The Magnificent Seven" (The Clash) /
"Beds Are Burning" (Midnight Oil) /
"California (There is no End to Love)" (U2) /
"America" (Stephen Sondheim) /
"Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (Children's Rhyme) /
"Devil Inside" (INXS) /
U2’s tour continued with the first show in Australia. There is one show being held in Brisbane. Like in Auckland there are custom T-Shirts for the concert here, and they use the same design as seen the first night in Auckland with the tree silhouette in front of a red moon, with Brisbane and the dates listed on the back.
The set list of the show is the same as the first show in Auckland. But U2 does take an opportunity to add some new snippets to the songs tonight. “Bad” includes an extended version of “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil, and is dedicated to the firefighters fighting wild fires outside of the city, “For the fire fighters, putting themselves in danger, to keep us alive.”
Bono also adds “Devil Inside” by INXS into “Vertigo” later in the show. Earlier in the show, he mentions Michael Hutchence’s step mother, Susie Hutchence, during “With or Without You”, saying “All the lovers are out tonight. Lovers in song. Susie Hutchence. All the lovers are out tonight. And do what lovers do. Do you know what lovers do? They sing their heart out.”
“Bullet the Blue Sky” includes a few snippets, decidedly less local, as U2 includes “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America” from “West Side Story”.
The band also expresses their thanks for the welcome they’ve received in Australia at this show, “Thank you Brisbane for letting us back into your lives. Thank you Australia for letting us back into your country. You’ve always been so good to us. In good times and in hard times. Hope we can be the house band for this moment.” U2 has not played Australia since December 2010 during the U2360 tour.
During “Pride” Bono asks the crowd to sing “for peaceful co-existence, people and planet, we sing.” It’s a theme he follows up on later in the show ahead of “One” as he says “From the people of our little island, to the people of your gigantic island” and speaking about the global climate crisis and how it affects all of us, including mentions of rising sea levels, and the fires burning in Australia. Bono makes it clear, none of us truly are an island. The message is reflected in the women displayed on screen during HerStory as well, with a large number of people on the screen being climate activists.
The band are introduced ahead of “Even Better Than the Real Thing” and Larry Mullen is described as putting the punk into glam rock and putting the glam into punk rock. Adam Clayton is described as the former wild boy of the band, and now the Lord of the manor. The Edge? U2’s own WMD, Weapon of Mass Devotion.
After “In God’s Country” Bono takes a few seconds to speak about the Irish flag, “This is an Irish flag as in the mind of a great Dutchman, Anton Corbijn” and then speaks about how the Irish think they’ve invented everything, including country music. He turns to Larry Mullen to ask what the Irish actually invented, and Mullen answers the ejector seat and flavoured potato chips. The Edge then explains that the Irish actually invented the submarine. Bono then name checks John Philip Holland, who did work on the invention of the modern day submarine.
“Every Breaking Wave” returns to the set list after not being played the second night in Auckland. During “Ultra Violet” a number of new icons are added to the presentation, 18 by our count, representing a wide range of Australian women.
The show ends with Crowded House on the PA, also used in Auckland, as the band plays “Fall At Your Feet” to end the night.
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