Meridian Hall, Toronto, ON
Set List of Show:
- "City Of Blinding Lights"
- "With or Without You"
- "Out of Control"
- "Stories for Boys"
- "I Will Follow"
- "Iris (Hold Me Close)"
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Torna a Surriento"
- "Miss Sarajevo"
- "Into the Heart"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Empire State Human" - The Human League
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "La Traviata Act I: Dell'invito trascorsa e gia l'ora" - Dame Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Matteo Manuguerra
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by Bono:
"Glad to See You Go" (The Ramones) /
"Money Money" (from Cabaret) /
"Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen) /
The show tonight was the first (and only) show in Toronto. Bono spent the morning doing press for the book with Canadian media, and did not appear to do any bookstore appearances. He also shared that he was trying to “rest his voice” when he greeted fans at the venue.
Bono’s voice was rough in a few spots this evening. It cracked during “Stories for Boys” and “With or Without You”, and there were a few other places where it was noticeable he struggled a bit. It may have played into the choice to drop the second version of “City of Blinding Nights” tonight which had been used as an encore the previous two shows. No encore was done at this show. Bono came out to thank the audience and it looked as if he wanted to do more. Although a little rough around the edges, it was still an amazing performance overall and many were blown away by what he did accomplish with his voice at the show.
Bono is backed by Jacknife Lee on keyboards and drums, Gemma Doherty on harp, keyboards and drums, and Kate Ellis on cello. Bono calls them the “three terrors” when doing introductions.
The show was filled with references to Canada. Opening the show, Bono spoke about many Canadian musicians, speaking about Leonard Cohen, Daniel Lanois, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. He shares that this Sunday night, “We will find our Hallelujah”, the first reference to Cohen’s song. He also works in another mention when talking about the harp, “King David played the harp, and it pleased the lord,” going into a story about “Iris.”
Later in the show he mentions a local fan, Mark Baker, who is known for his mirror ball helmet. He also takes some time to talk about recent funding approved by the Government of Canada, and thanks Justin Trudeau by name.
He mentioned the giant claw space station, and the mirror ball lemon to large cheers for the audience, before introducing his new props, a table and some chairs.
Daniel Lanois and Bono’s wife Ali are in attendance at the show. The show at 3191 people is the third biggest show on the tour.
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