2023-10-11

Sphere, Las Vegas, NV

Set List of Show:

Main Set:

  • "Zoo Station"
  • "The Fly"
  • "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
  • "Mysterious Ways"
  • "One"
  • "Until the End of the World"
  • "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses"
  • "Tryin' to Throw Your Arms Around the World"
  • "All I Want is You"
  • "Desire"
  • "Angel of Harlem"
  • "Love Rescue Me"
  • "So Cruel"
  • "Acrobat"
  • "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
  • "Love is Blindness"
Encore:

  • "Elevation"
  • "Atomic City"
  • "Vertigo"
  • "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  • "With or Without You"
  • "Beautiful Day"

Additional Music

Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "Lemon" (Remix) - U2
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Glorify" - U2 featuring Brittany Howard
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "What A Wonderful World" - Louis Armstrong

Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:

    "Love Me Tender" (Elvis Presley) / "Into the Mystic" (Van Morrison) / "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan) / "Invisible Sun" (The Police) / "Viva Las Vegas" (Elvis Presley) / "Moment of Surrender" (U2) / "Can't Stand Losing You" (The Police) / "Blackbird" (The Beatles) / "Glorify" (U2 featuring Brittany Howard) /

Show Details:

Tonight is the band’s sixth night at the Las Vegas Sphere, where they are doing 25 shows between now and the end of the year. U2 are the first band to perform in this new venue. The full listing of shows can be found in our show archive. U2 are performing these shows without founding member Larry Mullen Junior, due to back surgery, and the following recovery. A Dutch drummer, Bram van den Berg replaces Mullen at these shows in Las Vegas. The show tonight is opened by DJ Pauli the PSM, Atomic MC, who was seen giving out buttons to the audience tonight.

Yesterday marked the 35th anniversary of the release of Rattle and Hum and that album returns to the spotlight tonight after two nights of the focus being elsewhere. In the middle section of the main set, four songs from Rattle and Hum are performed, “All I Want is You”, “Desire”, “Angel of Harlem” and “Love Rescue Me”, making this show the same as the first three shows performed in Sphere. There are also graphics added of the band to the screen while they play the Rattle and Hum segment, these are “scratchy” images of the band with some treatments to look less polished.

Bono jokes early in the show about “singers love the desert, but the desert doesn’t love singers” and shares that he’ll be drinking lots of water tonight. At this show, like the previous show on Sunday, Bono does not pull a fan out of the crowd when it comes time to use the swing. Tonight Bono shares that he isn’t pulling someone up because he is getting over a cough, and he doesn’t want to pass it along. Regardless of the desert and the cough, Bono sounds great during the show, and the band appear to be enjoying themselves tonight. The balloon and ladder don’t come out at all this evening. (During the conversation Bono did confirm that Edge had previously had Covid, and was now recovered.)

Although he created a media storm with comments about the situation happening in Israel at the previous show, tonight Bono doesn’t bring up the topic. He does take a pause during “Love Rescue Me” and asks that fans take a moment to think about whatever they want to think about. The moment is taken, and then Bono moved on, and no further mention was made of the issue.

The band continues to add visual elements to the song “Ultra Violet”, adding coloured clouds that move across the screens earlier in the week, and now adding vertical lines of light throughout the screen at the same time which sparkle. It looks like rain over the new cloud images added a few shows ago. Another small update? Bono’s white dinner jacket is now being worn with a black armband on the left sleeve which appears to have a heart design on it in purple. Edge is also sporting new shoes tonight.

Snippets tonight included “Love Me Tender” as a segue between “One” and “Until the End of the World”, “Into the Mystic” at the end of “All I Want is You” and a piece of “Like A Rolling Stone” during “Angel of Harlem” which fans say sounded wonderful. “Love is Blindness” has a piece of “Invisible Sun” and ends with “Viva Las Vegas”. “Moment of Surrender” (‘moment of surrender, falling to her knees’) opens “Where the Streets Have No Name”. “Beautiful Day” includes “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Blackbird” tonight. Additional snippets may be identified later when a full recording of the show surfaces. As with other shows so far at Sphere, Bono opens “Zoo Station” with some singing that he’s done since Zoo TV, which we call the “Lost You” bit. And at the end of the night, Bono returns to the mic to sing along to the song which is played on the PA after each show, “Glorify”, an as-yet-unreleased song. He sings a few of the opening lines before taking his leave. The two Police snippets, “Invisible Sun” and “Can’t Stand Losing You” were added because Sting was at the show this evening.

U2 took the stage around 8:40pm, and were finished by 10:45pm.

Initially only the first five shows were announced. An additional seven shows were quickly added on April 25. (October 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, and 25 were the newly announced shows.) The opportunity to apply for pre-sale tickets opened immediately on April 24, with the initial show announcement. These new shows were part of the same pre-sale, and those who had already applied were given a chance to change to these new dates if desired. Ticket face value ranged from $140.13 – $501.35 at four different price points for seats. A General Admission floor was priced at $267.88, and at each show there was be a (RED) Zone riser at the back of the GA area which will hold 50 people, priced at $600.00. When the ticket sale for verified fans opened on Thursday April 27, Platinum pricing was in effect for the seats in the venue, with most tickets being priced well beyond these original prices. The general onsale, on Friday April 28 was announced to be cancelled by Ticketmaster due to demand, but later the verified fan restrictions were lifted at that time anyway.

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