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"
  • "When Love Comes to Town"
  • "Love Rescue Me"
  • "Acrobat"
  • "So Cruel"
  • "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
  • "Love is Blindness"

  • "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
Pre-Recorded Intermission Song(s): "Viva Las Vegas" - Elvis Presley

Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:

    "My Sweet Lord" (George Harrison) / "I Feel Love" (Donna Summer) / "Love Me Tender" (Elvis Presley) / "Paint it Black" (Rolling Stones) / "Landlady" (U2) / "Walk On the Wild Side" (Lou Reed) / "Viva Las Vegas" (Elvis Presley) / "All You Need is Love" (The Beatles) / "Gloria" (U2) / "Blackbird" (The Beatles) / "Glorify" (U2 featuring Brittany Howard) /

Show Details:

(This article is for a show just finished, and may still be undergoing revisions.)

This is U2’s 38th show at Sphere in Las Vegas. The full listing of shows can be found in our show archive. These shows will be played without Larry Mullen who is healing from surgery to repair years of damage from drumming. U2 will once again be joined onstage by Bram van den Berg for this show.

Tonight’s show is being filmed. Both last night’s show and tonight’s will be filmed, which means we expect the same set list will be in use for both nights. As well the use of snippets will be minimized throughout the show, but some of the bigger ones will be kept as they are integral to the show. The middle turntable section is Rattle and Hum based with the band performing “All I Want is You”, “Desire”, “When Love Comes to Town” and “Love Rescue Me”.

Additional cameras are seen everywhere. There are special cameras to capture footage for Sphere at the back of GA, and to either side, and these are also seen in the vicinity of the sound board. Additional traditional cameras are also spotted throughout the building. Although the first night of filming went well, tonight there are a number of issues including some technical issues with microphones.

As “Even Better than the Real Thing” starts Bono does some quick introductions, “I know who you are. You’re the Edge. I know who you are, you’re Adam Clayton, right? Now you? Haven’t I seen you somewhere before, other than last night? Thank you. Wham bam thank you Bram!” Going into “Mysterious Ways” there are loud cheers as Bono switches out the Fly shades for his normal glasses, “Oh there you are. Are you ok? Quelle surprise. Look at you? How are you doing up there.” He also shares “Welcome to U2:UV at the Sphere, not just an Elvis chapel, an Elvis cathedral.”

“Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World” sees Bono walking home with a balloon. “I’m holding on to the balloon. Believing the ballon is going to make everything alright.” On other nights he starts by singing “Landlady”, but tonight is a little different. He whispers some lines from “Landlady” before singing a bit of the song. Reaching the door at the back of the stage, Bono realizes he’s lost his keys, “Honey I’m home! Uh. Lost my keys. The Edge. Have you got my keys?” He also asks Gavin and Guggi if they’ve seen his keys. Not able to find his keys, he asks the crowd, “Should I leave the balloon as proof of my existance? Yes or no?”

The middle set that has come to be known as the turntable set is the same four songs as the previous night, which was expected as these shows are being filmed. Tonight, however, “All I Want is You” ends with “Walk on the Wild Side” instead of “Into the Mystic” as it had the night before. Otherwise all four songs are the same, “All I Want is You”, “Desire”, “When Love Comes to Town” and “Love Rescue Me”.

As he did last night, Bono shares with the crowd that the band is filming things for “the future”. Bono shares, “If you’re going to run away with the circus, this is pretty, this is quite some big top is it not? We are filming tonight. This is the show that people will see after we’ve gone home as a matter of fact. In the future people will watch us, watching you, watching us. So there is a camera, maybe everyone can turn around and can see it. And give a wave to the future. Camera C. We should send a message. I guess, just getting to the future means you’ve got something right, because right now it’s a bit rough where we are. You know. You might wonder. You might wonder. Edge do you have a message for the future?” The Edge replies with a laugh, “Just wanted to say obviously you are the smartest, the best looking audience we’ve had…”

Band introductions take place ahead of “Desire”, with Bono starting with Larry Mullen, “This is the moment I like to introduce the band Especially the one that isn’t here. Drummers are not made, they are born, they take a lot of punishment over the years. So we give thanks for Larry Mullen Junior who is injured. And i want to give thanks to the man who saved the day. Saved our arses when they were quite out the window. His name is all ready legend around here if you can pronounce it. On the drums. Bram van den Berg.” Bram declines to say anything when Bono asks if he has any words. Adam Clayton is next to be introduced, “Ladies. Now ladies. And some gentlemen. Feast your eyes on this magnificent man, and his magnificent moustache. The first manager of U2. The first person who thought we might have a future to manage. On the bass proving 4 strings are better than 6, Adam Clayton.” The Edge gets, “To my right, in a town full of magicians, an actual alchemist. That’s right! Turning our shite into gold on a daily basis. Our card-playing, card-carrying genius on guitars and everything else, The Edge!” Bono does have one more to do, “Wait wait one more. At the center of things, if you’re not talking about him, he’s not listening. Mouth Almighty. On vocals, and nothing else, Bono Vox.” In the introduction to “When Love Comes to Town” Bono shares, “Anyone come here on a road trip? Highway 95. The 15. This band has spent our life on trains and planes. One long road trip. To blink is to miss so much. If you’re a singer with a messianic complex, wandering the desert is essential. America is a great place, a great landscape to travel through.”

Snippets in the main set include “My Sweet Lord” in “Mysterious Ways” and a very brief “I Feel Love” at the end of the song. “Paint it Black” is heard with Bono humming the song during “Until the End of the World” (although the “Sympathy for the Devil” he’s used in recent shows is missing and he does not sing any direct lyrics for “Paint it Black”.) “Viva Las Vegas” is at the end of “Love is Blindness” as it has been throughout these shows.

In the break prior to the encore the Elvis Version of “Viva Las Vegas” is once again heard over the PA system, as is the new remix of “Elevation” being played as U2 take the stage before they play “Elevation” themselves. During “Elevation” Bono often names someone in the audience during the “We believe in you…” part of “Elevation”, tonight no one is named, he instead shares the band believe in the future. One snippet missing tonight is the version of “My Way” that has been heard at the end of “Elevation” most nights (It was played the first night of filming). “Elevation” tonight ends without it. During “Vertigo” Bono has a request for the crowd, “I’m going to ask you to something people say is impossible. I’m going to ask you to put your phones in your back pocket and put your hands in the air.” Many in the crowd do put their phones down, resulting in a big reaction to “Vertigo”. During “Where the Streets Have No Name” Bono slips in a small Beatles reference, singing “All you need is…love love love.”

Thank you wishes to the crowd are plentiful during the final songs. During “With or Without You” Bono shares, “Thank you for taking such great care of this band all of these years. Will you sing us home? One last time?” And ahead of “Beautiful Day” Bono shares, “You come from all over, from Ireland, from around the corner. we really appreciate this. it is beautiful. I’m going to say this. Not sort of thing my teenage self would have thought. There is a beautiful light. and this is beautiful day.” “Beautiful Day” includes a few lines from U2’s own “Gloria” as well as “Blackbird”. “Glorify” comes on over the PA, as the band says goodbye from the stage, and tonight, like last, it is The Edge who sings along to the song from the stage singing multiple lines as he makes his way off the stage, while the song continues on the PA.

Please note, we have not heard a full recording of the show, so it is possible that some snippets of other songs are still missing above. We will add any in that come to light. For now only the ones we were able to confirm are in the listing.

Show started tonight at 8:32 with the “Lemon” remix played ahead of the band taking the stage. Athlete David Beckham and his son Brooklyn were at the show this evening, as was former MTV host Matt Pinfield, and actress Halle Berry.

This is one of four shows announced on December 4, 2023 to finish off the run of shows. Ticket requests for U2.Com subscribers opened immediately and were open until December 5, at 10pm PT.  Subscribers are eligible to request again even if they have requested before, or have purchased tickets before. A general onsale happened on Friday December 8. Ticket packages were immediately available via Vibee. Ticket pricing at face value included GA Floor at $267.88, seats ranging from $140.13 to $501.35, and (RED) Zone tickets at $600. During all general sales, most tickets were raised in price due to Platinum pricing with the exception of Floor and (RED) Zone.

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