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July 31, 2015
The first leg of U2's Innocence + Experience tour comes to an end with the last of eight shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden. And the celebration was on, especially after the intermission.
During "Desire," Bono brings a handful of fans on stage -- it's some of the team from Brazilian fan site U2BR.com, and they're dressed similarly to how U2 was dressed in the "Discotheque" music video. (They've previously talked to Bono about adding that song to the setlist.) But rather than mention the "Discotheque" connection, Bono jokes that they look like the Village People. A song later, Bono breaks out champagne during "Party Girl," which is played for the first time since July 7, 2009.
During the encore, a long-running rumor finally comes true when Bruce Springsteen joins U2 on stage for a medley of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "Stand By Me." The crowd roars and yells "Bruuuuuce" in Springsteen's honor as he takes the stage after a short introduction from Bono. The show ends with "40," which Bono dedicates to Dennis Sheehan, the band's former tour manager, who died after one of U2's concerts in Los Angeles earlier this year.
One pre-concert note to pass along: The crowd gets loud before U2 takes the stage, when President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary are spotted taking seats in the first row of the second level.
One post-concert note to pass along: After the show, U2's official website and social media accounts send out a message thanking the U.S. and Canada, and also telling fans in those countries, "see you soon."
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78 days and 36 shows later, the first leg of the Innocence + Experience tour is over.
It came to an end Friday night with U2's eighth show at Madison Square Garden in New York City -- a show attended by no less than former President Bill Clinton and his wife, current presidential candidate Hillary. U2 celebrated the occasion by playing "Party Girl" for the first time in about six years, and capped off the night with a guest appearance from Bruce Springsteen that extended over two songs.
We'll have a full set of photos and videos to share in the coming days. Meanwhile, here's our video of that special duet with Springsteen:
This happened Wednesday night at our 20th anniversary party in New York City:
That's Adam and The Edge performing on the Cutting Room stage with Unforgettable Fire, the tribute band who was our special guest for the evening. It was a complete surprise to all of us with @U2, a complete surprise to Unforgettable Fire and a complete surprise to the Cutting Room, too.
And it was the best surprise ever in the history of surprises. (Sorry for the lack of unbiased journalism there.)
They played "Where The Streets Have No Name" and then "Out Of Control." I don't remember much of the second song because I was pretty much numb from head to toe by then, totally blown away that half the band would show up at a party for a U2 fansite. What an honor for all of us -- the @U2 crew, plus all of you that read our website, follow us online, etc.
We all picked the right band.
There's so much to be said, and so many thank yous to be shared, and I'll try to cover that in my OTR column this weekend. Until then, enjoy this video of the entire surprise -- from the time Dallas Schoo comes on stage as if he's the special guest, to the end of Edge/Adam's two songs.
U2 crew member Jake Berry promised fans a treat during New York #6 -- i.e., Monday night's show -- and that came in the form of U2 playing a rarity that hadn't been performed since the Lovetown tour in December 1989, and hasn't been a regular part of U2's live set list since the Unforgettable Fire tour. Another track from Songs Of Innocence reappeared Monday for the first time in over a month. But there were some struggles, as well, especially at the end of the show.
For more on that, get the setlist and full recap from New York #6 on @U2 Tours. And enjoy the video of that concert rarity below.
Next up: New York #7, the penultimate show of the I+E tour's opening leg, on Thursday night.
Just a few nights after Jimmy Fallon and The Roots stole the show with a guest appearance on U2's e-stage, another special guest did it Sunday night at the fifth of eight shows at Madison Square Garden. But unlike Fallon, who hid behind a sign last week, this special guest -- none other than Lady Gaga! -- had very little of anything to hide behind. And if you don't know what that's a reference to, just watch the video below.
As always, you can get the full New York #5 setlist on @U2 Tours, and that's where you can upload your photos and post a review if you were there. (I think we somehow managed to skip the New York #4 setlist a few nights ago, but that's obviously available, too.)
Next up? New York #6 on Monday night!
And meanwhile, here's video of Sunday's special guest performing with U2.
Major star power tonight both off the stage and on it, as U2 played its third of eight shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The audience was filled with celebrities and politicians, as you'd expect, but the real story was the stars that joined U2 on stage: Jimmy Fallon and his Tonight Show band, The Roots. We won't get into too many details in case some of you are still avoiding spoilers, but it looked and sounded like one of the most fun moments of the entire tour.
If you do want the details, well, check out the setlist on @U2 Tours. If you were at the show, look for the "Post Review / Photos" link to share your thoughts and pics with us.
Next up? New York #4 on Thursday night!
UPDATE: Here's a great video of that special performance mentioned above!
U2's first two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City are in the books. Sunday's night second show impressed longtime U2 associate/producer Steve Lillywhite, who tweeted afterward, "Very proud of the boys tonight. Amazing sound and NOT a greatest hits show."
We have the show recap and setlist on @U2 Tours, and that's where you can share your review and/or photos if you were at the show.
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