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Latest U2 Concert
July 02, 2015
U2's last of five shows in Chicago includes just the second performance of "Gloria" of this tour, and the second in the past three shows. Larry loses a drumstick about halfway through the song, but luckily it lands in his lap and he's able to continue ... pardon the pun ... while barely missing a beat. (See the 1:50 mark of our video.)
Kaylin, a young fan from Mississippi is brought on stage during "Mysterious Ways" and stays to do the Meerkat video during "California." Speaking of which, it's only the third full performance of "California" of the tour, and the first since May 26th.
The crowd, which seemed a bit mellow to this observer for much of the show, completely lets loose for "Pride" and pretty much erupts when "Bad" begins. Before "Streets," Bono praises chef Mario Batali for his work with (RED) -- Batali is at the show and watching from the Red Zone at this point with ex-R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills.
Prior to "40," a fan tosses Bono a Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks jersey, prompting Bono to quote a Bruce Springsteen song when he jokes, "Adam raised a Cain!" The show closes with "40," its first performance since Montreal on June 17th. Bono dedicates the song to Jerry Garcia -- the Grateful Dead's remaining original members are about to play their final three shows together in the city to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
U2's families are at the show, and several watch from inside the Red Zone.
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U2 wrapped its five-show visit to Chicago on Thursday night, the eve of what would become a Grateful Dead takeover of the Windy City. A nightmarish travel day Friday kept us from posting sooner, so by now I'm figuring you have a good idea of how the show went. If not, you can check out the full Chicago 5 setlist and recap on our Tours site. We've also posted a trio of videos from the show on our YouTube channel -- recommend you subscribe to our channel to get automatic updates as future videos are posted.
A lot of our readers keep asking us, "Please don't post spoilers on the home page. I haven't been to my first show yet," so we try not to get too specific when talking about what happened at any given U2 concert. Little bit difficult tonight, but how about if we put it like this: You know that new song that (almost) all of you have been wanting U2 to finally play in concert for the first time, and that Bono promised earlier in the tour would be played before the tour wrapped up? Well, they played it Monday night in Chicago.
If you don't mind spoilers, you can find out what it was by checking the Chicago 4 set list on our Tours site, and that's also where you can post your show review and photos if you were there.
Next up: a couple days off followed by Chicago 5 on Thursday.
UPDATE: Thanks to Gregorio Pulido, here's video of that song I was talking about above.
As I said on Twitter earlier, my rule is that the live U2 I+E show is 50 times better than whatever we see and hear on the great streams that fans are sharing. So, with the stream from Sunday night's show being really amazing, that means the live show will have to go down as one of the best of the tour so far -- and, by all accounts from those who were there, it was.
U2 dusted off an October song that hadn't been played in about 10 years, rehearsed and snippeted another early song that hasn't been played in 26 years, gave a couple other songs only their second performance of this tour, and generally blew the roof off of Chicago's United Center.
Check out the setlist and our loooong recap on @U2 Tours. And if you were at the show, please do post a review and/or upload some photos.
Next up: U2 has the unenviable job of trying to top this with another show -- Chicago #4 -- on Monday night.
Bono continued to fight what the Chicago papers called a "nagging bronchitis," but that didn't slow things down too much at U2's second (of five) concerts in Chicago on Thursday night. Paul McGuinness was in attendance again, though no word about Mick Jagger dropping by for a second taste of Innocence + Experience. The band rehearsed one of its never-before-played songs, but it didn't make the set list tonight. Maybe next time?
All the spoilers and setlist details are here: U2 - June 25 - Chicago. If you were at the show, upload some of your photos and post your own review of what happened.
Next up: a couple days off (hopefully for Bono to get well), and then Chicago #3 on Sunday night.
After a week off, the Innocence + Experience tour resumed Wednesday night in Chicago. Unfortunately, fans learned in the afternoon that Bono was under the weather -- he skipped doing the typical visit with fans waiting outside the arena in the afternoon. But he managed to press on throughout the show, though it was noticeable at times that his voice was a bit rougher than normal. One really interesting note: Former U2 manager Paul McGuinness was at the show, making it the first proper U2 concert he's seen since stepping away as the band's manager in 2013.
Here's the full Chicago #1 setlist. If you were at the show, please leave us your thoughts on the show and share some photos!
Next up: Chicago #2, less than 24 hours from now.
With a full week in between U2 concerts, at least one band member has gone out exploring on his own. The Edge showed up on stage Sunday during Chic featuring Nile Rodgers' performance at the British Summer Time 2015 festival at London's Hyde Park. Rodgers' Facebook account includes a photo of Edge (and a big group of people) on stage clapping while Rodgers performs. There are also a couple photos of Edge and Rodgers available on Getty Images' website (see below). That's pretty much all the info we can find at the moment -- don't know if Edge did anything other than stand on stage clapping, or if there was any special reason he was there in the first place.
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