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October 05, 2016 , 7:00 pm
U2 perform at Dreamfest, the annual concert that's part of the Dreamforce conference put on by last year's Innocence + Experience tour sponsor, Salesforce. It's also a charity show that raises an estimated $10 million for the UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospitals.
The show takes place in the parking lot of the Cow Palace, a venue the band last played in 1987. U2 uses at least some of the same staging that was used during the outdoor Vertigo tour in 2006 -- including the appearance of two b-stages that curve out into the audience. High above the main stage is a sign that says "Geneva Theater," a reference to the movie theater that used to sit on this spot. Unofficial estimates peg the attendance at 40,000 people, almost all of whom are Dreamforce conference attendees -- not your typical U2 audience.
As they did on last year's Innocence + Experience tour, U2 takes the stage to Patti Smith's "People Have The Power," but most attendees have no idea it's a signal that the show is about to start. After starting with four well-known hits, U2 plays "California" for only the seventh time and begins it with a bit of "California Dreamin'." That's followed by a trio of songs played on the b-stage, including "Every Breaking Wave," which is decicated to Steve Jobs and his wife, Laurene Powell; today's the fifth anniversary of Jobs' death.
"Bullet The Blue Sky" brings back an angry version of U2 that many fans haven't seen in a long time. An extended version of the song includes Bono having a pseudo conversation with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump for nearly three minutes, refuting some of Trump's statements from recent political rallies. Bono never calls him by name, but addresses him as "candidate." He tells the video Trump that "good people are not gonna stay silent while you run off with the American dream" and shouts "Fortress America!" as Trump chants "Build that wall!" It's a powerful statement that wins loud cheers from the audience and makes news around the world. U2 contrasts Trump by playing "Pride" immediately after and including the well-known video of Martin Luther King telling civil rights advocates in the 1960s, "We as a people will get to the promised land!"
Although the main set was scheduled to end after "One," Bono tells the crowd that the band is going to skip going off-stage and waiting for everyone to cheer their return. Instead they stay on stage and do "Mother And Child Reunion / Where The Streets Have No Name" similarly to how it was done on tour last year. They do take a brief encore break after "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and return to the stage for "40." Bono tries to get the crowd to sing the "how long to sing this song" refrain after the band stops playing, but it doesn't last very long.
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
With the Innocence + Experience Live In Paris DVD just announced late last week, U2 is keeping the momentum up with today's release of a teaser from that show. The full version of "I Will Follow" arrived this morning on U2's Vevo channel, and is embedded below. (If you look closely, and if you care, you can see that the video is an edit of the song from multiple nights.)
With the DVD's arrival still several weeks away, I'd expect at least a couple more full-song videos to be released between now and then.
Swing those lightbulbs, U2 fans. The official announcement came today that the Innocence + Experience Live In Paris DVD will be released on June 10. Amazon.com and U2.com are offering preorders on four different formats:
U2.com has the most detailed information on the release formats:
Single DVD (2 hours, 31 minutes) ($19.98)
2 Disc Deluxe DVD ($24.95)
1. Ordinary Love
2 Disc Blu-Ray ($24.95)
Super Deluxe 3 Disc ($124.95)
The U2.com shop is also bundling a DVD t-shirt along with the release at an additional cost as well.
Edge helped close the conference Saturday night by performing at least one song ("Ordinary Love") inside the Sistine Chapel. Those in attendance were saying that it's the first contemporary music performance inside the famous building, which opened in 1483. Here's a short clip of Edge's performance.
UPDATE: NBC News reports Edge also played "Yahweh," "Walk On" and Leonard Cohen's "If It Be Your Will." A young Irish choir joined him with backing vocals. Edge said, "When I was asked to perform in the Sistine Chapel I didn't know what to say, because usually there's 'this other guy' who sings (referring to Bono) ... So it took me at least, well, 30 seconds to agree to it."
Bono accepted the We Are Family Foundation's Humanitarian Award at a gala event Friday night in New York City, and took the stage to perform four U2 songs, too. The award is given to "a person in the public eye who has made tremendous efforts and inroads into making the human condition better throughout the world." Previous recipients include Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Trudie Styler and others.
But the highlight of the night was when Bono joined Nile Rodgers (the foundation's founder) and Chic for a four-song set featuring some of U2's biggest hits: "Pride," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways."
@U2's Karen Lindell was at the event taking photos and providing fans with a Periscope livestream of the live performance. Here are a couple of her tweets/photos, and you can visit @U2 Tours for more on the show and links to videos from the event.
U2 may be back on the road later this year as planned, but it sounds like it may not be in support of a new album.
The Edge tells RollingStone.com that the band is "still in the weeds" as it works on Songs Of Experience, and says, "We're not booking the pressing plant, so to speak, just yet." He does confirm that U2 is sticking with plans to release its next album as a companion to 2014's Songs Of Innocence but, Edge says, "It's really hard to say at this point when it will be done."
He describes the new music that was included in a recent Fender guitars promotional video as an early demo -- one of 50 ideas that he's been working on.
"Including a lot of my really rough demos -- I'm not suggesting they're finished, by any means -- there's actually 50 pieces of music that I've put time into," he says with a hearty laugh. "Some of them have not been arranged or performed by the band, but there's 50 ideas, and probably about 20 that we're actually really excited about. So we've got some ways to narrow it down, but we're in good shape."
That seems like a step back from the band's recent quotes in Q magazine, when Edge said U2 could probably finish recording its new material in four to six weeks. In the same article, Adam told Q that the band is "really optimistic that we're on top of our game and we can finish this one quickly, but you never know until you get under the bonnet and get the screwdriver out." Edge told Hot Press magazine in November that U2's plan was to finish Songs Of Experience in early 2016. (See our new album page for a timeline of recent news and statements about the band's progress.)
U2's plan, as Adam described in that Q magazine article, was to restart the Innocence + Experience tour later this year with new material. But today's Rolling Stone article says that plan may be changing.
Although the band is working on the record, it's possible that fans may see U2 live again before they hear a new album. Although Edge wasn't specific on timing, he said the band hoped to get back on the road "sooner rather than later" and that its intention was to make an announcement "fairly soon."
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