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U2 was back at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Thursday night and did another abbreviated dress rehearsal for Friday's concert. Tonight's rehearsal was shorter than last night's, and again found the band working primarily through the main sets and not rehearsing the encore.
The good folks at U2tour.de were tweeting again today, and here's what they were able to hear from outside the arena:
Tomorrow night it's the real thing -- opening night of the second leg of the Experience + Innocence tour!
With just two days left until the second leg of the Experience + Innocence tour, U2 had what was almost a full rehearsal Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin. In the process, they answered a few questions about what would change as the show transitions from North America to Europe.
Fortunately, the good folks at U2tour.de were tweeting as it happened, and here's what they were able to hear from outside the arena:
If you followed the first leg of the tour, you know that looks similar to the main and second sets ... but there are a few notable changes: "Even Better Than The Real Thing" was rehearsed in the spot where "Desire" was played before, "Summer Of Love" replaced "Staring At The Sun" and "New Year's Day" was rehearsed in place of "American Soul." If those changes stay in place on opening night Friday, it would be
Since tonight's rehearsal wasn't a full run-through, we're guessing that the band will rehearse again on Thursday.
Related: If you're free on Thursday, join us as we record a tour preview episode of the @U2 podcast. You can watch live on Twitch and join the discussion there as it happens. We're planning to begin at 4:30 pm ET/1:30 pm PT!
(Note: "The Blackout" has been added after the fact, it was the first song rehearsed. "Summer Of Love" was not played full-band as this article originally stated. U2BR.com tells us it was Bono & Edge acoustic, just as they did for "Staring At The Sun" on the first leg.)
Bono has written a lengthy essay that seems to serve as a preview of the primary themes and ideas that U2 will address as the Experience + Innocence tour plays across Europe over the next couple months.
The essay, which appears in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), suggests that the second leg of the tour will address civic issues in Europe in much the same way that the first leg addresses them in the United States.
"Europe is the theatre of powerful, emotional, clashing forces that will shape our future," Bono writes. "I say our future, because there is no way to deny that we are all in this boat together, in seas churned up by extreme weather and extremist politics."
He begins the essay by telling readers that the tour begins this week in Berlin and "we've just had one of our more provocative ideas: during the show we're going to wave a big, bright, blue EU flag." If you followed the first leg of the tour, you shouldn't have any trouble connecting that visual to the giant US flag that the band unfurled during "American Soul."
Stay tuned ... opening night is Friday in Berlin.
After nearly two months off, U2's Experience + Innocence tour returns this week!
The second leg will begin Friday night at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin; a second show there will follow on Saturday. After that, the tour heads to Cologne, Germany for a pair of shows and then does four nights in Paris. That's the first of three cities -- along with Milan and Dublin -- to get four shows. (On the first leg, the New York City area was the only place to get four shows.)
Various members of U2's team have been arriving in Berlin over the past several days. The fans at U2tour.de reported today that the trucks have started arriving at the arena, too.
As the second leg approaches, two reminders:
1) If you're looking to sell or trade tickets (at face value), we're helping U2tour.de with the @U2tickets Twitter account. Learn more about how that works here.
2) We have a set of free #U2eitour wallpapers for your smartphone with the full list of upcoming U2 tour dates -- one wallpaper per month all the way through the Dublin shows in November. They're free to download and install. Enjoy!
U2 is one of 11 performers nominated for "Best Live Act" at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The nominee list also includes Adele, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, The xx, Stormzy, Harry Styles, Iron Maiden and Dua Lipa.
Nordoff Robbins is a UK-based independent music therapy charity. Its annual awards event has raised more than £10 million since 1976.
Fans can vote for this year's winner on the Ticketmaster UK website. The awards ceremony is scheduled July 6 in London.
U2 picked up two Billboard Music Awards today, both announced as part of the non-televised portion of the awards ceremony.
U2's awards are both for the success of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 last year. In the Top Rock Tour category, they beat out Coldplay and Guns N' Roses. In the Top Touring Artist category, U2 beat out those two bands plus Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.
U2 was nominated in two other categories but didn't win. Top Rock Album and Top Duo/Group both went to Imagine Dragons. Here's the full list of winners.
The televised awards show airs tonight from Las Vegas on NBC.
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