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"Maybe that is the step forward on this record, to be able to have the freedom to have humour sitting alongside songs that are deadly earnest, and the two actually balance out each other."

-- Edge, on All That You Can't Leave Behind

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U2 Concert: May 19, 2018 at Omaha , NE

Tour: Experience + Innocence Tour 1st Leg (North America) 
Venue: CenturyLink Center Omaha 
Location: OmahaNE  United States 

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Attendance: 14,742  (Capacity: 14,742)

Setlist:

Main Set
  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights Of Home (St. Peter's String Version)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Gloria, Gloria (Van Morrison) (snippet)
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday, When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  11. Until The End Of The World, Alabama Song (snippet), Words (snippet)
Second Set
  1. Elevation
  2. Vertigo, The Jean Genie (snippet)
  3. Desire
  4. Sympathy For The Devil (snippet), Acrobat
  5. You're The Best Thing About Me acoustic
  6. Staring At The Sun Bono & Edge - acoustic
  7. This Is Not America (snippet), Pride
  8. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  9. American Soul
  10. City Of Blinding Lights
Encore
  1. One, Invisible (snippet)
  2. Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
  3. 13 (There Is A Light)
Releases Represented:
  1. Songs Of Experience had 8 songs
  2. Achtung Baby had 3 songs
  3. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 2 songs
  4. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had 2 songs
  5. Boy had 2 songs
  6. Songs Of Innocence had 2 songs
  7. The Unforgettable Fire had 1 songs
  8. October had 1 songs
  9. War had 1 songs
  10. Rattle And Hum had 1 songs
  11. Pop had 1 songs
Comments: U2 plays just its second concert ever in the state of Nebraska, the first one happening late in the Vertigo tour in December 2005. The band doesn't stop to greet fans on the way in to the arena. Brian Murphy, Bono's security guard, tells fans that the band is running late and going inside to work on new material. It's not clear if that means new songs, or something new for the tour.

Aside from that concert, Bono has made a few appearances singing at various events in Nebraska, usually in relation to the Buffett family. Like Bono, Omaha's Susan Buffett is on the board of directors of the ONE Campaign. And she's the recipient of tonight's "right in front of you" shoutout in "Beautiful Day."

Bono makes several references during the show to the day's rainy weather in Omaha.

The main set is two songs shorter than most shows so far this tour. "Red Flag Day" (or an equivalent song usually played in the first seven songs of the show) is dropped, as is "Raised By Wolves," which had been played at every show this tour except St. Louis. With this change, tonight's show totals 24 songs and is the shortest of the tour so far.

After "Acrobat," Bono's "mirror" speech as he removes his MacPhisto makeup is like a call home to Ali. Tonight, he confesses that he's missing his son Eli's graduation.

Bono gives a brief speech before "13" and dedicates the song to the victims of the shooting a day earlier at Santa Fe High School outside Houston. "We're confused about this gun stuff," he says. "You've got to look at this and find a compromise and figure it out. We believe in you to find it."

 

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