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"This image of 'the unforgettable fire' applied not only to the nuclear winterscape of 'A Sort of Homecoming,' but also the unforgettable fire of a man like Martin Luther King, or the consuming fire which is heroin."

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U2 Concert: Jul 18, 2015 at New York , NY

Tour: Innocence + Experience Tour 1st Leg (North America) 
Venue: Madison Square Garden 
Location: New YorkNY  United States 

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Attendance: 18,742  (Capacity: 18,742)

Setlist:

Main Set
  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. The Electric Co., Send In The Clowns (snippet), I Can See For Miles (snippet), On Broadway (snippet)
  3. Vertigo, God Save The Queen (snippet)
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  6. Cedarwood Road
  7. Song For Someone
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday, When Johnny Comes Marching Home (snippet)
  9. Raised By Wolves
  10. Until The End Of The World, Love And Peace Or Else (snippet)
Second Set
  1. Invisible
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  3. Mysterious Ways, Burning Down The House (snippet), Young Americans (snippet)
  4. Elevation
  5. Ordinary Love
  6. October
  7. Every Breaking Wave
  8. With Or Without You, In The Garden (snippet)
  9. City Of Blinding Lights
  10. Bullet The Blue Sky, 19 (snippet)
  11. The Hands That Built America (snippet), Pride
Encore
  1. Beautiful Day, I Remember You (snippet)
  2. Mother And Child Reunion (snippet), Where The Streets Have No Name, Summer Rain (snippet), California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  3. One, Invisible (snippet)
Releases Represented:
  1. Songs Of Innocence had 6 songs
  2. Achtung Baby had 4 songs
  3. The Joshua Tree had 3 songs
  4. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 2 songs
  5. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had 2 songs
  6. Boy had 2 songs
  7. Non-Album Singles had 2 songs
  8. The Unforgettable Fire had 1 songs
  9. October had 1 songs
  10. War had 1 songs
Comments: U2 begins a run of eight shows in New York City over the next two weeks. Rumors abound in the afternoon that President Obama and/or Bruce Springsteen will be in attendance, but neither is there (as far as we know). We do know that Salman Rushdie, Jon Bon Jovi, Harry Belafonte, Christy Turlington, Spike Jonze, Mario Batali, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and probably numerous other celebrities are at the show.

A new wrinkle as the show is about to start: With Patti Smith's "People Have The Power" playing over the PA, Bono is shown backstage on the video screen in the arena.

After "I Will Follow," Bono reminisces with the audience about U2's first visit to New York City: "Welcome to innocence and experience. When we first played a club called The Ritz in this great city, we thought of ourselves as a great punk band. We still do. A band of equals with an audience of equals."

Tonight's show uses the same "The Fly" intermission video that debuted at Boston #4 three nights ago.

Bono brings up a fan from Chile named Veronica during "Mysterious Ways." She's the co-founder of the U2Chile.net fan site, and was also on stage with Bono in Dublin during the 360 tour.

Bono dedicates "Ordinary Love" to Nelson Mandela on what would've been his 97th birthday.

Adam and Larry leave the stage after "Ordinary Love," and the piano rises on the e-stage for what fans assume will be "Every Breaking Wave." But a shock: Bono and Edge play "October," it's first performance since November 11, 1989.

Before "One," Bono praises New York City for its strength in facing terrorism and refusing to live in fear from threats. He dedicates the song to Salman Rushdie (who knows something about living in the face of threats).

Tags: Shine like stars

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