This song hasn't missed many shows over the last four years and this version might be its very best. With the good old Influx mix intro this song is the perfect one to rock the arena back into action after the intermission. As captured here by Anne in Omaha.
Another song that hasn't missed many shows since it came out: Vertigo. A perfect song for the e-stage, and a killer with the extended outro. Photo by Peter Hutchins taken in Las Vegas.
The Hollywood version of Desire is the intro for the MacPhisto part of the show, what version could be better suited than this one? "Who needs Innocence, when Experience is so much more fun?" - Captured by Phillip Lebowitz in New York.
Before Acrobat begins, Bono turns into mister MacPhisto and starts to speech. Like in Tulsa on the opening night: "Desire, greed, lust, deceit, vanity — all the essentials for a showman in all his forms, and of course a license to just look in the mirror.Oh! I haven’t seen this guy in quite a while. Oh! Oh! Age brings beauty and a spot of bother. Ha! Is there a dermatologist in the house? Is there a slight blemish I see? I’ve been a busy little devil – oh yes! But you’ve all made it so much easier for me these days. I told Stalin, that one day that people would bug themselves. Oh yes, and here we are. The truth is dead, and the KKK are out on the streets of Charlottesville without their silly costumes. Who’d have thought? Tulsa, Tulsa…When you think I don’t exist, that’s when I do my best work." Photo captured by Cind75 in Washington.
"Of course vanity is a license to just look in the mirror", as part of his speech before the real song kicks in and when the MacPhisto face is visible on the screen and in Bono's mirror. Photo by Moonbootleg in Philadelphia.
And then the song itself. What more can we say than what has been said already? The absolute highlight of the night. Everything what U2 is about comes together in this one performance. Brace yourself. Photo by Remy taken in Tulsa.
When Acrobat has ended, MacPhisto goes again to the mirror but this time to clean his face and end the MacPhisto character for the night. He becomes Bono again and talks and sings to his wife. Captured by Peter Hutchins in Las Vegas.
Bono and Edge remain on the e-stage for an acoustic version of Staring At The Sun. Finally a song from the Pop album is making an appearance after so many years. Photo by Phillip Lebowitz taken in New York.
The E&I stage features many enhancements from the stage used in 2015, but the best one of all might be the introduction of the c-stages. New small pop-up stages where Edge (North side) and Adam (South side) go to during Pride to perform their parts of the song. These stages are in the very center of the floor next to the red zone and in front of the seats. And then there's this new bass intro to Pride, awesome! Photo by Remy taken in San Jose.
The show features many "protest signs" and phrases similar to those featured at the end of Get Out Of Your Own Way and the start of American Soul. They light up the arena as captured here by Kéké in New York.
You and I are rock & roll! A phrase familiar to U2 fans but how great is it when it can return to a U2 song in this way? This song has proven itself during the first leg as one of U2's very best new live songs, its played very loud. Photo taken by Danny North on the opening night in Tulsa.
The American flag that is brought up during American Soul won't make an appearance in Europe but during the first leg it really emphasized unity and our shared power to stand up for what is right and against what is wrong. Photo by Kéké taken in New York.
No Joshua Tree songs played during the shows, but according to Adam the song City Of Blinding Lights should capture the same feelings and emotions as Where The Streets Have No Name would normally do. It for sure features a lot of lights. Photographed by Paul White in New York.
Fans to a U2 show are no strangers to political messages and One is yet another song where certain themes are highlighted and messages are sent across like these as captured by Cind75 in Washington.
U2's new big live anthem? Time will tell. But if anything it is a perfect song to almost close the night with, bringing everyone together. And how about the photo of Sian, Edge's daughter, on his shirt? Priceless. Photo by Remy taken in San Jose.
This tour is the first tour since ZooTV where the album opener and closer also open and close the show. U2 ends things with a message. There is always a light, do not let it go out. A song where Bono brings out the light bulb and puts it back into his house where he grew up in Cedarwood Road. Photo by trucolorsfly taken in Chicago.