2006-11-30 - Saitama, Japan - Saitama Super Arena


Comments: This is one of three shows scheduled to make up for the postponed show that was planned to take place on 4 April 2006 at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium. Last performance of One Tree Hill until 25 November 2010. Only show on the fifth leg of the Vertigo Tour that does not feature a cover of The Saints Are Coming in the setlist.
Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.

songs per album

  1. The Joshua Tree (4)
  2. Achtung Baby (4)
  3. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (3)
  4. Rattle and Hum (3)
  5. All That You Can't Leave Behind (2)
  6. War (2)
  7. Zooropa (1)
  8. Passengers (1)
  9. The Unforgettable Fire (1)

best song performances

  1. Window In The Skies (3 votes)

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show attendees: 9

5 users from Japan: cityofblindinglights2002, dxaqua, mi, nonewyork, yuyuyuy
1 from United Kingdom: chaspope
1 from Korea, Republic of: singnyong
1 from Hong Kong: anitaanita
1 from Brazil: GU2LHERME

review by nickbibby

7 years ago


It's such a shame it took so long for the Vertigo Tour to really be very, very good. But these shows in the last leg, and especially the ones in Tokyo are superb.

I've never really thought COBL was a good opener, but it seemed to have a bit more energy here and really got the show off to a good start. Love the Japanese counting in Vertigo and Elevation is superb. Blackbird is possibly my favourite 'BD' snippet, so obviously loved it here.

Despite AOH previously being billed as a 'party' song, I think it doesn't quite fit here. And one reason I dislike Vertigo as a tour is too much Bono-blabber. So it's a shame The First Time has it at the beginning. However, SYCMIOYO is, as usual, an emotional rendition and kind of brings the set list back to where it should be.

OTH is SUPERB!! It really is a treat. I can only think of the Point Depot version as being better. I do like the SBS>Bullet segue with Larry's drums, and although Miss Sarajevo is an excellent song, especially to follow Bullet, I have heard better versions.

I'd like to drop Pride from a great height. Full stop.

Streets is good, but again, too much Bono-blabber at the start, would much prefer Psalm 116. And The intro to One seems just a little too long, or am I being picky?

The Fly and MW are good and there is a surprsing and welcome snippet of Shine Like Stars in WOWY, but it is the last three songs that really are a surprise on the setlist.

WITS is brilliant. I know Desire was used as an encore opener during ZooTV but I don't thiknit's ever been played this late in the set as an acoustic version. It really is a good version. And I never, ever, thought AIWIY would work as a closer, but it's great.

Overall, a bit of a mix, but I've given 4.5 stars because I really think the band were in good form so despite the 'lowlights' of the set, it's still a boot you should download and listen to.


Excellent sound. Can it get better than this?
Recording: Audience microphone - 4.5 stars


Well up for it!!!!


-Good opening 6 songs
-One Tree Hill
-Shine Like Stars snippet
-Last three songs


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