Performance notes: Initially scheduled for 2010-06-30 with Interpol as support act but postponed to 2011 on 25 May 2010 due to Bono's back surgery and rehabilitation period. Rescheduled date announced on 13 July 2010.
This show was just the second time U2 have performed in East Lansing. Their only previous visit was for a club show on the October Tour on 7 December 1981.An archive of tweets for this show can be found here. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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The band sounded fantastic - as others have mentioned, I worried going in to the show that they would be jet-lagged from doing Glastonbury across the pond the previous weekend, but it seemed like they carried over the fire from that performance. One screw-up I did notice from being right in front of the stage on Edge's side that was hilarious: at the beginning of the second verse of "Elevation" Edge totally messes up the guitar part and Bono laughs a little bit as he sings. The look on Edge's face was priceless. Bono's voice cracked once in a while, too when he was talking to all of us in the audience, but he sung fantastically. Maybe on songs like "Stay" he struggled a bit but overall the band played great.
I'm not audiophile, but it sounds great to my ears and lets me relive the show very well. Recording: Audience microphone - 3.5 stars
Maybe it was because it was the first time the band played here since the early 80s, but the crowd at Michigan State University was fantastic. Bono, of course, made references to the school colors to fire people up and he also noted how they had played at a little club in East Lansing back in the day.
From 6am when we got in line to the end of the show, a fantastic experience. The only drawback was that the start of the show was not as dramatic due to it still being daylight at 9pm in Michigan, and the glitch with Commander Kelly's video not working! Bono laughed that off. But from Even Better on, a great performance. Highlights for me included: The whole "Achtung Baby" four-song opening, Stay, Zooropa, and Hold Me, Thrill Me. Yes, I am a 90s fan.
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Michigan State University Campus
East Lansing, Michigan
June 26, 2011
CA-11 -> SP-BB -> Sony PCM-M10
taper location, corner end zone, 10th row, front of stage
01 band entrance/Space Oddity
02 Even Better Than The Real Thing
03 The Fly
04 Mysterious Ways
05 Until The End Of The World
06 I Will Follow
07 Get On Your Boots
08 Bono chat
09 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / The Promised Land (snippet)
10 intro to...
11 Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
12 Beautiful Day / Space Oddity (snippet)
14 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
15 Miss Sarajevo
01 City Of Blinding Lights
03 Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet) / Psycho Killer (snippet) / Life During Wartime (snippet)
04 Sunday Bloody Sunday
06 Walk On / You'll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
07 Desmond Tutu video
09 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
10 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
11 With Or Without You
12 Bono chat
13 Moment of Surrender / Jungleland (snippet)
14 crowd/Rocket Man outro
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"I wrote the words about a friend of mine, his name was Gareth Spaulding. And on his twentyfirst birthday he and his friends decided to give themselves a present of enough heroine into his veins to kill him."
- Bono on the song 'Bad'
did you know
A local violinist, Steve Wickham, approached The Edge one morning at a bus stop and asked if U2 had any need for a violin on their next album (the War album). In the studio for only half a day, Wickham's electric violin became the final instrumental contribution to Sunday Bloody Sunday.