Comments: Initially scheduled for 2010-07-06 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. The show closes with a special performance of One Tree Hill to honour the 25th anniversary of the death of Greg Carroll on 3 July 1986. This is just the fourth performance of One Tree Hill on the 360° Tour and the first full performance of it anywhere in North America since 20 December 1987. The setlist also features a rare Out Of Control (just its fourth performance in 2011), and the snippet of Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World is its first live appearance in any form since 10 December 1993. An archive of tweets for this show can be found here. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Location: Field, slightly in front of soundboard, in line with right speaker stack
Disc one (67:36):
(1) Even Better Than The Real Thing (4:39)
(2) The Fly (5:07)
(3) Mysterious Ways(/Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World/Independent Woman) (4:42)
(4) Until The End of the World (6:12)
(5) Out of Control (4:58)
(6) Get On Your Boots (4:02)
(7) Banter (3:37)
(8) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For(/The Promised Land) (4:20)
(9) Banter (0:57)
(10) Stay (Faraway, So Close) (4:58)
(11) Intro (1:42)
(12) Beautiful Day(/Space Oddity) (5:11)
(13) Elevation (4:20)
(14) Pride (In The Name Of Love) (4:27)
(15) Miss Sarajevo (4:24)
(16) Zooropa (3:52)
Disc two (73:49):
(1) City of Blinding Lights(/My Kind of Town) (5:34)
(2) Vertigo(/Miss You) (4:11)
(3) I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (remix) => Discotheque(/Life During Wartime) (6:27)
(4) Sunday Bloody Sunday (4:15)
(5) Scarlet (2:18)
(6) Walk On(/The Battle Hymn of the Republic) (6:31)
(7) Encore break (1:49)
(8) One (5:48)
(9) Where The Streets Have No Name (5:34)
(10) Encore break (3:12)
(11) Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me(/My Kind of Town) (5:11)
(12) With or Without You (5:37)
(13) Bono Banter (3:25)
(14) Moment of Surrender(/One Tree Hill) (8:03)
(15) One Tree Hill (5:47) *
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Good performance by U2 at Soldier Field near the close of their 360 tour, 364 days after the originally scheduled date. Many changes have been made to the setlist since the North American tour opened in Chicago nearly two years ago -- all but three of the new songs have been dropped from the set, and the opening sequence showcases the nearly 20-year-old "Achtung Baby," which is a big improvement in my opinion. Overall, I thought the performance and song selection was a lot more compelling than the first leg of the tour. The band gave a high-energy performance all the way through, fueled by a vocal sellout crowd of 60,000 -- there was not an empty seat to be seen all the way to the top of the stadium.
The emotional highlight, of course, was "One Tree Hill," performed in honor of the 25th anniversary of Greg Carroll's death. This was clearly tentative and under-rehearsed, but it didn't matter. One of the coolest moments I've seen at any U2 show over the years.
The recording is pretty good, although I have no doubt that there are better recordings out there. I was in line with the right speaker stack about halfway back on the floor, and the sound was great. Vocals are prominent in the mix, and there isn't too much crowd interference near the microphones. As luck would have it, my flash card errored out and the deck shut off about 30 seconds into OTH, so the last track is patched from the source recorded by my friend standing next to me. The cutover is pretty seamless, though you might notice that the last track has more clarity on the upper ranges and a little more crowd noise due to the audience members to his right.
Many thanks to u2setlists.com to help me fill out all of the tags. Mp3 samples are included in the comments.
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Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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did you know
The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.