2017-11-16 - London, England - Abbey Road Studios


Performance notes: U2 perform for the fifth episode of the series At The BBC, and the band engage in an interview with host Cat Deeley in between various songs. They are backed by a 38-member string section on each song, and a choir joins them for some songs. A rehearsal (without the orchestra) is conducted the evening before with a few guests.

The above set is taken from an image of the setlist during With or Without You; the broadcast order of songs is different. 4 different versions are shown around the world, and none contain every song. BBC broadcasts 7 songs and the interviews on 19 December; All I Want Is You is uploaded on YouTube beforehand to advertise it but not included. An abbreviated version that does not include Stuck in a Moment is broadcast in Canada two days earlier. RTÉ show a version with ten songs and no interviews on 26 December. It is the only one that includes All I Want Is You. An extended broadcast is shown on BBC on 28 December. U2 advertise The Little Things That Give You Away as appearing on the extended BBC broadcast, but it is not performed.

Live debuts of Lights of Home, 13 (There is a Light), and Love Is Bigger Than Anything in its Way. First time All I Want Is You is played in the style of the studio recording, with the orchestra continuing for several minutes after the band finish. First snippet of Walk to the Water since 13 June 1992.
Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.

songs per album

  1. Songs Of Experience (5)
  2. All That You Can't Leave Behind (2)
  3. Songs Of Innocence (2)
  4. The Joshua Tree (1)
  5. Achtung Baby (1)
  6. Rattle and Hum (1)

best song performances

  1. All I Want Is You (7 votes)
  2. Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (6 votes)
  3. Lights of Home (4 votes)
  4. Get Out Of Your Own Way (4 votes)
  5. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of (3 votes)
  6. Every Breaking Wave (3 votes)

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review by max_thehitman

5 years ago


U2 at their best in a live performance and with the added bonus of a back-up orchestra and beautiful string arrangements! The sound is just amazing.


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Recording: "U2 At The BBC - Complete Edition (audio only: re-edit & fixed for phase issues )" - 5 stars


Very enthusiastic! U2 fans for sure. Not too loud and not too quiet.


I was not there - only seen on tv. The overall concert was worth seeing.

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