Saturday, June 13, 2015

Even Better Than The Real Thing: U2's Final Night in Los Angeles


Last week, on a lark, I grabbed one of the few seats left at the Forum to see U2 before they skipped town. With so much stuff happening to the band lately, it honestly crossed my mind that I better see them now before it's too late... but honestly, I was also just in the mood to see a good show, and U2's "iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE" tour has been getting high marks.

I wasn't disappointed. I had a great view of the main stage, but the show setup allows for a surprisingly intimate experience even in a large arena like the Forum. The unique center screen allowed the band to even elevate themselves for all to see. The show is tight, yet feels nimble. And it's a nice mix of older and newer songs. Some pics I grabbed from my seat:

Opening the show

Bono and The Edge on stage

Bono meets an Elvis impersonator

Bono on the big screen

Getting close to the crowd

Bono broadcasts on the Meerkat app

Bono in the screen, "walking" down his childhood street

"Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Everyone in the screen

Here's the setlist, via
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
Out of Control (with "Good Times, Bad Times" snippet)
I Will Follow
Iris (Hold Me Close)
Cedarwood Road
Song for Someone
Sunday Bloody Sunday (with "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" snippet)
Raised by Wolves (with "Psalm 23" snippet)
Until the End of the World (with "Love and Peace or Else" snippet)
Intermission (The Wanderer)
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Mysterious Ways (with "Young Americans" and " Burning Down the House" snippets)
Volcano (Tour debut)
Ordinary Love (Tour debut)
Every Breaking Wave (acoustic)
Bullet the Blue Sky (with "19" and "Black Dog" snippets)
Pride (In the Name of Love)(with "The Hands That Built America" segue)
Beautiful Day (with "Jesus Walks" snippet)
The Troubles
With or Without You
Encore: City of Blinding Lights, Where the Streets Have No Name, One

And some videos of the show:

"I Will Follow" (YouTube video by Millerviller)

While The Edge's piano was trying to be fixed, Bono spent some time talking to the fans. Upon seeing Elvis in the audience he brought him up on stage. (YouTube video by icreatedthematrix)

"Bullet The Blue Sky" (YouTube video by Michael Forester)

Encore: "City of Blinding Lights," "Where the Streets Have No Name," "One." (YouTube video by Mark Anthony)

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