No bells and whistles, no biggest hits, but U2 is still one of the best big rock bands in the world – News

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By Dave McKenna, Washington Post

Recent U2 roadshows had the feel of overbudgeted Broadway musicals, where tunes were subservient to pyrotechnics and it was clear that singer, frontman and resident speechifier Bono had to hit the same stage mark at the same point in the same song in every city because the props compelled him to.

The legendary Irish rockers are taking a different tack these days. For its Sunday appearance at Capital One Arena, U2’s main stage had only microphones, instruments, band members and enough stomp boxes to make the Edge’s guitars as reverb-y and echo-y as expected. There wasn’t a confetti cannon or balloon drop anywhere on the premises. Yet from beginning to end of a joyous, two-hour-plus set, less sure seemed like more.

The band ranged far and wide when picking the set list. The only thing off limits this time around was material from “The Joshua Tree,” the 1987 multiplatinum monster LP that band members decided has provided too much material to U2 shows for too long. (Plus it got its due just last year on a tour devoted to the album’s 30th anniversary.) That pronouncement meant more time for tunes from the band’s 14th and latest studio album, …read more

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June 18, 2018 – Washington, District of Columbia – Capital One Arena – Tours

Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. All Because of You
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)

  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo – All These Things That I’ve Done
  15. Desire (Hollywood Mix)
  16. Sympathy for the Devil – Acrobat
  17. You’re the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic)
  18. Staring at the Sun (Acoustic)
  19. This is Not America – Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights
  23. Encore(s):

  24. Women of the World – One – Invisible
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)

Remarks:

The second of two concerts at the Capital One Arena in Washington DC featured nearly an identical setlist except for the 5th song rotation that included “All Because of You” at tonight’s show. The Washington Capitals NHL team are mentioned during “Beautiful Day”. Large sections of the arena have black curtains blocking off many seats due to tickets not selling out.

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June 17, 2018 – Washington, District of Columbia – Capital One Arena – Tours

Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Gloria
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)

  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo – Rebel Rebel
  15. Desire (Hollywood Mix)
  16. Sympathy for the Devil – Acrobat
  17. You’re the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic)
  18. Staring at the Sun (Acoustic)
  19. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights
  23. Encore(s):

  24. One
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)

Remarks:

The first of two shows in Washington DC takes place tonight and fans are greeted with signs notifying them that the concert would be recorded for a future live video release. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is mentioned during “Beautiful Day”. Prior to “Acrobat”, Bono sarcastically states (in regard to politicians fighting amongst themselves): “Whatever happens, don’t mention the ‘C’ word … compromise!”

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June 14, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Wells Fargo Center – Tours

Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. All Because of You
  6. Beautiful Day – Drowning Man
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)

  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo – All These Things That I’ve Done
  15. Desire (Hollywood Mix)
  16. Sympathy for the Devil – Acrobat
  17. You’re the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic)
  18. Staring at the Sun (Acoustic)
  19. This Is Not America – Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights
  23. Encore(s):

  24. Women of the World – One – Invisible
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)

Remarks:

The second show in Philadelphia featured “All Because of You” replacing “Gloria” in the setlist from the previous night at the Wells Fargo Center. The arena has curtains blocking off large portions of seats due to the fact that U2 were unable to sell enough tickets. A brief excerpt of U2’s “Drowning Man” is sung after “Beautiful Day” (that included a shout out to SiriusXM host Kristine Stone). Finally, Bono mentioned Adam ran up the 72 stone “Rocky” …read more

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June 13, 2018 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Wells Fargo Center – Tours

Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home
  4. I Will Follow
  5. Gloria – Gloria (Van Morrison)
  6. Beautiful Day
  7. The Ocean
  8. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  9. Cedarwood Road
  10. Sunday Bloody Sunday – When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  11. Until the End of the World – Introduction
  12. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)

  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo – Rebel Rebel
  15. Desire (Hollywood Mix)
  16. Acrobat
  17. You’re the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic)
  18. Staring at the Sun (Acoustic)
  19. This Is Not America – Pride (In the Name of Love)
  20. Get Out of Your Own Way
  21. American Soul
  22. City of Blinding Lights
  23. Encore(s):

  24. Women of the World – One – Invisible
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)

Remarks:

The first of two shows in Philadelphia featured a predictably similar setlist to the previous show except for the inclusion of “Gloria” early on in the main set. Bono gives a shout out to the Philadelphia Eagles NFL team for winning the Superbowl during “Beautiful Day”. Former tour manager Dennis Sheehan is honored when Bono dedicates “13 (There Is a Light)” to him to conclude the show.

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