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Innocence + Experience Tour pauses for a rare club show

By Steve Appleford, Rolling Stone

Bono knows how to work a room, only for decades he's been working arenas and stadiums, offering sweeping gestures on the most epic stages. Last night at the Roxy Theatre on L.A.'s Sunset Strip, U2 showed they could still dial things down to the most intimate level, playing a thrilling set for 500 ecstatic fans.

The band is currently in the middle of five shows at the 17,000-capacity Forum. Their Innocence + Experience tour is high-tech and high-concept, but here they seemed excited to deliver a straight-ahead rock show of passion and drive with a set list that included four songs from their 1980 debut, Boy. Even the band's first L.A. show in 1981 was at the old Country Club in suburban Reseda - a venue with about twice the capacity of the Roxy.

Things kicked off with the post-punk swirl of "The Ocean" before the Edge's slicing guitar signaled the transition to "11 O'Clock Tick Tock." Bono stood centerstage in black motorcycle jacket and shades, leaning into a forest of hands aiming cell phone cameras at his face. He was soon splashing water into the crowd as the band dove into U2's explosive first U.S. hit single, "I Will Follow."

Check out this crazy fan video of Bono briefly crowdsurfing as U2 perform "Vertigo" in front of 500 people at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on May 28, 2015. For all of you Adam Clayton lovers, the fan who shot this video was literally inches away from Adam while he was playing the bass guitar.


by Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer

For more than three decades, U2's beloved tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, kept the band running on time. Sheehan died early Wednesday, just a few hours after U2 kicked off its latest tour. But promoters vowed the shows would go on in his memory, and they'd be on schedule.

"Dennis always got the band on stage, pretty much on time. We're going to make sure we do that tonight, in his memory," Live Nation's Arthur Fogel said Wednesday. "It is absolutely what he would have wanted."

Sheehan, in his late 60s, died at a Sunset Strip hotel in West Hollywood on Wednesday, a day after the band kicked off a five-night stint in the Los Angeles area.

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Opening Act(s): None


  1. The Ocean - Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
  2. 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
  3. I Will Follow
  4. The Electric Co. - Send in the Clowns - I Can See for Miles
  5. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  6. Elevation
  7. Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
  8. Sunday Bloody Sunday - When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  9. Out of Control - Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Encore(s):
  11. Vertigo
  12. Song for Someone
  13. California (There Is No End to Love) - God Only Knows


U2 performs at the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, in front of just a few hundred Californians. U2 originally was supposed to perform at KROQ-FM’s “Acoustic Christmas” show last December but had to cancel due to Bono’s bicycle accident. This concert, sponsored by the KROQ radio station, was only available to KROQ contest winners in the state of California. This is the smallest show by U2 since the All That You Can’t Leave Behind promo tour in 2001. “The Ocean” starts off the concert and its the first time its been performed live since 2005 on the Vertigo tour, and the first time since June 8, 1981 to be the first song in the setlist. A number of songs from U2’s early years when they played in clubs are performed (“11 O’Clock Tick Tock”, “The Electric Co.”, “I Will Follow”, “Out of Control”, “The Ocean” - all from Boy, along with War’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, in full electrical mode, are all included in the setlist). Bono also does a bit of crowdsurfing during “Vertigo”. Celebrities spotted at the show included Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Smith, members of No Doubt, Aaron Paul, Chris Martin, Tom Morello, Sean Penn, and Courtney Love.

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