Opening Act(s): Damian Marley
City Of Blinding Lights, Vertigo, Elevation, The Electric Co., The Ocean, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For-In A Little While, Beautiful Day, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, Love And Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky, Miss Sarajevo, Pride (In The Name Of Love), Where The Streets Have No Name, One-Ol' Man River. Encore(s): The First Time (acoustic), Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of, Angel Of Harlem, With Or Without You, All Because Of You, Yahweh, 40.
Bono adds a bit of Patti Smith's 'Rock And Roll Nigger' to Vertigo. As they often are, 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' and 'See Me, Feel Me' are included as snippets in The Electric Co. Bono continues the recent tradition of bringing a young fan on stage during Sunday Bloody Sunday. During the encore, Bono brings a male fan on stage to play guitar with U2 on Angel of Harlem. Bono gives the fan his shades at the end of the song. It's the first time Angel Of Harlem has been played this year.
Dallas Morning News
U2 marries religion and politics
by Manuel Mendoza, Dallas Morning News
Neon is back. U2 says so.
The world's biggest rock band - or at least the most revered - bathed American Airlines Center in shimmering light Saturday night. It was an arresting visual backdrop for the Irish quartet's soaring wall of crystalline sound.
U2's imminent arrival was heralded by the descent of red neon in the shape of chandeliers, and the sold-out crowd roared in anticipation. As the band took the stage, curtains of fluttering light surrounded them. The song, appropriately enough, was "City of Blinding Lights."
It was also a city of deafening, if state of the art, sound as the rockers "Vertigo" and "Elevation" followed. U2 then reached back to its 1980 debut album, Boy, for "The Electric Co.," confirming a motif that would continue throughout the show: the insertion of snippets of songs by other acts.
"The Electric Co." bled into the Who's "See Me, Feel Me." Before the set was over, Bono had referenced "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Old Man River" and Patti Smith's "Rock N Roll Nigger."
The show hit its stride with a round of political tunes mid-set, including the provocative "Love and Peace or Else" and the classic "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
For the former, drummer Larry Mullen played a tom-tom on the circular catwalk , and Bono donned a headscarf that read, "Co-Exist." He looked like an ersatz Steve Van Zandt. Images of the Jewish star, the cross, and other religious symbols played across the stage in drapes of light.
And during "Sunday Bloody Sunday," the singer brought a kid on stage and called him "a son of Abraham." Religion and politics: For U2, it's a natural marriage.
As is typical in rock 'n' roll, the band saved several of its signature tunes for the end of the pre-encore show: "Pride (in the Name of Love)," "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "One."
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