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Check out this video of Bono and the Edge performing "Summer of Love" at a beach house in Cape Cod on Saturday, June 30! The song was performed for the very first time live in front of about 200 radio contest winners and special guests hosted by Mix 104.1 as part of their ongoing "Beach House" series.

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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, 2017's "Songs of Experience," as the set opened with a trio of newish numbers: The somber if overly Coldplayish dirge, "Love Is All We Have Left," the rocky funk of "The Blackout" and fuzzfest "Lights of Home."

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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 - Johnny Was
  11. Until the End of the World
  12. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  13. Elevation
  14. Vertigo - It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
  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) - God Bless America
  20. Get Out of Your Own Way - America the Beautiful
  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 final concert on U2's first leg of the Experience + Innocence tour takes place tonight in the tiny village of Uncasville, CT (with a population of just under 20,000 people). The state hasn't hosted a U2 concert since 2005's Vertigo tour when the band performed in Hartford. Aside from the usual setlist arrangement, "Gloria" was performed as the 5th (rotating) song. Later in the show, Bono mentioned the song "Please" while introducing "Staring at the Sun" and stating how important the song meant to him. Bono didn't even remember writing the song "Please" but the Edge quickly came to the rescue by mentioning he wrote the chords. In a strange twist, Bono sprained his ankle while leaving the stage as the band finished their final song "13 (There Is a Light)".

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