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The U2 frontman has just joined the board of Zipline, a medical delivery drone company that's already saving lives in Ghana and Rwanda.

By Adele Peters, FastCompany.com

On a Tuesday morning, U2 frontman and global philanthropist Bono stood in a remote field near Half Moon Bay, California, and launched a drone in the air, watching as it made a test delivery. Zipline, the eight-year-old Bay Area startup that makes the drones, uses the equipment to make emergency deliveries of life-saving drugs and blood to health clinics and hospitals in Rwanda and Ghana.

For the musician, who just joined the company's board--his first, and only, company board membership--it's the next step in two decades of work outside of his music career. "My story with Zipline actually started 20 years ago," he says, turning to Zipline's CEO, Keller Rinaudo. "How old were you 20 years ago, Keller?"

"I would have been 12," Rinaudo says.

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Opening Act(s): None

Setlist:

  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Gloria - Gloria (Van Morrison) - Gloria (Patti Smith)
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. Dirty Day
  7. Zoo Station
  8. The Fly
  9. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  10. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  11. Intermission (Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  12. Elevation
  13. Vertigo - The Jean Genie
  14. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Fish Out of Water Mix)
  15. Hall of Mirrors - So Long, Farewell - Acrobat
  16. You're the Best Thing About Me (Acoustic)
  17. Summer of Love (Acoustic)
  18. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  19. Get Out of Your Own Way
  20. New Year's Day
  21. Ode to Joy - City of Blinding Lights
  22. Encore(s):
  23. Women of the World - One - Invisible
  24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  25. 13 (There Is a Light) - The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

Remarks:

U2 returned as promised to Berlin, Germany, to make up for the unfinished concert that took place on September 1, when Bono lost his voice 5 songs into the set. This concert marked the conclusion of the Experience + Innocence tour and also was an historic occasion for being the first time U2 opened and closed a leg of a tour in the same city (Berlin). Bono thanked the crowd after "Beautiful Day" saying: "Last time we stood here I could not sing that song, and you sang it for us. Thank you. Thank you for coming back." This final concert of the tour was also captured on film for a future video release as many cameras were in the arena tonight. When MacPhisto (Bono's alter ego) took the mic, he said right before "Acrobat": "MacPhisto is disappearing for a while. Remember Berlin, whenever you see a journalist being crushed or children being separated from their parents, whenever the lost or the lonely are washed up on borders that are closed, you'll find me. Where you see those many names, remember this, there's just one face attached to it -- it's my face." Spotted at the show was Brian Eno, long regarded as the 5th member of U2, especially during the production of "Achtung Baby" when they recorded in Berlin's own Hansa Ton Studios. The Experience + Innocence tour was remarkable for not including a single song from the Joshua Tree album, the first time this has ever occurred on any tour since the album's release in 1987. There were 40 total different songs performed on this tour, of which 14 were played at every concert, and featured songs from every U2 album except 2010's "No Line on the Horizon". The only song not performed or excerpted on the tour from U2's Experience + Innocence album was "The Little Things That Give You Away" (though it was performed in 2017 during U2's Joshua Tree 2017 tour 16 times). At the end of the concert, Bono said to the fans in Berlin: "We've been on the road for quite some time, just going on 40 years, and these last four years have been really something very special for us. We're going away now."

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