U2 in Glasgow, part 1 – set list

Since we’ve done pretty well with our U2 moratorium for awhile now, and since we (that is, Brannon, Gloria, Michael and Julia, and 50K others) caught the tour tonight at Glasgow’s Hampden Park Stadium, I figured some of you would be interested, and others of you wouldn’t mind, if I posted a detailed set list.

All Because of You
The Electric Co. with strains of Smashing Pumpkins’ Bullet With Butterfly Wings (“Despite all my rage…”) and The Who’s I Can See for Miles (this little medley might have been the shocker of the night for me)
New Year’s Day
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Bono: “Take us to church now…”)
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (second biggest surprise)
City of Blinding Lights
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky with The Hands that Built America and a bit of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again…”
Running to Stand Still with a bit of “Happy Birthday” to Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose 60th birthday is this week
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Where the Streets Have No Name

First Encore: Zoo Station (third biggest surprise)
The Fly (since they’re back to back, tied for third)
With or Without You

Second Encore: Yahweh (acoustic)
Vertigo (reprise – Bono: “Encore – from the Italian, en-cor-ay, which, at the opera, meant play it again.” I couldn’t help but think, thanks Ron Burgundy…”When in Rome.”)

It was one heck of a rock show. A more complete review may follow shortly.


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  1. great posting Brannon – I will wait for ZooDog’s response (he has been hyperlinked to U2.com the entire tour… so I am sure he will be chiming in here…) regarding the set list reflections. My initial thought is that this is the “set 2” list – I saw the “set 1” show. How did the mobile phone texting go over in relation to the One campaign? Also, any statements in relation to the G8? I can only imagine Bono would be in fine form on that topic!

  2. Yeah, the texting went over quite well – lots of names on the screen at the end of the show. I had the thought that the mobile phone could become the new “flick your bic” at rock shows, but we’ll see. Wouldn’t quite be the same.

    The evening was exceptionally charged in terms of Bono’s various social initiatives. He mentioned the G8 and encouraged people to go to the rallies in Edinburgh if they couldn’t go to the Live 8 concert down south.

    His dedication to Suu Kyi was particularly moving – probably the moment wherein his religious fervour for social justice came through the most. I just thought it was unfortunate that it (seemingly) didn’t stir the crowd more, as most had probably never heard of Burma, much less Suu Kyi.

    During the intro to “Miracle Drug,” Bono said something like: “Four simple notes that give us hope for the future…for the future of this band. In this band we have faith in the future…faith that God can inspire scientists and doctors and nurses, the people that keep us alive…this is “Miracle Drug.”

    Also, during “Sunday Bloody Sunday” he donned a white headband emblazoned with Islamic, Judaic and Christian symbols and did a little chant: “Jesus, Jew, Mohammed, it’s true (repeat), All Sons of Abraham.” Then he sang some strains of “Father Abraham” – “…what have you done / Father Abraham, look at your sons.”

    He kept the headband on during “Bullet the Blue Sky” and during the extended guitar solo – the first half of which I am pretty sure Edge was copying note-for-note from Mike McCready’s solo in “Porch” (I’d like to think I was the only person in the crowd sober and musically astute enough to pick up on this Pearl Jam allusion, but perhaps not) – anyway, during the solo, Bono pulled the headband down so it became a blindfold, and he struck and held a pose that was strikingly reminiscent of the Abu Ghraib photos – chilling. Then he blindly fumbled back to the mic stand to resume singing. He didn’t do the spoken part in the middle – “This guy comes up to me… outside is America” – or at the end – “pelting the women and children / who run into the arms of America.” I thought these omissions were interesting.

    My only regret was that our seats were a bit too far to the side, and we could only see about 1/3 of the massive screen behind them, so most of the imagery and especially text was completely lost to us. Big bummer.

    It was cool, though, to think of “Yahweh” as not just a prayer but even as a sort of benediction with which the band blesses every city they visit on the tour – “Take this city / A city should be shining on a hill / Take this city / if it be your will.” Whatever you think of the band, their music, the relative sincerity of Bono’s magnanimity, or whatever, there is certainly something redemptive happening in this moment…

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