Bit of a damp start to the proceedings tonight but the rain held off once the band arrived on stage and there were lots of firsts in Helsinki for the second show with 'I Will Follow', 'No Line On The Horizon' and 'Pride' making their bow on this leg and the arrival of another new song, Every Breaking Wave - the fourth new track debuted on the European dates.
'Like every breaking wave on the shore, this is as far as I can reach€¦' A beautiful acoustic number, evidently still a work in progress, with Bono saying to Edge as they jammed towards the end, 'break down the chords to the middle eight again€¦'
'No-one has heard that before,' he added at the close, 'Not even us.' We'll all be hearing it again.
For the non-Finns among you, Aleksis Kivi is the national author of Finland and everyone here knows of his legendary C19th novel Seven Brothers. But there's only four brothers in U2, observed the singing brother. ' On my left, on bass guitar, the Aapo of this band, Adam Clayton; behind me on the drums, Lauri Mullen Jnr; to my right on lead guitar, The Eero €¦ and who does that make me, I'm somewhere between Simeoni and Juhani€¦'
Special thanks to Razorlight, out in Finland for these shows and birthday greetings to 'Smasher'. 'Sorry it has taken us so long to come back to your country. We won't take so long the next time.'
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