U2360° TOUR Leg 1: 2009

Jul
11
2009
Paris, FR (Stade De France)
Stade De France
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'Ground control to Major Tom...' Five shows in and that's all the signal that 90,000 Parisians need to know that the U2 space station is in orbit and the fifth show of the tour is about to begin. The distinctive figure of Larry Mullen Jnr walks along the central platform of the stage and as he starts playing Edge appears from his right, Adam from his left. Bono arrives last, coming 'from a long line of traveling sales people on my mothers side.'

And this show is off, travelling through the Stade de France like loose electricity with four straight songs from 'No Line' and Magnificent ending with Bono slipping into arabic style lullaby - 'we love you, there's nothing you can do' - and segueing into the opening bars of Beautiful Day.

'Thank you for coming out and thank you for giving us a great life,' he explains. 'Thank you for giving us the chance to build this madness, this space station.' Times are tough in France like every place in the world, but 'we believe you are tough enough, smart enough, creative enough and stubborn enough to make the future even better than the past.'

The drum riser takes a spin during 'Still Haven't Found' and for a while each member of the band is playing to a different quarter of the stadium. Moments later and the four of them could be in a Dublin kitchen thirty years ago, standing close together around a 'red guitar on fire'. Desire features snatches of Michael Jackson before Bono reveals that 'we have somebody with us tonight who is about to be the first clown in space.' In A LIttle While goes out to Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque de Soleil, who is set to join the International Space Station later this year.

'A man takes a rocket ship into the skies
He lives on a star that's dying in the night
And follows in the trail, the scatter of light...'

It's the perfect moment for 90,000 people to look up and find that on the huge sphere of screens, the six astronauts from the very same space station are ready for another chat with the band. (Turns out this conversation was recorded earlier as the astronauts are asleep right now.) Edge wants to know if space food is any good. ('Nourishing... but not like mom's home-cooked meals.' ) Adam has noticed that they have iPods and has been wondering if they have 'bass in space'. In fact the astronauts were listening to U2 over dinner just the day before. (The right answer.) The space travellers are wished bon voyage and Unknown Caller takes on another spin with its line about being 'on the edge of the known universe where I wanted to be.'

Is 'Crazy' getting crazier ? This dub version of the upcoming single sets up an irresistible groove and is starting to feel like a summer dance floor hit. The Stade de France was jumping tonight. If that's a track which has taken on a whole new feel in a matter of weeks, the next one is evergreen, despite being written a quarter century ago. It sounded like Bono said 'Tehran Radio' during the opening bars of Sunday Bloody Sunday and as the screens turned green and the farsi script scrolled into view, the stadium erupted in applause and recognition. On this tour it is the people of Iran who are asking 'how long must we sing this song.'

That's enough from us. If you were there tonight, add your own comments on songs or production below. Or if you caught some of it online, tell us what it was like. Here's the set list.

COMMENTS

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singlemaltwhisky
12 July, 2009
Fabulastic
After a 3 hours drive and a quick visit to Paris centre ville, we headed for the stadium. It took us some time to find a decent Belgian beer near the Stade de France. But in the end, whatever we did before the first drumbeat of 'Breathe' turned out to be quit pointless. U2 have reinvented the whole concept of a stadium concert. The amazing stage is like a spider from space telling us the world is not such a bad place after all. Four Irish blokes are creating a warmth that is rarely found when you're amongst over 90,000 people. To me, the most magical moment was when all the lights went out at 'One' and we held up our cell phones. All those little lights made up a wonderful scenary. Just loved it. On the way back home we shuffled all the available U2-songs and sang for 3 more hours. Thanks, laddies, thanks...
Pegy
12 July, 2009
amazing
I was there, that was incredible, standing just a few meters in front of the stage. A moment to remember. I ve just missed Mysterious ways. Never mind, best show ever seen.
alexandreseban
12 July, 2009
No words for that
My first U2 show, and this was...AMAZING !! The stage, the lights, the band, everything : awesome !! Thank you so much, now I have to wait till next year, I hope you'll come back to Paris You re just incredible !!
crey
12 July, 2009
Thank you
It was the best show of my life. Thank you so much for this beautiful night.
fhenry
12 July, 2009
unforgettable :-)))
I was in Paris last night and this time is totally unforgettable. The show is altogether light, meaningful, lively and intense. Bono and U2 have the right words, I could feel the whole wonderful crowd breathing, shouting, clapping. We were One, we sang, jumped, felt, cried. I was certainely totally within this special moment; Thank you Bono and thank you U2 for everything you gave us. I cherish every minute of it.
maela62
12 July, 2009
it is just like a mosaic...
To me , reading the report and looking at the video clip of ' Breathe' it comes out ,it has been a great show in a joyful venue. The concert is growing and enriching, date by date. Each moment of the show is like a piece of a mosaic, letting a surprisingly sense of having been part of a special event of life.
Alexis Singer
12 July, 2009
Magnificent
Guys, I was in the stadium yesterday and what you did out there was just amazing ! This was clearly the BEST show ever ! The Space Station is just impressive and you gave so much to us during the show, simply awesome ! Only regret is that I can't be there again tonight, but I will definitely try my best to catch you again live somewhere before the tour is over !!!! Thank you !
pmalotti
12 July, 2009
Great as ever
Those four guys that have been part of my life for more than two decades keep being in the Hall of Fame of music. That concert was huge! It's not easy to warm up a stadium... Even Madonna last year failed! But it was better than warm up... It was just glowing! The remix of I'll Go Crazy is just insane... Thank you and I wish you the best for the rest of the Tour... We reached the sky yesterday evening!
carined
12 July, 2009
So wonderfull !
So, a little bit tired cos' the night was spent listening (again) to the new album after the show; 2 hours sleeping only but no regret at all !!! This was the first real live show for me and it was SO GREAT !!! thanks a lot; many emotions, so much love and so much hope ! The stage is amazing and the set list so fine ! A very very great moment !!!!!
joriske
12 July, 2009
revieuw
i was there yesterday it was awsome!!! they did it very good and it was so nice to see all the lights of the mobiles during one!
filip_lagaert
12 July, 2009
We're ONE
I took a 3 houre-drive, but it was worth it. Amazing what technology can do... Unforgettable Fire was like the space ship was comming to live and preparing for lift off. For me, U2 is way up high, where no-other band will ever reach them. Although I'm gladly to sting "I still haven't found what I'm looking for", I know I have found last night the feeling back again I had during Vertigo-tour. After waiting 4-5 years, it was there again. And, although I am a 28-year old guy, I have to admit during Walk On and One, a tear in my eye wasn't far away.... Many many thanks to the guy's for With Or Without You and light my way... Now, a week to relax, do some work, dream some more and I'll see U2 back monday in Amsterdam...
fcbruges
11 July, 2009
Vertigo
Great that's Vertigo on the set !!
enjoiu2
11 July, 2009
Awsome!!!!! =D
grate songs i love them all but you dident play white as snow ='( but you guys still rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! B)
lassalle
11 July, 2009
Genious
I was there, it was the best show i've ever seen, better than Vertigo I think. Thank you for all the energy. Need to buy your glasses, as I read "Bono's charisma can be attributed largely to his glasses" somewhere ! Thanks a lot for all.
julie-b
11 July, 2009
LOVE
I was there and I received so much from you guys!! Thank for all the love you've showed to us!! Tthis was one of the best concert !! I really hope you felt as much love as we do !!! GREAT TIME!!! GREAT SHOW!!! Sweet dream!! Thanks a lot !!!
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