U2360° TOUR Leg 1: 2009

Jun
30
2009
Barcelona, ES (Camp Nou)
Camp Nouwith Snow Patrol
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U2 unveiled their 'space station' in Barcelona tonight and 90,000 Spanish fans gave it lift off.

Arriving on stage at Camp Nou at just gone 10pm local time, the band played 22 songs over two hours and twenty minutes , eliciting an extraordinary reception from passionate Spanish fans.

As well as seven songs from No Line on the Horizon, the band soared through the catalogue returning to many classic tracks that have been missing from the set on recent tours.

The groundbreaking new stage production, designed by Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, was the first thing to hit the audience as they arrived at the venue - its four huge legs stretching across the hallowed home of Barcelona FC and suspending a giant spherical screen delivering crystal clear 360 vision throughout the huge stadium.

'This has been our neighbourhood for the last couple of weeks,' explained Bono, taking a breath after four opening songs from No Line. 'This is where we wanted to build our space station...'

The space station soon made contact with another one, when, to general astonishment, Bono called up the astronauts orbiting planet earth on the International Space Station. They immediately appeared live on the gigantic screens. 'Very nice to hear you,' said one astronaut as the microphone floated around the cabin.
'Commander, can you see Barcelona?' asked Bono.
'Right now the most beautiful sight in our cosmos is the blue planet earth,' came the reply.

Larry, Adam and Edge joined in the conversations with the space travellers, each of whom held out a sheet of paper, creating the phrase 'The Future Needs A Big Kiss' .

Along with some serious chat about the fragile beauty of the earth seen from space, Larry wanted to know if the earth was really round. 'Actually, that's classified...' came the reply. 'Escape yourself and gravity' goes a line in Unknown Caller, and considering this was its live debut it immediately sounded like a classic set to stay in the set for years. Sounded pretty cool hearing an entire stadium rhythmically chanting, 'Restart and re-boot yourself.' If it was a surprise to hear Unforgettable Fire, title track of an album released in 1984, it sounded majestic - of the 22 tracks the band performed we counted selections from eight different albums.

Another striking moment was when Bono dedicated 'Walk On' to Aung San Suu Kyi, democratically elected leader of Burma in 1990 but under house arrest for most of the years since. As the electronic screens weaved lower and elongated spectacularly over the stage, huge images of Aung San Suu Kyi appeared just as dozens of people began walking slowly along the external stage runway, each holding up her mask. 'Let her face be your face.' said Bono, as people all around the stadium began pulling out their own masks and wearing them.

Apart from a stumble during One, the band sounded looked pretty happy to be back on stage and back amongst their audience. It feels as though the new production will do what it was commissioned to and turn a stadium into a club.

'U2 is most at home when we're playing live.' explains Larry in the Tour programme. 'This is the place where our songs live.'
Ok, we haven't mentioned Gaudi, Michael Jackson or Desmond Tutu but that's all we've got time to say for now about a great opening night. We'll be adding more content in the coming hours - meantime, if you were at the show, don't forget to post your photos and videos.

COMMENTS

108
lecina
01 July, 2009
EXCEPTIONAL
The 24 horas before, with all fans on the street were nothing after this great show!!!!!! CRAZY!!! Everybody As they can't play 4 hours it would have beeng nice listening more songs not usually played... SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!! Now rest and prepared for 2nd night tomorrow
sisterthemoon1997
01 July, 2009
Great One
just back from Barca, what a night. It was the biggest Disco in town when Crazy tonight rolled in, what a version! Calling the ISS remindet us about calling Bush or pizza or a taxi back on Zoo TV, pretty cool. Magnificent was the best new song, the sound inside the inner circle got better before beautiful day, first 3 songs started with some trouble on edges guitare volume, but I think it was only a front of stage thing. Thanks for that show!
ORIOL5
01 July, 2009
THEY WERE MAGNIFICENT!!
It was my first U2 concert and I hope I could see many more. They where fantastic, and the stage was a very very impressive stage. U2 have show us they're the best!!!
Flow1
01 July, 2009
France fan, living in Barcelona, at opei
Great Show! I won't tell it all as it's better to find out oneself when at the show. Great intro, not "classic" like in the 2 last tours. The boys with a lot of energy, happy to be back apparently. Was in the pit, just in front of Bono. Very surprising stumble on One + the face of Bono when he realised he forgot his guitar at the end of the song... wearing Barcelona FC jersey (I heard soccer fans in the crowd from rest of Spain not too happy about that one..). Anyway, the stage is amazing, the band was everywhere. The track list was great. To me the show is more impressive than Vertigo and Elevation.. reaching Zoo TV level at the time ;). Thanks you and Rock on!
raymackay
01 July, 2009
Snowpatrol got the ball rolling..
Came from Scotland to Barca for the gig, my gal was a U2 virgin but no more!!! Sound was incredible, stage and lights were fab, no complaints about any of the tracks played, loved every min of it. Thinking since we're here till Friday may try and get a ticket for Thursday!!! Wish they would come to the Iron Works in Inverness.... Favourite tune... One, cheers laddies!
reeps76
01 July, 2009
ZOOROPA??
someone forgot that there was onother album to put in the list????? maybe one of the best???
Lorien83
01 July, 2009
AWESOME!
I was here!! And it was amazing, fantastic show, really, now i wait for tomorrow and repeat the great experience. Thanks!!
fran_rey
01 July, 2009
Dreaming in Barcelona
The First Night On Earth couldn't be better. Incredible playlist, F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C sound, beautiful scenario and Bono enjoying as a teenager. The best moment? Uummmm... each second. But Ultraviolet transported us to the best U2 live moments. Nothing else can be described. You need to see it to imagine the dimension of the show. Ahora Barcelona siempre estará unida a la historia de U2. Thanks for that night guys!!!
ischglerice
01 July, 2009
What a set............
If they change "a little while" into "Stand Up Comedy" or "Bad"...... it would be even more than perfect.
dunsk
01 July, 2009
Bad would be good, nay, Bad would be GRE
I love the setlist with one tweak; PLEASE add "Bad". If you would need to substitute it for something to keep the time down then I agree with blueandgoldfan about subtracting "In a Little While".
phormigo
01 July, 2009
Just Fantastic!
2500Km done worthwhile,,, THANK YOU TOO!
utwothefly
01 July, 2009
very good set!
but no drowning man....drop in a little while for drowning man. then its a great set!. i hope uf and uv make it to the uk shores
mouro
01 July, 2009
The claw
this is a message for the creators of The Claw: amazing fantasy, a masterpiece, unspeakable sensation when I was into its arms, felt it as a living creature of light and ilusion.Thank you.
howl
01 July, 2009
Please stop
No more where the streets have no name!!! 22 years is enough!!! That's when I go to the loo at a gig.
BranDeadPT
01 July, 2009
Camp Nou
It was beautiful, but I was waiting for something more ... After all we were in front of a spacecraft... It was beautiful when Bono linked to space station
mouro
01 July, 2009
When I look at...
Thank you guys for the time of my life. The Edge, magnificent; Bono...on the other side of silence; Larry you got the rythm of my soul; Adam, the most beautiful smile I´ve ever seen.I loved how you played I´ll Go Crazy... .Big Kiss.
Redon
01 July, 2009
Kings of Barcelona
Great night in Barcelona. I'm still dancing and shouting. Big surprises I can't unveil.
jorgeghido
01 July, 2009
Thank you
Thank you U2, for the last night, I don't have words for explain what was happen yesterday night in Nou Camp (Barcelona) SPAIN I't was fantacstic, wonderfull, MAGNIFICENT. Thank you very much
MASKARENOALEX
01 July, 2009
Well
The show was awesome, like always, but not the set list. This is a commercial set list, not a fan set list. I really, really love U2, but there are too many songs of the new album. I missed all the good songs live, like red hill mining town, twilight, another time another place, like a song, when I look at the world, love comes tumbling and acrobat. Again, this is the reallity, they need to sell to the crowds.
drayanunez
01 July, 2009
Best moments of the show
1: Unforgettable Fire 2: Disco version of "I'll go crazy...": Larry walking and running with a jembe hanged! 3: Questions to the international space station "is it really true that the earth is round?" 4: Bono wearing FC Barcelona t-shirt "the only team in world with Unicef logo on its tshirt instead of a brand"
MASKARENOALEX
30 June, 2009
NOT GOOD
Too many of the new album, surprise oldies, let be honest, this is not a fan set list, this is a COMERCIAL SET LIST. Missed Elevation, wow, they have like 120 better songs. If you want to look like if you are a fan during the concert just hear the new album and the greatest hits 80-90 and 90-2000. Bottom line, this is a bussines not a romance, you need to sell to the crowds. This set list will be the same for the rest of the entire tour, so do not be impatient, ja. I love U2 and I´ve been a fan since 19 years ago, and I would like so much hear at least these 6 songs during a show: Twilight, another time another place, like a song, love comes tumbling, when a look at the world and red hill mining town. I do not expect you are with me.
jefft16
30 June, 2009
unbelievable...
This is probably one of the best stages ive ever seen in my life, and I thought it couldn't get better than the Vertigo stage. Im curious how well the sound system is, but its U2 how can you go wrong. This is what you get for being THE best Rock 'N' Roll band in history.
este
30 June, 2009
Amazing Start! The Evolution Begins!
I'm blown away by the set list! It's shockingly amazing that they played MLK and Unforgettable Fire! I'm curious to see how the set list evolves. I know they practiced Drowning Man. Hopefully, I'll get to hear it in Chicago, Dallas, or Houston! Play on!
u2 ka
30 June, 2009
A Christmas Missed!
I told my wife today that missing the opening night of a U2 tour was like missing Christmas morning as a kid! I love the set list and I'm hoping that I will be blessed financially so that I can travel to Europe to see the boys before they hit the states in September. I look forward to more reports!
thomasgoethals
30 June, 2009
New era!
How brave; what a choice. Completely unexpected, I can't wait to hear the new songs coming alive. Perfect!
marzidog
30 June, 2009
marzidog
Great list! Can't wait until October. What happened to Electrical Storm??? Larry teased us. Please, please add it to the list for Vegas or Vancouver. I'll be there!
PaulBaby
30 June, 2009
Awesome!
Great set list - (was hoping they might drop a couple more of the standards this time around) - I've often said Unforgetable Fire is my favorite song of all!! Glad you guys got off to a great start!! See you in Chicago!!!!!!
batibub
30 June, 2009
Really good
Ultraviolet was in!!!! Thanks. I missed Elevation, but the list was brilliant
batibub
30 June, 2009
Fantastic opening night
well, just a few things, cause it could be so long. Great and funny version of I'll go crazy Al last! ULTRAVIOLET Thank you guys. I drove crazy in Vertigo and Sunday Bloody Sunday Fantastic scenary and amazing audience. The band really huge. A little critic: One But what happened doesn't matter at all. Enjoy the coming shows!!! I missed Elevation, but the setlist was really good.
LasVegasU2Fan
30 June, 2009
Missing a song
What about Elevation? That's a great song when played live. Love having Unforgettable Fire on the list.
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