Jun
30
2009
Barcelona, ES (Camp Nou)
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Camp Nouwith Snow Patrol
Show Report


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.
107  Fan Reviews
silvia catia - 30 June, 2009
Amazing !!!!
I loved it !!!!!! Finish if "moment of surrender! I cried a lot !!!! LOVELY ...LOVED... I LOVE so much!!!
DanielaDC - 30 June, 2009
I think I'm in love
Nice picture by the way. Based on the guitar Edge's playing, I believe they're performing Vertigo . . . I've fallen in love . . . If I die, do not blame them, blame my heart for loving the unknown . . .
u2muzikluvr - 30 June, 2009
Canada eastcoast fan
I'm blown away the stage is out of this world!! Now get me a ticket !!!LOL love ya U2 simply the best forever!!!!
ferran76 - 30 June, 2009
AWESOME!
Incredible show! I'm still shocked! U2 rocks! the scenary was bigger than I expected. I can't wait to see them again in London on August 15th!
Ezoo - 30 June, 2009
MOON IN BARCELONA
Tears this night in Barcelona listening Unforgettable Fire. Fantastic concert. Thanks. Ultraviolet!!!
nohorizon - 30 June, 2009
A BIG KISS!
Hi! I was the last night in the show... it was beautiful! You even played one of my favourite songs of yours, "Ultraviolet". And many more... I'll be this thursday too in Camp Nou. I just think that the show have to be a little different, just with another songs like "The Fly", "Elevation", "All because of you", "Sometimes you can't make it in your own", "Stuck in a moment and you can't get out of it"... I really love this songs, and all your songs! But this way people can have a different show than this Tuesday... I just hope that you will play it! Especially "The Fly" please... Think about it and try to do it possible! We will thank you! :D
svoot - 30 June, 2009
Hope they play this list in Dallas
Strong set! Hope it remains close to the same once it hits the states. Ultraviolet and Unknown Caller need to be mainstays!
Mvdtillaar - 30 June, 2009
lift of was great
out of space into this world, great, grand show. see you in paris, Marco
LucianaLobo - 30 June, 2009
OMG!!!
Can you believe Unforgettable Fire and Ultraviolet at the same concert? I'm so thrilled... Went to Boston last tour, hope they can come to Brasil on this one!!!
blueandgoldfan - 30 June, 2009
one tiny problem
I say subtract "In a Little While" and add "BAD"... other than that, perfection!!
Babak Fardin - 30 June, 2009
YES!!!!
I am so ecstatic about the playlist. I am thrilled that they played Unknown Caller, Unforgetabble Fire, and maybe my favorite U2 song of all time, Ultraviolet. Thanks guys!!! Can't wait to see you several times in North America.
jtmoney - 30 June, 2009
wow
cant believe they played unforgettable fire, and ultraviolet-- havent heard those live for a long time! great opening rack list- cant wait for tampa,FL oCT-09
macs - 30 June, 2009
More...
It's simple. Deeper sets, with more songs and more variety
Netza - 30 June, 2009
woooow!!!!
They played The Unforgettable Fire and MLK!!! Can't wait for Toronto! hope they play some more from the very first albums!!!
tracishere - 30 June, 2009
Fantastic!
I'm bursting with excitement to see them in the states!
vix - 30 June, 2009
surprise oldies
blimey, Ultraviolet will be great if it makes it through to the UK dates, and can't wait to see how MLK and Unforgettable Fire do :-) who'd have thought Angel Of Harlem gets a look in too. Interesting mix, something for all tastes tonight hey?
Jose Jimenez - 30 June, 2009
Strong, what a set list!
Wow, wow, wow. Just Magnificent, I can't Breathe, he he
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