U2360° TOUR Leg 3: 2011

Mar
25
2011
Santiago, CL (Estadio Nacional)
Estadio Nacionalwith Muse
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'You said you'd wait Chile, you said you'd wait until the end of the world....'
And five years after the band last played in South America, five weeks after the last show and 21 months after this tour opened in Barcelona, U2360° achieved lift-off at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago tonight.

The 23-song set featuring tracks from nine different U2 albums, opened with Beautiful Day ('Larry Mullen right behind you...') and closed two and a half hours later with Moment of Surrender. Set list surprises included One Tree Hill, only twice previously played outside New Zealand since 1990, and a moving instrumental version of Mothers of the Disappeared between One and Streets.

'There's lots been going on here in the last five years,'reflected Bono.'Both upsetting and inspiring times. From where we've been standing Chile - you look so strong - fuertes, fuertes, fuertes - and pretty handsome too.'

A special guest joined the band to share vocals on One Tree Hill: 'We'd like to ask to the stage the very gifted, the very wonderful Francisca Valenzuela.' The young and talented Chilean singer-songwriter brought a beautiful new dimension to a song with special connections to Chile and its most famous poet and political activist:

'Jara sang, his song a weapon in the hands of love.
You know his blood still cries from the ground.'


Bono dedicated the song to Joan, wife of Victor Jara.'We never forget Victor Jara,' he added, and Pride too was, 'For Victor Jara once more.'

Another veteran Chilean artist and activist, who's known and worked with the band since the 1980's, was also here tonight. 'Rene Castro,'announced Bono.'An old friend,in the house!' Rene was responsible for creating the memorable stage backdrops on the LoveTown Tour at the end of the 1980's.

The country, as Edge points out on a video for U2.com, has changed dramatically for the better since the band first played here, but change is still coming in other countries - and the set list tonight referenced the dramatic people movements taking place in 2011. Sunday Bloody Sunday went out to a country in north Africa ('Libya, can you hear us?') while Scarlet segued into Walk On with a meditation on Aung San Suu Kyi.

'This beautiful spirit is out now, is free, she wants to thank U2 fans, Amnesty International, all people who campaigned for her... rejoice.' But the military junta that kept her under house arrest still locks up its political activists.'Are you hearing us Burma?'

An irresistible version of Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me led into a pretty epic version of With or Without You - this Chilean audience sang at full volume all night, but never more so than now.

'Our hearts and our prayers go across the world from Chile to the people of Japan,' said Bono, with the opening bars of Moment of Surrender. A poignant note to close a powerful show.

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COMMENTS

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claro
10 December, 2010
Thank for come back to Chile
Thank Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen Jr. because you will make reality of dream living U2 360 tour in Chile. Now the chilean fans only we will wait next 25th March for sing with you. Thank Paul McGuinness, too.
pmella
09 December, 2010
U2 EN EL FIN DEL MUNDO
Thank you guys for your third visit to this country, Chilean people loves you!!!
nayshi
08 December, 2010
emotions
huaaaaaaaaaa ...... that happiness at last return to Chile, something good for us happen .....
zoomerang2
08 December, 2010
THANK YOU
THIS WILL BE THE BEST CONCERT TOUR 360. FROM THE END OF THE WORLD....
roberto_u2
08 December, 2010
Thanks for back to Chile
Thanks a lot for back to my country, we are waiting for U2 again after popmart and vertigo tour. i'm very happy for this notice. Live U2!!!!!! Roberto
roberto_u2
08 December, 2010
Thanks for back to Chile
Thanks a lot for back to my country, we are waiting for U2 again after popmart and vertigo tour. i'm very happy for this notice. Live U2!!!!!! Roberto
Cobreloa
08 December, 2010
Chile - u2
happy-- very happy for Chile and U2. Very happy for his visit, we will be resting there to the best group of the world. Fondly from the end of the World- U2 the best band of teh univers.........
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