Saturday night in Las Vegas

28 Jan 2024

Saturday night in Las Vegas

Show twenty seven on January twenty seven and a special Saturday night in Las Vegas. Sweetest Thing and Crowded House's Don't Dream It's Over ( 'I wish we'd written this song') are still with us… along with some special guests. 'Grateful to be alive,' as Bono put it, speaking for everyone in this crowded house.

If you were at the show in Vegas, add your own review and upload your photos here.


What Bono Said

(On the drums) 'If you're gonna run away with the circus, this is quite the big top, is it not? Let me start by introducing you to the now world-famous elastic man who can bend himself into any shape he wants, including Larry Mullen Jr., which is impossible, I know, but he exists and his name is Bram van den Berg!' 

(On bass) 'Look at our tight-rope walker without a safety net. High as he's ever been and completely sober — it's a beautiful thing — and sporting the most magnificent moustache!'

(On guitar) 'An alchemist turning our shite into gold on a regular basis, our card-playing, card-carrying genius, The Edge!' 

(On song). 'He might describe himself as the ring master but tonight he's here to make you laugh and cry, your resident clown, Bono Vox!'

'Freedom… It's our favourite word in the band, isn't it the Edge? Growing up in Ireland, rock 'n' roll was the sound of freedom … and America always felt like the land of the free so don't let anyone take that away from you, alright?'

Before Beautiful Day, acknowledging  many had traveled long distances to be in Las Vegas 'Some Irish people here … everybody can feel you strongly tonight'.

Shout Outs

During Elevation to US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff: 'Madame VP, Doug, Happy Birthday, from the U2!' 

During All I Want Is You, to 'Our partners, our mothers, our daughters, all the women on the U2 crew, all the great women in the audience who we feel we know, and some in … far off places in the world in difficult situations that we can never know...'

On the Socials

'Just got back from seeing U2 at the Sphere on Las Vegas. My immediate description of the experience is “life affirming”. I've never experienced anything like it. #U2UVSPHERE' — @jason­­_king72 on X

 'Saw U2 at the Sphere tonight…What an epic experience!! #lasvegas #sphere #spherelasvegas #lasvegaslife #u2 #u2sphere #msgsphere #lasvegasnightlife #u2fans #beautifulday #epic #epicexperiences' — @myjourneymyhome on Instagram

'Just saw #U2 at #thesphere in #lasvegas… I have never witnessed a higher level of digital video production… it lives up to every bit the incredible visual spectacle it is said to be. #mindblown' —@n8drumz on Instagram

'The #AdamStache is intact for Saturday's show! We wonder…Will Adam grow this out into a beard? #AdamClayton #U2 #U2UVsphere #AdamStache' —@adamskimono on X

Zootopia/U2 Faniverse

Note: There were only a few minutes of Saturday's two-hour show that streamed  online, but that didn't stop the fans in Zootopia from relishing any dispatch that made it out of Sphere by text or quick phone calls from friends on the floor.

'We are updating what we can tonight from friends at the show....they are on the Turntable now...' — AJ2 (part of the crew at fan site U2songs.com)

'Tonight, any information is good information' — dmway

'Texts from people at shows is how things were done before streaming. It's all good.' — zooropa99

'It's fun to read everyone's comments and hang out during the show even if we don't have a stream.' — Manohlive

'No stream, being audio and video, wouldn't mean that a good time can't happen... tonight was the proof...' — Zootopia moderator Max Tsukino

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