Gloria was back in the set tonight and led to a special mention for Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band's first three albums and has worked with them on many since.
With October getting another surprise turn on the 'e' stage before Every Breaking Wave, that's the first time in 25 years (noted by @U2gigs) that two songs from October (the album) have been performed on the same night.
And their original producer (@sillywhite) was straight out on twitter: 'Namecheck from Bono at the end of Gloria! BOOOOOOOOM!'
Another sweltering day but the AC at MSG, as Bono pointed out, is a little more effective these days. 'New York City look at you. We're going to turn up the temperature. Irish people don't complain about the heat. The only heat we don't like is humidity. This is definitely the 2nd greatest city in the world....'
October itself was dedicated to 'two heroes of ours - Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords' and there were lots of other shout outs, notably before Paul Simon's 'Mother and Child Reunion' putting the spotlight on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Special thanks to artists, activists and politicians in the house including Chris Martin, Ronald Perelman, Lindsey Graham and Chris Coons. 'Democrats and Republicans working together...'
The night closed with I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, a song containing its own answer. 'To answer the question why this band is refusing to give it a rest, we offer you this song...'