'I would like to introduce you to the woman who gave me this balloon,' Bono explains during the introduction to 'Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World'. 'She taught The Fly how to walk, she taught MacPhisto how to dance — for 30 years, she's taught me how to elevate. She also happens to be Mrs. The Edge and it also happens to be her birthday.'
And here's Morleigh Steinberg, arm in arm with Bono, walking the perimeter of the stage, pulling along a great balloon high above.
'I dreamed that I saw Morleigh, in a supermarket trolley, tryin' to throw her arms around The Edge,' sings Bono, improvising new lyrics for TTTYAATW. 'Teach us how to fly! Show us how it's done!'
And Morleigh duly does, swinging from the balloon out over the side of the stage to the delight of the crowd below. In addition to 'Happy Birthday', tonight's 22-song set also includes snippets of 'Two Tribes' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Lou Reed's 'Walk On the Wild Side', and a longer-than-a-snippet twirl through Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds'.
What Bono (Also) Said
'Morleigh has the worst job on this tour because she has to tell me what to do and I'm not very good at being told what to do.'
After singing a few bars of 'Walk on the Wild Side': 'Everyone is welcome here. Acrobats. Servers. Magicians. Valet. Hotel people. Everyone welcome. Thank you for looking after us in Las Vegas…. It's important to say thank you. All these people work incredibly hard in this city. It's amazing.'
Speaking of the band's ode to Billie Holliday, he said: 'It's a juke box kind of a tune. I've been in pubs and people have put it on and I felt kinda proud of it.'
'All I Want Is You' is dedicated to Morleigh and 'all the women in our life' as well as 'all the women of the U2 crew…the great women in the audience that we feel like we know…and to women in such difficult circumstances around the world... that we could never know.'
On The Socials
'No matter what pictures/videos you've seen online, they do not do justice to what this experience is in person. We're only able to pass along a FRACTION of this. #U2UVSPHERE #AtomicCity' — @U2KROQ on X
'There is just over 1 hour left until the 9th night of #U2UVSphere and we have Chileans deployed throughout #LaEsfera , ready and willing to take turns and bring us the best moments in photo and video of #U2' — @U2Chile on X
'Bro… This concert is something else. #U2UVSPHERE #SphereVegas #Sphere' — @berryguild on X
'Was at the Sphere last week, and do want to go back! Very happy U2 went back to the R&H set, wondering if they'll stick with it this week or try a new set of 4 when they are on the turntable?' — u2shula
'I didn't get to ride the balloon but Mrs. Edge does?! How dare Bono…. Can you imagine the visuals for Discotheque in the Sphere though? That would be amaaaaaazing.' — lukylsp
'There just isn't enough she la la's in songs anymore - HEEEEY SHA LA LA' —AvANiceDay