'We're all feeling very much alive and grateful for it', Bono announced before 'Mysterious Ways'. 'I said to Quincy Jones one night, that line: Great to be alive. He looked at me and goes: Great to be alive? Great to be alive? It's crucial, man.'
And it was crucial to be at this show. Tonight 'When Love Comes To Town' took the place of 'Party Girl' and there were snatches of lots of songs giving thanks for friends present and absent: Donna Summer's 'State of Independence'; 'We Are The World' by USA For Africa; 'Sympathy for the Devil' and 'Paint It Black' by the Rolling Stones, 'Two Tribes' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood; 'Walk on the Wild Side' by Lou Reed, and 'America' by Simon and Garfunkel.
Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' joined the encore before a snippet of 'Gloria' and The Beatles' 'Blackbird' closed the night.
Before 'All I Want Is You', inspired by Brian Eno's turntable: 'We're clearly not gambling men, but we will bet on the union of art and science…out in the world. We need more creative experimental thinking about art and technology. We have some problems to solve!'
Before Don't Dream It's Over: 'Freedom is with us tonight. Freedom is in the house. Freedom is present, I would say'… America is the 'land of the free'… 'We love it here! Don't let anyone take your freedoms away'.
After the last line of 'Acrobat' — so don't let the bastards grind you down : 'Did you hear that? Are you hearin' that? Be not afraid'.
To 'All our (RED) partners)…in memory of Steve Jobs' during 'Vertigo': ‘Raising money for people who really need it… all across the world...'
To Adam Clayton's 'magnificent' moustache: 'On the bass, Tom Selleck!'
On the Socials
'U2 at the Sphere is unlike any experience on Planet Earth'— @AdamHBeasley on X
'Living in total denial about these gigs coming to an end - getting a chance to listen into as many of these shows as we have has been such a blessing. Is All I Want is You making me sappy and sentimental? Maybe, but it's so beautiful it's hard not to #U2UVsphere' —@ScoobyGangKid on X
'Impossible to really capture or describe #U2UVSPHERE with images or words. #Bono maybe said it best. "Art & Science need to come together more." Hard to find a more immersive experience for anyone anywhere.' —@JoeFav on X
'El rock nos salvará. U2 en @SphereVegas es impresionante. (English translation: 'Rock will save us. U2 at @SphereVegas is awesome.') —@AS_MSanchez on X
'I swear if I ever go outside and see a balloon tied to the door... Pennywise or Bono you decide.' —AvANiceDAy
'[Bram] really said he's got your keys under his drumkit mwahahahaha' —Canadanne
'Bono and the Edge are channeling the late BB tonight. The vocals WOW!!! We feel good!' —neasa_vyu2