Another loud, loud night in Montreal with plenty of special guests in the house including locals Win Butler and Regine Chassagne from Arcade Fire and Guy Laliberté of Cirque du Soleil.
'We want to do something that we've never played before. If it goes wrong, blame it on The Edge.' Then this. 'Punk rock party in a suburban home Everybody’s famous here but nobody’s known We got no music cos the speaker’s blown apart...' On the 'e'stage, and out of the blue, a surprise debut for 'Lucifer's Hands', one of the Songs of Innocence tracks released only on the Deluxe album, the one with a second disc. The 12th new song to feature in the #U2ie set list to date and can it be long until we hear 'The Crystal Ballroom' ? Funny you should ask, someone was holding up a sign making just that request. 'We'll get to it...' came the singer's response. Another surprise, for another night.
Also starting to demand it's own slot in the show is that transcendent epic from No Line On The Horizon. 'At the moment of surrender I folded to my knees I did not notice the passers-by And they did not notice me...' Moment of Surrender popped up twice tonight, at the close of Beautiful Day and then during Bad. How long until it's played in full?
One of the biggest moments came with Pride (In The Name of Love) when the screens lit up with the faces of leading activists in Azerbaijan, imprisoned by the authorities for speaking up for human rights. Amnesty International has been banned from the European Games which have just opened in the country. 'Blessed are the freedom makers, sing for Amnesty... Six friends of ours locked behind bars for the crime of expressing their opinion... Emin. Khadija. Anar. Leyla. Rasul. Intigam ... 'Sing a message of love from a city of love, Montreal...'