U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018

Jun
13
2018
Philadelphia, PA, US / Wells Fargo Center
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'You're The Best Thing About Me'


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Opening night of two in Philadelphia. 

'When you look so good
The pain in your face doesn't show
When you look so good
and baby you don't even know
When the world is ours
But the world is not your kind of thing
Full of shooting stars
Brighter as they're vanishing
One of the band's most intimate shows in years tonight …'

When & Where
Wednesday June 13th 2018, Wells Fargo Centre, opening night of two in Philadelphia, PA.

Set List
Gloria is back. In te Domine. Here's the set list.

On The Socials 
@rjblaskiewicz 'The cage is sort of bonkers. I think I see a disco ball in some sort of sky holster.'

@Caralyn27 '#U2eiTour is awesome so far.  I have a feeling it will end too soon.'

@amy_4211 'I felt like Bono was telling a story to us. To remind America what a great country it is & that it's time to take it back from the tyranny that is Trump. Can't wait to go again tomorrow night! @U2 you just made hump day a whole lot easier to get through.'

@bejwebby 'Unbelievable @U2 show tonight in Philly! Acrobat was fucking amazing and UTEOTW was fabulous per usual...the visuals alone were mind blowing. The boys sounded amazing! Can't wait to dream it all up again tomorrow! Whoop!'

In The Press
Dan DeLuca, Music Critic at phillynews.com : 
'Bono gave me goose bumps. It happened at an unexpected time: It was about two-thirds of the way into their two-and-half-hour set, the first show of the spectacularly staged Experience + Innocence tour's two-night stay at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. The U2 singer and his guitarist compadre, the Edge, did a solo acoustic version of "Staring at the Sun," a gem from the band's largely forgotten 1997 album Pop. The singer described the song from the band's self-consciously garish period — Bono called it "psychedelic" — as being about "willful blindness," and it at first came across with a beautiful languor, as the Edge strummed and the lifetime bandmates' voices intertwined.
But what happens when you stare at the sun too long, and ignore the world around you? You lose touch, and if not careful, get burned. And suddenly the song's blissful idyll was shattered. Bono and Edge were still harmonizing on the circular second stage located on one end of the arena floor, but the giant rectangular double-sided video screen above that was filled with images of disharmony. And hate: Tiki torch-wielding white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. were on the march, and swastika-bearing neo-Nazis paraded the streets. This is what happens when Western democracies fall asleep at the switch, and fear and intolerance are allowed to rear their ugly heads, the images said. Despite all of Bono's globalist rock star statesmanship, all hope seemed nearly lost. But in the darkest hour … that's where the goose bumps came in. Cue "Pride (In the Name of Love)," the undeniable anthem from the Irish band's 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire. Wipe those heinous people off the screens, and replace them with a superhero come to save the day: Martin Luther King Jr. — "One man come in the name of love" — locking arms with civil rights activists…'

Experience Of the Day
As the singer left the e-stage, still singing the song 13 on his way out of the arena, Rebecca just happened to be in the right place at the right time
@beckyjmac. 'That moment when he looks right at you. And you get a head tilt.  And your amazing friend captures the pic!  And then you melt.   And all is right in the world.'

Review on U2.com / Zootopia
Some practical advice from Zootopia dmway :
1, if you want to be on the rail in GA, if you're in the queue before they open the doors, you're most likely going to get some kind of rail. (I got on it if I had wanted to stay there, despite the traffic getting me there MUCH later than I had intended.)
If you hate traffic, and you want to see U2 in the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, be sure to check whether or not the Phillies have a home game first on the same night. The traffic going down, not so bad - the traffic leaving, OMFG... I met an older lady from the South side of Dublin (who moved to the area 50 years ago, and yet still has kept her lovely Irish brogue) who wrote her origin on a sign for the band to read - Adam definitely caught sight of it (and acknowledged with a smile).

And don’t forget -  #WomenoftheWorldTakeOver.  Ahead of the show, why not... SING IT. RECORD IT. POST IT.
Sing the song, share it online. Join the movement.

If you were at the show in Philly tonight, add your own photos and reviews here.

 

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COMMENTS

11
jaymac
15 June, 2018
Splashing the soul of my “shooze”
Another U2 show that does not disappoint. No matter what is going on, the is that three to four hour window where we all become family. Become...ONE. Red Zone section was delightful for show number 27 since Chestnut Cabaret; 1982. Good to hear “the ocean” again. They used to close shows with this song until “40” took its place.
lipo65
15 June, 2018
Pre show music
the band was awesome . Bono's energy unparalleled . One suggestion for better audience energy : The pre show music . Add prince and some good dance music back into that lineup . It's waned and become more mellow as the tour progresses . Add some more high energy, even MJ, and you''ll have the crowd already pumped up . Love you all.
DeniseMichele
14 June, 2018
#u2philly1
Amazing show in #U2philly It was my 13th show ever and took my nephew to his first U2 show. Favorite part was MacPhisto/Acrobat and Love is Bigger/13 Love the mix of new songs and classics! Thank you U2
NJDevls
14 June, 2018
Great show!
U2 never ceases to amaze me! The show was awesome from start to finish. I miss Streets being in the setlist, but it was nice to hear Staring at the Sun. The crowd was great as well. Talk about diversity! I was there with my 66yr old mom, wife, brother, and three kids (16, 19, 22). I think they were just as impressed with the show as I was. In fact, the kids and I are seeing the show again tonight! Pix to come!
cdarr
12 June, 2018
Red flag day PLEASE
I’d LOVE to hear Land Lady or Red Flag Day in Philly!!! Can’t wait for the show... bring my sweet 8 year old daughter for her 2nd concert!
Dayman99
03 June, 2018
Everybody Ready????
I'm looking forward to seeing this show! Only bummer I see with set lists from previous shows is no Streets.......Which is always fantastic live. Hopefully Philly will bring out the best in them!! Go Eagles!!!
catch22cm
20 November, 2017
FINALLY....Red Zone
Finally got Red Zone tickets! Been wanting to get Red Zone tickets for the past few concerts, FINALLY got them. Can't wait to take my son!! Perfect Father's Day gift for myself! :-)
scriptgirl
13 November, 2017
InVienna waiting patiently to buy tix fo
I'm abroad for work/vaca, and 6 hours ahead of Philadelphia. Hope I don't screw this up! ;)
Irlandes1971
09 November, 2017
From Foro Sol To Philadelphia
Cant wait
Dutchydawg
02 November, 2017
REDZONE OFFERED?
Soooo going to this show in Philly! Joshua Tree was INCREDIBLE !! Saving up for the Redzone
Moneypenny18
01 November, 2017
Coming to Philly!
Their Philly show this year was awesome. Took my sons, and they can't wait to see them for this tour.
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