U2 eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour 2018

Oct
20
2018
Manchester, UK / Manchester Arena
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Another Wild Night

When & Where
Second and final night  in the Manchester Arena, Saturday 20th October 2018.

Set List
Took up tonight where we left off last night. 
Another storming show with the ‘Berlin sequence’ getting stronger by the day - Zoo Station, The Fly, Stay and Wild Horses. That's the first time we've heard Zoo Station and The Fly back to back since the Vertigo Tour days. And how about that thunderous new outro to ‘Wild Horses’? 

'Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna taste your saltwater kisses?
Who's gonna take the place of me?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna tame the heart of thee ?’ 

Here is the full set list from Manchester 2.  

On The Fansites
Tyler & Jonny are, in their own words, ‘2 bespectacled U2 fans from Manchester.’ Together they become one voice when hosting their in-depth U2 related podcast from this very city, which they call ‘RevU2’ (get it?). They're planning a full feature length episode very soon on the #U2eiTour in general, but kindly sent us this mini-episode about these very special Manchester shows.
(transcribed)
’13 years from Vertigo (Tour), U2 come back in full force. All the fans last night and the night before seemed to be having the most amazing time. Everyone’s singing from the same hymn sheet… the crowd was totally unified… and I think it’s such a good time to be part of the U2 community. The love that Manchester was feeling, in the clubs, the restaurants, the bars beforehand… everyone was playing U2… Everywhere you went you could hear U2 playing. People wearing U2 t-shirts… from tours recent and far away… all the faded ones… the ones that still fit! It was… full circle… 13 years from when we first saw them… it just felt really special… everyone was really on the same page last night. There was not a ‘dead’ song. The was at no point when the crowd went flat…. they were on their feet, singing, clapping. We saw them standing on the Friday night, and seats on the Saturday, and one thing I noticed is that Bono, he’s a singer obviously… but he’s also a conductor.. he just ‘conducts’ the crowd. You can see things from a seated position (it was great to be so close, near the barricage on the first night.. an arms length almost away from the band), but that second night from the seats, you could see Bono ‘manipulating (in the best possible way!) everyone’s reactions… he had them in the palm of his hand. You wanna get up close and personal… try and touch them (Security!) - get a good picture… that was good for the first night… but a show like this, so epic, so vast, so many different key points of the stage, so much you would miss if you didn’t see that screen from a distance.
I was worried going into this tour, are they gonna re-hash the same sort of thing they did for Innocence (Tour)… obviously it's some of the same equipment… but it was TOTALLY different.. Experience (Tour). The fact that the ‘Barricage’ can now be taken apart.. and you have the ramp… and the floor which will come away from the main cage… and you’ve got an extra row of LED’s underneath it… it just extends it… I felt that there was NOTHING that stage couldn’t do! That in turn create this atmosphere that there was NOTHING that couldn’t happen… We also had a really fitting tribute to Manchester… its difficult to describe how emotional that felt. It went form complete euphoria… having a great rock and roll show on a Saturday night, party time in Manchester… to something bigger. It got everybody… it really did get me. It’s that kind of positivity and love and unity that U2 are so good at creating AND sharing with their fans. That's where songs like ‘Love Is Bigger (Than Anything In It’s Way)’ find their home… that’s where they belong… I’m getting goosebumps… such a great experience last night. Pun intended completely!’

On The Socials
Carol8 (via Zootopia) 'I’ve said this before (but this time I mean it!!) U2 yet again draw me back in if I ever had any moments of doubt! Wild Horses in particular was a standout for me and at one point as they were all together at the end I thought wow the energy was amazing!! During stay I got a bit emotional and two complete strangers one beside me and a lady behind me asked if I was ok so sweet.. damn u2 they know how to set me off!'

@spikesound (via Twitter) 'Real goose bump moment last night in Manchester when watching U2 for the first time and heard the opening guitar to I Will Follow - amazing concert and stage design.'

@louie1401 (via Twitter) 'The defining moment of the show for me - so much emotion in this song & Bono’s whole performance- the throwing of the lightbulb carries so many meanings.'

@NigeCarroll (via Twitter) 'Hansa by the wall in Manchester last night! Ireland is in for some show when the Experience & Innocence Tour hits Dublin. They actually outdid 2015. Unreal night in Manchester. Euro flag an all! What a time for U2 to snap back into the Berlin buzz.'

What Did Macphisto / Bono Say?
‘Guess who’s back? Back again… Macphisto’s back, tell your friends. Macphisto is back in his most favourite club on the planet. You sort of invented clubs, didn’t you my little Manc-ey pants.. That’s why your Monday’s are not Happy… they’re Blue! The Hellfire Club… now, that was my gaff, that was the place to be..  I don’t want to be a part of a club that I can’t burn down, so I’ve been a busy devil, burning down all kinds of clubs; The United Nations, NATO, the EU…’

(To Ali) :  ‘ Sorry to be talking about our love in front of other people all the time… but I guess you fell in love with a Showman. '
‘It is what it is, but it's not what it seems
This screwed up stuff is the stuff of dreams
I got just enough low self esteem
To get me where I wanna go oh’

‘Manchester… City of The Buzzcocks, Magazine, Joy Division, The Smiths… Martin Hannett, The Invisible Girls, Oasis… ‘

(B- Attitudes) : Blessed is the University… 21 Nobel Prizes… Blessed is Coronation Street, Royal… Manchester… STILL a great European city… Blessed is Bobby Charlton.. Blessed is Jack Charlton. Blessed are the Blues… and the Reds!”

Were you in the house tonight ? Post your reviews and add your photos below.

 

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'This is Zoo Station. It really exists, it's not a figment of our imagination…'

U2 eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE Tour 2018

COMMENTS

34
tonycarney
25 October, 2018
Wow! Manchester
Second night in Manchester and the crowd was still well up for it, everyone singing every word with Bono, Brilliant night up there with some of the best shows I've seen U2 perform, the boys are getting everything spot on! Loved zoo station and stay but Pride and New year's day still as fresh as the first time I hears them a very long time ago. Keep on going boys, would love to see you back in Liverpool one day, it's been a long time since War tour at the Royal court 1983.
carriemunky
25 October, 2018
My 8th tour & they get better
Well it has been a long journey with our four lads from the Northside of Dublin, but what a beautiful musical journey it has been. When I first listened to the new fantastic album I had a feeling that the band was kinda saying thanks but goodbye and I thought this might be one of the last times I get to see the lads on stage ever again, but boy they proved me wrong on the 19th & 20th of October. The lads looked more energetic, more passionate, more relaxed and dare I say happy (even Larry) since the 360 tour. This might be my 8th U2 tour but it was my oldest sons Joshua's 3rd and also my sisters 3 rd tour and they said the same, that these four lads just get better and better. To hear ZOO Station just brought me back to y first ever U2 gig at Celtic Park Glasgow 8th of August 1993, hearing the tunes from Actung baby made me cry with joy and Gloria just sent me in to U2 heaven. Thank you Larry, Adam, The Edge & Bono for making the music to my life.
theibd
24 October, 2018
Finn’s first gig !!!!!
great night, made even more special that i got to bring my 5 year old Finn. We got great seats last minute from a friend in work and flew over from Dublin that afternoon. The sound and set list were amazing. I really enjoyed the mix of songs and loved “Zoo Station” and “Wild horses”. It says alot of the new album that they could play most it and the crowd loved it. Finn knows the new album off by heart and he was singing away especially “Love is bigger than anything in it’s way”. Hopefully i get to bring my other two to a gig soon. Rob
immy1992
23 October, 2018
Magic Manchester
Met Bono, The Edge and Adam before the gig on Saturday, cannot express just how amazing it was. They say never meet your heroes, but in this case I'm so glad I did. The concert was amazing too, loved every minute
markrice
22 October, 2018
Impressive night.
I've got to say that after the US and the early European shows I wasn't a huge fan of the setlist, it seemed too stilted and choreographed. So I was delighted when the band started to mix things up. From the moment Bono screamed 'hello Manchester' as the show begun it felt like it was going to be a good night. I'd read interviews saying the band were at the top of their game and so it proved on Saturday, they were awesome - every one of them. We were near the Experience stage and it really got me just how bloody hard Larry hits those drums, too right he's got a heavy right foot. Edge seemed better than ever, Adam cooler than every and Bono being Bono. Who knows when they'll be back on tour, or even if they will be. Whatever happens this show ranks highly in the U2 gigs I've seen and that's a list that dates back to JT Tour in 1987.
nathalie_ferr
22 October, 2018
Like in a dream
2015 nous étions à Barcelone et cette année Manchester et nous avons eu l'impression de continuer l'histoire là où nous l'avions laissée...Quel moment magique et merveilleux avec les meilleurs ...
u2derek
22 October, 2018
What a night in Manchester
Friday and Saturday night were pure Magic in Manchester, the boys being in top form watching them play the fly live for me was Magic ....wave after wave of songs even wild horses was just excellent.....The fly just cant get the into out of my head and its Monday!
carolastoria01
21 October, 2018
Manchester awesome !!!
what can I say took my 10 year daughter her 3rd gig out of this world thanks guys & thanks Edge Adam & Bono for quick selfies at Lowry
mariamontreal
21 October, 2018
mariamontreal
I live on the other side of the pond listened to the show AB ZS first half amazing show U2 you continue to dig deeper and bring back these rareties that we all love and miss.My 2 nights in Montreal with you were great Europe you are privileged.to have this amazing setlist.As the tour is winding down I am anxiously wondering what will you do nect I know you never mentioned on this tour whrn saying goodnight We will see you soon....I pray aftet a long break I will in Montrea again.
Willtenerife
21 October, 2018
Noche majica
Viajamos desde tenerife y nos encanto gran concierto.Gracias u2
zootvpw
21 October, 2018
Manchester 20th october
A awesome night in Manchester 2oth of October. 4th time to see the band and they never disappoint, Great show lots of colour
zootvpw
21 October, 2018
A beautiful night in Manchester
A awesome night in Manchester 2oth of October. 4th time to see the band and they never disappoint, Great show lots of colour
stevelayfield
21 October, 2018
Awesome reclaimed!!
Great atmosphere amazing Achtung Baby set and you played New Years Day!!
katherinethorpe
21 October, 2018
Katherine Thorpe
Just amazing that I can introduce my son to the band I have followed since seeing them in Gateshead stadium in the 80’s. He loved them which made me one happy mum
katherinethorpe
21 October, 2018
Katherine Thorpe
After 36 years we get to have our photo again with the edge and Adam. Thank you for being so patient and caring making sure everyone got to chat with you
Angiejubb
21 October, 2018
Another fantastic show
My daughter turned 18 this year wanted tickets to see U2 and loved it. My second time seeing them absolutely brilliant. WHAT A SHOW
RichieH71
21 October, 2018
Brilliant night
My first ever concert after so many years of wanting to see U2 live amazing experience being able to do something I have wanted to since 1984
russpm
21 October, 2018
Berlin rules in Manchester
The Berlin section of the show is so epic it just blows you away. Two very special Manchester gigs by the small Irish band. Don’t leave it 12 years before coming back next time lads!
riclecr
20 October, 2018
Briosa
After Paris and Madrid now Manchester. Like bono song in Coimbra... Its a beautiful day... Briooosa.
u2fancat
20 October, 2018
Manchester never disappoints
My sixth show of the tour, and probably the concert of the year. I even managed to get my row to stand, in the end! This band has phenomenal power live. Roll on the next!
mark100
20 October, 2018
Mark
Can’t wait for Tuesday in London. Then 2 more shows for me in Dublin. Bring it on lads. Can’t wait. Northside dubliner
Carol8
20 October, 2018
U2 manchester
Fantastic show was like achtung baby revisited! Stay had me in tears
gazza7364
20 October, 2018
Manchester 19/10/18
Great show at Manchester Arena Innocence & Experiance tour. Great gig, great effects, great band and great songs. #U2ie #manchesterarea # U2
Farmerpotts
12 October, 2018
Farmerpotts
Been waiting for months, it's nearly over! Going both nights, album on repeat!!! Can't think about anything else but the moment the boys hit the stage for Blackout!! Bring it on!!!
stevelayfield
10 October, 2018
Back to Madchester
1st saw the boys in 1984 at the Manchester Apollo now my 12th Concert back in Manchester. Its going to be a great atmosphere. New Years Day yes please!!
lindinha31747
02 October, 2018
Love U2
my second concert of this tour ... first in Lisbon. I love you guys, best band in the world.
oneshoe
02 October, 2018
Tickets sorted
I thought that we would have to miss this tour. Knee operation done. Looking forward to the concert now. Cannot wait.
900
20 September, 2018
i'm still running
I'm ready for what's next!!
nikkismith
03 May, 2018
Please, please sing....
U2 you gotta sing Red Flag Day or Summer of Love or my sister will be gutted........didn't see it on the opening night playlist in the USA. Here's hoping. x
Guse
26 April, 2018
looking for a standing ticket!!
Im comming from Argentina just to see the band in Manchester. I need a GA ticket, if anyone's selling one, please contact me. Thanks
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