'Konbanwa' said Bono, trying out a little Japanese ('Good evening') and taking a breath at the end of New Year's Day. The Saitama Super Arena erupted with joy in response, setting the tone for another special show.
'Thank you for your patience, thank you for waiting around ...
There's no good reason for why we haven't been back with you more… we feel we have a deep connection with Japan.
This song is from an album called The Unforgettable Fire. It began its life with some anti-war drawings done by Japanese children, to remind us all what fear looks like and the primacy of peace.
This song is about letting go of some things while holding on even tighter to others… it's called Bad.'
The band first played here in 1983, when they visited that exhibition The Unforgettable Fire, which became the title of their fourth studio album, a year later.
Tonight Bad once again metamorphosed into Bowie's 'Heroes', becoming 'a prayer in the dark for peace in this region and around the world.
Can we give thanks for the peace makers? The unsung heroes. The women and men who day after day wage peace not war, the stars we never see
Can we take a moment, a prayer, in the dark to think about these unsung heroes ?
Let's bring them into this moment...'
First night back in Tokyo since 2006 was also memorable for the launch of U2X RADIO, as the band walked back onstage for 'Elevation' - and ere broadcast into Howard Stern's show in the US.
'…going live to New York from Tokyo
Let them hear you sing
Let them hear ya
Are you ready to get elevated
ready to get radiated
Howard Stern, Can ya hear us
Why so… Sirius XM?'
Full report coming later, meantime here's the complete set list and if you were at second show at the Kallang SG tonight, tell us all about it.