'Achtung, y'all!'

12 Oct 2023

'Achtung, y'all!'

Night six in Vegas and here's what went down.

It might have been a humdrum, mid-week evening elsewhere, but not inside Sphere in Las Vegas for the sixth U2:UV show, where Wednesday had more than a bit of 'grand madness' in it.

The band shook up their setlist again during the second act — switching out 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For', 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)', and 'MLK' and adding back in 'All I Want Is You', 'Desire', 'Angel of Harlem', and 'Love Rescue Me'.

There were also a few new lyrical snippets sprinkled throughout the 22-song set, including Van Morrison's 'Into the Mystic', (dedicated to Larry Mullen Jr.), Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone', 'Invisible Sun' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' by the Police, and U2's own 'Moment of Surrender' leading into 'Where The Streets Have No Name'.

The evening came to a close with lyrics from The Beatles' 'Blackbird' — 'You were only waiting for that moment to arrive' - as the final strains of 'Beautiful Day' played.

What Bono Said

'Look where we go to work — the place is a wonder. Grand madness…that's what we need from art, sometimes.'

'We've learned so much from your country — blues, gospel, shit we knew nothing about.'

'The only thing Adam Clayton cannot do is laugh and play bass.'

'My name is St. Peter. Welcome to heaven!...You're beautiful. All God's creatures, beautiful! Look atcha! Beautiful!'

In the Press

'U2 are due as much credit, if not more, for taking the plunge as for their triumphant tour de force…. In a week where we saw the worst of what humanity is capable of, there's comfort in the transcendent power of music and the wondrous new cathedrals that celebrate the fusion of raw emotion, technical mastery and limitless imagination.' — Marion McKeone in The Business Post (Ireland)

'U2 at The Sphere will melt your brain… the power of one of the world's biggest bands using the world's most high-tech music venue to its highest capacity to blow minds. And blow minds it did.' — 98.5 FM (Boston)

On the Socials

'U2 just won at best concert ever. I don't know how anybody is going to better this.' —@EddieBiddle on X

'Unexpected @u2 joy tonight. Each night is unique and it'll take a while to process this one. First time GA with my bestie! @spherevegas is “not an Elvis chapel — it's an Elvis cathedral and we are in flirtatious form!” — @elysia1 on Instagram

'Feeling very fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to the states and see the incredible U2 at The Sphere in Vegas. To echo Bono's sentiment at the end of the show, we need to look after all the beautiful animals on our planet so it can indeed be a 'Beautiful Day'.'— Professor Noel Fitzpatrick on Facebook

'Yes, Bono, that was Las Vegas on a WEDNESDAY NIGHT! @U2 #SphereVegas' — @JulieLB on X

Zootopia/U2 Faniverse

'That reveal during “With Or Without You” is one of the most stunning journeys through the spherical tunnel and continues to leave the audience in awe night after night. Es Devlin's contribution to this show is magnificent'. — Sherry

'I'm here I'm here I'm here!!!! And I'm loving my GA neighbors. So happy!' —AmandaJoy

If you were at the show in Vegas, add your own review and upload your photos here.


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