'Show Us Your Light'

8 Dec 2023

'Show Us Your Light' 

'We know that there's a lot of darkness out there in the world and today it entered your city as it has before to do what it always wishes to do: to take the best and the brightest of our communities from us. Against that darkness, show us your light.'

Hours after a mass shooting on the campus of the University of Nevada,  the inside of the Sphere lit up in solidarity,  a shining field of bright stars, people who 'get to carry each other'.

Tonight's  22-song set included 'Desire', 'Angel of Harlem', and 'Love Rescue Me' from Rattle and Hum, and snippets from other artists including Elton John's 'Sacrifice' and 'Rocket Man', Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone', The Rolling Stones' 'Paint It Black', Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 'Two Tribes', and The Beatles' 'Blackbird,' which closed the show after a few lines of U2's 'Gloria'.

What Did Bono Say

After 'Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World' and 'All I Want Is You', he expressed his gratitude to the citizens of Las Vegas: 'People in this town work so hard — waitresses, acrobats, sword swallowers, valets, cops, first responders, you name it. People work hard in this town, they work hard for us to come visit and we appreciate it.'

Toward the end of 'With or Without You',  as the endangered species of Es Devlin's Nevada Ark soared overhead, he said: 'Take care of each other. …We're all in danger tonight. So, we fill ourselves up with the strength of knowing that we are with each other, and we belong to each other, and we look after each other. Sing us home one… more… time!'

Shout Outs

To Bambi Lee Savage, an American singer-songwriter who was the only female engineer at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios where she worked on the Achtung Baby recording sessions

On the Socials

'Un sueño hecho realidad, nunca imaginé posible poder ver a U2 en un concierto, fan desde mi adolescencia hasta mi muerte, esto es surreal. #feliz #u2' (A dream come true, I never imagined it would be possible to see U2 in concert, a fan from my adolescence until my death, this is surreal. #happy #u2) — @joseluisfreitasrd on Instagram

'@U2 thank you for talking about the people who were killed in Las Vegas tonight. And to light up during One. I love you even more because you care for people. #U2UVSPHERE'—@Youtwo_13 on X

"We belong to each other and we look after each other." #U2UVSPHERE @U2—@u2mp3s on X

Zootopia/U2 Faniverse

'That was wonderfully tasteful and poignant before "One", Bono!' —dmway

'Sad day in Vegas...One sounds beautiful.' —Wahine

'God, that beautiful voice' —Canadanne

'The part when Bono lost his keys it's the most hilarious of the concert.' —julienguyen

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