Jun 25 2018
New York City, NY, US / Madison Square Garden

Mr MacPhisto in New York City

When & Where
Monday June 25th 2018, opening night at Madison Square Garden, NYC. Show number 24 of #U2eiTour.

Set List
All Because Of You retains 5th spot in the set. A shoutout to Island Records founder 'Chris Blackwell, right in front of you' in Beautiful Day. Vertigo also gets a few lines from 'Born This Way' as a nod to Lady Gaga, who is right up front. Here's the full set list.

In The Press
Bobby Olivier, NJ Advance Media for nj.com  
'... Oh, and might as well talk about the music, too. In short, U2 shirked many of its old fan favorites — zero "Joshua Tree" songs were performed this night … The best of the bunch this night was the legitimately pounding "The Blackout," taken on early in the set, with all four band members positioned in the cage and portrayed in flashes of dramatic light and huge silhouettes. The rest of the new stuff all sort of lulls together into the arena-rock mold U2 has defined for itself and a list of other A-list bands over the years. Of course, it's the band's prerogative to perform its new music on its new tour, and U2 is still unquestionably tight and driven— plus Bono's voice still truly soars. But if you're specifically an "old U2" worshipper, just know this before you take on their show at Prudential Center in Newark this Friday: Of 24 songs performed in total Monday night, only five were recorded in the '80s.
But if you're one for tremendous visualizations that will leave you dumbfounded and attempting to describe the complicated set to your friends the next day, then by all means, strap in and check out what the most successful rock band of the past 35 years has cooked up this time. It's certainly something to see.'

On The Socials 
@AndrewBank (via Twitter) 'Another transcendent rock production. Deeply reflective while doggedly rejecting the "nostalgia act" label.'

@therod730 (via Twitter) 'Ridiculously epic. #U2eitour i dont words.'

@TimNaftali (via Twitter) 'U2 in NYC tonight sing of love and project hope.'

@peacewillfollow (via Twitter) 'American Soul is legit my second favorite song off of SOE (the first being Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way). But American Soul has a thumping relevance and power that just explodes live.'

Experience(s) Of The Day
edelrodriguez (whose artwork is on display on the barricade screen during the preshow, via Instagram) : 'Bono invited my father and I to U2's sound check today at Madison Square Garden. We've been working long distance for a few months and it was wonderful to meet and chat for a while. Dad turns 80 this year and it was a big thrill for him to watch the band rehearse and meet Bono, we gave him some of my posters as well. We'll be at the garden all night checking out the show!… we had Madison Square Garden to ourselves for about an hour before the U2 show, so dad just laid back and watched the rolling slide show of my posters...'

@bethandbono (a fan of Edel's work, who bumped into him during the show, via instagram) 'This man is so talented and creates all those brilliant screen graphics for the #U2eiTour we love so much! Great to meet you, @edelstudio!'

What did Bono Say?
"the city that brought us The Ramones… Talking Heads… The Strokes…. the city that brought us Lady Gaga…"

"Fear and anger...the same thing. Man stays a boy, just without the innocence. Here comes the superego. Come on!" (UTEOTW intro)

"The anti-social media. I'm just back from your capital, actually. I love it there… I just love it! So nice to see you all fighting amongst yourselves. Whatever happens, don't mention the "C" word. C-C-Compromise…. New York, just remember this… its when you don't believe I exist, thats when I do my best work…" (as MacPhisto)

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

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.

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    Wonderful effect!
    First time in NYC and an amazing show! :-o
    New York, New York
    The best night ever! A mix of experience and innocence guided the night! Love is all we have left there!
    From Miami to MSG
    The way to celebrate my 4th U2 show 3 in MY beloved Miami and this one in the mecca of the contemporaneam pop culture MSG , See friends in the GA area
    From Miami with love
    All the way down from Miami! I don’t wanna miss my 4th U2 show specially in the Garden!! Smoky! See you in GA area friends!
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    The door is open to go through If I could I would come, too But the path is made by you As you're walking start singing and stop talking Oh, if I could hear myself when I say (Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way So young to be the words of your own song I know the rage in you is strong Write a world where we can belong To each other and sing it like no other Oh, if I could hear myself when I say (Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way If the moonlight caught you crying on Killiney Bay Oh, sing your song Let your song be sung If you listen you can hear the silence say "When you think you're done You've just begun" Love is bigger than anything in its way Love is bigger than anything in its way Love is bigger than anything in its way
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    After realizing my dream of seeing U2 in Brazil at Morumbi here is my second dream to see them at MSG in NYC coming from FRANCE. THANK YOU U2 for the 40 YEARS of HAPPINESS hoping still on the 3 dates at the MSG to hear the planetere tubes WHERE THE STREET HAVE NO NAME
    Miriam (only 11 year) Spanish superfan s
    Spanish M80Radio presents to Miriam (a U2 super fan withnonly 11 years old) will be in New York next June 25J-26J and 20SMadrid. We have no words to describe what Miriam 11 years has been able to transmit to us. Officially Miriam will be the special envoy of Wake UP! program Spanish M80 Radio to cover U2 concerts. Miriam wants wants to meet in person to U2 http://www.m80radio.com/2018/saloncito-la-fama-miriam-37246.html
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    Looking forward to the MSG show...
    I've seen them at Stoney Brook College back in the day to Live Aid and 12 other times... last year in Croke Park, this year I'm looking forward to coming home to see them at MSG... and Paris this year... Thank you, Cheers Larry
    Welcome to Portugal
    Since your first time in Portugal in 1982 that I don't miss one U2 concert. I hope I can get some tickets for this one, thanks for come.
    Back again in NYC!
    I've been a fan since the beginning, but this is only the 3rd U2 concert I will have attended. Saw I+E in 2015 in MSG for my birthday, JT in London, now back for E+I! Epic! Can't wait! Would love to see them again in Europe!
    Coming from UK to see this, first time in New York too, so if you want a beer give me a shout!
    NYC Part II
    First it was 2015 with the I + e Tour, and now we will travel again to NYC to enjoy the E + i Tour and thus close the cycle. Waiting to see them again guys ... 2018 to NYC¡¡¡
    Great concert as always...
    I've seen them almost every year since they played Stoney Brook College... to last year in Croke Park and it's nice as I'm looking forward to going back home to NY and see them at MSG. FYI benji the concert is on You Tube. Cheers Derek IT IS ELEVATION!!
    Anyone get GA, Red Zone or 100-level tic
    I didn't get my presale code (Innocence) group until late in the day. I had to call up for it, the text was never sent to me. There were only 200's and nosebleed seats left by then.
    I am very disappointed that we can only order 2 tickets. It's always been 4. Myself and 3 others have always seen U2 concerts together. Although we can still go together we can't sit together. I know there's bigger problems in the world but I am disappointed......
    Just Got A Place in New York
    My wife and I saw the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at MSG in July 2015. It was an inspirational concert. Now we have the opportunity to return to MSG for eXPERIENCE + innocence tour in June 2017 during our anniversary weekend. She's the best thing about me.
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    I'm getting ready to get my tickets, this year I was in NJ for TJTT2017 and next year in NYC... can't wait.
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    Big week next week! Last treatment on Monday and tickets on sale Tuesday! So pumped!
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    This could be my first U2 gig outside my country and I can't wait for it to come.
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    Hopefully will get tickets to the Garden - never been to New York so would be a great trip from the UK,
    No Place Like Home
    Born raised NYC/ NJ area have seen U2 shows round the states and Europe. Red Rock was a amazing place have to say. Seems like NYC is home to these guys or let's say a second home from Dublin. NYC special, they write about often in there music and now all reside there. You can catch Edge, Bono, Adam or Larry just waking there Neighborhood like a regular guy. Now a transit in in SFL I do get to my southern shows but when they play the MSG I have to go home to see the shows, all the places they play never rock like the Garden. I'll see you in June my fellow New Yorkers. Wife's first time can't wait to take her!
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