Sep 20 2018
Madrid, ES / WiZink Center

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When & Where
First night of two at Wizink Center, Madrid, Spain, Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

Set List
"De Madrid, de Madrid, de Madrid al Cielo!" (from Madrid to the Heaven) was the call from the outset as Red Flag Day returns to the set for Spain. Setlist geeks @U2gigs provide some landmark song facts from tonight's show. 

- One was performed for the 777th time - it is now on equal count with Bullet the Blue Sky;
- Until the End of the World overtook Mysterious Ways on play count to become the second-most played song from Achtung Baby;
- Even Better Than the Real Thing now has more recorded performances than Out of Control; one more and it will equal October

Here's the setlist from the night one in Madrid

In The Press 
Fernando Neira for El Pais  
(translation via google translate)
'… 58 springs for our gentleman from the north of Dublin, but the attitude he exhibited last night for 134 minutes at the WiZink Center in Madrid was that of a fiery, spasmodic and theatrical young man who had just left his first rehearsals in the garage. With the subtle difference, of course, that this genuine scenic animal knows all of them and has the support of three extraordinary instrumentalists so that nothing is lost. Recover the innocent spirit from the lessons of experience: there was the crux of the matter, the moral that contained the two last albums of the band. 38 years after publishing their first songs, U2 not only continue to be able to burst pavilions or stadiums, but to suggest excitement, adrenaline, technological glare, controversy ... what 15,000 souls lived last night, in the first Madrid visit of the quartet since 2005, was a pulsating, overwhelming, superlative show. A perpetual jolt in which the musicians disappear and reappear, the central corridor is a fascinating box of audiovisual surprises and almost nothing runs under the parameters of predictability. Authors of some of the great sound emblems of the last half century, the Dubliners have changed the pace of this eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour with the most heterodox and disconcerting repertoire of its entire history. Those who did not go on notice, would be stupefied yesterday to check that there was no trace of the first three songs of The Joshua Tree, for example, which alone ensure posterity and a generous inheritance to several generations….'

On The Socials 
@aalbaperez (via Twitter) 'Todavía alucinando de estar a 5 metros de la mejor banda de rock del mundo. Mas de 2h de muchaa emociones. Thanx @u2 for a other unforgettable night at #Madrid #U2eiTour' 
(translated) 'Still hallucinating of being 5 meters from the best rock band in the world. More than 2h of emotions. Thanx @ u2 for a other unforgettable night at #Madrid # U2eiTour'

@Nieto_R (via Twitter) 'La bandera de España a toda pantalla en el concierto del mejor grupo del mundo ahora mismo en Madrid.'
(translated) 'The flag of Spain full screen in the concert of the best group in the world right now in Madrid.'

@ijgarciagimeno 'As Bono, the lead singer of U2, said, “Europe is a thought that needs to become a feeling”. @U2 has achieved it today at their concert in (Madrid).'

What Did Bono Say?
'You know what you gotta do here… UNO. DOS, TRES, CATORZE!'

'…then some perfectly sensible person from Cedarwood Road like your big brother (Norman Hewson in the house tonight) taps you on the shoulder and says, 'Hey!. You! You're no rock 'n roll star, you jumped-up little shit - you're my little brother - Paul!'

'Don Macphisto a su servicio. So Bo-no goes to Rome-o to see il-Pope-o… to kneel before him, I assume. I didn't kneel when I lived in that place… thats when the Borgia's were my very best friends, Rodrigo, Cesare, Lucrizia such fun… but Macphisto is bored with that now… he's got new pals…  anyway Macphisto's got a new game… it's called Zooropa, a game he intends to win. Vote Macphisto or to hell with you!'

U2.com / Zootopia review 
jenmusic for zootopia  

'O la la Madrid You are hot! The weather is hot! The people are hot! The band and the audience are extremely hot! I don't speak Spanish but boy can I feel the Spanish rhythm tonight... From the moment we started jumping we never stopped! People dancing, people singing so passionately, Everybody is taking us higher tonight! Bono asking the audience for the Spanish word for a mullet, which we still don't know hahah! The visuals on the screen are amazing!!! That Hold me Thrill me Kiss me animation wow Wow Wow I am in love!  I'm blown away by the new version of New Years Day! its something I would like to hear every day, that bass goes through your body no matter where you are in the venue! Yes! We! you! All! looked so beautiful tonight!
Lets do it all again for the second night, Muchas Muchas Much Gracias Madrid.'

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    U2 Madrid Septiembre 2018
    Concierto espectacular,esperamos ver muchos más de nuestra banda favorita y si es posible en MADRID.
    De Cartagena a Madrid
    El día empezó torcido, pero como íbamos cogiendo el tren y acercándonos a Madrid se iba enderezando. El momento más felíz del día fue llegar al Wizink disfrutar del ambiente previo al concierto y entrar junto con la persona que más me ha apoyado en todo, ¡teníamos que estrenar nuestras camisetas con el escudo de nuestra ciudad que tanta ilusión me había regalado por mi cumpleaños para este día tan especial!. Disfrutamos como niños y la noche salió de 10. Gran noche, gran concierto, gran todo. Gracias chicos, Bono, The Edge, Larry y Adam por hacernos tocar el cielo
    Madrid , dos generaciones
    El jueves 20 fui al concierto con mi hija mayor. Por desgracia , al no poder comprar más de dos entradas por socio,no pude llevar a mis otros dos hijos, además , mi marido y mi hermano tuvieron que ir el viernes. Lo perdono todo. Se superan en cada actuación, es mágico. Con este concierto saque la espinita que tenía clavada desde el 14 noviembre 2015, ese día estabamos en París para el innocence pero pasó lo que pasó. Una actuación más en España? El último concierto de la gira de nuevo en .... Tenerife?.... Sería fantástico
    20 DE SEPTIEMBRE 2018
    Estuve en pista en el concierto del 20 de septiembre en Madrid He tenido el placer de estar en los últimos 5 tours en España ( Donostia, Barcelona y Madrid ) El único pero, ( me decepcionó la acústica en el Wizink Center ), mucho mejor sonido en el Palau hace tres años , espero que mejorase en el segundo concierto Maravilloso el ambiente, el espectáculo y ver los ojos de Bono a cuatro metros, toda una EXPERIENCIA Un fuerte aplauso para todos los fans y su paciencia, la espera fue larga, estamos acostumbrados a su puntualidad Ojalá vuelvan a España a algún recinto más grande ( se quedaron muchos sin poder ir ) y con mejor acústica. Besos de la hermana de uno de sus grandes fans: Pollo - Laudio - Araba, de los que hacían cola toda la noche para sacar entradas, compañero de conciertos los últimos 13 años, escuchando y viendo a U2 GGGGGGGGGGGGracias, hermano, gracias fans, GRACIAS U2, Thank you, IRIS
    Just amazing! Thanks U2!
    Thanks U2 for making us feel happy. Publicly I ask for an autograph! Send me an autograph in a photo for my birthday that is in OCTOBER. Thank you! Best regads, Alberto
    Madrid...at last!
    It was awesome, both days, unforgettabel.
    Madrid was a gig that meant a lot to me and my daughter.. I first saw U2 in 1987 when I was pregnant. I last saw U2 31 years later and my daughter is pregnant.. We spent the gig at the side of the VIP area (seemed the safest place for us) chatting to Norman Hewson and his family.. What a fabulous family.. The show was just amazing!! Thank you U2 for giving us a great soundtrack to our lives!!
    Dioses ..sin palabras U2 Forever!!
    Was amazing night with big experience with my colleague. Thanks U2 I came from Barcelona for enjoy that experience in my life and go 15 Times....Yes
    U2 great as always!
    Born in Madrid but I came from Italy, where I live. U2 great as always, but the sound was sometimes distorted and Bono's voice was not heard. I think the place was small for so much sound power. U2 is a music group to fill football stadiums. And I do not know who is responsible but the ticket sales conflict in Spain has damaged the image of U2, and I hope they find the solution and it does not happen again. Please, do not take 13 years to return to Madrid. Thank you.
    Spanish Eyes. I live across the pond...U2 Thank you. My Eurpean friends and my roots How much I love you all of you my sister's and brothers.Amazing love we get to share with U2.Thank you Larry,Edge Adam and the showman who brings these shows to life Bono.My love transcends to all from Montreal Canada Peace and love xoxo.
    U2’s diagnosis of eternal youth
    A memorable gig with my greatly loved band... Accompanied by my greatly loved wife. Curious setlist, rewarding wait, gorgeous sound, politically enhancing ... The Fab Four from North Dublin are alive and kicking! Love, Carlos Mur, MD, PhD
    From Italy to Madrid: 100% worth it!
    Great show guys! We want Bono for Europresident! Fight Nationalism! Congratulations to our Spanish brothers! The crowd was incredible! Travelling from Italy to Madrid was completely worth it! SEE YOU AGAIN IN MILAN
    Una gran noche
    Aunque creo que U2 suena mucho mejor en estadios abiertos y grandes, ayer fue una gran noche. Gracias!
    With our Without you
    We missed "With or Without You" and "Where the streets have no name". I would like to know why the event started so late. They always appears at time but yesterday more than 30 minutes waiting for them. I've been travelling in the country last 13 years to see them. Thank you very much for returning to the capital of Spain,
    Impresionantes anoche en Madrid.Todavía con el subidón de adrenalina.Me encantais gracias por venir a Madrid.
    Surprise the Netherlands and start with
    Please surprise the Netherlands and start with Streets with the intro of the Edge simular to Streets from Rattle And Hum.
    The boys are back in town!!
    Greats!! As usual...❤️
    Vuelta a Madrid!!!!
    Gran concierto después de tantos años sin pisar la capital,sonido y espectáculo perfecto,solo falto Where the streets have no name.
    U2 Madrid
    My 6th U2 ‘ s concert and there we go!!!!
    Today is THE DAY
    The band plays tonight in my city 13th years later. I'm so happy to see you again. There are so many things that i feel when i see a U2 concert that makes my heart beats stronger, Not only I follow the band career for his music, also for their commitment with the world problems . For all that I admire this band. They are not only great musicians but better people. Thank you for THE LITTLE THINGS THAT GIVE YOU AWAY.
    madrid fan meet up
    In Madrid for the Thursday show... any pre party or fan get together happening?
    looking for info
    Here to see the show on Thursday night.. wondering if there is any fan get together either tomorrow or Thursday..
    hey hey hey....SPANISH EYES
    Guys !! Make us flay whit SPANISH EYES !! thaks !!
    No falta nada!
    ¡Pocos días faltan para verlos en vivo y en directo! Casi una semana. Los he seguido hasta Argentina y Colombia, ¡ahora será España! Gracias a Dios, a la vida, a mi familia por darme fuerzas y permitirme ver a U2
    Y de Madrid al cielo.
    Trece años despues volveremos a sentirnos una vez mas de Madrid al cielo, gran noche nos espera, primero a sentir U2 y luego a vivir el cielo de Madrid. Gracias, YOU TOO lo puedes sentir.
    guys, thaks so much for your so bautiful songs with amazing lyrics. I've been in three concerts of you. I WON'T NEVER FORGET THEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING BACK TO MADRID!!!!! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH AS YOUR MUSIC MAKE US SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!! THANKS U2 FOR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a great present for my wife because her birthday is on September 23rd. She went to a concert when she was 20 years old so she is going to freak out once I give her the tickets! I'm really looking forward to it!
    The guys are back home
    It took you 13 years to be back to the city, hopefully, it won´t take you so long to play again at the Real Madrid stadium so you complete the circle. You will see how difference is the stadium since 1987 but the atmosphere remains the same. I´ll see you lads on the 20th, 21st and 22nd hopefully
    Great Madrid!!
    Glad You chose Madrid instead of Barcelona. Barcelona os too far from other cities in Spain. Madrid is almost at the same distance from all places.
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