U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere

Nov 3 2023
Las Vegas, NV, US / Sphere
with Pauli the PSM

U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere #16

'A Proper Juke Box Night'

The band made good use of their giant turntable Friday night, flipping the script by playing three songs from their 1983 album 'War' — 'Two Hearts Beat As One', 'Seconds' (a song they hadn't played live in almost 39 years), and an acoustic version of 'Sunday Bloody Sunday'.

Bono explained that he hadn't introduced Edge between 'Two Hearts' and 'Seconds' because 'I was gonna ask you to sing it'. 

The 22-song set also included lyrical trips into Echo and the Bunnymen's 'Rescue' ( It's a proper jukebox night') and Aerosmith's 'Sweet Jane' and closed with 'Beautiful Day' segueing into 'Gloria' as the band left the stage.

What Bono Said

'What an awesome bass line!' he said, pointing at Adam toward the end of 'Two Hearts Beat As One', before introducing the man 'sitting in for Larry Mullen Jr. because we won't let him stand, Bram van den Berg, on a song he wasn't born [yet] when we wrote'.

Recalling the backstory of the 'War' album and 'Sunday Bloody Sunday', while he and Ali were on honeymoon in 1982. 'While I was away with my bride in Jamaica', he reminded Edge, 'You were back in Dublin in your flat arpeggiating your way out of a corner where you were trying to decide if you wanted to be in U2 or not…. and this song partly answered the question. 
'Edge began working on this song, not even a song, a map of a way forward for our band.... in our head, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' was like religious music meets The Clash…with a little bit of Bob Marley in there.'

Shout Outs

To Guggi, friend since childhood, who he was with when they discovered graffiti on the wall of a pub bathroom in Dublin that said, 'Elvis is Alive. We're dead.'  'We were about 17, were we not?'

To AJ, Bono's cousin, a member of the U2 crew, who 'fixes things when there's a problem'.

From the Socials

“Two Hearts Beat As One” in the middle set! And “SECONDS”!!!! Oh, my Lord! And such an apropos return of it. And now “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” What a night. @U2 #U2 #U2UVSphere' — @srharmon on X

'What is even happening right now. #U2UVSphere' — @apancella on X

'And I was there to witness it. I need to let this sink in cause my god that was goddamn epic #U2UVSphere' —@AnitaHartgers on X

'Just visiting some old friends we've known since 1980 #u2 #u2LVSPHERE #u2community' — @U2Podcast on X

From Zootopia/U2 Faniverse

'It's not often that one can say "that was epic" and not sound ironic — tonight was EPIC!
Already looking forward to tomorrow's show! Stay excited, everyone!' —DMWay

'I'm a '40' away from being on the floor!' —U22009


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U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere - Beautiful Day
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If you get the chance, or are in a position to make whatever you need to work, work, then... go. U2 splicing AB into the opening performance of the LV Sphere. Cannot happen again, anywhere. Is this a case of history being made? Perhaps a little too effusive. But if not, then what? Like I said above if you get the chance, or can squeeze whatever you need to, to get to a U2:UV show, do it. You will NOT regret a single second of any part of your experience.
What a night to attend 3rd November Two Hearts Beat as One, Seconds and Sunday Bloody Sunday. Great atmosphere brilliant DJ to start the event but too many people missing from the experience :0(
Achtung Mode!
November 3, 2023: almost 31 years to the day from our first U2 concert (11/7/92). Band was killing it and so are we!!
Best concert experience
So many u2 concerts but this one was the one!! Viva u2!! Viva las vegas!!
U2 is an Experience
What an amazing show! Multiple goose bump moments. As a fan since the beginning the three song set from War was an unbelievable treat. All I can think about is how to get back to this show again.
Sounds fantastic
Oh my gosh!! WISH I’d been there for the trip to the past with those War tunes thrown in!! U2 working some more magic, as always. Wow! So cool!!
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