U2 Touch Down In Chicago

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With David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” announcing their arrival, Irish rockers U2 brought their futuristic 360 tour to Chicago on Saturday.  The massive alien-like stage construction, dubbed “The Claw,” sits over a circular stage that is designed to allow the band to interact with all sides of the stadium.

U2 didn’t shy away from playing tracks from their new album, No Line On The Horizon. They opened the evening with “Breathe,”  followed by “No Line On The Horizon,” “Get On Your Boots,” “Magnificent,” an opted to end the evening with “Moment of Surrender.”

According to a Rolling Stone review, the band has decided to do things differently this time out, jettisoning longtime live staples like “Bullet the Bullet Sky,” “New Years Day” and “I Will Follow”, “Mysterious Ways” and “Until the End of the World” from their set list.

“That left room for not only the majority of the new disc, but rarities like the title track to 1984’s The Unforgettable Fire (not played stateside since 1987) and “Ultraviolet (Light My Way),” which hasn’t been performed since Zoo TV in 1993.”

See the full set list and North American tour dates below.

Breathe
No Line On The Horizon
Get On Your Boots
Magnificent
Beautiful Day – Blackbird
Elevation
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Stand By Me
Stuck In A Moment
Unknown Caller
The Unforgettable Fire
City of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (dance remix)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Pride
MLK
Walk On – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Where the Streets Have No Name
One
Bad

Encore:

Ultraviolet
With or Without You
Moment of Surrender

U2 Tour Dates:

09/16/09 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
09/17/09 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
09/20/09 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
09/21/09 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
09/23/0 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
09/24/09 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium
09/29/09 Landover, MD FedExField
10/06/09 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
10/09/09 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
10/12/09 Arlington, TX New Dallas Cowboys Stadium
10/14/09 Houston, TX Reliant Stadium @ Reliant Park
10/18/09 Norman, OK Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
10/20/09 Glendale, AZ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium
10/23/09 Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium
10/25/09 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
10/28/09 Vancouver, BC BC Place