SPOILERS: U2eiTOUR Rehearsal Day One Report and Other Bits: April 28, 2018

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2018-04-29)

SPOILERS: This article will contain spoilers for the #U2eiTOUR. If you wish to remain unspoiled please click away now. We will continue labeling things pertaining to the tour with spoiler warnings until opening night. This article will refer to songs that have been rehearsed ahead of the tour opener.

The band has arrived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and we can confirm that yesterday all four visited the venue for an extended period.

The Edge arrived at the airport in the early afternoon, and posted the following to Instagram:

And so it begins!! Edge

A post shared by U2 Official (u2) on


All four members headed for the venue in the afternoon and were seen entering but did not stop to meet with fans, or sign autographs. They were all inside the venue by 6pm Tulsa time, and remained there well into the late evening. U2Start.Com have confirmed a full list of songs from the rehearsal and these are listed below:

  • “Love is All We Have Left” (Pre-Recorded Introductory Music)
  • “The Blackout”
  • “Lights of Home”
  • “Beautiful Day”
  • “All Because of You”
  • “I Will Follow”
  • “The Ocean” / “Iris”
  • “Cedarwood Road”
  • “Song for Someone”
  • “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
  • “Raised by Wolves”
  • “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses”

Intermission

  • “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me”
  • “Elevation”
  • “Vertigo”
  • “Desire”
  • “You’re The Best Thing About Me”
  • “Staring at the Sun”
  • “Pride (In the Name of Love)”
  • “Get Out of Your Own Way”
  • “American Soul”
  • “City of Blinding Lights”
  • “One”
  • “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way”
  • “13 (There is a Light)”

Many thanks to Jason for information from Tulsa as well. We believe this to have been a full rehearsal, and that all of the songs played have been captured.

Another spoiler for tour content was recently revealed. David Mushegain, the director of U2’s new video for “Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way“ has discussed that he has been working on visuals for the upcoming tour, and that he was submitting those this week. The video which debuted on Friday, focuses on the LGBTQ community in Dublin, along with others who are part of the community such as friends and relatives. It is likely that his work will accompany the song live in concert when it debuts. Mushegain was also involved with the lyric video for “You’re The Best Thing About Me“ photographing the book in the video. Directors of previous videos such as “American Soul“ and “Get Out of Your Own Way“, the street art collective Broken Fingaz, have also been working on video footage recently for the tour.

Another possible tidbit comes via TMZ. We don’t know that this will be tour related or not, but at this point as the band finishes video footage for the tour, and a previous focus on (RED) throughout the tour, we suspect it may be. While reporting on a photo of David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, two students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL who have been leaders in the a movement to bring change in the wake of a school shooting at their high school. The article in TMZ stated, “David’s mom, Rebecca Boldrick, tells us David has another date for the prom, and the photo with Cameron was taken during a video shoot Monday for U2’s RED campaign the high schoolers were working on.” The video could be for some sort of upcoming (RED) Campaign, or it is possible that the video will be part of the show itself as the band continues to shine a light on (RED) from the stage.

Bono has shown an interest in what the students from Stoneman Douglas High have been up to posting a number of drawings on Instagram, including a snippet of “Love is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way“ in a message to Hogg, and a snippet of “13 (There is a Light)“ to Naomi Wadler. Hogg on Twitter identified “City of Blinding Lights” by U2 as his favorite song to listen to before taking the stage to make a speech. He also revealed that one of his tweets sending out a message that the country needs love and the students will change the world was inspired by listening to “With or Without You”, “One” and “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own”. It certainly seems like an idea U2 might want to explore on an upcoming North American tour, and the band has been rehearsing both “City of Blinding Lights” and “One” in rehearsals in Laval.

U2 has also been doing a bit of spoiling themselves, and in a recent countdown video posted to Twitter a few things are revealed:


The video, set to “Lights of Home” shows several shots from inside the rehearsals done in Laval Quebec. At the 0:22 mark, Bono appears to be walking above the screen with hand rails on either side. This suggests that maybe a third elevation is now possible on the tour stage. During the 2015 tour, the band either worked below the screen, or inside the screen, but were never seen on top of the screen. We also see a few images from the screen including footage previously used during “Cedarwood Road” in 2015, and a picture of Sian, The Edge’s daughter, either from the single “You’re The Best Thing About Me” or from the album itself.

Finally we’ve also been able to give you a little further look into the tour itself revealing some additional content that will be seen during the AR experience before the main show starts. If you are interested in checking out more on the AR App and the experience that you can expect from the App please check out our earlier article, Even Better Than the Real Thing.

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