U2 Goes Up Against Cricket, Busts Out Surprises in Perth

December 19, 2010 · Print This Article

U2 performed their ninth and tenth shows Down Under at the Subiaco Oval in Perth on Saturday and Sunday.  They were the band’s first performances in the Western part of the continent in nearly 13 years.

With well over seventy shows already in the books for the 360 Degrees Tour, the Saturday setlist could – perhaps – be excused for seeming a bit “ordinary”.  However, high spirits and hijinks prevailed, with the band once again showing their ability to connect with local audiences by acknowledging the major cricket match between Australia and England that was taking place concurrently across town.

The Sunday set, meanwhile, found the band breaking out an inordinate number of surprises for the Perth audience; both “All I Want Is You” and “Love Rescue Me” were performed for only the second time this tour, with the latter getting only its second performance in 21 years. (!)  Almost as rare was the only 2010 performance of “Desire”, and an unusual snippet of “Party Girl”, performed by request from an audience member before show finale “Moment of Surrender”.  Receiving its debut performance as a snippet was Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” (Put A Ring On It) – tied into “Mysterious Ways” – and, for the first time on the 360 tour, John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”, perhaps as a late tribute to the 30th anniversary of the great singer’s murder.

Thanks, as always, to www.u2gigs.com for the setlist and show info.  All photos courtesy Dom Puglisi.

Setlist (Saturday, December 18):

  1. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
  2. Beautiful Day
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Get On Your Boots
  5. Magnificent
  6. Mysterious Ways
  7. Elevation
  8. Until The End Of The World / Anthem (snippet)
  9. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Movin’ On Up (snippet)
  10. North Star
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  12. In A Little While
  13. Miss Sarajevo
  14. City Of Blinding Lights
  15. Vertigo
  16. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Relax (snippet) / Two Tribes (snippet)
  17. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  18. Scarlet
  19. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
  20. encore(s):

  21. One
  22. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name
  23. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  24. With Or Without You
  25. Moment of Surrender

Setlist (Sunday, December 19):

  1. Return Of The Stingray Guitar
  2. Beautiful Day / Rain (snippet)
  3. New Year’s Day
  4. Get On Your Boots
  5. Magnificent
  6. Mysterious Ways / Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (snippet)
  7. Elevation
  8. Until The End Of The World
  9. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (snippet)
  10. All I Want Is You / Never Tear Us Apart (snippet) / Need You Tonight (snippet)
  11. Love Rescue Me
  12. Desire
  13. In A Little While
  14. Miss Sarajevo
  15. City Of Blinding Lights
  16. Vertigo
  17. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Discothèque (snippet)
  18. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  19. Scarlet
  20. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
  21. encore(s):

  22. One
  23. Amazing Grace (snippet) / Where The Streets Have No Name / All You Need Is Love (snippet) / Singing In The Rain (snippet)
  24. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
  25. With Or Without You
  26. Party Girl (snippet) / Moment of Surrender

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