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U2 played a couple of great shows at the Bell Centre in Montreal on June 12th and 13th. They mixed a large selection of songs from their new album, Songs of Innocence, with a good dose of their classic anthems.

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As usual for these mega-tours, the setlist needs to be consistent from night to night to accommodate the stage show, videos, etc., that accompany a production of this magnitude. In this case, a suite of songs from “Innocence” reminiscing about the band’s origins in hard scrabble Dublin were projected on a giant screen that ran horizontally above a catwalk that connected the main stage with smaller stage at the opposite end of the arena.

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The screen was so large that the band could actually play inside of it, as they did in the shot below for “Invisible”.

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The band spent roughly equal time at both ends, so fans who had tickets near either stage were treated to close-up views. We were at the main stage on the 12th and at the other stage for the 13th show.

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The 12th featured a great rendition of “The Electric. Co.”, while the 13th had “Out of Control” in that spot. We got “Elevation” on the 12th and “Angel of Harlem” on the 13th. For the 13th show, we also got “Bad” and an audience-sung “One”. Overall, the show on Saturday, June 13th was a bit better and the audience was more into it.

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The band is still at the top of their game for live performances and Bono showed few after effects of his bike accident, other than not playing the guitar. The stage setup was clever and maximized fan enjoyment. Overall, this was one of the best U2 shows we have seen and we have seen a show on every tour since “Joshua Tree”.

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See the complete photo galleries for the shows here and here.

This is a bit of “Where The Streets Have No Name” from the 13th:

Here is “Out Of Control” from the 14th:

And here is “I Will Follow” from the 14th:

Setlist for June 12th

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
The Electric Co. (with “Send in the Clowns” and “Anthem” snippets)
Vertigo
I Will Follow
Iris (Hold Me Close)
Cedarwood Road
Song for Someone
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Raised by Wolves
Until the End of the World

Intermission (The Wanderer)

Invisible
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Mysterious Ways
Elevation
Ordinary Love (Acoustic)
Every Breaking Wave (Acoustic)
Bullet the Blue Sky
Pride (In the Name of Love) (with “The Hands that Built America” Intro)
Beautiful Day
With or Without You

Encore:
City of Blinding Lights
Where the Streets Have No Name (with “Mother and Child)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (with “People Have the Power” snippet)

Setlist for June 13th

The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
Out of Control
Vertigo (with “Do You Remember Rock n’ Roll)
I Will Follow
Iris (Hold Me Close)
Cedarwood Road
Song for Someone
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Raised by Wolves (with “Psalm 23” snippet)
Until the End of the World (with “Love And Peace Or Else” snippet)

Intermission (The Wanderer)

Invisible
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Mysterious Ways
Angel of Harlem
Lucifer’s Hands (Live premiere)
Every Breaking Wave (acoustic)
Bullet the Blue Sky
Pride (In the Name of Love) (with “The Hands That Built America” segue)
Beautiful Day (with “Moment of Surrender” snippet)
Bad (with “Moment of Surrender” snippet)
With or Without You

Encore:
City of Blinding Lights
Where the Streets Have No Name (with “Mother and Child)
One (with “Invisible” snippet)

Setlists courtesy of Setlist.fm.