U2 Songs of Experience Concert in San Jose (x2)

Somehow I ended up with tickets to both shows at San Jose. I originally got seats for Grace after our last GA experience. When they announced a second show, I opted for Red Zone GA, thinking I could decide which one later. It turned out that neither pair was transferrable/sellable so I got to experience both.

The first night was quite civilized as it included dinner in the BMW Lounge. Plus we didn’t have to get there super early to stress about a spot. Just like Songs of Innocence, there was no perfect place to see the entire concert, but being right in the middle I guess was the best compromise. We were pretty far away from the action, except when The Edge came close to us for Pride.

I thought the show was great. Although they didn’t play one song from Joshua Tree, we got all that last year. This show was still like a greatest hits.

On the second night, I invited my go-to concert buddy, Erich. Even though we didn’t get there super early, we were still there in time for 2nd row in the Red Zone. I could have given up our spot to move to the b-stage, but decided it wasn’t worth it as I already saw the show and knew the end of the show would be where we were standing. It was basically an Adam Clayton photo shoot because we were closest to him for most of the show.

The setlist was the same for both nights with the exception of Red Flag Day, which was their live debut on Tuesday.

  1. Love Is All We Have Left
  2. The Blackout
  3. Lights of Home (String Version)
  4. Beautiful Day
  5. I Will Follow (with “Mother” snippet)
  6. Gloria (with Them’s “Gloria” snippet)
  7. Red Flag Day (live debut)
  8. The Ocean
  9. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  10. Cedarwood Road
  11. Sunday Bloody Sunday (acoustic; shortened; car bomb… more )
  12. Raised by Wolves (with “Psalm 23” snippet)
  13. Until the End of the World (with Allen Ginsberg’s “America” snippet)
    Intermission
    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday version)
    “E” Stage
  14. Elevation (Influx remix intro)
  15. Vertigo (with “The Jean Genie” snippet)
  16. Desire (Hollywood remix)
  17. Acrobat (with “Sympathy for the Devil” snippet)
  18. You’re the Best Thing About Me (acoustic; with “Landlady” snippet)
  19. Staring at the Sun (acoustic)
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love) (with “This Is Not America” snippet)
  21. Get Out of Your Own Way
  22. American Soul
  23. City of Blinding Lights
    Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
    Encore:
  24. One
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. 13 (There Is a Light)
    The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (ambient mix)