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U2 guitarist The Edge talks about the Paris concert broadcast on HBO, security concerns, and the new album

by Melinda Newman, Billboard

On Dec. 7, U2 took the stage at Paris' Accorhotels Arena to make good for the second of its two shows originally postponed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in the city that left 130 dead, including 89 at the Bataclan concert venue where Eagles of Death Metal were playing.

The concert, U2: Innocence + Experience Live in Paris, captured live for HBO by director Hamish Hamilton, was a breathing testament to the healing power of music, not only for the audience, but for U2 as well. "It sort of felt like it was part of a process of reclaiming live rock and roll in the city of Paris," says U2 guitarist The Edge in an exclusive interview. "We were by no means the first event post the Paris attacks, but for us it was very symbolic and very significant. We tried to get back as quickly as we could."

U2 invited the Eagles of Death Metal to join them on stage, marking the first time the California band had played since the attacks. "They were robbed of their stage, so we would like to offer them ours," U2 frontman Bono told the audience.

Calling from the studio where U2 is working on the follow-up to 2014's Songs of Innocence, The Edge talked to Billboard about that Paris night, increasing security following recent events such as the Christina Grimmie murder and the Orlando club massacre, as well as the new album and a possible new tour.

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It was supposed to be just another night on the highly successful "Innocence + Experience" tour, taking the band U2 to Paris for a concert intended for cable and internet broadcast. Unfortunately, plans for entertainment were quickly set aside to deal with the November 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, an event that shocked the world and forced U2 to rethink touring plans. Not wanting to disappoint loyal fans and preserve their reputation as one of most socially and politically-minded bands of all time, U2 returned to Paris three weeks later, refusing to bow down to terror-minded folk and put on a big time rock show to help heal a shattered city. "Innocence + Experience - Live in Paris" isn't a radical reinvention of the U2 live event, keeping to the essentials of stage presence and widescreen sound, but there's a special level of power to the show, a searing emotionality that runs through the whole endeavor, with Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton trying their best to bring joy and catharsis to the world through their exquisite song catalog and a brilliant visual display.

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Setlist:

  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
  2. Vertigo
  3. I Will Follow - Mother
  4. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  5. Cedarwood Road
  6. Song for Someone
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  8. Raised by Wolves
  9. Until the End of the World - Love and Peace or Else - Words
  10. Intermission
  11. Invisible
  12. Even Better Than the Real Thing - Break On Through
  13. Fashion - Mysterious Ways - Burning Down the House
  14. Elevation
  15. Every Breaking Wave
  16. October
  17. Zooropa - Bullet the Blue Sky - Ode to Joy - 19
  18. Zooropa
  19. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  20. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  21. With or Without You
  22. Encore(s):
  23. City of Blinding Lights - Ne Me Quitte Pas
  24. Beautiful Day - I Remember You
  25. Mother and Child Reunion - Bad - Into the Mystic
  26. One - Invisible
  27. People Have the Power (with Eagles of Death Metal)

Remarks:

The final show of U2's Innocence + Experience Tour happened tonight in Paris, France, and was made up for the November 15 date that was cancelled due to last month's Paris terrorist attacks. The show was recorded for HBO's live broadcast that was to be transmitted later in the evening for audiences in the USA. This fourth show contained a number of pleasant surprises including an extended bridge in "Vertigo" with Bono introducing the entire band. The contest winners from U2.com are brought up on the e-stage and walkway and rejoice. During "Zooropa", Bono changes some of the lyrics in the song and exclaims: "What do you want? Do you want us to be afraid? To turn away from our neighbors? You will not have our hatred. You will not have our hatred. We choose love over fear! Love over fear!" Like the previous night's show, the video screen displays a rolling list of the victims of the Paris attacks while the colors of the French flag illuminate the arena during "City of Blinding Lights". The songs "Elevation" and "One" are performed in all 4 concerts in Paris, making this a first on the entire tour. The biggest highlight of the night came though in the very final song when Bono brought out the Eagles of Death Metal to perform "People Have the Power", a band who tragically lost 89 people in their audience during the deadly attacks. Bono: "They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, so we would like to offer them ours." In an incredibly bold move, U2 walked off the stage and let the Eagles of Death Metal close out the show with their own song "I Love You All the Time".

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