Opening Act(s): JJ72
Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Kite, New York, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday, In My Life-Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, Stay (Faraway, So Close!), All I Want Is You, Where The Streets Have No Name, Mysterious Ways, The Fly. Encore: Bullet The Blue Sky, With Or Without You, One, Walk On.
Ten Things You Might Not Know About The Second Copenhagen Show
Edge was wearing his red No. 2 shirt.
The opening act was JJ72
Helena Christiansen was there for the second time in two nights but the girl on the singers mind was Eve, his daughter, who is also there for her birthday. Dad sends best wishes.
Introducing Kite, Bono says: ‘You know you Danish people have a very big influence on our national tongue - just like you to know that.’ At which point he slips into the local tongue for a moment.’ It’s very warm and they are cool, let’s face it, it’s a pretty obscure language, do you speak Irish? That’s a very obscure language. Larry speaks good Irish. Larry Mullen Jnr’s father, Larry Mullen Snr, is with us in the house tonight and young whippersnappers JJ72 were in the house with us tonight, they were extraordinary anything else?’ ‘God is in the house,’ someone shouts. ‘Amen.. he’d better be,’ says the singer. ‘This is a song about, I’m not going to tell you. It’s called Kite.’
Another characteristically sweltering Scandinavian night and for the first time on the tour to date Adam takes his shirt off - during Mysterious Ways and Fly.
Charlton Heston has been taken out and a new film has replaced him, which introduces Bullet the Blue Sky. Text as follows: ‘The five permanent members of the UN security council are: USA, UK, France, China and Russia ‘The five biggest arms traders in the world are: USA, UK, France, China and Russia.’
‘Ring those bells Edge, let’s make those bells ring,’ commands Bono as I Will Follow is introduced. ‘We wrote a love song on two strings, twenty years ago we came walking down these streets, twenty years ago Copenhagen, same melody, same beats; rings those bells Edge; they shine like mercury and gold; ring those bells Edge, those bells never gonna grow old, those bells never gonna grow old; my spirit will never grow old’
Stuck In A Moment is dedicated to ‘the Christiansens.’
Bono and Edge perform Stay together, at the point of the heart. ‘This is a song that we started in Berlin at the start of the 90’s, in a studio called Hansa. A lot of folks figured that this was the period when U2 went all arty on you, we didn’t see it that way ‘cos when you’re out there, floating out there, you find all sorts of interesting shit like this beautiful song.’ The song closes with ‘Miami, New Orleans, Copenhagen, Paris, France’
The Fly begins with a birthday girl. ‘You walk into a sports hall, the lights go down and you see a little girl and she’s your girl and it’s her birthday today in Copenhagen, her name is Eve and she’s into two digits, she’s ten, oh my lord, what a win, I’m gonna love this girl.’
And ends with a drenching, as someone throws water at Bono and suddenly it is coming from all directions and the singer stands on the catwalk trying to throw his arms around the audience while getting completely soaked. One fan manages to get up on the catwalk. Bono hugs him. As if to say, Thank you Copenhagen.
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