LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 29: (Exclusive Coverage) Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Bram van den Berg of U2 perform during opening night of U2:UV Statt Baby Live at Sphere on September 29, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)
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U2’s residency shows at The Sphere in Las Vegas continue to delight audiences – but there was now a special surprise for visitors to the concert on November 3rd. The band changed their usual setlist that evening and played three songs that are not usually heard.
After songs like “The Fly” and “One,” U2 also played three songs from their 1983 album “War” in Las Vegas for the first time. This included “Sunday Bloody Sunday” in a moving acoustic version.
But the hit wasn’t the only surprise of the evening: the band also performed “Seconds”, which they had last played live in front of an audience in 1985. In addition, fans got to hear the song “Two Hearts Beat as One,” which Bono called a honeymoon track – this has not been part of the live show since 2015. The song was complemented by a snippet from Echo and the Bunnymen.
As Bono explained to the audience, this part of the show, where they stand on the lighted turntable stage, is intended for improvisation. Each of the musicians could make suggestions as to which album should be honored with a few acoustic songs that evening. So the band decided on “War” on November 3rd – and perhaps consciously made a statement with calm sounds in the current tense political situation.
U2: The complete setlist from the performance on November 3rd, 2023
Below you’ll find out what other songs U2 played at The Sphere on November 3rd.
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Until the End of the World
Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World
All I Want Is You
Two Hearts Beat as One
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Love is blindness
Where the Streets Have No Name
With or Without You