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Set List Recap: Berlin - July 12, 2017

@U2, July 12, 2017
By: Sherry Lawrence


A deluge of rain didn’t stop 70,000 fans from attending U2’s show at Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany this evening. The rain inspired the traditional snippets of Gene Kelly's "Singing In The Rain" in "Bad," and The Beatles' "Rain" after "One" to close out the show.

In the spirit of Hansa Studio’s hometown, Bono celebrated David Bowie and Iggy Pop in snippet form. During "Bad," he sang "Heroes." After singing it in English, he then sang it in German. (Which is why our tours database now has "Helden" added.) In "Beautiful Day," he sang a snippet from "The Passenger," found on Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life. He also threw in Bowie's "Young Americans" and "This Is Not America" in "Mysterious Ways."

Bono held up a solidarity flag at the start of "New Year’s Day," which is both a nod to the past and to the future. That song was written about Polish solidarity, and throughout the night Bono was encouraging European solidarity. At the start of "Mothers Of the Disappeared," Bono appealed to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to stop the human rights abuses. The human rights message continued in "Miss Sarajevo" as articles from the German Basic Law scrolled on the screen about human dignity. Bono thanked the German people for "neighborliness" before "One." He asked for a German translation, and when he heard "nachbarschaft," he couldn’t pronounce it and said that it was a very nice word.

Before "Ultraviolet," the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Malala Yousafzai, who turned 20 today.

See the full Berlin set list.

Next up … two shows in Rome, Italy this weekend. 

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