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The 'Cedarwood Road' Namechecks: Everyone Bono Invited Out To Play on the 2015 I+E Tour

@U2, February 17, 2016
By: Matt McGee

 

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Your fellow U2 fans voted "Cedarwood Road" the favorite new live song that U2 played during the Innocence + Experience tour, and there were surely several reasons it quickly became a fan favorite. One of those was probably the show-stopping sight of Bono walking inside the giant video screen and interacting with the hand-drawn video imagery.

The video featured a number of scenes from Bono's Dublin youth in the 1970s, as well as photos of several of his friends. It gave Bono a chance, right before the start of Edge's guitar solo, to shout out the names of a friend or two and ask, "Can (friend's name) come out to play?!" He started doing it late during the first leg in North America and it continued throughout the European tour.

If you've ever wondered who all Bono invited out to play, @U2 is here for you -- just like we were last month with our comprehensive list of every "Beautiful Day" namecheck from the tour. This time, our @U2 Tours crew, led by Ross Perry with help from staffers Tassoula E. Kokkoris, Liseth Meijer, Arlan Hess and Brian Betteridge, went through all live versions of "Cedarwood Road" from last year and made a list of the people Bono called for in the middle of the song. As you'll see below, Edge was the most frequent play date on Bono's mind, but the list includes plenty of other names. We may never know who many of them are, nor why Bono called out their names, but they're now memorialized here for all of us to see.

Here's the complete list of 2015 I+E Tour "Cedarwood Road" namechecks, including a few that we're not quite sure of. If you know one that's shown with a question mark, please let us know!

LEG 1: NORTH AMERICA

2015-05-14 - Vancouver - nobody came out to play

2015-05-15 - Vancouver - nobody came out to play

2015-05-18 - San Jose - nobody came out to play

2015-05-19 - San Jose - nobody came out to play

2015-05-22 - Phoenix - nobody came out to play

2015-05-23 - Phoenix - nobody came out to play

2015-05-26 - Inglewood - nobody came out to play

2015-05-27 - Inglewood - nobody came out to play

2015-05-28 - West Hollywood - ("Cedarwood Road" wasn't played)

2015-05-30 - Inglewood - nobody came out to play

2015-05-31 - Inglewood - nobody came out to play

2015-06-03 - Inglewood - nobody came out to play

2015-06-06 - Denver - nobody came out to play

2015-06-07 - Denver - nobody came out to play

2015-06-12 - Montreal - nobody came out to play

2015-06-13 - Montreal - "Calling out for Edge"

2015-06-16 - Montreal - nobody came out to play

2015-06-17 - Montreal - nobody came out to play

2015-06-24 - Chicago - nobody came out to play

2015-06-25 - Chicago - nobody came out to play

2015-06-28 - Chicago - nobody came out to play

2015-06-29 - Chicago - nobody came out to play

2015-07-02 - Chicago - nobody came out to play

2015-07-06 - Toronto - nobody came out to play

2015-07-07 - Toronto - nobody came out to play

2015-07-10 - Boston - nobody came out to play

2015-07-11 - Boston - nobody came out to play

2015-07-14 - Boston - nobody came out to play

2015-07-15 - Boston - nobody came out to play

2015-07-18 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-19 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-22 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-23 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-26 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-27 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-07-30 - New York - nobody came out to play

2015-07-31 - New York - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

LEG 2: EUROPE

2015-09-04 - Turin - "Is Gavin coming out to play?!" (Gavin Friday)

2015-09-05 - Turin - nobody came out to play

2015-09-08 - Amsterdam - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-09 - Amsterdam - nobody came out to play

2015-09-12 - Amsterdam - nobody came out to play

2015-09-13 - Amsterdam - "Is Caroline coming out to play?!" (U2 fan Caroline van Oosten de Boer)

2015-09-16 - Stockholm - "Is Valentina coming out to play?!"

2015-09-17 - Stockholm - nobody came out to play

2015-09-21 - Stockholm - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-22 - Stockholm - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-24 - Berlin - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-25 - Berlin - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-28 - Berlin - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-09-29 - Berlin - "Can Annelies come out to play?!" (U2 fan Annelies de Haan)

2015-10-05 - Barcelona - "Is Guggi coming out to play?!"

2015-10-06 - Barcelona - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-09 - Barcelona - "Is Ned coming out to play?!"

2015-10-10 - Barcelona - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-13 - Antwerp - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-14 - Antwerp - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-17 - Cologne - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-18 - Cologne - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-25 - London - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-26 - London - "Is The Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-29 - London - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-10-30 - London - "Is Yaya coming out to play?!" (Guggi's son Elijah)

2015-11-02 - London - "Is Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-11-03 - London - "Noel and Sara coming out to play?!" (Noel Gallagher and his wife)

2015-11-06 - Glasgow - "Is Kathleen coming out to play?!"

2015-11-07 - Glasgow - "Are Jim and Charlie coming out to play?!" (Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill of Simple Minds)

2015-11-10 - Paris - "Is Shimmers (?) coming out to play?!"

2015-11-11 - Paris - "Is Imelda May coming out to play?!"

2015-11-18 - Belfast - "Are Larry and Adam coming out to play?!"

2015-11-19 - Belfast - "Is A-OK (?) coming out to play?!"

2015-11-23 - Dublin - "Is Guck Pants Delaney coming out to play?!" (Andy Rowen)

2015-11-24 - Dublin - "Is Clive Jive coming out to play?!" (Clive Rowen)

2015-11-27 - Dublin - "Is Guck Pants Delaney coming out to play?!"

2015-11-28 - Dublin - "Is Scorcher (?) coming out to play?!"

2015-12-06 - Paris - "Is The Edge coming out to play?!"

2015-12-07 - Paris - "Is The Edge coming out to play?!"

(Thanks to Caroline for help with several names above.)

(c) @U2, 2016.



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