Frankfurt were taken on a space adventure last night, as U2 played the second show on the European leg of “360”. The stars were in the sky and in the crowd, as Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and supemodel Helena Christensen rocked out at the show.
Some surprises were found in the setlist, as “New Year’s Day” made an appearance. New song “North Star” got the axe, while “The Flowering Rose of Glastonbury” kept its position in the show. Bono gave Stipe a little shout-out during the concert. He added a bit of “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” towards the end of “Vertigo”. View the complete setlist here from U2Tours.
Bono showed his gratitude to the German audience, as he had a German team of doctors aiding him in his back surgery/recovery. “I have been rebuilt using the best engineering in the world, German engineering,” he said, “I have ‘made in Germany’ now stamped on my ass. I have never felt better, I feel like… like a Mercedes Benz.” Also check out U2gigs for some incredible photos from the Frankfurt show!
I’m so happy they did “New Year’s Day”! Don’t get me wrong-the new material like “North Star” is always welcome. But sometimes a classic like “New Year’s Day” just gives you chills when you hear it live.
A well-rested looking Adam dished to U2.com about the band’s thoughts going back into touring after Bono’s surgery and also details on a potential new album. “We had a commitment to play the shows [European dates],” he said, “It was very disruptive for people who bought those tickets.” As for the postponed dates, Adam said “it wasn’t a nice feeling” to move that leg to next year but “it is good to be back on stage.” He then joked that it was “great to get summer work”!
As for the new material, Adam said that they worked a lot on recording because it was something Bono was able to do while he was in recovery. Getting to perform these songs live on stage is beneficial for the band. “It gives us a chance to get to know the songs better. It gives us a chance to evaluate how we’re playing in front of a crowd because then you know you’re really communicating,” he said. They have “quite a lot of tunes” in the can already, says Adam.
U2 certainly emerged victorious after Bono’s back surgery, after a triumphant return in Turin last week. Adam thinks U2 are indeed at the top of their game. “We are better than ever…health problems are irrelevant,” he said, “We’re actually much better, sharper performers.” Watch the entire interview here at U2Log. This was such a great video. I love how candid Adam was and also how dynamite he looked!
Below is video of the brilliant “New Year’s Day” in its debut on this year’s leg from Frankfurt last night. Video by U2006com (U2gigs).