Our reporter on site in Brussels has just checked in to let us know U2 is currently doing a full band soundcheck at the Koning Boudewijn Stadium.
So far, the band has played Vertigo, segueing into Until The End of the World, with bits of Radar Love by Dutch band the Golden Earring mixed in. The volume is earpiercing even outside the stadium! This was followed by Out of Control and Elevation. Bono kept true to his length during Elevation and sung some bits from Prince’s song Cream.
But there’s more: Electric Co, The Who’s I Can See For Miles, Until the End of the World, their current single, All Because of You. A tongue in cheek shout out to Brussels, Europe and a tribute to Thin Lizzy with a snippet of The Boys are Back in Town.
Bono was kind enough to pop his head out, and make some 100 or so U2 fans very happy by signing autographs, while Edge treated them on (I kid you not), Electrical Storm!
Of course, being real gents, the boys also thought of the neighbours, and sent them a personal letter to explain why the noise pollution is “very important to them”.
“Friday’s show is very important to us, because we’ll be using brand new (Belgian made!) video screens that have not yet been tested in a live setting. That’s why we’re planning a full show rehearsal on Thursday evening from 21:15 to 23:30”
Some cheeky fans asked Bono if they could see tonight’s soundcheck, but his reply was that there are security isues, because he is expecting guests. Rumours at the stadium imply that one of Bono’s guests may be Donald Rumsfield, the Secretary of Defense.
Dress rehearsals started at 9.15pm sharp with Bono saying “Sit on the groove. Take in the groove. Take in our guests. You’re welcome” then proceeded with the following setlist:
Vertigo, Until the End of the World, Electric Co, Elevation, New Year’s Day, Beautiful Day, City of Blinding Lights, Miracle Drug, Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, Love and Peace Or Else, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet the Blue Sky, Running to Stand Still/Miss Sarajevo, Pride, Where the Streets Have No Name, (Speech about the One Campaign, One, Zoo Station, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, All Because of You, Yahweh.
Sometimes You can’t Make It On Your Own seemed to start with the sound of a heartbeat and a flatline, and Bono threw in “Father Abraham had seven sons” during Sunday Bloody Sunday. We don’t really expect the setlist to deviate much from the above on the Euro tour opening day tomorrow.
See you all on the road!