August 2, 2010

U2: Monday Rehearsal Update in Turin

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I am excited to say that another surprise happened in Turin today, as U2 rehearsed at Stadio Olimpico.

According to sources at U2gigs, U2Place and U2italia, it appears that U2 rehearsed two new songs, one being slow. They also rehearsed "Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World" from Achtung Baby.

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In the late afternoon, there was a bass and drum soundcheck of Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, and a short while later, some guitar riffs could be heard. We emphasise that the following guitar riffs were most likely played by guitar tech Dallas Schoo, not The Edge himself:
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
Get On Your Boots
Until The End Of The World

Once evening fell, the band themselves showed up to rehearse. Like yesterday, it was indeed all four members of U2. They began the evening with a short session of the following songs:
In A Little While
Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World several times
Soon / Beautiful Day

It is unknown whether Soon was live or, like last year, a recording. The latter seems more likely. There is, in addition to this, a rumour that the band are considering opening the set with Beautiful Day. If they do so, it would be the first time U2 have opened a full tour concert with a song not from the latest album since Bullet The Blue Sky opened the last night of Lovetown, 10 January 1990 (or, if you choose to count it, Sunday Bloody Sunday opened the public rehearsal in Hershey on 7 August 1992).

After a break, the band then returned to the stage at 10pm and rehearsed what looks like at least the skeleton of an actual concert setlist, rather than just a random assortment of songs. After the intro music of Space Oddity by David Bowie, the band played:
Beautiful Day
Slow new song
Uptempo new song
In A Little While
Miss Sarajevo
Until The End Of The World
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Crazy Tonight remix / Discothèque (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday

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