This was my first eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE show that I saw of U2’s in 2018. Having last caught U2’s Joshua Tree tour in 2017, I heard that this was even more immersive; so much so that it was promised it would be like a show I’ve never seen before.
Bono had a strong “Love is All We Have Left” opener, coming to light and life on a scaffolding, which stretched across much of the floor. We were bathed in blue and white light and his utter focus that conveyed a sense of immediacy.
There was so much beauty buffeted by complexity of issues, from old wounds like Sunday Bloody Sunday to what we can, and will, do better this time. As usual, we were shaken up, woken up, and left to do something. Plus, it was a hell of a show musically. I’d suggest putting it in the “must hit” camp for the next rotation of this carefully architected, passionate body of work.
See the full setlist for this show here.