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|Independence Day in Arlington? Nah, just U2's ginormous 360 "Claw" stage.|
It's a little less than 36 hours and counting until U2's 360 Tour stops at Reliant Stadium, and Rocks Off is starting to get excited. Really
excited. Bono and the boys were in Arlington at Cowboys Stadium Monday night. "For about two hours, the U2 members sang and played with passionate precision," writes Mario Tarradell in the Dallas Morning News
. "They backed up the spectacle with plenty of dramatic substance."
Meanwhile, here's a sampling of live-tweets from our sister paper the Dallas Observer
"Lights just went down for U2. So many cameras and phones are out, it's obnoxious. #partoftheproblem"
"You haven't experienced frustration if you haven't listened to tens of thousands trying to sing with Bono as he changes up words, melodies."
"OK, now the stage looks like that thing that let's you go back in time in Galaxy Quest. Or any other movie, really. http://pic.gd/d2670d
"Bono just dedicated 'One' to President Bush, and wasn't even being facetious. Also, cats are living with dogs in perfect harmony."
"Cowboys Stadium is literally shaking right now. Crazy."
After the jump, see Monday's set lists from U2 and potentially show-stealing opener Muse. We really, really hope they keep "The Unforgettable Fire."
Breathe (No Line on the Horizon)
Get On Your Boots (No Line)
Magnificent (No Line)
Mysterious Ways (Achtung Baby)
Beautiful Day (All That You Can't Leave Behind)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (The Joshua Tree)
Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (Leave Behind)
No Line on the Horizon (No Line)
Elevation (Leave Behind)
Until the End of the World (Achtung)
The Unforgettable Fire (The Unforgettable Fire)
City of Blinding Lights (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb)
Vertigo (Atomic Bomb)
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight (No Line)
Sunday Bloody Sunday (War)
MLK (Unforgettable Fire)
Walk On (Leave Behind)
Where the Streets Have No Name (Joshua Tree)
Ultraviolet (Light My Way) (Achtung)
With or Without You (Joshua Tree)
Moment of Surrender (No Line)
Uprising (The Resistance)
Map of the Problematique (Black Holes and Revelations)
Supermassive Black Hole (Black Holes)
Undisclosed Desires (Resistance)
Unnatural Selection (Resistance)
Starlight (Black Holes)
Time Is Running Out (Absolution)
So there you have it. No "Pride (In the Name of Love)," no "New Year's Day," nothing from Boy, October or Rattle and Hum - can't say we didn't see that coming - and lots of stuff from this decade. Expect U2 to change out one or two songs - maybe; the lists from the two previous shows in Tampa and Atlanta are identical save some ordering - but that's about it. And stay tuned for lots more U2, including a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the supermassive "Claw" stage.