U2: Innocence and Experience tour gets first look
U2 is finally, almost back on the road. Vancouver fans will be the first to catch a performance on the Innocence and Experience tour on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean everyone else can’t glean some information ahead of time. Live Nation released a video Monday—one originally seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon—that scans over various stage elements, but never lingers beyond a glimpse. There’s a big video screen. There are big, incandescent light bulbs. There are tubes of fluorescent light bulbs. There’s a big catwalk. Its scope and ambition are grand in a way only U2 can attempt.
Fortunately the video isn’t the only way to preview the international trek. An April New York Times article detailed the band’s efforts to scale down from their epic 360° Tour, which conquered outdoor stadiums, to enhance the arena experience. Twelve speakers will be elevated and blast music downward to evenly drape the audience, set lists would be “relatively fixed” in the front half, but back-loaded with a mixed collection of tracks from show to show—especially since big cities feature multi-night stays (there’s no need to worry if you’ve grabbed tickets for multiple Madison Square Garden shows). Bono probably won’t play guitar for a while, but there will be more than enough happening to placate any fanatic.