U2 gave a local tribute band the thrill of a lifetime on July 6 at Toronto’s Air Canada Center. The legendary Irish rockers were in town with their hugely successful Innocence + Experience Tour, playing the first show of a two-night stand.
According to an article posted July 6 at CBC, the multi-Grammy winners performed a powerful 26-song setlist, which included their 1988 single “Desire” from their classic studio album Rattle and Hum. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers pulled out the hit a little over midway through the night and called up local U2 tribute band Acrobat to perform the song onstage with them.
The 5:28 minute fan filmed video opens with U2 opting to stand on the sidelines, allowing their Canadian counterparts to begin the song on their own (no pressure) with the exception of U2 guitarist Edge who immediately pitches in on acoustic rhythm. U2 frontman Bono eventually joins his alter-ego, played by Acrobat frontman Gabrielvox, and begins trading off lead vocals and harp solos.
The team up proved to be one of the highlights of the night. At the end of the set, Bono shows his sense of humor, joking to Gabrielvox, “I’ve always wanted to meet you. Love your early work.”
Fans can check out the video enclosed above. The complete night’s setlist is posted below.
The Songs of Innocence + Experience Tour next continues July 7 with their second show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre before returning to the U.S. to wrap up their 2015 North American leg with multi-night stands in Boston and New York. Tickets for all U.S. shows are available at AXS.
See below for their 2015 North American schedule. For the latest information on U2, click here.
U2 2015 North American tour schedule:
July 7 – Toronto, Ontario, Air Canada Centre
July 10 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 11 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 14 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 15 – Boston, Mass., TD Garden
July 18 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 19 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 22 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 23 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 26 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 27 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 30 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
July 31 – New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden Arena
U2, Innocence + Experience Tour, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, July 6, setlist:
The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
Out of Control
I Will Follow
Iris (Hold Me Close)
Song for Someone
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Raised by Wolves (Psalm 23 (snippet))
Until the End of the World (Love and Peace or Else (snippet))
Even Better Than the Real Thing
Mysterious Ways (Burning Down The House snippet)
Desire (performed by Acrobat)
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (piano version)
Every Breaking Wave (acoustic)
Bullet the Blue Sky (19 snippet)
Pride (In the Name of Love) (Hands That Built America… more )
Beautiful Day (Instant Karma snippet)
Bad (Moment of Surrender snippet)
With or Without You
City of Blinding Lights
Where the Streets Have No Name (with “Mother & Child… more )
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Stand by Me (Ben E. King cover)