Comments: U2 perform just before 1am on the steps of the Grand Théâtre Lumière at the Palais des Festival before the premiere of the U2 3D movie at the Cannes Film Festival. Prior to U2's short set, The Arcade Fire's Wake Up is played like on the Vertigo Tour. Bono makes a brief speech in French over the intro of Where The Streets Have No Name, in addition to doing Vertigo's count-in in French. This is one of only three times Streets has ever been performed at a non-tour concert event; the other two times were at its video shoot on a liquor store rooftop in Los Angeles in 1987, and at the Super Bowl in 2002. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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"We're at a point where production has gotten so slick that people don't trust it anymore... We were starting to lose trust in the conventional sound of rock & roll - the conventional sound of guitar ... those big reverb-laden drum sounds of the '80s or those big, beautiful, pristine vocal sounds with all this lush ambience and reverb. So we found ourselves searching for other sounds that had more life and more freshness."
- The Edge, explaining the band's motivation for seeking a new sound with Achtung Baby
did you know
The cover art for No Line on the Horizon is a photograph of Lake Constance, taken by Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto; titled Boden Sea, it is one of 200 pictures in his Seascapes collection. The image was the inspiration for Bono's lyrics on the track "No Line on the Horizon".