April 27, 2005 – Vancouver, Canada

My friend Ajay and I were in Vancouver a few days before the first Vancouver show of the Vertigo Tour. We were walking around north Vancouver in a park when I got a text from my friend Shal that U2 were going to film the official music video to City of Blinding Lights. The first 4000 people in line would have the chance to be a part of the video. We rushed to the closest taxi and got ourselves over to GM Place. The security demanded all fans to check in all electronic devices. My friend had snuck in his phone but was quickly confiscated by Bono’s security guard! Consequently, I didn’t have any photos of the video shoot and mini-concert they gave us. The only artifact for posterity purposes is the official music video.  During the video shoot, U2 performed City of Blinding Lights several times to capture the right video angles.  After, they treated us to a mini-concert that included new songs from their album How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

Setlist:

  1. City Of Blinding Lights
  2. City Of Blinding Lights
  3. Hokey Pokey
  4. City Of Blinding Lights
  5. City Of Blinding Lights
  6. City Of Blinding Lights
  7. City Of Blinding Lights
  8. Vertigo
  9. All Because Of You
  10. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own

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