U2 were in Paris for their first of four shows in the French capital. As many of you already know, the first three shows are being filmed for an HBO special – and hopefully an official DVD release – to be broadcast on 14 November. This is just the latest in U2’s history of releasing live songs from Paris; read about it here.
No we have not missed a song in the usual second slot; U2 skipped the usual rotational number and went straight from The Miracle to Vertigo. The only other show this tour at which this was done was the second night in Vancouver, 15 May 2015, but that audience got a rare treat between Vertigo and I Will Follow in the form of California. Tonight U2 also only played one rotational song on the E stage rather than the usual two; Elevation, after a single-show absence, was the rotational track that got a run. At the end of the show, the closer was One, back after missing one show.
This means that tonight was the shortest show of the European leg by two songs, clocking in at 23 songs (rather than the usual 25-27). Every other regular show of the tour has had ten songs before the intermission; the only other performance to have nine was the dress rehearsal for a small invited audience in Vancouver on 8 May 2015. Unlike in Glasgow, tonight’s intermission did not have Bono singing The Fly live (U2gigs.com).