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20 Years of the Irish Singles Chart

Linda Coogan Byrne and her team over at WhyNotHer have put together a startling report on the state of the Irish Singles Chart over the last 20 years and how it practically ignored Women and BIPOC.  It's an incredible piece of work, one that, had all things been fair and equal, should never have had to be complied. Unfortunately, like most things, the Irish Music Industry isn't a fair and equal place... Anyway, don't take my word for it, click here to read the report.

2018-10-23 U2 - The O2 London

I go to see U2 every time they tour. Since 1987, I’ve only missed one tour and that was the Lovetown Tour, I couldn’t get a ticket for love nor money!

Anyway, this time it was the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour and the chosen venue was the O2 Arena in London.

After having toured last year with The Joshua Tree, it was no surprise that it was left off the setlist for this tour. Surprisingly though, there were 6 songs for Achtung Baby and I finally got to hear Acrobat live.  What a song that is!

Check out the setlist below courtesy of U2 Gigs.

Setlist:
  1. The Blackout
  2. Lights Of Home
  3. I Will Follow
  4. Gloria / Patti Smith's Gloria (snippet)
  5. Beautiful Day
  6. Zoo Station
  7. The Fly
  8. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  9. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
  10. (Intermission - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me)
  11. Elevation
  12. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (snippet) / Vertigo
  13. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  14. Hall of Mirrors (snippet) / Acrobat
  15. The Showman (Little More Better) (snippet) / You're The Best Thing About Me
  16. Summer Of Love
  17. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  18. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  19. New Year's Day
  20. City of Blinding Lights
Encore:
  1. One / Invisible
  2. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  3. 13 (There Is A Light)
Anyway, that’s it for another U2 tour.  They been on the road for the last few years, so I would imagine it’ll be a while before they decide to tour again. Until then…

Check out the photos below:








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