- 03 May 18
On the opening night of the eXPERIENCE & iNNOCENCE 2018 tour, U2 sprang a number of surprises. Well, what did you expect from the biggest, and most ambitious, rock band in the world? Our man in Tulsa: Pat Carty
According to designer Willie Williams, and The Edge, and everyone else who was talking in Tulsa over the past few days, the eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE tour was initially supposed to follow promptly on the heels of iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE jaunt, or even be part of the same bill.
It’s no surprise, then, to see the familiar catwalk set-up running the length of the 20,000 seat BOK arena here in Tulsa, with the main stage at one end and the “b” stage at the other. There have been technical improvements: the hanging screen is now even bigger, but it will still be instantly familiar to anyone who put their money down last time around. The two albums are inextricably intertwined, of course, to the extent that there had also been talk on the run-in that there was nothing older than Achtung Baby in the setlist, at all. You didn’t know who to believe – and you didn’t know what you were going to get.
Still with iNNONCE, the section which joins ‘Cedarwood Road’ and ‘Song For Someone’ features the same images of Bono’s childhood neighbourhood that featured in the last show. It remains uniquely powerful, and the lyric “a heart that is broken, is a heart that is open” speaks to Bono’s conviction that his mother’s tragic, early death made him that artist. It is a key to understanding the story being told by U2.