U2 Vertigo Tour - Australia - November 2006

:: Photos by Dylan Swan ::



(Other shows: U2 360 Tour 2010)

Brisbane - 2 November 2006, a few days before the concert

I worked at this stadium (QSAC) so I had some pre-concert access




















Screen test





Sydney - 11 November 2006



Kanye West (support act)


































































Song lists for the concerts I attended

7 November 2006 Brisbane

  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • Elevation
  • Until The End of the World
  • New Year's Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Yahweh
  • Walk On
  • Sometimes
  • Love and Peace
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Bullet The Blue Sky
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • Pride (In The Name of Love)
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • Encore 1:
  • Zoo Station
  • The Fly
  • With or Without You
  • Encore 2
  • The Saints Are Coming
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Kite

10 November 2006 Sydney

  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • Elevation
  • Until The End of the World
  • New Year's Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Yahweh
  • Walk On
  • Sometimes
  • Love and Peace
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Bullet The Blue Sky
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • Pride (In The Name of Love)
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • Encore 1:
  • Zoo Station
  • The Fly
  • With or Without You
  • Encore 2
  • The Saints Are Coming
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Kite

11 November 2006 Sydney

  • City of Blinding Lights
  • Vertigo
  • Elevation
  • Until The End of the World
  • New Year's Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  • Sometimes
  • Love and Peace
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Bullet The Blue Sky
  • Miss Sarajevo
  • Pride (In The Name of Love)
  • Where The Streets Have No Name
  • One
  • Encore 1:
  • Zoo Station
  • The Fly
  • With or Without You
  • Encore 2
  • The Saints Are Coming
  • Desire
  • Kite

6 November 2006

"The band are rehearsing now," explains Bono to the Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm getting out of it by talking to you, which is great because I really can't stand rehearsals. I really do find it very hard to sing those songs unless there's people there."

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, there will be 50,000 people there as the band kick off the final leg of the tour. Today, Monday, they ran through the new set again - looks different and the same from the one they were playing when they were last on stage in Argentina in March. We won't spoil the surprise (the set list will be posted here straight after the show) but no surprises about two of the tracks which will feature. They performed City of Blinding Lights and Vertigo for the cameras today, part of a whole series of radio and TV interviews they gave. Will they play more material than earlier on the tour from 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' - which they never toured in Australia? Will they play 'The Saints Are Coming', one of the two new tracks on 'U218 Singles'? Incidentally, in an interview with Kathy McCabe of the Adelaide Advertiser, Bono talks for the first time about the other new track on the album - Window in the Skies. 'With soaring strings and a haunting piano melody the tune is remarkably different to the stadium rock sound of their recent smash hit album, How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. It is huge but in a very different way and for a very different reason; Bono is learning to play piano. "I think that's going to be our biggest song in a long time. It's a psychedelic pop song with 6/8 timing, you never hear that. It's very, very rare," he says. "I've been taking piano lessons with my kids and every time I took a lesson, I wrote a song. I had eight lessons and I had eight songs. "They (his bandmates) were all like 'He'll never have any songs this time' and in I bring eight. Whoa! Of course, they have much improved it."

Incidentally, if you're in Australia you won't need reminding that the opening show comes on the same day as the Melbourne Cup, one of the biggest days in the horse-racing calendar. Bono, who has been known to back the odd loser, will be glued to the box. "I don't think I can get to the Cup, because it's a show day, which is really, really annoying. But I will be watching it - this is the best horse race in the world. I'll have the various horse whisperers on the phone from back home telling me how I can lose my money."


7 November 2006

The beginning of Sunday Bloody Sunday the band paid tribute to their longstanding relationship with Amnesty International. In support of Amnesty's campaign for David Hicks (an Adelaide-born Muslim convert, was detained at Guantanamo Bay after being captured with Taliban forces in Afghanistan five years ago), to face trial in Australia, Bono recalled , "In our twenties we used to do a lot of work for Amnesty and tonight we're still working for them... We're calling for David Hicks to be brought back to Australia to face a fair trial here because you don't have to become a monster to defeat a monster". U2 were awarded the Amnesty Ambassador of Conscience Award earlier this year in Chile.


Bono on ABC Lateline while in Australia



Bono talking about his dogs





(Other shows: U2 360 Tour 2010)