The group also performed 'Gloria' for first time in 10 years
U2 paid tribute to the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US by performing their song ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ at their show in Chicago on Sunday (June 28).
On Friday (June 26), the US Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a legal right no matter of sexual orientation. The 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will now have to reverse their legislation.
Performing at Chicago’s United Center over the weekend, Bono told the crowd: “Gay pride in the name of love… This is a moment to talk about peace and love… send your messages of love whenever you are.”
At their show in Arizona during May, U2 dedicated the same song to those who voted for the legislation of gay marriage in Ireland.
The group also performed their 1981 track ‘Gloria’ for first time in 10 years at their Chicago show. “This is the first time we’ve played this song in about 20 years,” Bono told the audience. The band had actually played ‘Gloria’ numerous times on their 2005 ‘Vertigo’ tour.
Watch footage of both performances below.
Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher recently hailed U2’s new live show as a “psychedelic experience” after seeing the band perform in San Jose in May.
Speaking after the show, Gallagher described the performance as “a great leap forward”, adding: “It was theatre. It starts off as a punk rock gig but then it gets intimate, there’s a lot of truth in it about where they come from and the people that they are. At points it’s quite touching when you see footage of people like Bono’s mum and his kids, stuff like that, walking up the street they grew up on.”
“Visually the band were explaining it to me for a good six months but I still had no idea about this screen they were talking about, it didn’t make much sense to me at all – most things don’t with Bono at four o clock in the morning. But tonight, I don’t like to use the phrase, but this is a game changer, not only for them but for shows in general. It is something completely different.”
Gallagher also told U2’s official website: “For people who haven’t seen it, they play inside of a video screen and it’s something else, it’s like watching a television but you kind of forget sometimes that they are actually there on stage and they are playing live. It’s a psychedelic experience… It was staggering – and only the fourth show. I can’t wait to see it again.”
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