U2 guitarist The Edge fell off stage during the first show of U2’s world tour in Vancouver on Thursday (May 14).
The guitarist was walking along the edge of a ramp in the middle of the crowd during final song ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ when he accidentally stepped off the stage. Bono, oblivious to the accident, sang on while the rest of the band briefly stopped playing. Footage of the incident can be seen below.
U2 later posted a picture to their official Instagram page showing The Edge holding a glass of champagne and displaying a cut from the fall. The caption reads, “Didn’t see the edge, I’m ok!!” See the image below.
The 24-song show at the 20,000-capacity Rogers Arena in Vancouver marked U2’s first full show since last year’s controversial release of their ’Songs Of Innocence’ album, which was given away free to all iTunes account holders. The show opened with the album’s first single ‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’, with an image on the big screen of singer Bono’s bedroom where he grew up in Dublin.
Before the second song, 1980 single ‘Out Of Control’, Bono announced: “We’re a band from the north side of Dublin. This is one of our first singles.” The tour is billed as ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ and is divided into two themed sets of “innocence” and “experience”, each lasting for 10 songs with an interval before a four-song encore.
The band had decided to continue with the show despite the death earlier in the week of drummer Larry Mullen Jr‘s father, Larry Sr, at the age of 92. Mullen returned for the funeral in Dublin on Tuesday before flying back for the show.
Introducing the song ‘Iris (Hold Me Close)’ from ‘Songs Of Innocence’, Bono dedicated the track to his late mother Iris, announcing: “This is for you, Iris.” The setlist featured excerpts of several cover versions, with the Ramones’ ‘Do You Remember Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio?’, the Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ and Talking Heads‘ ‘Burning Down The House’ segued into U2’s own songs in the first half.
The tour arrives in the UK in October, with tickets available for the final London show on November 3.
The U2 setlist from Vancouver was:
‘The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)’
‘Out Of Control’
‘I Will Follow’
‘Iris (Hold Me Close)’
‘Song For Someone’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘Raised By Wolves’
‘Until The End Of The World’
‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’
‘Every Breaking Wave’
‘Bullet The Blue Sky’
‘Pride (In The Name Of Love’
‘With Or Without You’
‘City Of Blinding Lights’
‘Where The Streets Have No Name’
‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’
U2 will play:
London O2 Arena (October 25-26, 28-29, November 2-3)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 6-7)