One night after bringing an entire U2 tribute band onstage to perform “Desire,” Bono plucked a young woman named Stephanie from the audience at Toronto’s Air Canada Center Tuesday night and let her play acoustic guitar on “Angel of Harlem.” It’s almost unheard of for a fan to get a second song, but she told Bono she wanted to play “All I Want Is You.” After proving her knowledge of the chords, the band launched into it, with Bono sprinkling in bits of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” at the end.
U2 have been bringing fans onstage to play guitar and sing since the 1980s, but never with the regularity of this tour. “What was at the heart of punk rock for us was the desire to communicate on an equal basis with your audience,” Bono told Rolling Stone days before the tour began, “meaning there’s no division between you and the people that come to see you.”
When the group began set closer “With or Without You” a few songs later, many hardcore fans near the front held up signs that read “Shine Like Stars,” referring to a rarely-used coda to the tune that Bono used in the Rattle and Hum movie. This tour hasn’t featured the extra lyrics a single time, but Bono delighted the fans by breaking them out.
Special guests influenced numerous songs in the set. With Dave Grohl in the audience, Bono sang a snippet of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the end of “The Electric Co.” The show closed with “One,” which Bono dedicated to former President of Israel Shimon Peres, who also attended the show.
The American leg of the Innocence and Experience Tour heads to Boston for a four-night run on Friday before wrapping up with eight concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The group will then head to Europe for the remainder of the year.