U2 remember Michael Jackson in 360° Tour opener

Bono sings for Michael
Bono sings for Michael

U2 paid tribute to Michael Jackson during the band's first date of their 360° Tour at the Barcelona Nou Camp Stadium by covering two of the late singer's biggest songs during an epic set.

Before playing Angel Of Harlem, which the band wrote to honor R&B pioneer Billie Holiday, Bono told the crowd of 90,000 that they were going to perform it in memory of Michael Jackson.

What no one perhaps expected, however, was that Bono would weave snippets Jackson's songs, Man In The Mirror and Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (sung in a falsetto!), into the extended finish.

U2 played over 20 songs during their set, career-spanning hits such as Sunday Bloody Sunday, Where The Streets Have No Name and Pride (In The Name Of Love), along with seven tracks from their recent album No Line On The Horizon.

Below is U2's setlist from their opening night:

No Line On The Horizon
Get On Your Boots
Beautiful Day
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Movin' On Up
Angel Of Harlem/Man In The Mirror/Dont Stop 'Til You Get Enough
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Walk On/You'll Never Walk Alone
Where The Streets Have No Name
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment Of Surrender

Joe Bosso

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