How U2’s Joshua Tree Tour Takes On Trump – News

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Written by James Viator, A freelance writer

Back in September of 2016, it looked like U2 was going to announce itself as a powerful voice of opposition to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Granted, this would be a fair expectation for anyone who knows the inclusive and generally liberal views of Bono and the band. But at the iHeart Radio Festival, U2 made a bold statement, blasting Trump with the simple question, “what do you have to lose?” accompanied by some video content. Clearly referring to the possibility of a Trump win, Bono declared the answer to that question to be “everything.”

It’s worth putting this performance in context. The concert was on the eve of the first presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton had a lead and many expected it to widen as she got the opportunity to expose Trump’s policy ignorance face-to-face. For the most part, over the course of the next month and three debates, Clinton would do just that – and her lead in the polling did indeed increase. By late October, about a month after U2’s performance, many were predicting a landslide, and even notoriously cautious bookmakers declared it a done deal that Clinton would win the …read more

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September 22, 2017 – San Diego, California, USA – SDCCU Stadium – Tours

Opening Act(s): Beck

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year’s Day
  3. Bad – America (Simon and Garfunkel)
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name – California (There Is No End to Love)
  6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  7. With or Without You
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky – War – America (Stephen Sondheim)
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God’s Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit – Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. Encore(s):

  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day – Heathens
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo – Rebel Rebel
  21. You’re the Best Thing About Me
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One – Drowning Man

Remarks:

U2’s final concert of the 3rd leg of the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 happened tonight in San Diego, the first time the band has played there in over 12 years. U2 performed “You’re the Best Thing About Me” in an all-acoustic rendition, as Bono dedicated the song to his wife Ali who was in the audience. The next show, occurring on October 3 in Mexico City, will take place despite the damage from the earthquakes that have been occurring there for the past month.

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September 19, 2017 – Glendale, Arizona, USA – University of Phoenix Stadium – Tours

Opening Act(s): Beck

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year’s Day
  3. Bad – America (Simon and Garfunkel)
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name – California (There Is No End to Love)
  6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  7. With or Without You – Love Will Tear Us Apart
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky – War – America (Stephen Sondheim)
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God’s Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit – Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. Encore(s):

  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day – Starman
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo – It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
  21. You’re the Best Thing About Me
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One – Drowning Man

Remarks:

After an unforeseen cancellation of the concert in St. Louis on September 16, U2 returned to the Phoenix area, the site of the kickoff of the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987. Inspired by the widescreen landscapes and scenery in Arizona, U2 performed a longer than average show at 22 songs, including the return of “Miss Sarajevo” to the encore. Bono paid tribute to the earthquake victims in Mexico City with “One” when he said: “Don’t let go, Mexico… Viva Mexico!” Senator John McCain and his wife Cindy were honored by Bono during “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m …read more

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U2, Ed Sheeran St. Louis Concerts Canceled Amid Violent Protests – News

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by Mitchell Peters, Billboard

U2 and Ed Sheeran have canceled concerts planned for St. Louis this weekend over security concerns as the city faces violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

Promoter Live Nation and U2 wrote in a statement that the St. Louis Police Department would not be able to provide the “standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size” for the planned Saturday (Sept. 16) concert. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

“In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert,” the statement read. “As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment.”

U2’s show was to be held at St. Louis’ 70,000-capacity Dome at America’s Center, while Sheeran was booked for Scottrade Center on Sunday night (Sept. 17). Fans who purchased tickets to the concerts will be issued refunds.

Regarding the Sheeran cancelation, promoter Louis Messina told Billboard, “Better safe than …read more

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