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U2's Mumbai setlist, 15/12/19

It took 36 years since U2 originally made plans to tour India, but they finally made it.

The final leg of the War Tour in 1983 went to Hawaii and Japan. Initially, this tour was also meant to go to Australia, New Zealand, and India, but U2 were exhausted—they had toured almost continuously since they formed, rarely taking even a month away from the stage. So they pared back their original plans for 1983. They got to Australia and New Zealand in 1984 to start the Unforgettable Fire Tour, but India fell by the wayside.

This show in Mumbai, therefore, is U2's first in India. It makes India the 39th country in which U2 have performed a concert.

This show is also the last of the Joshua Tree Tour 2019. It is quite likely that this will be the last time some songs from the Joshua Tree album are ever performed live. It is harder, perhaps, to say which songs will obtain that unfortunate distinction. Or will we be enjoying this lark again in 2027 for the fortieth anniversary? Only time will tell.

U2 performed the live debut of their new single Ahimsa. A.R. Rahman, the co-author, and his daughters, who contribute vocals on the studio version, performed the song with U2. The Rahmans remained on stage to perform the last song of tour, One; support artist Noel Gallagher also came on stage for this song.


Noel had, in fact, already been on stage during the show. He joined U2 for Desire at the end of the main set. This show is the second time Noel has performed with U2: he joined the band to perform the Oasis song Don't Look Back in Anger on 8 July 2017. That was the first show of the Joshua Tree Tours 2017 and 2019 at which Noel performed, so today's guest appearances bring things full circle.

The performance of Ahimsa is notable for another reason. At the last show of the Vertigo Tour, 9 December 2006, U2 performed Rockin' in the Free World for the first time—but that is a Neil Young cover, and Bono had performed it live with Pearl Jam twice before. At the last show of the 360 Tour, 30 July 2011, 40 made its tour debut, the first time an original U2 song has made its tour debut on the last night of tour—but, of course, 40 had been played hundreds of times on previous tours. Ahimsa is the first U2 song to debut live on the last night of a tour.

I Will Follow returned to the set today after missing one show. Bono sang the live-only Shine Like Stars verse at the end of With or Without You for the first time since 30 July 2017.

Thanks for following our coverage of the Joshua Tree Tour 2019. It has been a thrill to bring you reports of U2 performing in countries they visit too rarely, or have never visited at all before. We can only hope that the band retain the enthusiasm and vitality to bring their music to established and new audiences alike for many years to come.

The full setlist was as follows:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. I Will Follow
  3. New Year's Day
  4. Bad / Give Peace a Chance (snippet)
  5. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  6. Where the Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  8. With or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet)
  9. Bullet the Blue Sky / America (snippet)
  10. Running To Stand Still
  11. Red Hill Mining Town
  12. In God's Country
  13. Trip Through Your Wires
  14. One Tree Hill
  15. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  16. Mothers Of The Disappeared
  17. Desire (with Noel Gallagher)

  18. encore(s):
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo / Live Forever (snippet) / I Love Rock 'n' Roll (snippet) / Rock 'n' Roll High School (snippet)
  21. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  22. Every Breaking Wave
  23. Beautiful Day
  24. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  25. Ahimsa (with A. R. Rahman and daughters)
  26. One (with A. R. Rahman and daughters, Noel Gallagher)
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U2's Manila setlist and videos, 11/12/19

U2 performed their first ever show in the Philippines. It is the third country U2 have visited for the first time on the current tour after Singapore and South Korea.

If you attended the U2 Conference in Sydney last month, you would have heard our setlistorian Axver present on U2's touring history in a wider context. He has a database of how many countries over 400 bands have performed in, and U2 have now reached the average of that dataset: 38 countries. (Ax plans to publish content from this database in the future, but isn't sure when or where just yet—stay tuned!)

The show took place at Manila's Philippine Arena. This venue is the world's largest indoor arena, with a capacity beyond that of many stadiums.

Gloria appeared in the setlist for just the second time this tour, following its debut two shows ago in Tokyo. Bad also returned to the setlist after missing one show. Desire and Every Breaking Wave retained their rotational spots in the setlist.


You don't often hear those four songs in the same setlist. Bad, Desire, Every Breaking Wave, and Gloria have all been in the same set just three times, all in 2015: 10 October, 3 November, and 7 November.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. Gloria / Van Morrison's Gloria (snippet)
  3. New Year's Day
  4. Bad / Heroes (snippet)
  5. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  6. Where the Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  8. With or Without You
  9. Bullet the Blue Sky / America (snippet)
  10. Running To Stand Still
  11. Red Hill Mining Town
  12. In God's Country
  13. Trip Through Your Wires
  14. One Tree Hill
  15. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  16. Mothers Of The Disappeared
  17. Desire

  18. encore(s):
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo / She Loves You (snippet) / I Love Rock 'n' Roll (snippet)
  21. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  22. Every Breaking Wave
  23. Beautiful Day
  24. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  26. One / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Seoul setlist and videos, 08/12/19

U2 performed their first concert in South Korea today. It was only their second ever concert on the Asian continent, after 30 September 1997, all the way over on the other side of the continent in Israel. All other previous Asian shows have been in island countries off the coast of the continent, Japan and Singapore, or in the case of Turkey the band performed at a venue on the European side of Istanbul.

I Will Follow and Every Breaking Wave returned to the setlist today after missing the last show. Bad was not performed; this is the second show this tour at which it has not appeared, following the 19 November show in Adelaide.

Desire, surprisingly, remained in the setlist. This is the first time it has been performed at consecutive shows on the current tour.

I Still Haven't Found ended with a lengthy snippet of Stand By Me that involved the entire first verse and the chorus. Watch it below, Our other videos from this show follow the setlist.


The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. I Will Follow
  3. New Year's Day
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
  7. With or Without You
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky
  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 / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  15. Mothers Of The Disappeared
  16. Desire

  17. encore(s):
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / She Loves You (snippet) / Love Me Do (snippet)
  20. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  21. Every Breaking Wave
  22. Beautiful Day
  23. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
  25. One
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U2's Tokyo #1 and #2 setlists and videos, 4/12/19 and 5/12/19

U2 performed two concerts at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Tokyo, on 4 and 5 December. This arena is one of the biggest in the world, in size being equivalent to many stadiums.

U2 had not performed in Japan since 4 December 2006, a show that was also at this venue. This gap, of exactly 13 years to the day, is by far U2's longest absence from Japan since they first visited the country in 1983. All other gaps have been between 4 and 8.5 years.

At the first show, Angel of Harlem and Every Breaking Wave returned to the setlist after missing the previous gig in Singapore.

At the second show, those two songs vacated their positions and Desire and You're the Best Thing were performed instead.

There was one other setlist alteration between the two shows, and it was a big surprise: Gloria made its tour debut at the second show, replacing I Will Follow. Its most recent performance was on 13 November 2018, and this is its first appearance on the Joshua Tree Tours of 2017 and 2019. It is the first song from October to appear on either tour.


U2 had not performed Gloria in Japan since 1 December 1989. If we take the Saitama Super Arena to be a de facto stadium, this is just its second performance in a stadium since 11 November 1989 in Auckland; the other instance was on 27 June 2005 in Dublin.

At the end of Gloria, Bono snippeted two songs of the same name by Van Morrison and Patti Smith. This recalls a habit of last year's performances.

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U2's Singapore #2 setlist and videos, 01/12/19

U2's second show in Singapore featured three setlist changes from night one.

The band performed Desire for the second time this tour and You're the Best Thing for the third time, replacing Angel of Harlem and Every Breaking Wave respectively. Love Is Bigger also returned to the setlist after missing yesterday's show, taking the length of the gig to 25 songs.


At the end of Mothers of the Disappeared, Bono added the El Pueblo Vencerá chant. He did this during some performances on the 2017 Joshua Tree Tour, but this is the first time in 2019.

Singapore is the first—and, for the time being, will remain the only—Asian city outside Japan in which U2 have performed two concerts on the same tour. Two Japanese cities can claim that honour. On multiple tours, U2 have performed two or more shows in Tokyo (including Saitama in the greater Tokyo area). And on the first leg of Lovetown, U2 performed three shows in Osaka; other tours have visited that city, but only for one show.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. I Will Follow
  3. New Year's Day
  4. Bad / Heroes (snippet)
  5. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  6. Where the Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  8. With or Without You
  9. Bullet the Blue Sky
  10. Running To Stand Still
  11. Red Hill Mining Town
  12. In God's Country
  13. Trip Through Your Wires
  14. One Tree Hill
  15. Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
  16. Mothers Of The Disappeared / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)
  17. Desire / Not Fade Away (snippet)

  18. encore(s):
  19. Elevation
  20. Take Me To The River (snippet) / Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  21. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  22. You're The Best Thing About Me
  23. Beautiful Day / One (snippet)
  24. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  25. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way / All You Need Is Love (snippet) / One (snippet)
  26. One
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