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U2's concert in Phoenix, 19/09/17

Today, U2 were back on the road after the unfortunate cancellation of their concert in St Louis. They performed in Arizona, one of the states whose landscape and environment proved so influential on The Joshua Tree, and where the original Joshua Tree Tour began and ended. That tour's first two shows were at Arizona State University's Activity Center on 2 and 4 April 1987, while the last two shows were at the same university's Sun Devil Stadium on 19 and 20 December 1987. So it is only fitting that the band managed to fit an Arizona gig into the anniversary tour.

Those 1987 shows were in Tempe; this time around, U2 are at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the same venue they played on 20 October 2009. Both Glendale and Tempe are part of greater Phoenix; only one U2 show in Arizona has ever been elsewhere, when they visited Tucson on 5 April 1987.

Miss Sarajevo returned to the setlist for the first time this leg, having not been performed since the end of the European leg in August. Like in Europe, it opened the encore. No songs were removed from the set to make room for it, which meant new single The Best Thing stuck around and the whole show had 22 songs rather than the 21 that have become fairly standard.

At the end of One, Bono turned the Drowning Man snippet into a tribute to Mexico City, singing "don't let go, Mexico; viva Mexico!" He ended the concert by saying that the band's prayers are with the people affected by the earthquake.

On an amusing note, U2's official Twitter account today asked their followers if they were going to "tonight's show in New Orleans". If anybody did have that in their diary, they're almost a week late!

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky / War (snippet) / America (snippet)
  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. encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day / Starman (snippet)
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  21. You're The Best Thing About Me
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One / Drowning Man (snippet)
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U2's concert in St Louis today has been CANCELLED

U2 were meant to perform in St Louis today, but as a result of protests in the city the concert has been CANCELLED.

The protests have broken out after a white police officer, Jason Stockley, was acquitted of murder for the 2011 killing of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith. Initially peaceful, the protests turned violent overnight and police and protesters have sustained injuries.

As a result of the protests, there are insufficient police and crowd control personnel available to enable a large stadium concert to proceed safely. Live Nation and U2 have confirmed the show is cancelled. There is no mention of a rescheduled date; this appears to be a cancellation, not a postponement.

Concertgoers who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card used to purchase the ticket; those who purchased via other methods can claim a refund at point of purchase from 10am Monday.

The last time U2 cancelled a concert was 29 May 1997 in Raleigh, North Carolina, after the large screen sustained damage that could not be repaired before showtime. The most recent postponements occurred in 2015 when they had to defer three gigs: one in Stockholm after a security breach and two in Paris after the Bataclan terrorist attack.

The next U2 concert will now be in Phoenix on 19 September.



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U2's New Orleans setlist, 14/09/17

Tonight U2 were in New Orleans, Louisiana, their fifth concert in the state. The only time they have visited Louisiana and not played in New Orleans was on the original Joshua Tree tour when they visited Baton Rouge instead. This is their fourth visit to the city on tour, with the most recent concert coming way back on 21 November 1997. Despite the relative dearth of concerts, a fact Bono mentioned during the show, the city is quite close to the hearts of the band, with Edge forming the Music Rising project to help local musicians following Hurricane Katrina.

In that near-twenty year gap various band members have performed in New Orelans four times however; on 3 February 2002 for the Superbowl halftime show as the whole band, on 28 April 2006 at the re-opening of Preservation Hall and the next day at Jazz Fest, both by Edge, and 25 September 2006 at the re-opening of the Superdome with Green Day. This is their fourth time in the Superdome, following PopMart, the Superbowl, and the stadium's re-opening.

Reports from outside before the concert began indicated that Vertigo, With or Without You, and Spanish Eyes were rehearsed, likely by the crew. The first two appeared in the set as normal, Spanish Eyes did not. The Saints Are Coming was fittingly snippeted at the end of Vertigo, with Bono continuing to sing the chorus after the song had concluded. After Ultraviolet, Bono praised Edge for his Music Rising work, handing the microphone over to his bandmate who in turn mentioned the local music scene, name-dropping Trombone Shorty and the Jazz Festival.

You're The Best Thing About Me was moved to after One, seemingly to close a show for the first time. Then in a twist, I Will Follow was performed for the first time on the third leg to actually end the night, the first performance of the song since the final few shows in Europe. Bono remarked that it was the first time Edge had played the song on his Fender Stratocaster instead of his famous Gibson Explorer, saying "Miracles happen in New Orleans!". Accordingly, New Orleans is the first concert on the third leg to surpass 21 songs in the set.

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky / War (snippet) / America (snippet)
  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. encore(s):
  17. Beautiful Day / Drunk On A Plane (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / The Saints Are Coming (snippet)
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One / Drowning Man (snippet)
  22. You're The Best Thing About Me
  23. I Will Follow
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U2's Kansas City setlist, 12/09/17

Tonight U2 played in Kansas City—the one in Missouri. U2 have only ever scheduled two concerts in the actual state of Kansas, both on the War Tour, and only one of those actually went ahead. Missouri is more familiar territory, with this being their fifteenth concert in the state.

It has been a while since they last played Kansas City, however. Their last visit to the city was back on 27 November 2001. That occasion was marked by the only appearance of When I Look At The World. Arrowhead Stadium, the venue for tonight, has seen the band twice before.

The setlist tonight was identical to that played in Indianapolis two nights ago, but with the order swapped for Vertigo and the new single You're the Best Thing About Me. Bono changed the lyrics of Beautiful Day to reference the local baseball team: "see the world in white and blue/KC Royals right in front of you". One again had a snippet of Drowning Man at the end.

Bono claimed tonight as having the second performance of The Best Thing. That is true enough for the tour proper, but of course it is actually the third, after Indy and Fallon's show.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky / Black Dog (snippet) / War (snippet) / America (snippet)
  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. encore(s):
  17. Beautiful Day / Starman (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. You're The Best Thing About Me
  20. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet) / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One / Drowning Man (snippet)
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U2's Indianapolis setlist, 10/09/17

Today U2 performed in Indianapolis. It's been a long time between drinks for Indiana: the last U2 show anywhere in the state was on 10 October 2001 (the only Elevation Tour show not opened by Elevation, and to not feature Bullet the Blue Sky). The Elevation Tour is the only U2 tour to feature two concerts in Indiana: exactly five months before playing South Bend, they hit Indianapolis for Bono's 41st birthday.

The only time before today that U2 have performed a stadium show in Indiana was on 1 November 1987 on the original Joshua Tree Tour. That night featured the debut of the Dalton Brothers before U2's actual set. Today's show is just U2's fifth concert in the state, and when you add the Daltons it is the sixth separate performance.

During Trip Through Your Wires, Bono recalled the Daltons' performance, and at the end he sarcastically asked an audience member who was there: "were you changed by the experience of the Dalton Brothers? We were." Later he quipped that those who don't know about the Daltons aren't missing anything, "but we looked great! Especially Betty Dalton [Adam]."

Reports from soundcheck indicate that U2 rehearsed new single You're the Best Thing About Me at least four times. This was a harbinger of its tour debut, and only its second performance ever after it was played on Fallon's TV show last Thursday. It was performed in the setlist spot occupied at recent shows by Mysterious Ways. Bono introduced it as being about a nightmare where he had left his wife and kids, and how when he told his wife about it, she laughed at him and said that even if he tried to leave he wouldn't be able to find the door.

The show ended with a snippet of Drowning Man at the end of One. It was even longer than when it was first snippeted this tour in Buffalo. The song still has not yet been performed in full live.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / America (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky / War (snippet) / America (snippet)
  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. encore(s):
  17. Beautiful Day / Starman (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  20. You're The Best Thing About Me
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One / Drowning Man (snippet)
All details for this show including reviews, videos and photos can be found here.

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