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U2's São Paulo #3 setlist, 22/10/17

Today U2 performed their third of four shows in São Paulo. It is the first time this tour that they have performed more than two shows in the same city.

There was one change in the setlist from what the band performed at the previous three concerts: Mysterious Ways returned, after being missing in action since its last performance a month and a half ago on 8 September in Minneapolis. It had been soundchecked before a number of shows lately, but not played. This is the first time it has appeared in the same setlist as You're the Best Thing About Me.

On account of wet weather, Bono snippeted Rain during Bad. In Beautiful Day he sang a snippet of The Girl from Ipanema, the music of which was composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim—yesterday, Bono sang a snippet of another Jobim song, Waters of March.

I Still Haven't Found ended with a snippet of Stand By Me. This snippet, once fairly commonplace, has been rare this year: Bono has sung it on three other occasions on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017, the most recent of which was about a fortnight ago on 10 October.

Also, an interview with U2 was broadcast on Brazilian TV. Recorded on 17 October in Rio de Janeiro on the rooftop of the TV Globo studios, U2 performed Ordinary Love and Vertigo acoustically, and Bono and Adam sat down for a chat. Our database entry for this is here. This is the first time U2 have performed Ordinary Love in almost two years—the last occasion was the second-last gig of the Innocence + Experience Tour on 6 December 2015—though Edge performed it with a choir in the Vatican City on 30 April 2016.

The full setlist from São Paulo #3 was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / Rain (snippet)
  4. Pride (In The Name Of Love) / All You Need Is Love (snippet)
  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 / Stand By Me (snippet)
  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 / The Girl From Ipanema (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  20. Mysterious Ways
  21. You're The Best Thing About Me
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One
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U2's São Paulo #2 setlist, 21/10/17

Today, U2 performed their second of four shows in São Paulo.

Bad remained in the pre-Joshua Tree part of the setlist. Bono sang a very long snippet of Antônio Carlos Jobim's song Waters of March in the spot where he has usually done America or Heroes. During Beautiful Day, Bono snippeted another notable Brazilian song: Mas Que Nada, originally written by Jorge Ben and then popularised further by Sérgio Mendes.

During I Still Haven't Found, Bono modified the "church not made with hands" shout-out to: "Take it to church now! The church of Neymar! A church not made with... feet." Like the first night in São Paulo, Bono referred to Brazil's current debate about art censorship at the start of Mothers of the Disappeared, remarking that "censorship, you are not going back, Brazil".

Apart from some different snippets, the setlist was identical to that played at the previous show. This is the first time U2 have performed identical setlists at two shows in the same city on the current tour.

The full set was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / Waters Of March (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 / Mas Que Nada (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (snippet) / 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 / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's São Paulo #1 setlist, 19/10/17

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 is coming to an end. U2 have arrived in the final city of the tour: São Paulo, Brazil. Today they performed their first of four shows there, an unprecedented run of shows for the band in South America.

At the start of Bad, Bono quoted from O Alquimista (The Alchemist) by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, reciting a famous line about "when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". He then dedicated the snippet of Heroes to Renato Russo and Cazuza, famous Brazilian musicians who died of AIDS.

The band made some references to Brazilian politics during the concert. Larry wore a shirt against censorship of art, referencing a controversy in Brazil at the moment sparked by the shutdown of the Queermuseu (Queer Museum) exhibit in Porto Alegre. Bono's dedication of the Heroes snippet relates to this, and his speech before One also referred to LGBTI rights. Over the intro of Mothers of the Disappeared he emphasised that "you're not going back, Brazil".

The setlist was the same as that performed at the previous show five days ago in Santiago. The full set was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. O Alquimista (snippet) / Bad / Heroes (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 / The Star-Spangled Banner (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. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  20. You're The Best Thing About Me
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Santiago setlist, 14/10/17

Today, U2 performed in Santiago, at the same venue as their three previous Chilean concerts.

Before the show there was a soundcheck of New Year's Day, Mysterious Ways, and Where the Streets Have No Name. Despite being soundchecked before multiple Latin American dates this month, the most recent performance of Mysterious Ways remains that in Minneapolis on 8 September.

Today's show featured the second performance of One Tree Hill in Chile; the lyric "Jara sang, his song a weapon" refers to Chilean activist Victor Jara, who was murdered in the days after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973. It was previously performed on 25 March 2011 with Francisca Valenzuela—with today's performance a chance to make right how rough that 2011 version was!

Bono revisited the coup and the challenges of Chile's past in his speech before One. He praised Chileans for harnessing the pain of the past to build a better future.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / Gracias A La Vida (snippet)
  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
  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 / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)

  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 / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Buenos Aires #2 setlist, 11/10/17

Today U2 completed their pair of concerts in the greater Buenos Aires area, in La Plata. On both of their visits to Argentina in 1998 and 2011 U2 played three shows, but like in 2006 they're stopping at two this time.

The setlist tonight was almost identical to that performed last night. Indeed, it seemed like they might be exactly the same, but Bono called for one more—I Will Follow. It has only been played once on this current jaunt through the Americas, almost a month ago in New Orleans on 14 September. This now brings I Will Follow's number of performances on the current tour into double digits. Before playing the song, Bono claimed the band were about to play "our first song on Island Records", and if only they had, for that was in fact 11 O'clock Tick Tock.

At the start of Bad, Bono sang a line of Van Morrison's Into the Mystic and then quoted famous Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. He recited a line from Borges' poem El Amenazado (The Threatened One), first in Spanish and then—"in case I fucked it up"—in English. During With or Without You he brought a fan, Gabriela, on stage.

Thanks to occasional losses of signal from the venue we have probably missed a few snippets tonight and the setlist will be fleshed out in due course. The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Into The Mystic (snippet) / El Amenazado (snippet) / Bad / Gracias A La Vida (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 / The Star-Spangled Banner (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 / El Pueblo Vencera (snippet)

  16. encore(s):
  17. Beautiful Day / Miss Argentina (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / My Generation (snippet) / Cracked Actor (snippet) / She Loves You (snippet)
  20. You're The Best Thing About Me
  21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  22. One / Invisible (snippet)
  23. I Will Follow
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