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U2's Dallas setlist, 26/05

Today U2 performed their Dallas/Fort Worth-area show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. This is the same venue they played on 12 October 2009, not long after it opened, on their most recent previous visit to Texas.

The order of the setlist has been shaken up a little again. This mainly occurred in the encore, but Bad returned to the pre-Joshua Tree portion of the setlist after being played in the encore at the last three shows. Tonight it was played third, the earliest it has ever been performed at a regular tour gig, beating the record of fourth it set for the first time two weeks ago in Seattle.

Another notable fact about Bad is that it has now been played at six shows in a row. This is very rare, despite its status among fans as a definitive live U2 song. It was done at the last five shows of the IE Tour's second leg in 2015, but to find a streak of six you have to go back to the last six shows of Elevation's third leg in 2001.

Bono preceded One Tree Hill with a short speech. He began by trying to remember the first venue U2 played in Dallas—he namechecked Club Foot, realising it was in Austin (the location of a show on 31 March 1981), and then he got it right: the Bijou, which U2 played on 2 April 1981. He quipped that "Adam doesn't remember the eighties", and then began reminiscing about U2's first tour to New Zealand in 1984, when they met Greg Carroll. "He was a friend, a comrade", Bono said, and after Greg died "we wrote this song for him".

Later in the show, Ultra Violet and One moved up the setlist to join Miss Sarajevo at the start of the encore. A second encore break was written on the printed setlist after One but the band did not take it and went into Beautiful Day. Elevation's performance as 20th song of the night is the latest it has ever been played at a show, beating its previous record of 18th at five of the six previous shows on this tour.

The printed setlist gave unreleased song The Little Things That Give You Away as the last song, but U2 decided to play I Will Follow instead. This is the third performance of I Will Follow this tour; all three have not been listed on the printed set.

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
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  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. encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  18. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  19. One
  20. Beautiful Day / Waltz Across Texas (snippet)
  21. Elevation
  22. I Will Follow
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U2's Houston setlist, 24/05

The Joshua Tree Tour has now left the North American west coast and is working its way across that vast continent. Today's show in Houston was the first of two in Texas.

U2 stuck with the same setlist they played at the previous show on 21 May in Los Angeles. This means that A Sort of Homecoming is still missing in action, but that Bad remained in the setlist and that the encore is now split in two: a first encore of two songs, and a second one of five.

Bono gave a speech before One Tree Hill about the terrorist attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, expressing the band's solidarity with the victims and the city as a whole. He dedicated the song to those who died, using one of its lyrics: "we will see you again when the stars fall from the sky".

The setlist comprised 21 songs total. This is the first time U2 have played two shows in a row featuring fewer than 22 songs since November 2005.

The full setlist was:

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

  15. encore(s):
  16. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  17. Bad / America (snippet)
  18. Beautiful Day
  19. Elevation
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One
  22. The Little Things That Give You Away
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U2 perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Today U2 appeared on US late-night talkshow Jimmy Kimmel Live. They played two songs: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and The Little Things That Give You Away.

The band also had a chat with Kimmel. During this, Bono condemned the terrorist attack on Ariana Grande's concert in Manchester, and spoke of the "undefeatable spirit" of that city.

The interview was not all doom and gloom though. At one point Bono and Edge sang the first verse of Lucille, a song not played publicly since 12 December 1987, and not done at all since a private party for BB King on 16 September 1989. I Still Haven't Found was performed with a gospel choir, harking back to the encore performance on 28 September 1987 that was originally released on Rattle and Hum and is also included on this year's Joshua Tree 30th anniversary special edition.

Bono joked that Edge is to blame for Songs of Experience not being released yet. U2 don't play unreleased songs live all that much, and especially don't play them often on TV, so this performance of Little Things stands out. Usually the closest you'll get on TV to such a rarity is the live debut of a song on an already-announced album that isn't in stores for a couple of weeks yet. The last time U2 played a truly unreleased song at a TV event was 22 November 2004, when She's a Mystery to Me appeared at a concert hosted by MTV. That performance later became the only version of She's a Mystery to Me that U2 have ever released, as the b-side for All Because of You; a studio version recorded during 1987 remains unreleased. But, of course, Roy Orbison released a studio version with Bono on backing vocals, so if you don't think that 2004 performance counts, then the last time U2 played unreleased songs on telly was the wonderful, bizarre, drunken jaunt onto TV Gaga on 30 January 1986. They did Womanfish, still unreleased, a very early version of Trip Through Your Wires, and a shambolic Bob Dylan cover. Those song links don't go to the database listings; they go to YouTube videos. Pour yourself a scotch and watch them.

Our database listing for the Kimmel performance is here.



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U2's Los Angeles #2 setlist, 21/05

Today, U2 performed their second of two shows at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, in the greater LA area. This is the first of only three cities on the North American leg to get more than one show—Chicago and East Rutherford also get this honour. When U2 first played the Rose Bowl in 2009, they did just one show, though of course that was with the 360 Tour set-up that permitted seat sales behind the stage, and there were two subsequent LA-area shows in 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Tonight's setlist featured a slightly altered order. A Sort of Homecoming—an early highlight of the tour—was mysteriously omitted from tonight's show. This means that the Joshua Tree keeps creeping closer to the start of the main set. The first three shows had five songs before the album, then four songs at the fourth, and tonight there were just three before the band began Where the Streets Have No Name. This means Mothers of the Disappeared was played the earliest it has ever featured in a setlist, fourteenth song of the night, beating last night's placement at fifteenth. It had previously been played sixteenth on 12 December 1987 and at the first three shows of this tour.

Furthermore, With or Without You was played the second-earliest it has ever appeared in a live set, sixth song of the night, equal with 16 December 1989. Only 25 November 1989 is in front, when it was played fifth. Bono spotted signs requesting WOWY's live-only verse Shine Like Stars, and although he did not sing it in the traditional spot at the song's climax, he did speak-sing "shine like stars in the summer night/shine like stars in your light" over Edge's solo.

The previous shows have featured just one extended encore, but tonight U2 did two encores. The first encore began with Miss Sarajevo, the first time it has opened an encore, and Bad. The band then took another break before coming back for the second encore. Unreleased new song The Little Things That Give You Away returned to the setlist to close the show, after not featuring in yesterday's setlist.

The upshot of the variations (by which we mainly mean the omission of A Sort of Homecoming) is that this show had the shortest setlist of the tour so far: 21 songs. The previous shows have had 22, or 23 in the case of Seattle. The last time U2 played a show with no more than 21 songs in the setlist was over a decade ago on 24 November 2006.

The full setlist was:

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

  15. encore(s):
  16. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  17. Bad / America (snippet)
  18. Beautiful Day / City Of Stars (snippet)
  19. Elevation
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One
  22. The Little Things That Give You Away
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U2's Los Angeles #1 setlist, 20/05

Today U2 performed their first of two shows at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, in the greater Los Angeles area. They have played the Rose Bowl just once before, for the 25 October 2009 concert that was broadcast live on YouTube and released as an official live video document of the 360 Tour.

In acknowledgement of the tragic death of Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave), the preshow music tonight featured Black Hole Sun right before the song that introduces U2 to the stage, The Pogues' A Rainy Night in Soho. Bono dedicated Running to Stand Still to Cornell and his whole family.

At the end of the Joshua Tree, Bono dedicated the concert to Guus Van Hove and Helena Nuellett, two fans who died in August 2011 while searching for the site where the album's cover was photographed.

There were a couple of tweaks to the setlist. Bad's two previous appearances this tour have been fourth in the setlist, the earliest it has ever been played at any full-tour concert (it was, of course, second at Live Aid). Tonight, it moved to the encore, a far more typical setlist location. It was followed by I Will Follow, played for the second time this tour. This show is the first of the tour to not feature the new unreleased song The Little Things That Give You Away; it was on the printed setlist, but the band conferred after Bad and chose to play I Will Follow.

By shifting Bad to the encore, all of the Joshua Tree songs were played one song earlier than at the three previous shows this tour. This means that tonight's performance of With or Without You is the equal third-earliest it has ever been played. It was also done seventh on 30 March 2005. It has appeared fifth in one set and sixth in another. Otherwise, it has typically appeared late in the main set or in the encore.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. A Sort Of Homecoming / 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
  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 / City Of Stars (snippet)
  18. Elevation
  19. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  20. One
  21. Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
  22. Bad / America (snippet)
  23. I Will Follow
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