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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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U2's Buenos Aires #1 setlist, 10/10/17

Today U2 performed their first of two concerts in the greater Buenos Aires area, in La Plata. It is U2's fourth visit to Argentina; on their first two trips in 1998 and 2006, they performed in Buenos Aires itself, while this show is at the same venue in La Plata as their three gigs in 2011.

The soundcheck today included New Year's Day, Mysterious Ways, and Where the Streets Have No Name. Mysterious Ways is yet to be played in Latin America on the current tour, and that did not change at today's show.

U2 began their performance quite late, at around 10:30pm local time, as the stage's big screen was used between Noel Gallagher's support set and U2 to broadcast the FIFA World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Ecuador. To the delight of fans in La Plata, Argentina emerged victorous.

Early in the show, Bono remarked that Lionel Messi is "surely proof that god exists". Later he dedicated Mothers of the Disappeared to "those in Argentina fighting for human rights past and present". Fans had organised a flashmob for Mothers, handing out white handkerchiefs before the show. The crowd waved these when the song began.

At the end of the show Bono uncorked a bottle of champagne. He dedicated a toast to Lionel Messi, this time referring to the local hero as "his lordship".

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. 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 / Stand By Me (snippet)
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky / 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 / 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 Bogotá setlist, 07/10/17

Today, U2 performed their first ever concert in Colombia, in the national capital Bogotá. On their three previous tours of South America, U2 only played in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile.

Colombia is the only country on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 that U2 have never visited before. The last time they went to a country for the first time was Turkey on 6 September 2010; the previous month they also played their first ever Russian concert on 25 August 2010. The 360 Tour was a good one for U2 visiting new countries: on the first leg they performed in Croatia for the first time, on 9 and 10 August 2009. But in 2015 they did not go anywhere new on the Innocence + Experience Tour.

None of the Latin American countries visited this month featured on the original Joshua Tree Tour in 1987. There had been plans to to continue that tour in Latin America during early 1988 but those never came to pass.

During Bad, Bono acknowledged the famous Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Márquez, calling him a hero of the band since they were teenagers. This led into a passionate snippet of David Bowie's Heroes. Bono acknowledged another famous Colombian during Beautiful Day when he snippeted some of Shakira's hit Whenever, Wherever.

Bono reprised a couple of themes from the IE Tour. First, during Pride, he gave his speech about how Ireland achieved peace through compromise, and that because "no-one won, everybody won". And at the end of the night he sang Invisible's refrain of "there is no them, there's only us" over the conclusion of One. Invisible joins the regular snippet of California in Streets as the only representatives from the Songs of Innocence era on the current tour.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. 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
  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 / Whenever, Wherever (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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