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U2's Adelaide setlist, 19/11/19

Today, U2 performed in Adelaide for the first time since 16 November 2006. U2 have not been regular visitors to the city of churches: not only is this show almost 13 years to the day since their last visit, but that show was 13 years to the day precisely since the one before that, on 16 November 1993.

I Will Follow remained in the setlist after its tour debut in Melbourne. Bad, however, was dropped from the set today. Out of the 55 shows played to date across the Joshua Tree Tours of 2017 and 2019, this show is just the seventh to not feature Bad. The only tour on which U2 have performed Bad in Adelaide remains Lovetown, when it appeared at both gigs on 27 and 28 Ocrtober 1989. Instead of using Bad to thank Australia's firefighters for their recent heroic efforts, Bono gave them a shout-out in Pride.

Running to Stand Still was slightly extended today, ending with a few hallelujahs not unlike the ZooTV version. The outro of Beautiful Day again featured a shout-out to Beehrouz Boochani. In I Still Haven't Found, Bono followed his usual call of "take us to church!" with a mention of Adelaide's nickname of "the city of churches" (it is worth noting here that the nickname first emerged in reference to the diversity of faiths practiced in Adelaide, not the number of sacred buildings).

Before Trip Through Your Wires, Bono did his lengthiest chat with the band yet, reprising the theme of Irish inventions that he first raised in Brisbane. All band members featured in this conversation, with Larry talking at length about flavoured potato chips.

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 / 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)
  9. Running To Stand Still / Hallelujah (snippet)
  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. Angel of Harlem

  17. encore(s):
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (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
  25. One
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U2's Melbourne setlist, 15/11/19

The third city on U2's Joshua Tree Tour 2019 was Melbourne. This tour is only the second time U2 have played just one show in Melbourne - normally they have played at least two, but Popmart also featured just one show, on 21 February 1998.

Before the show, the band soundchecked Bad, Pride, I Still Haven't Found, some guitar from Bullet the Blue Sky, and two songs not yet performed on the tour: I Will Follow and Desire. One of these later appeared in the setlist.

I Will Follow appeared second, after Sunday Bloody Sunday. This is its first performance since 13 November 2018, the last show of the previous tour. It did not come at the expense of any other song; today's set was 25 songs rather than the 24 played at the three previous shows. At shows on the Joshua Tree Tour 2017, U2 played I Will Follow sporadically - it appeared at 11 out of 51 gigs.

The other 24 songs were the same 24 that were played three days ago in Brisbane. Bono again dedicated Bad to the firefighters combating the bushfires in Australia, but sang a different snippet - Nick Cave's Into My Arms.

During Streets, a light drizzle began. Bono sang a brief snippet of Eurythmics' Here Comes the Rain Again before I Still Haven't Found, and then ended that song with a lengthy snippet of Singin' in the Rain. Marvel Stadium's roof was closed by the end of Red Hill Mining Town.

Bono is starting to make a habit of chatting with the rest of the band between In God's Country and Trip Through Your Wires. Like at the second Auckland show, he asked Edge and Larry about their time in the Drifting Cowboys, a country band they played in as teenagers. Larry played a foxtrot rhythm for the crowd, and both of them talked at some length about their experiences. Adam added that he failed the audition for the Drifting Cowboys.

Bono made similar remarks about the need for action on climate change before One as he did in Brisbane. At the end of Beautiful Day, he gave a nod to the news that Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist held in indefinite detention on Manus Island by Australia for seeking asylum, has finally been able to leave Manus and is now free in New Zealand.

The large screen had some serious glitches during Noel Gallagher's support set, with the right-hand side failing during most songs. It was, however, flawless during U2's set.

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. I Will Follow
  3. New Year's Day
  4. Bad / Into My Arms (snippet)
  5. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  6. Where the Streets Have No Name
  7. Here Comes The Rain Again (snippet) / I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Singin' In The Rain (snippet)
  8. With or Without You
  9. Bullet the Blue Sky / The Star-Spangled Banner (snippet) / 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. Angel of Harlem

  18. encore(s):
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo / Devil Inside (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
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U2's Brisbane setlist, 12/11/19

U2 have crossed the ditch from New Zealand to Australia, and tonight they performed in Brisbane. When they visited in 2010, they played two shows in the city, but this tour—like all other U2 stadium tours of Australia—features just one Brisbane show.

Bono sang lyrics of Midnight Oil's Beds Are Burning during Bad. He dedicated the performance to the firefighters who "keep us alive" during the bushfire crisis that is currently raging throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Bono has snippeted this Midnight Oil classic once before, during Vertigo on 19 November 2006; he has never sung lyrics from any other Midnight Oil song, though.

Between In God's Country and Trip Through Your Wires, Bono went on a riff about the Irish thinking that they invented everything. He asked Larry if the Irish invented country music, to which Larry responded firmly "no, Bono, we did not". Edge added that the Irish did invent the submarine. Bono let out a surprised "really?!", to which Edge replied that it was by an Irishman called John Philip Holland. Bono told the crowd to look it up to see if Edge is right, and what do you know, the fellow really was a submarine pioneer.

Before One, Bono spoke about the need to act collectively to combat the effects of climate change. He emphasised that "none of us is really an island" and that what happens in one part of the world has ramifications for the whole planet. This is an especially salient topic today as Australian politicians try to outdo each other for how far they can bury their heads in the sand or how deranged their denialism can be (a former deputy prime minister perhaps reached the lowest low when he described two bushfire victims as "most likely" Greens voters).

Today's performances of Red Hill Mining Town, Trip Through Your Wires, and Mothers of the Disappeared are the first time U2 have performed these songs anywhere in Australia. In God's Country and Exit made their New Zealand debuts in Auckland last week, but both were played in Australia in 1989. In God's Country was done four times, including the only time it has ever opened a show on 23 September 1989. Exit was done just once, on 14 October 1989, which is the only time it has been performed outside of the Joshua Tree Tours of 1987, 2017, and 2019.

In addition, the performances of Every Breaking Wave and Love Is Bigger are U2's first performances in Australia of a song from, respectively, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience. The same can be said re: New Zealand of their performances last week. Every Breaking Wave's performance today represents its return to the set after missing the second Auckland show.

All other songs performed tonight have been played before in Australia, though in the case of one it has been a long time: Even Better Than the Real Thing's most recent Australian performance was on 27 February 1998. Angel of Harlem has been a tour regular in Australia—it ws played at every show in 1989 and 1993, and all but one in 2006—but tonight's performance was the first since 19 November 2006. It was done once on U2's tour to this part of the world in 2010, but that was at an Auckland show.

As for the U2 songs performed the most in Australia, as of tonight Streets and With or Without You have moved to third equal on 46 performances, one ahead of I Will Follow. In all likelihood, I Will Follow was performed at the four Unforgettable Fire shows for which we have missing/incomplete setlists, but Streets and WOWY will be clear of even that hypothetical by the end of the tour. I Will Follow will, however, remain fifth; Bullet the Blue Sky is sixth and will fall one performance short. Ahead of all of these songs are Pride, with 56 performances in Australia, and New Year's Day, with 55. (Again, because of the missing 1984 sets, you can all but certainly add four to their totals.)

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / Beds Are Burning (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
  16. Angel of Harlem

  17. encore(s):
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / Devil Inside (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
  25. One
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U2's Auckland #2 setlist, 09/11/19

Tonight, U2 are performing their second of two shows in Auckland. If you missed out on the first night's action, read about it here.

This visit to New Zealand only features these two shows in Auckland. This is the same as U2's two most recent visits, in 2006 and 2010. U2 last performed in the South Island on 1 December 1993 in Christchurch, and the last time they played a show in a North Island city other than Auckland was in Wellington on 8 November 1989. U2 have never performed in New Zealand's most celebrated city of music, Dunedin.

The setlist featured one change from the opening night of the tour. Every Breaking Wave made way for You're the Best Thing About Me, which was last performed on 13 November 2018, the final date of last year's tour. Like last year, it was performed in a stripped-down style. This means that tonight's set did not include anything from Songs of Innocence, save an extremely brief snippet of California in Streets.

There were reports that U2 rehearsed The Little Things That Give You Away during the souncheck today, but these are incorrect. The rehearsal was of You're the Best Thing About Me. But, we had  cool stat about Little Things, so we will keep it here: Little Things, last performed on 25 July 2017, holds the extremely rare distinction of being an officially-released U2 song only ever performed live before its release. There are a few other examples of this: most notably, Shadows and Tall Trees appeared frequently in U2's early setlists, but all of those performances occurred before the Boy album came out in October 1980.

During Bad, Bono sang an extended snippet of Fall At Your Feet, a song written by New Zealand musician Neil Finn for his band Crowded House (which formed in Melbourne). Earlier this week, at one rehearsal Bono tried out a snippet of a different Crowded House song, Don't Dream It's Over, but he hasn't sung a line from that song either tonight or last night.

Between In God's Country and Trip Through Your Wires, Bono went on a little story about how this morning he remembered that Edge and Larry as teenagers played in a country band in Ireland called the Drifting Cowboys. He asked them what they learned from that experience. Edge said he learned that "there is no money in rock and roll" and wondered what sort of a life he might have had if he had pursued that other band instead. Larry said he learned the foxtrot, and played a foxtrot rhythm for the crowd.

Like yesterday, Bono spoke at length about Greg Carroll before One Tree Hill, talking about how Greg joined the U2 crew and became a close friend before his tragic death. Greg's family were in attendance tonight.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, was in attendance tonight. She appeared in the sequence of "luminous icons" displayed during Ultra Violet, as did the first woman to be elected prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark. (Historical note, if you are interested: Clark led Labour to victory in 1999; at that election, the leaders of both of the two largest parties were women. Jenny Shipley, the leader of National, was the first woman prime minister. She became PM mid-term, taking over from Jim Bolger.)

Like last night, One was dedicated to the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack in March. Bono commended New Zealand's response: "it is hard to respond to such hate with such grace, but you did it".

The full setlist was:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad / Fall At Your Feet (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
  16. Angel of Harlem

  17. encore(s):
  18. Elevation
  19. Vertigo / Rebel Rebel (snippet)
  20. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  21. You're The Best Thing About Me
  22. Beautiful Day
  23. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  24. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
  25. One / Invisible (snippet)
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U2's Auckland #1 setlist, 08/11/19

U2 today began the Joshua Tree Tour 2019 at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. They could not have begun in a more fitting location: the song One Tree Hill takes its title from the English name for Maungakiekie, a volcanic cone visible from the venue.

The band have been rehearsing here for the past week. We published an overview earlier. There was also a soundcheck today: U2songs reports Every Breaking Wave, Elevation, Even Better Than the Real Thing, Bullet the Blue Sky, and Red Hill Mining Town.

A number of songs have returned after short breaks from the live stage. No song from the Joshua Tree album had been performed since 25 October 2017, except for With or Without You on 16 November 2017. Not one song from the album was played on the band's tour in 2018. Bad and Ultra Violet, likewise, were last performed at that 25 October 2017 show

Sunday Bloody Sunday's performance is its first since 29 September 2018. Every Breaking Wave was last played at a small show on 30 June 2018 for a small audience of radio contest winners; its most recent appearance at a regular tour gig was 7 December 2015. Angel of Harlem is similar: it was last played at a special SiriusXM theatre show on 11 June 2018, and its most recent appearance at a regular tour gig was 28 November 2015.

The other songs in tonight's set were last played on 13 November 2018, U2's most recent previous full band performance.

Before tonight's performance of One Tree Hill, Bono spoke about Greg Carroll, the Māori man who was part of U2's road crew and whose tragic death inspired the song. A photo of Greg appeared on screen at the end.

Visual elements familiar from the Joshua Tree Tour in 2017 are back this year, including the Walter Trump clip before Exit. U2 are again doing the "herstory" women's rights visual feature during Ultra Violet. Tonight the display of famous trailblazing women finally, for the first time, included Kate Sheppard, who led the successful suffragist campaign that made New Zealand the first country in the world to give women the vote in 1893.

U2 were not heard rehearsing One during the previous week, but it was performed. Bono prefaced it with a speech expressing sympathy for the Christchurch terrorist attack of 15 March 2019. He commended the grace with which New Zealanders responded to the tragedy; some survivors were in attendance tonight, and the names of the victims were displayed on screen.

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) / 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. Angel of Harlem

  17. encore(s):
  18. Elevation
  19. Rock & Roll (snippet) / Vertigo / It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It) (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
  25. One / Invisible (snippet)
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