U2's Washington DC setlist, 20/06/17
Today, U2 performed in Washington DC—or almost in DC. This DC-area show is in fact across the border in Landover, Maryland. This is the fourth time U2 have done their DC-area show in Maryland after College Park on 25 April 1983, and twice in Landover: 8 April 1985 and, at the same venue as today, 29 September 2009. U2 have only ever played two other concerts in Maryland, both in Baltimore. They have never done a DC-area show across the border in Virginia.
A soundcheck earlier today, likely by the band's techs, had instrumental versions of New Year's Day, Streets, and Mysterious Ways.
At the start of Bad, Bono spoke briefly about the recent shooting in Alexandria, Virginia and expressed gratitude that congressman Steve Scalise survived. Bono dedicated I Still Haven't Found to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, and One Tree Hill to Emma Oxford, the widow of Michael Elliott, the former One Campaign chief executive who died July last year.
Ultra Violet returned to the set after missing one show, slotting back into the encore in place of Mysterious Ways. The order of the encore was modified so that Beautiful Day could come after Miss Sarajevo with a new video intro themed for World Refugee Day featuring John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. There were some technical difficulties at the start of One, which Bono pinned on band tech Terry Lawless and his "Terryworld" beneath the stage, but the band managed to keep going with the song.
The show ended in somewhat bizarre fashion. Bono brought a member of the crowd on stage after Vertigo, and as he had shouted near the end of Vertigo that "we're not done yet", it seemed the band were going to play a 22nd song for the first time since 20 May. Instead, the fan did a handstand, Larry did a drumroll, and that was the end. It's probably the most unusual ending of a U2 concert since 22 November 2005 when Instant Karma with Patti Smith didn't go quite according to plan.
Oh, and this show had snippets of three different songs called America, one by Simon & Garfunkel in Bad, one from West Side Story in Bullet, and one by Prince in Beautiful Day. The only other title in our database for three different songs is Gloria (U2, Van Morrison, Patti Smith).
The full setlist was:
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- New Year's Day
- Bad / America (snippet)
- Pride (In the Name of Love)
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- With or Without You
- Bullet the Blue Sky / Black Dog (snippet) / America (snippet)
- Running To Stand Still
- Red Hill Mining Town
- In God's Country
- Trip Through Your Wires
- One Tree Hill
- Exit / Wise Blood (snippet) / Eeny Meeny Miny Moe (snippet)
- Mothers Of The Disappeared
- Miss Sarajevo / The New Colossus (snippet)
- Beautiful Day / America (Prince song) (snippet)
- Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
- One / Hear Us Coming (snippet)
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