U2's East Rutherford #2 setlist, 29/06/17
It was the penultimate night of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017's first leg, and tonight's concert in East Rutherford was also the last doubleheader in the United States this tour.
The setlist was largely identical to last night. Bad was performed for the ninth concert in succession; the last time it reached a streak this long was all the way back on the Zooropa leg of the ZooTV Tour when it was done 17 concerts in a row from 18 July 1993 in Bologna to 28 August 1993 in Dublin. Prior to this it was rare for the song to miss a concert at all. During Trip, Bono went on an extended reminiscence of when Edge and Larry briefly toured with an Irish country band called the Drifting Cowboys during U2's formative period, and advice they received from a band member to leave rock music for country.
The set changes came in the encore. Mysterious Ways was performed for the second time this tour after missing four concerts. The previous performance was on 18 June 2017 in Philadelphia where it replaced Ultraviolet. This time Ultraviolet remained in the set, coming directly after Mysterious Ways and retaining the Luminous Icons visuals. One closed the night. On a sidenote, it is worth pointing out that every two tours the band change the way they play Mysterious Ways. On ZooTV and PopMart it was done with a piano introduction which was dropped on subsequent tours. Elevation and Vertigo featured the song as on the Achtung Baby album, but retaining the Edge's slide solo from earlier tours. On 360 and I+E the slide solo was dropped from the performance, and now on The Joshua Tree 2017 it has reverted to the Elevation/Vertigo style.
The full set was as follows:
- Sunday Bloody Sunday
- New Year's Day
- Bad / America (snippet)
- Pride (In The Name Of Love)
- Where The Streets Have No Name / California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- With Or Without You
- Bullet The Blue Sky
- 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 / People Have The Power (snippet)
- Vertigo / Rock 'N' Roll Nigger (snippet)
- Mysterious Ways
- Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
- One / Hear Us Coming (snippet)
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