harrykantas It was almost apparent to the trained eye, as early as Bad, that we weren’t getting Best Thing tonight. Nerves kicked in. Still a good show.
@hjwallace1 I seriously can’t believe there wasn’t one more song in the encore.
@carynrose Welp. You called it.
That’s the end. Not only no Best Thing, but Miss Sarajevo misses its first show of the tour (unless you count Bonnaroo) #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
“Goodnight Detroit. Incredible night, incredible city, thank you.” Is that it? #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
He also fumbled the lines of Hear Us Coming a bit. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Hear Us Coming verse at end of One, after Bono misses cues and says some random exhortations. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Maideneer I would be VERY HAPPY.
@U2ITNOL2UU2 It wasn’t rehearsed yesterday, so doubtful.
@GnoccoFritto I wish I liked it even a little because I’ve copped it live so many times.
21. One, as you probably guessed. Starting to wonder if we’re getting Miss Sarajevo or Best Thing at all… #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Speaks of U2 being invested in America’s success, “anything possible when you work together as one”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Time for long speech before One. Bono talks of America as U2’s second home, “not a country but an idea, a great idea”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@AntonioMbass Yeah some have been, e.g. Toronto with I Will Follow, London 1 with Don’t Look Back in Anger.
@JeffReinhart77 Main set seemed pretty on, if by the book. Encore’s looser.
I really can’t believe they attempted that one on a stadium tour rather than arenas, and in US not Europe. Might’ve… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
@GnoccoFritto Yeah sorry Matkin’s not holding the fort today!
@GnoccoFritto …you probably don’t want my (Ax) opinion on that.
Bono definitely seemed to lose his place at the end of MWays there. He’s a little rusty after a month off! #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal And I’m definitely the whitest of the white.
20. Ultra Violet, preceded by Bono’s women’s rights speech. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono’s speaking the “educate my mind” lines from Elevation after M Ways. Might hold off on calling that a snippet. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
The Mysterious Ways slide solo really is a great live moment. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal I had to be drunk to enjoy the first three of those, but at London 2 yes I sure did jump around!
The Vertigo snippet was Bowie’s Panic in Detroit. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Maideneer I think it’s one of the weaker tracks from Passengers and felt it was played out live by the end of 360.
Somebody came by my office at end of Vertigo so I missed the snippet at the end. Who caught it? #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
19. Mysterious Ways, with Miss You snippet at the start. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
So is Miss Sarajevo gone or coming later? I wasn’t a fan of it opening the encore & think it’d work better before One. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
18. Elevation leads into Vertigo #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal Or something from a Motown band? No Motown snippets so far.
17. Bono’s BDay outro speech about “human rights drowning out human wrongs” leads to Elevation #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@carynrose Yeah. That long intro for BD works at the start of the encore but felt like a bit of a funny interlude later on.
@atu2 Yeah I don’t blame you, it was a pretty safe bet!
Bono snippets Patti Smith’s People Have the Power - which she sang during the intro of Mothers. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@TyTy1124 Apart from some shuffling of the order, no. I don’t expect any extra songs other than Best Thing and maaaaybe Blackout.
@carynrose I never really liked it as an encore opener. It appeared later in encores earlier in the tour so might just be moved again…
Bono sang the first line way too early, haha. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@atu2 I thought you were getting a little over-confident announcing it ahead of time. ;)
16. Encore does not begin with Miss Sarajevo, the standard opener in Europe. No, it starts with Beautiful Day. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
I’m putting the odds of Best Thing at roughly even, and Blackout as very unlikely. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono thanks and praises Patti, and the band take their break. Will they return with a new song in the encore? #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
The main set ends with Patti singing a couple of lines from Mothers without accompaniment. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Cloverground I really don’t think he’s getting at the Clash. Sorry.
Patti Smith is joining U2 on stage for Mothers of the Disappeared. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
15. Mothers of the Disappeared #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Exit has snippets of Wise Blood and Eeny Meeny Miny Moe. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
U2, I swear to god if you don’t keep Exit around in the future, I WILL HAVE A FEW STERN WORDS WITH YOU. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
14. No other song this tour can top this one: Exit. This is a live monster. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@hailvictors4 The best five minutes of U2 ever are One Tree Hill on 26 December 1989. Nothing else close.
@sb_wreeldeal One Tree Hill and my grandfather for me. He survived a railway disaster in NZ on a rainy night so it really fits.
13. The best song on the Joshua Tree #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
He talks about when you lose somebody suddenly, not getting to say what you wanted to them. Dedicates to Rob from a family he met that day.
Bono: “in our hearts the Joshua Tree album will always be attached to a Kiwi comrade, Greg Carroll”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
“The melting pot can go wrong” jokes Bono about the harmonica, which will “now murdered by the Irish in Detroit”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
12. Trip Through Your Wires. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Now for the usual speech about America as a sanctuary for the Irish over hundreds of years… #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@TyTy1124 Now if I say “by this time next year I’ll have heard Heartland live”, will that make it happen?
@TyTy1124 I’m sure Matkin will do it next time he covers a show!
@GnoccoFritto Yeah I do wish it were done a bit differently, a rare U2 song not as good live as studio. *cough*likePride*cough*
11. In God’s Country; “some songs change their meaning over time; this one hasn’t”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono: “Detroit! Light’s not going down here! Welcome to side 2 of the Joshua Tree cassette.” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@TyTy1124 Haha, I actually very nearly did modify Red Hill Mining Town but wasn’t sure if people were a bit tired of the gag.
If you’d told me (Ax) this time last year that I’d have heard Red Hill Mining Town live, I wouldn’t have believed you. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
10. Red Hill Mining Town. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
9. Running to Stand Still #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
The America snippetry is back in force, now with the West Side Story song of that name in Bullet. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@k_now_waite I thiiiink you’re forgetting a certain show in LA.
8. Bullet the Blue Sky. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
If you were hoping for Shine Like Stars, like I was, you’re out of luck. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
7. With or Without You #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
6. I Still Haven’t Found. Crowd singing along loudly. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@k_now_waite A shame. Need to update some of it.
A very brief “there is no end to love” in Streets. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal Hahaha, touche. I’ll pay that.
@sb_wreeldeal Without intending offence, I find his enthusiasm for America both baffling and retrograde.
5. It’s time for the purpose of this tour: The Joshua Tree. Streets, of course, is first. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@Cloverground I honestly don’t think that’s a snippet. We’re not counting it.
@sb_wreeldeal Much shorter leg though. Oh god, another month of Bono blabbing about how much he loves the States.
Bono’s speech in Pride “we’ll find common ground by reaching for higher ground” is unchanged. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@sb_wreeldeal I got well tired of it before the first leg was even halfway through. Heroes was great.
4. Pride #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@GnoccoFritto I’d be sorely tempted by Boy or October to get me some b-sides and other rarities.
The snippet of Simon & Garfunkel’s America is back in Bad. The European snippetry was better. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
And on the War Tour, the only shows not closed by 40 were on the December 1982 “pre-tour” leg.
The only tour to ever have just one closer is UF. Every show ended w/ 40, unless you count Live Aid ending w/ Bad as part of the tour.
Bono calls Detroit “city of invention, city of reinvention”. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono: “thank you for taking the trouble to come out and see us on your holiday weekend.” #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
3. Bad is still in the mix #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
New Year’s Day still has the “golden age” verse, which has only ever been sung live on this tour, never before. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
And Elevation opened every Elevation Tour show but one. First gig of that third leg began with Beautiful Day: u2gigs.com/show1180.html
I should qualify ZooTV by noting that the public Hershey rehearsal began with Sunday Bloody Sunday. u2gigs.com/show609.html
Tours with just one opening song: ZooTV (Zoo Station), Pop (Mofo), IE (The Miracle), and so far #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 with SBS.
My stream just buffered a little but it sounded like Bono thanked support act Beck over the NYD intro. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
2. New Year’s Day #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Bono leads the crowd in the usual “no more!” chant in SBS. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
1. The third leg begins with the only opener this tour has known, Sunday Bloody Sunday #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Finally! Here we go, intro music - it’s still The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
I hope you’re enjoying twiddling your thumbs waiting for U2. Hope Best Thing debuts tonight, but my guess is it will a couple of gigs later.
U2 are not on yet but they should be any moment now. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
Hi folks, Ax here for night one of the third leg of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017. The band should be on stage in Detroit in 20-30 minutes.