The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

May
14
2017
Seattle, WA, US
CenturyLink Field with Mumford and Sons
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‘Grand-scale rock 'n’ roll...'

Paul Sexton reviews night two of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017, from CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington.

If the opening night of 'The Joshua Tree Tour 2017' saw U2 victorious in Vancouver, gig two had them seamless in Seattle. The second show on the 33-date itinerary, and first in the US, confirmed all of the promise of the Canadian opener and multiplied it several times over, in a true audio-visual feast.

By the time of the Seattle date, word had spread among devotees about the unusual format of the show, in which a complete performance of 'The Joshua Tree' is bookended by a generous selection of other U2 favourites from four decades. As the scale and confidence of the presentation grew as tall as one of those gnarly desert trees that inspired the 30-year old classic, the set also offered some notable changes from two nights earlier.

As before, Larry Mullen Jr led the way onto the B stage for an initial five-song sortie of both raw and rare power. As the citizens of Seattle rejoiced in an evening that stayed unexpectedly dry, 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' again set the tempo for an evening of spontaneous energy. 'New Year's Day' and 'A Sort Of Homecoming' kept the motor running, the compactness of the smaller stage only adding to the intensity shared between four minds with precisely one goal, to deliver a brilliant, grand-scale rock 'n' roll show. 

Then one song from 'The Unforgettable Fire’ was replaced with another, as 'MLK' made way in the set list for ‘Bad’: Bono teasing the impending recreation of an album about the United States by interpolating the lead line from Simon & Garfunkel's 'America.' 'Pride (In The Name Of Love)' again had fans howling its chorus with abandon.

Then to work on the main stage, on which the interaction between the band, the lyricism of the 30-year-old 'Joshua Tree' and Anton Corbijn's new films and photography was quite stunning. The Edge's guitar textures were endlessly varied and understated, as were his adept backing vocals, and Mullen and Adam Clayton were pictures of measured concentration. Bono, too, may mock his own ability on the harmonica, but he played a mean riff for 'Running To Stand Still.'

It's hard to over-emphasise what a star attraction the retooled 'Red Hill Mining Town' is becoming, in the band's realisation of the just-released Steve Lillywhite mix, with its delightful horns. To think that U2 had neved played it live before the Vancouver show, or that Bono never enjoyed singing it until now, preferring to wish Joe Cocker would cover it.

So many of the LP's lyrics had new pertinency as U2 took them back, so to speak, into the arms of America. In the words of another song, they were welcome in God's country. 'Exit' was one of several numbers to feature incredible optical effects of the quartet playing in a visual “negative” of themselves.

As the album recreation concluded with 'Mothers of the Disappeared,' the band were joined by opening guests Mumford & Sons and, to share lead vocals, by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. Bono thanked everyone for keeping 'The Joshua Tree' in their hearts for so long. 

Among the initial encores, 'Elevation' was especially brooding and 'Ultraviolet (Light My Way)' was graceful in its recognition of strong women in all walks of life. 'The Little Things That Give You Away,' the new composition which Bono describes as “a song of experience” in anticipation of their next album, has taken only two passes to become an appealing addition. That looked like being the finale again before they sent a delighted crowd home with 'I Will Follow.' The entire crowd punched the air with elation. 

Two shows in, 'The Joshua Tree Tour 2017' already feels like a totally compellling proposition without a hint of contrived nostalgia. Observing the sheer scope of the production, you were reminded that the number of artists that can mount live shows to these dimensions is lower than the belly of a rattlesnake in the Californian desert that inspired them. 

If you were at the show in Seattle, tell us what it was like. Add your own review and photos below.

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COMMENTS

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marlon_warren
21 May, 2017
Beautiful Day: Seattle CenturyLink Field
It’s been almost a week since I saw U2 in Seattle, I drove up from Portland, Oregon. (about 200 miles South of Seattle). Even today I am still in awe of the Joshua Tree Concert. It was like a LIFE changing experience. When I was younger I would often watch the DVD: U2 Live at RedRocks on June 5, 1983 and was envious of the people that show! Well after the show in Seattle Sunday night I am no longer envious of that Concert, because Sundays U2 show overshadowed that performance personally for me, on so many levels . . . “Sunday Bloody Sunday” brought me to tears and so did “ In the Name of Love”. With the current political situation in America, those songs pierced my heart to him them performed LIVE for the first time. My favorite of the night was: The Little Things You Do. The amazing sound system used by U2 sounded as good or better that my Pioneer SX 1250 at home. Even with another 40,000 people in the stadium, I felt like it was song just for me. What at night, I will remember the rest of my LIFE.
FlotR
17 May, 2017
HANDS of LOVE
Thank you to the Band - Bono, The Edge (who is my twin brother), Adam, and Larry! You guys never tire, your hearts beat stronger with age, and your music is for many lifetimes. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
kyra3812
17 May, 2017
Worth the 30+ years wait!!
I have been a fan since I was 6 years old. I'm almost 40 and this was the first time everything lined up for me to see them live...AMAZING!! Bullet the Blue Sky live is just SUPERB!! Out screamed my 22 year old daughter many times that night. General Admission is my destination for the next tour.
Amandajoan
16 May, 2017
Utterly Blown Away
Thank You for one of the most spectacular and meaningful performances I've ever attended.
remysmom
16 May, 2017
Another great show!
As usual, a fantastic show...1987-2017... soundtrack for our lives back then, and things have now come full circle. Thanks for 30+ years of the music.
smsully
16 May, 2017
Tour really kicked off in SEATTLE inmo !
Sunday night was everything Vancouver wasn't...an absolutely great night, kudos to the venue staff, the great fan base, and the terrific weather...the band responded!..Thoroughly enjoyed Mumford and Sons (stuck in GA line all of Friday and missed em), t hey were an awesome opener. What a venue, acoustics were fantastic for a stadium, and the fans brought it...Was relieved that the show found its footing in night two...should continue to get even better...enjoy
Jdubdub
16 May, 2017
Please make the Seattle Show available f
Please make the Seattle Show available as a live concert performance. The show was unreal. I hope you guys will release a live concert or songs from selected shows for us to buy. I know there is often times a DVD with each tour, but please consider an audio format as well. This show would be amazing to own. Eddie Vedder and Mumford were amazing on "Mothers"
Jdubdub
16 May, 2017
Please make the Seattle Show available f
Please make the Seattle Show available as a live concert performance. The show was unreal. I hope you guys will release a live concert or songs from selected shows for us to buy. I know there is often times a DVD with each tour, but please consider an audio format as well. This show would be amazing to own. Eddie Vedder and Mumford were amazing on "Mothers"
JessLee
16 May, 2017
In the Name of the Father is my homework
SUCH BRILLIANCE. Can't hardly stand the wait until June 25th
phillip_gardner
16 May, 2017
An Amazing Concert full of memories and
My Wife and I attended this show. She was a bit apprehensive being mothers day and concerts being more my thing. I was feeling a bit off about the show days before with rain in the forecast and our spot being in GA never knowing what might come... We decided our initial decision to go would trump any misgivings! We got to the venue and got in line.... we got through security, we got to stand in line a bit more but we got to ponder the sound check songs we heard on the walk up...Beautiful Day was one and it poured on us on our drive in but the skies looked to be clearing! Could we hope for a nice night? Well we were ready for the rain! We got to our spot on the field and I must say I was very happy and relieved! 1st we love Mumford and Sons, we have seen them headline and it has always been great to see them live... Such great energy such a cool band! U2 hit the stage and I was taken back to all the music video of the past, was it really them?!?!? Is that Sunday Blood Sunday!?!?!?! oh my am I really here?!?!?! Incredible! Amazing!! Sounded so great. This band represents my formative years and continue to put out relevant music to this day. The stage set up was incredible. The images on the screen proved the need for the screen... the music was beyond what I could have hoped. Their catalogue is so immense what fan didn't miss a song or 5. For me the playlist was almost perfect and I wouldn't change it just for me wouldn't change a thing... and to end on I will follow? Well yes I will!
mark_fierst
16 May, 2017
Classic U2
This was classic U2. Everything about what made, and makes, U2 great. Simplicity in their set, the straightforward set list. Great musicality, showmanship, and lyrics take center stage. Bono, as only he can, becomes political by becoming human and reaches out to who we are as humans. I was lucky enough to see Mumford & Sons open, and beyond giddy for an appearance by Eddie Vedder.
tom_manning
16 May, 2017
Close with The Wanderer
AMAZING SHOW - but fix the encore...CLOSE WITH THE WANDERER: Zoo Station / Fly / Ultraviolet / Zooropa / Dirty Day (or Please) / Stay / Wanderer Encore seems it should be the bands reaction to JT....so keeping it to AB/Zooropa/Pop songs would stick the landing of this tour. And the Wanderer is just MADE for this moment.
rrapptor
16 May, 2017
Chris Rapp U2 in Seattle
Staggeringly fun Visually stunning Thank you to our favorite boys n band U2 for taking us down a wonderful 30 years of memories! Thank you Keith n Molly form Montana, Michael n Sara from Portland and Scott n Jenna from Seattle For making this a most memorable night! Chris Yahoo!! We love you U2
ViYa
15 May, 2017
The BEST!!!!!!
Although I have only attended 5 shows in my U2 history, by far, this was my favorite. GA tickets were great! The music and presentation goes beyond description. You just have got to to experience it to understand. The HD screen gave my wife vertigo during "Where the streets..." Very cool!!!! Talked my 15 year old daughter (and a friend) into attending as well. They will never forget it either.
kim.mike.mckee
15 May, 2017
U2 Mother's Day Concert In Seattle
It was a great Concert!!! and a great Mother's Day Present for Me
kim.mike.mckee
15 May, 2017
U2 Mother's Day Concert In Seattle
It was one of the best I have been to.... It was GREAT!!!!!
alisonhunt
15 May, 2017
U2 Seattle
Your music is timeless and always relevant. I was moved to tears.. I LOVE U2!!!!!
15 May, 2017
Acrobat!
It would be amazing if the band could include Acrobat as another song never played live. Think about it, closing a concert (Miami please) with Acrobat should be more than fantastic.
stevebass68
15 May, 2017
Bad in Seattle!
Looks like things got turned up a notch...just watched a playback of Bad..surely this has to be a staple!..praying it gets played on 8th July in London back where it all started for me 30 years ago..
DawnRosario
15 May, 2017
A Truly Epic Experience!
After 35 years of being a hardcore fan, seeing U2 perform the "Boy" album and War, This tour brought everything full circle. I love the simplicity of the stage and the graphics as it really hit home with powerful messages throughout and the crowd was on their feet from the start. A great opening band and the best weather we could ask for considering the the location and time of year. I haven't missed a tour yet with multiple cities and countries over 30 + years and look forward to more!
SpakU2
15 May, 2017
The boys from Dublin rocked Seattle!
Check out my photos from Sect. 336. Thank you U2. Can't wait to see you guys again. Come back to Seattle soon. You guys rocked CenturyLink!
xpliskin
15 May, 2017
WOW. Seattle was so much better than Va
Bono seemed so much more at ease the second night. Absolutely epic show! Edge was unbelievable, especially on Bullet, In God's Country and Exit. The sequence of Sort of Homecoming - Bad - Pride - Streets - Still Haven't Found blew my mind. Basically my 5 favorites!
xpliskin
15 May, 2017
WOW. Seattle was so much better than Va
Bono seemed so much more at ease the second night. Absolutely epic show! Edge was unbelievable, especially on Bullet, In God's Country and Exit. The sequence of Sort of Homecoming - Bad - Pride - Streets - Still Haven't Found blew my mind. Basically my 5 favorites!
nvrsaynvr
15 May, 2017
U2 Seattle
Amazing concert! Seattle is a great outside venue for the band. Didnt rain, God was smiling on us.
tomokeefe
15 May, 2017
Wow
Those Anton Corbijn visuals in 8k on that massive screen, Eddie Vedder joins the band on stage for Mothers of the Disappeared and what an ending with I Will Follow that was not on the set list.
kajunpoon
15 May, 2017
LA, I'm coming again!
Los Angeles CA, is over 7,000 miles away from where I live, but I come again, just for U2!
bluzebear
15 May, 2017
The Edge
The Edge is obviously a closely guarded and absolutely top secret weapon. The entire band was on fire, but we couldn't help but notice the incredible sonic sound scape laid down by Mr. Evans/The Edge.
melberg
14 May, 2017
U2 here we go
Yay
jillncca
13 May, 2017
Back on tour again!
Epic show in Vancouver. Having to Seattle.
Damp
13 May, 2017
Going to Seattle!!!
Landed last night - only my 31st U2 concert! Ready to rock!!!
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