The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

May
26
2017
Dallas, TX, US / AT&T Stadium
with The Lumineers 62
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When & Where
Friday, May 26th 2017. AT&T Stadium, Arlington (Dallas), Texas. Night seven of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017

Set List
The opening: Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year’s Day, with the return of Bad to the first act, followed by Pride. (A Sort of Homecoming still hasn’t made its, well, homecoming to the set list since it was last played in Santa Clara on May 17.) Miss Sarajevo made its earliest debut in the set list, opening the encore. And in the second encore the band surprised the ebullient Dallas audience by switching to I Will Follow (instead of The Little Things That Give You Away) to close the show. 

Here’s the set list from Dallas.

Social Post 
From @teacheronradio  ‘The left & the right & everyone in between are One, at least in the big tent of this football stadium. #U2JoshuaTreeTour2017 #Bono preach!’

In The Press
From The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:  ‘If U2’s “The Joshua Tree” tour has shown fans and critics anything aside from one of the most well executed performances of 2017, it’s that rock’s most outspoken frontman is more than equal to the fast and furious news cycle associated with a Donald Drumpf presidency.

‘The question, “how politcal is Bono going to get tonight?” must have crept into almost every mind filling AT&T Stadium Friday night in a set set that included all 11 tracks from what is widely considered to be U2’s best effort to date, “The Joshua Tree,” released 30 years ago. But to get swept up in eyerolls over 80,000 “snowflakes” having a love-in at the house that capitalism built was to miss the point entirely. Whatever side of the aisle you’ve planted yourself upon, Bono made the grandest of arguments for his brand of inclusivity, throwing bones to both the political left and the right along the way, while his band simply killed it all the way through.

‘There is almost no other way to put it.’

If You Had To Pick One Song
Red Hill Mining Town 
‘We see love, slowly stripped away/Our love has seen its better day’
From @JasonThein: As I watch tonight in Dallas, despite these times, @U2 reminds me what America was and can be. I hope we live up to their faith in us.

When the band finished playing RHMT, Bono turned to the audience and said: “For 30 years we never played that song. Thirty years! Couldn’t figure it out. Just figured it out. Sometimes it’s like that and a song feels more relevant now than it did then. Even more relevant.”

What (else) did Bono Say?
Bono introduced ‘One Tree Hill’ by telling the story of the band’s friend, Greg Carroll, whose death in a 1986 motorcycle accident in Ireland inspired it. “He came to Dublin. We all kind of adopted him or maybe it was him adopting us,” Bono said of Carroll, a Maori native of New Zealand, who worked with the band as a crew member. “He was just the most beautiful soul. We were friends, we were comrades, and then we lost him. So we wrote this song for him…It’s for anyone who has lost a beautiful soul.”

Top Review on U2.com
Posted by Acrobat_on_a_Wire: 'Before last night, I was certain no U2 concert could top Zoo TV (which I saw at the now demolished Texas Stadium in 1992). But I was wrong. The bands reinterpretation of the Joshua Tree along with the mostly black-and-white short films gave new life to one of my favorite albums. I love every second of it and would gladly wait in line again (but not for a little while because my back is killing me). So now this is my top U2 concert, until they do the Achtung Baby tour (right?).'

And if you were at the AT&T Stadium, tell us what it was like. Add your own review and photos below.

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COMMENTS

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westsammvan
22 July, 2017
Not 30 Years Older - 30 Years BETTER!
As a "gonna save the world" college student 30 years ago U2 inspired me, motivated me and pushed me to act both locally and globally. I was fortunate enough to not only catch their show in Houston in '87 but to catch the mates returning to their hotel after a night of taking in the Houston nightlife. I still remember being awestruck as Bono pulled up a trash can (how appropriate huh??) sat on it and talked to us - not like fans but family. He was open, honest and self-deprecating - joking that he couldn't play an instrument because of his "bricklayer hands." So standing in AT&T stadium 30 years later, singing along (badly) with those iconic songs brought back a flood of great memories and re-inspired me to get active again - with family, friends, my community and the world we all share. Thanks again U2 for making me feel 30 years younger while you keep just getting better!
buddyebsen
22 July, 2017
The best graduation gift
A stirring, joyous, and most memorable show. That Friday was the last night of my 18-year-old son’s high school career. Classes had wrapped days earlier. But on the day before graduation’s pomp and circumstance, the boy and I drove to AT&T Stadium to celebrate with about 90,000 of our closest friends. Quality time with this kid — my firstborn – is increasingly harder to find. I love hanging out with him. But he’s developing his own social identity, his own set of friends. To get quality time, I’ve gotta dangle a quality carrot. That carrot was a U2 ticket. My son knew U2 from an early age. Captive in his car seat, he was subjected on road trips to a healthy dose of the band’s early albums. On heavy rotation was U2’s first record, Boy, which features my all-time favorite song, I Will Follow. For years, I promised him that when U2 came back through town, I’d take him to experience the world’s greatest live band. The timing was impeccable. U2 would be our graduation party band. En route to the sold out show, I told the boy what I’d read about the show. Like the stage arrangement, which would be useful to plot our general admission position on the floor. I also told him what songs he’d likely hear, based on published setlists from previous shows on this tour. Including a leak of the one posted for Dallas. Sadly, I Will Follow was nowhere on it. That didn’t stop me from regaling the boy with my I Will Follow stories. Like the night 35 years ago I saw U2 play the tiny Opry House in Austin — and they played I Will Follow twice during a thrilling set that exhausted their entire two album catalog. As the house lights came on and the hundreds of fans were shuffling toward the exits, the band bounded back on stage and played I Will Follow for a triumphant third time. Astonishing. Or when I was his age, shopping for my first stereo receiver at Pacific Stereo in Huntington Beach. Overwhelmed by choices and the gravity of this all cash purchase, I narrowed my focus on a Technics model. Then threw my choice to the fates by tuning the receiver to KROQ and vowing I’d buy it if the next song played was worthy. The next song: I Will Follow. I still have that receiver. I Will Follow transports me to memories of southern California and college, road trips and dear friends. Yet the power found in beloved songs isn’t constrained to the past. I discovered how it can move me in present circumstances. Mine happen to be consumed with challenges of parenting two teens. The year has been hard and humbling. Especially knowing how to relate to an 18-year-old — this independent adult living with us. Conflicts, mistakes, bad decisions, and regrets. . . many of which are mine. In the emotional parlance of peaks and valleys, I’ve been living below sea level. These times have resulted in head scratching, hand wringing, wondering-where-I’ve-gone-wrong kind of self analysis. Which usually leads me to question not only what kind of a father I am. But what kind of man I am. Whether or not I’ve modeled behavior that helps my son become a good man. As it turns out, I was contemplating such matters on that graduation eve while listening to my pre-show U2 playlist. I Will Follow came on. And a verse – one I’ve heard for decades – crackled to life in a fresh way that left me breathless. “A boy tries hard to be a man . . . “ A sense of understanding overcame me. Behavior of his that bewildered now became a bit more clear. This kid. My kid. Trying to make sense of life as a “grown-up”. Standing at the precipice of adulthood, grappling with independence, validation, boundaries, authority . . . with expectations and responsibilities looming. Empathy emerged as I looked anew at this boy trying to be a man. We got to the show early enough to secure a prime spot on the floor. Passed the time chatting, laughing, people watching, enjoying The Lumineers opening set. Periodically I would grab his shoulder and tell him how great this moment is. Age reminds you how fleeting times like this are. We try and capture them with our intrusive cameras, in the hopes that, as someone recently observed, our shutter click will be a pause button in a world stuck on play. Tonight U2. Tomorrow graduation. We will not come this way again. The stadium lights dropped. U2 appeared and tore into Sunday Bloody Sunday. For two hours, the band treated us to a masterful performance – performed against a dazzling 8K video screen backdrop. Brilliant. The set faithfully followed the playlists I’d seen. It was like clockwork. A production of this scale leaves little to chance. Including the encores. Remarkably, in the second and final encore, as the band was scheduled to play its final song, Bono went a little off script. Standing on the auxillary stage – about 100 feet from my son and me – he turned to the Edge and playfully asked, “Think we can do this, Edge?” And when Bono answered his own question with a shout of “We can do this!”, the Edge launched into the gloriously familiar opening riff of I Will Follow. That song. You probably have one. A song that has guided you, inspired you, uplifted you, energized you. Granted you comfort. Enriched your life. And when I heard the opening strains of it — in this place, at this time, with this kid — decades of emotions overwhelmed me. Decades of faithful listening seemed to be rewarded with this gift. Elation propelled me off my feet. I leapt up and down in rapturous joy. Then settled to stand with my son, arm in arm, in what will be one of my life’s most cherished memories — singing I Will Follow in unison. “A boy tries hard to be a man . . .” In the hours and days that followed, I replayed that incredible moment dozens of time. Because it was more than a dad and his son singing off-key together. It was a dad singing the song’s chorus at his son, reminding him of the unfailing power of familial bonds: “If you walk away, walk away . . . walk away, walk away . . . I will follow.” Two days later at a graduation party for the class of 2017, one of the boy’s classmates approached me. “I heard you got pretty excited at the U2 show,” he said. Later, I overheard my son tell my wife he’d never seen me jump around like that. That he was surprised to see me so animated. How I was acting like a little kid. A boy tries hard to be a man.
charlesmcgarry3
21 July, 2017
Consistently excellent!
This was my 9th U2 tour. I told my date, who was seeing the band for the first time, that this was the one band in the world that NEVER, EVER DISAPPOINTS. Thank you for helping me keep my word!
alexrsa4audi
15 June, 2017
U2 Friends From Mty-Dallas
Amazing concert sharing with my Wife and First Concert for my Son. Also always is a pleasure be with our U24evr Friends. Thanks Pam, Adrian, Benjamin, Diana & David. Oscar, Grace, Nancy, Mike, Mandy, Cesar & Patty be ready to Next Trip 2U... :o)
kierpritchett
13 June, 2017
Old School U2 Show
My daughters grew up listening to U2 or basically overhearing them from me. I promised them we'd see a U2 show together one day but it's been 20 years since U2 played our hometown of New Orleans, except of course for the emotional Saints pregame perfomance after Hirricane Katrina. We loaded up and traveled to Dallas to see the Joshua Tree show. I'm so thankful that they can appreciate that they witnessed an old school U2 show with state of the art 2017 production quality. We were enamoured with the obvious favorites..."Streets" and "With or Without You". Our big surprise came when they played "Exit"! What an unforgettable performance of that haunting old song! Bono transformed himself into a demented radical evangelical madman set to a chaotic yet perfectly executed backdrop of video effects and music! They just added NOLA to the tour! Can't wait to see them again.
cascervantes
08 June, 2017
IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!!
Thank you for sharing your music with us, you guys are amazing, WE LOVE YOU! Bono= The Heart , The Edge=The Brain, Larry=The consciousness and my beautiful Adam=The Spirit
Lisita
08 June, 2017
Found What I Was Looking For...
Some personal reflections on 30 years loving U2: I didn't know what to expect from the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 but it blew any expectations I had away on every level. The boys were in their best form & brought it!!!!! Many of you know that this band & their music mean more to me than I can ever describe. 31 shows over 30 years, 15+ cities, 3 countries, countless friends made & the live versions of their songs bring me to my knees every time. The magic was in the building last night and I can't remember seeing Bono smile so much! 70,000 strong & I felt like I was watching them in my living room (ok, maybe that was because I was front row
normarothman
02 June, 2017
U2 on my Birthday May 26, 2017
Best Birthday present ever! I spent it with Bono and Co. front row!
msmithtexas19
02 June, 2017
The most amazing show I have ever seen!
I waited with great anticipation for the Dallas concert having been a fan of U2 for the 30+ years since the Joshua Tree was released. This concert was at the top of my Bucket List as I have great admiration for Bono and the band for all they do to call attention to the injustices in this world. The concert fulfilled every expectation and more - it was a magical performance and an absolute magnificent evening...I left being an even bigger fan if that is even possible. Thank you for the joy and thought provoking lyrics you have given me through the years!
alex_christgen
02 June, 2017
It had to be...
The Joshua Tree was the first CD I purchased as a teen. Every song takes me to a memory that is tangible and emotional; seconds or moments with friends, family, a place, or a feeling. To attend the U2 concert in Dallas flooded me with all of those seconds and moments combined in the 2 hours of rocking out with them live. What made it even better was singing along to every song with my children and husband beside me (yep, we raised our kids to know "our" music!), creating a new memory by wrapping my past with the present. What an experience. All of their music is good, but for me, it had to be The Joshua Tree. Wow. Just wow. And just a note - The Lumineers opened, and they are incredible live performers. I knew 5 or 6 of their songs and will listen to more. Great band.
brecooke
02 June, 2017
Beautiful Day
In 2000 my wife had complications delivering our twin babies that almost resulted in the death of all three. After a scary night, luckily all three survived. That next morning, I awoke to "Beautiful Day." As I sat there in the quiet of the hospital room, God reminded me that it was indeed a beautiful day. Since that day, "Beautiful Day" has been the twins' song. But it's really our family's song. Every time I hear it, I am reminded of the many blessings each day brings and how precious and fragile life is. 17 years later, my whole family was lucky enough to attend the Dallas concert. When the band played "Beautiful Day" as their first encore song, we knew that we would remember that moment for the rest of our lives. The kids jumped and screamed, but Mom and I cried. Thank you for being such an important part of our lives.
bearruns
02 June, 2017
Waited 30 years (literally) for this day
I can only hope to see them again, one BEAUTIFUL DAY!!
nmac
31 May, 2017
Sort of Homecoming
U2 has to play this song again. At least, in Barcelona... :) C'mon guys! I just can't wait to hear this song live!
luminous50
31 May, 2017
Inspiring, uplifting and powerful
Through some amazing streams and video clips, I have been able to experience how brilliantly amazing this Joshua Tree show is. For me it is equally as perfect as when I saw them 30 years ago at the Msg show with the Harlem choir, my first U2 show and the final two shows of the tour in Hampton, VA. All three of these shows were amazing and unique and now thirty years later they have re-captured that same power and simple brilliance. The Joshua Tree along with the B sides, and Rattle and Hum was such a special time for me and for the band, so it is truly awesome to see them ascend the stage to a brand new level of being known and heard to begin 'Streets'. It is especially wonderful to hear RHMT, it is my favourite, along with RTSS and Exit. I'm certain many were anticipating hearing Red Hill and Exit, and the band delivered on both. Adding the keyboards to RHMT is perfect, Bono nails the vocals and Exit is a performance piece that is powerful to hear and observe. My only request is to bring back 'A Sort of Homecoming' because it is so appropriate and lovely to hear as many have never heard it performed. Its an awesome show from start to finish. Really looking forward to seeing the show in NJ. God Bless you all for doing this.
drpapy
31 May, 2017
Tears of Joy!
My wife and I were in attendance at the Dallas show. What a show it was! The songs were important to me thirty years ago but now it has all come full circle. As the band started "Where the Streets have No Name" I was overcome with emotion. The song made me reflect on my life as a young college student and now it's thirty years later with lots of life behind me. There is simply no other band like U2. They are talented men that, have become outliers in the world of music. No tawdry headlines or ostentatious "look at me" headlines. It's all about the music and using their platform to try and make a positive impact on this world. Maybe one day I will have the privilege to meet one of these fantastic people. Giving thanks to the Brothers of U2.
Castillo
31 May, 2017
Taken back to 1987
Red Hill Mining Town, In God's Country, One Tree Hill, beautiful songs forgotten but resuscitated on Friday night by a different band; a mature, flawless and passionate U2 exfoliating the essence that these old tracks were born with. On a personal note, my fave songs performed were Bad, Streets..., I Still..., Ultra Violet, Beautiful Day, Elevation and, and... I WILL FOLLOW!!!!!!!!!!! I love you U2 - don't ever stop creating. We depend on you for a smile in our hearts, in these times.
stanmc
31 May, 2017
Even Better Than
My first U2 show was in April, 1987. The Joshua Tree has been a favorite album ever since. This show was an outstanding combination of visual aesthetic and song. And the boy's energy is still amazing. We saw the 360 show in Denver and that was just as good in it's own way, but this is a tour worth spending the cash to see. My favorite moment, hoping the band would close with IWF, after blasting through Beautiful Day and Elevation, Bono says "We can do this." before Edge ripped into IWF opening chords. They knew there was a lot of energy expended by them and the crowd by then, but 80k bounced and danced and sang through with all they had left. I wish the sound had been backed off 5 db, and a little more Adam and a little less Edge. But a great show with the family.
N2U2
31 May, 2017
My daughters first concert
I've been fortunate enough to have been to a few U2 shows. It's hard to compare one to the other because they are so different. I liked the grand scale of the 360° tour and yet the intimate nature of the Elevation tour. I've always had admiration for how the band has reinvented themselves through their music and shows. They continue to to give their fans something new even when playing a familiar song. However, this show in Dallas may go down as my favorite. It was my daughters first concert ever. She is a huge U2 fan and I had the privilege of surprising her with tickets. I had put some Tom Jones on in the car because I knew she wasn't a fan of his. So when she got in the car, she immediately asked me to change it. I asked her if she liked U2 (knowing the answer) and she said "Do you know me?". Then I replied "Well, how about we listen to them ... tonight ... live?!". I really wish I had a photo of the look on her face. It was quite possibly the best night I've ever experienced.
Kinetiknails
30 May, 2017
State of the Union - Dallas, TX
The Joshua Tree tour was both exciting and humbling. The message delivered during Miss Sarajevo had a way of bringing one to emotional knees, and I feel that it truly embodied the humanitarian efforts behind U2. I found myself pinned in the corner of the Red Zone taking it all in. It was perhaps one of the more memorable moments in live concert history. Where the Streets Have No Name's transition from a silhouette of the iconic Joshua Tree to the highway was exhilarating. Both Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Roger Waters have set the bar exceptionally high over the past years as to what it means to delivery a sonically and visually stunning live performance, and U2 delivers on par with their work for this tour. Watching the band stay in touch with the human element while delivering an intense performance makes me proud to call myself a U2 fan. Thank you guys for an amazing night!
photoboy
30 May, 2017
U2 Dallas
What an amazing show!! This was my 14th time seeing U2. The first time was 30 years ago in Las Cruces New Mexico on the Joshua Tree tour. The show in Dallas was stunning with the visuals and the lad's sounded great! I put this in my top 3 of all time!! Great times!!
lilac_sparkle
30 May, 2017
Awesome
=)
stephrena
30 May, 2017
I beLieve....
I beLieve in the power of Love and I am a devout worshipper of the church of U2! With everything going on in the worLd it feeLs amazing to escape the chaos and reLish in aLL things u2 for a little whiLe. I wiLL aLways foLLow!
Jerry Ray
30 May, 2017
The Two Americas
The show wasn't perfect, but it was pretty great. Glad I made the journey to Dallas to see it. I've written an extended review with photos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/jerry-ray/the-two-americas-u2-in-dallas/1660791480600050/
chef_courtney
30 May, 2017
Thank you for reminding me what it means
For someone who is always questioning faith and humanity due to my love of history; I always feel so close to God/ the Universe and my fellow humans at a U2 concert. The sheer energy from fans, the band, the poetic lyrics, beautiful sound, Adam's raw bass, the positive energy flows all around, reminding me that anything is possible, that one doesn't just have to dream it but that as individuals and together we can make a plan, stand our ground, bend when needed and accomplish anything. Its the most fun and uplifting experience. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
marcust99
30 May, 2017
Dallas Videos
What a night. About my 30th show and one of the best. I saw the original Joshua Tree tour back in '87 and this was just as good, if not better.. Where The Streets Have No Name http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGzERWP6zL0 Elevation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFRV1eJ6yGI Red Hill Mining Town http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUJ5m-xycBY
dreamoutloud8837
30 May, 2017
I know my mother was there...
30 years ago, at age 13, my mom told me she was taking me to the Joshua Tree concert. I was thrilled! I never thought I would lose her at 61 and my Dad (also a fan) at 60, both suicides. For the 2017 show, I thought of her career of social work as I volunteered for the ONE campaign. The minute I took my seats for the show. Her favorite was With or Without You. I felt her next to me. When Bono introduced one of my favorites, One Tree Hill and said, "This is for anyone who has lost a beautiful soul," I started to cry. I couldn't stop. We all have loss, and it was as if one, big, amazing U2 family grieved at the same time. Thank you, Bono, for the past 30 years. Your albums have been the soundtrack to my life. Thank you, U2 for never giving up. Thank you ONE.org for giving me the privalidge of helping save other mothers since I could not save mine. ONE love. #oneontour #joshuatreelive #dontagonizeorganize
patrickbyford
29 May, 2017
Unbelievable experience, very emotional
Was a very emotional experience for me, In 1987 I lost my mother to cancer, I was 14 at the time. Joshua Tree Album was my safe haven and probably saved my life.... Seeing them in concert meant more to me than anyone will ever know... If I could go to another one would be on the flight to Chicago... thank you
nickledough
29 May, 2017
A Sort of Homecoming
Mysterious.... why Homecoming disappears after four shows. I'm sensing a lot of u2 fans are anxious the may not hear this remarkable song. Is Chi-town the place for where the metaphor of the U-F Fire may materialize with a Homecoming! Ohh someone just tell Larry :-) he'll get it done !!! I'm from Boston, saw two shows in Pasadena (Bullet - Searing, and Exit - Very Powerful) and will be rockin at Soldier Field next weekend... Would love to hear Miracle Drug, Drowning Man, Breath, or my favorite which seems to be the real song about America "Heartland".... see U there
michelle_cooke
29 May, 2017
U2 has woven their songs through our sto
U2 brought my husband and I together in 1990, and now we are here in Arlington, Texas celebrating with our beautiful kids! Thanks for playing "their" songs back to back! Beautiful Day and Elevation! Each one has special meanings for all of us. We love you guys!
kentkessinger
29 May, 2017
U2 Joshua Tree Dallas better than McNich
30 years ago I stood in McNichols Arena in Denver taking in what I would come to compare every concert experience to. It was prior to finding my wife, having my kids, or even getting a job. I was fairly young and impressionable and got to experience a musical masterpiece. Fast forward 30 years and I can say again I have witnessed another musical masterpiece. The Joshua Tree album was released on my birthday in 1987 and will forever be a part of me. From the opening drum intro from Larry Mullen Jr. On Sunday Bloody Sunday to Bono telling The Edge we can do this and finishing with I will follow. It was a trip back in time and timeless. Bono, Edge, Adam, and Larry you did not disappoint. Had the concert ended with 40 we'd all still be singing. #U2JoshuaTreeTour2017
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