Patti Smith onstage for The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 in Paris .
When & Where
Tuesday, July 25th 2017, State de France, Paris, Show 29 of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017
@jzcanuck from Canada, now living in Switzerland, has been to more than a dozen shows on this tour. Tonight was her first Red Zone experience and she sent us these thoughts right after the show from her twitter DM :
‘Still Running…worlds collide for me in Paris as The Joshua Tree 2017 tour lands here the same week as the International AIDS Society (IAS) conference. Personal and professional life linked perfectly as I find myself in the Red Zone for Paris 1. This was my 13th show for the tour and it was "Running to Stand Still" that struck deep into my heart. The emotion in Bono's voice as he sings "step on a steam train" breaks my heart and I think about the millions of people who struggle everyday in their fight against HIV. The beautiful yearning of the harmonica and a prayer of "Halle, Halle, Hallelujah" reminds me that we are "still running" against this HIV epidemic and we can't stand still.
Bono's intro to "One" speaks of mass movements that drive change - 8 million members of the ONE campaign and the work of RED are changing lives. There has been tremendous progress in the fight against HIV and as announced at the IAS conference this week there are now 19.5 million (thats more than the figure Bono mentioned at the show last night) people on life saving HIV treatment. Hallelujah! But we can't stop running now.
As the stage lights go down during "One" and the stars come out in the stadium the voices of the crowd blend in powerful unity. The beauty of this moment reminds me that as I stand in the RED zone I have helped save lives and the U2 community has once again helped refuel my soul’.
Judith, Jo, Florian & many others from French fan site & community @U2Achtung_ were there too :
‘We've been waiting for them for a while, but the band we love so much is finally back in the city of lights! First show in France since those two very special ones we were gifted with in 2015, after the November attacks, that first night in Paris was all we could dream it to be. They walked on a crowd already past boiling point and Sunday Bloody Sunday rang through through the summer air with a kind of ferocity. The roar of the crowd taking over, and the joy steaming the air could only mean one thing. U2 were back at the Stade de France.
Through the bouncing of New Year’s Day, they gifted us with a very emotional Bad - reminding us to let it go, as a prayer to days past - before taking us with them to that journey called The Joshua Tree. Back 30 years ago, on an empty US road, we started our travel with ‘Streets' and all the promises it holds.
The whole album unraveled, fresh as ever, old but new, a tangled ball of timeliness overlapping each others. From where we used to be, the stunning visuals guided us toward a future within reach. The crowd kept giving those songs justice, a singalong in a french accent and beautiful. As if the show couldn't get better, we were up for one very special treat. Mothers of the Disappeared chimed in and a familiar figure stepped on the stage, Patti Smith sending the decibels once more off the roof. French people can get loud, do you need any further proof than last night? "In a heartbeat"
The sense of joy and love during the show kept growing on and on, til reaching it's peak to that one song that holds all the truth of a U2 show. It's a beautiful day indeed. A beautiful day in the good old city of Paris and it seemed like the whole world was lifting up with us. Wherever you looked, every face in that stadium. All you could see was those shiny eyes and bright smiles flooding the floor. The night could have been complete. It was everything we ever wanted. But U2 had one more trick up their sleeves, and we got to go home with the beautiful Little Things That Give You Away still ringing in our ears.
U2 shows are always special, but U2 in Paris is something else. Maybe that's because we're home and want them to feel at home with us. All I know is that those shows never disappoint and hold a certain kind of magic every single time. And for the time being, it let's our hearts burst with that feeling that it truly was a beautiful day, and that we won't let it get away... Ever.
If You Had To Pick One Song
Mothers Of The Disappeared
@corpsescantalk (via twitter) ‘What a surprise to see Patti Smith singing with U2 here in Paris ! Amazing concert I won't forget !!Thank you !! Stade De France’
What did Bono Say?
“So many memories for this band in this city… thank you for travelling to the magnificent Stade de France to see the U2 group. Sacred ground… sacred ground… Tonight, we come as pilgrims.”
Review On U2.com
tcharly26. 'Père et Fille. Premier concert pour ma fille Alizée au Stade de France: Une première inoubliable !!!! Merci. #U2TheJoshuaTreeTour2017'
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