When & Where
Wednesday, June 14th 2017. Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
Rainstorms, a double rainbow and 'muy caliente’ (very hot).
The opening: Sunday Bloody Sunday and New Year’s Day, Bad - with the newly-added-for-this-tour refrain of Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America’ - makes a welcome return to the first act, which is wrapped up by a rousing version of Pride. No surprises on the running order of what’s next, why we’re all here tonight, TJT in the order it was laid down 30 years ago.- Miss Syria (known until now as Miss Sarajevo) opens the next segment. ‘Meet Omaima… she has big dreams and wants to share them with the world’ sets up beautifully the ‘roll call of women we admire’ that is Ultraviolet. No break between One & Beautiful Day (with a ’Singing In The Rain’ snippet), followed by Elevation and a bass & drums extended version of Vertigo to bring the night to a bouncing close.
Here’s the complete set list from Tampa.
‘Beautiful night in Tampa a cool breeze, warm rain & Bono. A bold voice for change slipping thru the night #U2Tampa’
In The Press
Tampa Bay Times.
'The sunset sky above Raymond James Stadium was neither blood-red nor bullet-blue, but at least it was no longer pouring. And that was music to the ears of some 60,000 poncho-wrapped U2 fans, who braved thunderstorms and traffic for the Irish rock legends' first Tampa concert in eight years. Unbowed by a daylong threat of thunderstorms, fans lined up well before dawn to get a good spot inside RayJay, where a brilliant rainbow hung in the sky until U2 took the stage to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album The Joshua Tree.
The band entered a stark smaller stage to play some of its biggest, boldest hits, including Sunday Bloody Sunday (during which Bono referenced London, Manchester and, in a play to the crowd, Tampa) and New Year's Day; before moving in front of a 200-foot-wide, high-def LED screen for Where the Streets Have No Name, opening a full performance of The Joshua Tree.
At that point, the audience, from U2 lifers in vintage 1987 Joshua Tree tour T-shirts to the kids and grandkids on their laps, had found exactly what they were looking for….’
If You Had To Pick One Song
Bullet The Blue Sky
@Jack3d: 'One of the best Bullet The Blue Skies in the 13 times they have played it in the 17 times I have seen them.’
What (else) did Bono Say? :
During Pride: ‘Sing/ For the furious, for the faithful, let yourselves be seen / Sing / For those holding on, those letting go of the American dream / Sing / For the right or the left or those in between / All of you welcome here tonight...'
Top Review on U2.com
Cindy. 'Into The Heart (of Syria). I cried through this set of imagery. Such a powerful show. I feel proud when I'm part of a U2 show because of the activism they try to instill. My heart is full after each and every show knowing the message is out there...'
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