Wide Awake in Dallas

26 May 2017

Some highlights from Dallas, night seven of U2TheJoshuaTree2017.

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 Los Angeles, May 20.) 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?).'

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