'It's been a long, long road that has bought us to Seoul and Korea and you but it doesn't matter how long it takes... as long as you get there in the end.' And as long as you can play 'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'. 'Take us to church now Take us to the temple Take us to the shrine, take us to the synagogue, take us to the mosque… take us to love.'
'Pride (In the Name of Love)' became a tribute to John Lennon, on the thirty ninth anniversary of his death. Bono recalled the band being in New York City on that night and hearing the news. '… can still feel it… great peacemaker, great soul….sing with us. Blessed are the peacemakers Peacemakers in our neighbourhood Peacemakers in this country, north and south We pray for the peacemakers, will you sing with us…'
The full house at the Gocheok Sky Dome gave the band a huge reception for their debut appearance in South Korea and the appreciation was mutual. 'What an incredible view I have of you all,' said Larry when Bono asked him about being in the country, before 'Trip Through Your Wires'. 'Feels like we've known each other for a long, long time…' 'Two days is not enough,' added Edge. 'We've got to come back…' That went down well…
IN THE PRESS C. Hong for Soompi.com (link : https://www.soompi.com/article/1370328wpp/sulli-included-in-u2s-tribute-to-korean-women-of-history-during-their-seoul-concert) : 'During the performance of their song “Ultraviolet (Light My Way),” the screens at the concert showed the word “HERSTORY” before switching to photos of famous Korean women of history. This included Sulli, the singer-actress who passed away earlier this fall. Written in Korean with these photos were the words, “Until we are all equal, none of us are equal.” Others photos onscreen included female divers from Jeju Island, who have been designated part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO; Kim Jung Sook, current first lady of South Korea who was also in attendance at the concert; painter Na Hye Sok, a pioneering feminist and one of the New Women in the 1920s; Park Kyung Won, South Korea's first female civilian pilot; prosecutor Seo Ji Hyun, who brought attention to South Korea's “Me Too” movement; Hong Eun Ah, South Korea's youngest international referee in soccer and currently Ewha University professor; Jung Kyung Hwa, a violinist; Lee Soo Jung, a forensic psychologist and professor at Kyonggi University; and Lee Tae Young, South Korea's first female lawyer. One media outlet described these women as people who have changed Korean society or sowed the seeds for future change.'
IN THE SETLIST The Goal WAS Seoul with a bouncing version of 'Elevation' & Beatles song snippets threaded through the set tonight, the spirit of John Lennon and the Beatles remembered in lines from 'Stand by Me' (in ISHFWILF), 'She Loves You' and 'Love Me Do' (during Vertigo) and 'Love Is All You Need' (in LIBTAIIW)
WHAT DID ADAM SAY 'It's a lot to take in… I'm gonna have to come back to make a closer inspection…' (when asked what he loved about being in Seoul for the first time)
ON THE FANSITES Tyler from U2 Fan Podcast Site @Rev_U2 (link : https://soundcloud.com/revu2) flew in from Manchester just for this show, we caught up with him on his way out of the stadium and he gave us a few words about tonights debut Korean show : 'a very cold baseball stadium… absolutely packed out and the coats came off when the music came on. I'd heard that Western artists sometimes get a cool response from the crowd so I had some trepidations but it was not the case at all. Seoul showed U2 what they have been missing tonight. The setlist threw a lot of surprises at me. I had avoided all spoilers and I really enjoyed how JT2019 is a hybrid of E+I and JT2017. You only get one chance to make a good first impression and the boys certainly did that. U2 did not seem like they'd been around for 40 years tonight. They were fresh, youthful and new. Well worth the trip”. And on that point, we asked him why pick this show on this Tour, ahead of the more exotic and warmer places! : “because it was the place I knew least about… to quote a line from 'The Wanderer' 'I went out searching…'
AND ALSO Coldest show of the Tour so far, -4 degrees according to fans leaving the show.
Here's the complete set list and if you were at second show in Tokyo tonight, tell us all about it.