The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

Jul
1
2017
Cleveland, OH, US / First Energy
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When & Where
Saturday, July 1st 2017, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio. #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 turned 21 (shows old), and it sure felt like a celebration. Earlier in the day Bono & Edge were in Canada to celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday. “Thank you for taking the trouble to come out and see us tonight on your holiday weekend… you put a faith in us, and let me tell you, we have a faith in you…” One more time, for Leg 1 of the tour, we all came to look for America.. as Willie turned off the spotlights, the stars come out: “See the stripes, now we see the stars…” The haunting refrain of Simon & Garfunkel’s song America has found a new home embedded in Bad this tour. “Sing along… We’re not sleeping… Cleveland Ohio…”

Set List SBS, NYD, BAD, Pride, Streets, ISHFWILF, WOWY, BTBS, RTSS, RHMT, IGC, TTYW,OTH, Exit, MOTD. Encore: 16. Miss Sarajevo 17. Beautiful Day 18. Elevation 19. Vertigo 20. Mysterious Ways 21. Ultraviolet (Light My Way) 22.One

Here's the complete set list from Cleveland

Social Post(s) :
mellyforsythe (via IG, from the FirstEnergy Stadium, as Streets fired up) :'U2 was the first concert ticket I bought myself. I was sixteen and on the cusp of womanhood, teetering in my impossibly high wedges and high waisted jeans. I experienced transcendence that night as I walked back through the darkened Sydney streets to get to the train station I knew something had shifted in me. Twenty three years later, to quote Bono, nothing has changed, everything has changed. I have loved, lost, wept, risked everything, felt the wind of the Spirit in my sails and moved to the other side of the world. I’m different now, but I’m still the same. I feel like I’m standing again on the cusp of something new and tonight I felt the breath of God again as I surrendered to their incredible adventure called living. #u2thejoshuatree2017’.

dopequeenpheebs (via IG): ’so happy the band is ending the first North American leg of da tour in my hometown of Cleveland. This shit has been literally life changing for me in every way possible. Thanks, Bono, for inspiring me to be a better person and for digging the comedy I do’.

@lavieannie (via Twitter): ‘Let’s be honest here, we all want to be the girl that Bono brings on stage to dance to Mysterious Ways’.

In The Press
Cleveland.com. "This is one of those epic nights that none of us should miss.’’ Bono told the crowd. "And it was. The Hall of Fame band, touring in support of the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking album "The Joshua Tree,'' still has it. It's not just that Bono, guitarist The Edge, drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and bassist Adam Clayton retain the chops that put them in the Hall. It's that they are able to put them on display in a venue as horrible for concert sound as a football stadium.

Bono's vocals - admittedly enjoying the EQ that has given his baritone a part of his trademark resonance - rang clear and true. Every word, every phrase, every nuance in every lyric that came out of the half-dozen speaker arrays that were spread over the breadth of the stadium was as pure as if you were playing it on your Bose at home, drinking Guinness or Jameson's. Or both! If you have ever attended a concert at a stadium, you know what an amazing feat that is. Lift a pint, then, to Joe O'Herlihy, who has run sound for every U2 concert….’

If You Had To Pick One Song
@Teresa7277 (via Twitter): ‘With Or Without You (heart) I may have been crying while singing at the top of my lungs.’ echoed later in the set by @eric_banas (via Twitter): ‘THIS JUST IN : I only cried three times before the encore’.

What (else) did Bono Say?
After Red Hill Mining Town: “We’re finally starting to get to know this album…after all this time. You think you know… then you find you don’t! Like a friend or a country which you think you know, they surprise you”.

After InGod’s Country: “Thank you for giving the Irish safety and sanctuary for hundreds of years… We don’t forget we’re guests of the nation. A cop, earlier today… he said he was at the original Joshua Tree Tour, he was thirteen (which is a little worrying!), he said ‘You broke your shoulder before (that) show, I said ‘that’s right.’ He said, ‘You explained that you couldn’t play harmonica’. I told him, ‘My shoulder’s absolutely fine now... but I still can’t play the harmonica!”

After Mothers of The Disappeared: “These Joshua tree songs have really looked after us, and at the end of (this) American leg I think its right for us to again, thank the U2 crew for their extraordinary work. Thank you.”

Review on U2.com
knitnpick: Amazing & Beautiful. 'I have to admit while listening to the Joshua Tree album thirty years ago I wondered how that entire album would sound live. Last night's performance in Cleveland proved that the reality of my wondering couldn't hold a candle to the reality and excitement of the truly amazing and beautiful experience that us U2 fans have aniticpated for many years. Thank you U2 for a wonderful time and a most Beautiful Day!'

If you were at the show tonight, tell us all about it. Add your own review and photos below.

 

 

COMMENTS

32
Italo-Man
14 July, 2017
Classy Night!
A Beautiful Night with my future Bride...Watching 2 classy Bands! I danced my first slow dance at a Concert! Thank you U2 for making us a special memory! Mauro & Andreana
leigh_mcconlough
06 July, 2017
"someday maybe someday
WOW WOW WoW.... speechless. Where do I start, how incredible it was? 2005 vertigo tour I was in the nose bleed section Cleveland, OH Follwed you to Monterrey Mexico.. better seats in Feb. 2006. THEN, this concert. STUNNING! just stunning. Hearts in the right place. My love and honor goes out to you, Edge, Bono, Adam and Larry. Your all my guys!! LOVE AND PEACE! Leigh Nagel.
bjh11
06 July, 2017
EPIC
What an awesome time. This was my first concert 30 years ago and it's even better now. Thanks guys for the great songs, perfect showmanship, and what you do off stage. It's been a pleasure growing up with you.
triciagroenheim
05 July, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio 7/1/17 show
Simply the best U2 concert I've attended over all these glorious years and finally had the privilege to see them in my childhood home town with my brothers. Our ancestors from Roscrea were certainly with us in spirit. If time permits, it would be great for you to make a stop in Denver. Sla'inte!
jzaferopolos
04 July, 2017
Cleveland, OH 7/1/17
Is there a time?
jzaferopolos
04 July, 2017
Cleveland, OH 7/1/17
I'm at a place called Vertigo
jzaferopolos
04 July, 2017
Cleveland, OH 7/1/17
Exit
jzaferopolos
04 July, 2017
Cleveland, OH 7/1/17
Beautiful Day
jzaferopolos
04 July, 2017
Cleveland, OH 7/1/17
It was a Beautiful Day in "The LAND"
amljbono
03 July, 2017
Cleveland Rocks!
From Canada but made the short drive to Cleveland to see the band perform on the last night of the First Leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. GA this time around with my wife. Was lucky enough to get to see Bono arrive at the stadium with this cool pic! The band again was on fire Saturday night. Loved to hear Mysterious Ways with The Edge's slide guitar solo at the end while Beth from Cleveland danced her way with Bono (with Ali in attendance LOL!). Only disappointment with the two (2) shows that I seen was that I didn't get to hear The Little Things That Give You Away. Can't wait for Buffalo in September!
vicki_ganninger
03 July, 2017
Vicki Ganninger
Cleveland was so amazing- I was lucky enough to see the first Joshua Tree Tour in Saint Louis in 1987. I am a lifetime fan of U2! They are simply the best and proved that in Cleveland. It took a lot for us to get to Cleveland- I will undergo my 45th chemo treatment for colon cancer this Wednesday and I am so glad my husband took the risk and brought me to Cleveland. Thank you u2 for a lifetime of entertainment,keeping us educated and aware of world wide issues, and music that touched my soul.
The Angry Mick
03 July, 2017
Beautiful night in Cleveland
What a great show! Looking forward to the next time I get to see U2.
knitnpick
02 July, 2017
Amazing & Beautiful
I have to admit while listening to the Joshua Tree album thirty years ago I wondered how that entire album would sound live. Last night's performance in Cleveland proved that the reality of my wondering couldn't hold a candle to the reality and excitement of the truly amazing and beautiful experience that us U2 fans have aniticpated for many years. Thank you U2 for a wonderful time and a most Beautiful Day!
karenlawler
02 July, 2017
A little too far
My son Kaleb has been listening to U2 since he was - well - in utero. After buying our shirts, he decided the really wanted a tour jacket. Im going to be a push over whilst he's wearing the attire of my favorite band ever.
MarkieMark123
02 July, 2017
Great show in Cleveland
Thanks Bono and crew for a very nice evening in Cleveland. The only time I would ever go to First Energy Stadium would be to see the best and most sincere moral musical artist. Had a great view from section 132A of the thrilling show. I enjoyed your last show in Cleveland, the Vertigo Tour in 2005.. I wish you come to Cleveland more often. Thanks Again, Sincerely, Mark White
Mkupper
02 July, 2017
Awesome
Thanks for a great show and my wife's Birthday was the next day so singing happy bday was awesome even if it wasn't just for her.
Msdanaem
02 July, 2017
Section 512 representin!!
AMAZING SHOW!!!
jatgolf
02 July, 2017
jim trevethan
First Energy was packed and filled with energy. From opening of Sunday Bloody Sunday to the sweet anthems of One. U2 left the 1st leg of the tour on a high note at Cleveland, been 12 years since they last visited here and hope with new album and next tour they reward this amazing crowd with another visit. Cleveland fans let U2 know this is still a rock n roll town.
marcfarnold
02 July, 2017
Amazing
Thank you for an amazing show. Hands down the best concert I've ever attended. Best quote of the night from the band, "Thank you for the life you've given us." Thank you all for the experience you've given your fans now and for years to come.
Msdanaem
02 July, 2017
U2 FOREVER!!!
Best band to ever hit a stage, loved it!!!!!
aarin
01 July, 2017
Show 23!
Bono I've been trying to meet you and the rest of the band since I was 9 years old. Can't wait till my time comes!
veyaxkin
01 July, 2017
Cleveland, here we are!
5th Tour of my favorite band, first with my favorite wife! :) #U2 #TheJoshuaTree2017 #CLE
heidi119
01 July, 2017
Mom couldn't tell me no this time
Classic teen struggle in 1987 - mom said no. I'm a big girl now. First date with my husband of 18 years was at Ohio Stadium 1997 Popmart. Reliving that date tonight!!!
NO_LA504
17 May, 2017
When In Ireland
How about a show in Cork before playing London? We saw U2 in Baton Rouge 30 years ago and met 6 years later. Now married with three kids we are traveling to the isle and would love to see you play in Ireland in early July. We will be there. Join us. Computer - make it so.
Erin Go Bragh-less
12 May, 2017
U2 playing in the Heartland next to the
I love that my fave four Irish boys are playing in my state! Looking forward to seeing my favorite zootops at this last US gig!
Italo-Man
10 May, 2017
Canada Day with U2 in Cleveland!
Can't wait...while my country celebrates 150 years...I will spend it by hearing 2 of the most amazing bands of our times 1st U2 of course...this will be my 7th show last one ones September 4th Torino, Italia...Best Concert I have ever seen!!! plus I can't wait for more and then the 2nd One republic will be my 2nd time seeing them last time where I live in Sudbury,Ontario!
rickbisthedevil
03 May, 2017
Cleveland 30 Years Later
Saw them in October 1987 on the Joshua Tree Tour at the old Municipal Stadium. The low clouds rolling in off the lake covered the top of the stadium giving it an eerie glow when the red spot lights bounced off them during 'Bullet The Blue Sky.' Like red lightning. Can't wait to see them 30 years later in the same place. (New stadium, same city)
UnderMySkinner
29 April, 2017
My 14th show,
Can't wait to see them again, haven't since both legs of 360 in Chicago. And to do this over again one of my first is going to be absolutely amazing.
Wogman
20 January, 2017
U2
I was there 30 years ago for the Joshua Tree Tour. This time I will be there with my wife. Seen the many times since including first row for pop mart tour in San Diego.
Cleveland
17 January, 2017
Fifth Show
This will be my fifth U2 show, and my son's third. We got a good shot of The Edge on the 360 tour at Soldier Field in Chicago. So glad the show is in Cleveland this year and we don't have to travel.
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