'Sunlight on my face…'

19 Oct 2017

'Sunlight on my face…'

When & Where
Thursday, October 19th 2017, Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Night 48 of #U2TheJoshuaTree2017 Tour.
The final city on this extraordinary tour. The first night of four in Sao Paulo, the first time the band will have ever played the same tour show four nights in any stadium.
"Quando você realmente quer alguma coisa, o universo conspira" Paulo Coelho (“When you really want something, the universe conspires")

Set List
Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Years Day, Bad, Pride, Where The Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, With Or Without You, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Red Hill Mining Town, IN God's Country, Trip Through Your Wires, One Tree Hill, Exit, Mothers Of The Disappeared, Beautiful Day, Elevation, Vertigo, You're The Best Thing About Me, Ultra Violet (Light My Way). One.

Here's the complete set list from the first night in Sao Paulo. 

Social posts :
@destak (via Twitter) 'Também foram citadas Taís Araújo e Maria da Penha; 'Mulheres estupendas', diz Bono, em português'  (translated : 'aís Araújo and Maria da Penha were also mentioned; 'Awesome women,' says Bono, in Portuguese'
@SilRigote (via Twitter) 'Vancouver...Seattle...Buffalo and to end it all in Brazil . I wish I could describe what I'm feeling right now'. 
@meddyeddy (via Twitter) '#U2TheJoshuaTree2017  rocks Sao Paulo brilliant and inspiring tunes and thoughts Bono.. luv u guyz' 

In The Press  
O Globo (translation by Max Tsukino) 'U2 promotes high-tech time tunnel in São Paulo'  The Irish band performed for a crowded Morumbi on Thursday night.
U2 saw the future, baby, and it's the past. In revisiting the iconic 1987 album "The Joshua Tree", the monolithic Irish band made their musical and geographic journey across the United States on a state-of-the-art screen that mixes live images of the musicians with recorded scenes and interactions between them… 
The 1987 album was played in full and in order, with arrangements very close to the originals - eventually with the guitar most present or taken faster - in front of a spectacular 200 x 45 ft. screen (something like 60 meters wide by 14 high)… The films have the Dutchman Anton Corbijn's signature, a long-time collaborator of the band who visited places in the USA such as Death Valley and Zabriskie Point, recording spectacular images to accompany songs like "Where the Streets Have no Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". The beginning of the album, with one hit after another - and with the band in excellent shape after six months on the road - was 'soup in the honey*'…
Women's rights seem to be the flagship of U2 today - the band does not fail to be in touch with each country's issues, as shown by drummer Larry's t-shirt with the words “CENSURA NUNCA MAIS" ("Censorship Never More") painted on the back. "Ultraviolet ", in the second encore, had images of women like Frida Kahlo and Angela Merkel, besides the Brazilian Taís Araújo, Tarsila do Amaral and Conceição Evaristo, who were glorified on the big screen. Tarsila do Amaral: Brazilian painter. One of the first artists in Latin America to bring modernism to the art in the region...'

If you had to pick one song :
'I wanna feel sunlight on my face.
I see the dust-cloud
Disappear without a trace.
I wanna take shelter
From the poison rain
Where the streets have no name...'

'Streets' in Sao Paulo as a full-throttle Brazilian audience decks the stadium in red balloons (organised by some of the Brazilian fan clubs)

What else did Bono say : 
“You're not going back Brazil" (during MOTD)

Review on U2.com 
luisparra21. 'The show of my life. U2 and my soundtrack, the first São Paulo show was incredible. Thank you U2 for this incredible life to me.'

KLEBERU2BR19 'Yes, we can! U2 gave me back hope in humanity. I was needing! God Bless You Guys!'

Also Noteworthy
A dedication during Bad, with a 'Heroes' snippet, to Renato Russo and Cazuza, Brazilian musicians.
Shoutout to actor Owen Wilson during Beautiful Day. Striking rendering of the Brazilian flag during 'One' , created for the show by Susana Yamamoto, working with the creative team on the tour and a native of Sao Paulo.

Were you tonight's show in Sao Paulo? Tell us all about it. Add your own review and photos on our tour pages.


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