The Joshua Tree Tour 2019

Nov
27
2019
Perth, AU / Optus Stadium
with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 26
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'Heroes' in Australia

Sixth and final show in Australia and this one is right up there.
'Thank you to Noel Gallagher and his High 
Flying Birds… We've had some real altitude going 
over the last month… this tour will be hard to come 
down from.  
And thank you, Perth for your patience… the only 
thing we can do to make up for the last 10 years is 
make tonight the best show we've ever played in this city. 
And it's what's going on inside you that makes a great show…
What a magnificent country you live in. What beauty. Australia.. 
What a wonder you are…'

'Sunday Bloody Sunday', 'I Will Follow', 'New Years Day'… then 'Bad' finds yet another song within it, this time Bowie's 'Heroes' with special mention both to the country's firefighters - putting themselves in harms way to keep others out of harm - and to the young, peaceful activists in the city today, including schoolchildren, 'trying to keep us from extinction.'

Legendary producer Steve Lillywhite is in the house and gets a shout out while 'Still Haven't Found...' goes out to the late Aboriginal Elder, Rev Sealin Garlett.

IN THE PRESS
Simon Collins in The West Australian.
'Talk about good craic. The greatest rock band from the north side of Dublin turned on one for the ages at a pub called Optus Stadium on Wednesday night for around 50,000 mates.
Sure, U2 have had their trials and tribulations since they brought that claw thingamajig to Perth on that 360 Tour, which made ‘em a few bob, but the final show of their first Australian tour in nearly a decade was something really special.
With not too may airs, few graces and one or two speeches from old mate Bono, this show – part of the ongoing 30th anniversary celebrations for classic album The Joshua Tree – felt like the four-piece was playing down your local. That is if you could ignore the massive, super high-definition screen spanning from one forward pocket to the other….'

@dantheinternut for Triple M
After weeks of watching the rest of the country frenzy over the legendary U2 and their amazing tour celebrating The Joshua Tree, finally, it was #Perth's turn and the anticipation was palpable. Finally, our new(ish) stadium would host arguably the biggest stadium rock band in the world. What a night it promised to be. Of course, after two odd hours celebrating one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen, the night was all that and everything more. Quite frankly, U2 were bloody amazing and the wait was well and truly worth the while! Of course, Noel Gallagher kicked things off and although he didn't say much, he certainly set the mood for things to come. Ending with a Beatles classic, genius! When the house lights went down and the PA cranked up to the sounds of The Waterboys' The Whole Of The Moon, we knew, it was time. When that familiar, epic run of snare hits from Sunday Bloody Sunday reverberated around Optus Stadium, U2 were here and yes, the crowd reacted as expected. Of course, this tour was built to celebrate their 1987 masterpiece The Joshua Tree, and symbolically, that's how it played out. The band played a few of their early hits, all on the small stage, right in front of a massive shadow of the Joshua tree  hanging over them. It was like a trip back in time, watching a band play a small stage but knowing that things would explode for them off the back off one very special album. When the tree lit up and the boys launched into Where The Streets Have No Name, it was the official beginning of said celebration of said album. Once again, the crowd responded in kind.
Hearing these songs again in a live environment, it's easy to see why The Joshua Tree was such a worldwide smash back in the late '80s. Unlike many of their peers at the time, their songs stand up still to this day. Obviously, when you're U2, you can't celebrate just the one album. There's too many hits to play. So, once the final track from The Joshua Tree echoed throughout the stands, the haunting Mothers Of The Disappeared, we were back into U2's extensive back catalogue. And what a back catalogue. Elevation, Beautiful Day and Even Better Than The Real Thing all got their time to shine (amongst many others). It's got to be said, their celebration of powerful, strong women throughout the underrated Ultra Violet (Light My Way) was simply excellent. "History becomes Her Story", nice! It's also got to be said that the screen and "show" surrounding the band's performance was awesome. It felt like this show was more about the music and the musicianship. There was a distinct lack of sequencing and the central theme of the band, playing as a band, rang true. Fittingly, U2 finished with their beautiful song One. A sage choice to end what was an epic night in #Perth.'

IN THE SETLIST
Angel Of Harlem, Every Breaking Wave & Love Is Bigger (Than Anything In It's Way), all make a welcome return to the set for Perth.

ON THE SOCIALS
@markoyaaaay : Fourth time seeing this guys and this goes right up there with ZooTV in 1993. Last night was absolutely electric
@riccairns : The Joshua Tree. Hearing the whole album played live reminded us why it's iconic. Lifted us off the ground.
@Kathryn427 : This is the best I've heard U2 sound, the most incredible, inclusive and fun show I've been to. Bono - you're a f*cking legend 

WHAT DID BONO SAY
‘Is it wrong that I will miss 50,000 Aussies telling us they love us to feel normal?'

AND ALSO
Exact halfway point of the tour tonight in Perth. If you want to see at-a-glance what songs have and have not played each each night and how many times in total then be sure to check out U2 stat fan @markpeterboro's #TheJoshuaTreeTour2019 running set list chart over here : https://twitter.com/markpeterboro/status/1199716955936231429?s=20 - it's gonna be interesting to see those blank spaces getting filled in some brand new places these coming weeks…

Here's the complete set list - if you were at the Optus Stadium tonight, tell us all about it. 

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COMMENTS

26
MarianaCouto
02 December, 2019
Awesome!
Hi, everybody. What amazing concert I watched in Perth!Although you made me cry with the poems (on the screen)talking about discrimination and building a new country. I've been foreing on this beautiful land in spite of all the challenges that I've faced you made me not give up because I have already bought the ticket for the concert early this year I should make it worth and I made...;) Anyway I believe I can help to build a better country at least on my surroundings! #loveU2 #imbrazilianidontgiveupnever #agaistallkindsofracismanddiscrimination #childhoodslove #fromthecradletothegrave
joelhart
30 November, 2019
Optus Stadium Perth
What a night for the senses!
adriana73
29 November, 2019
Beautiful Night
Nine years since I last saw you live and the Perth concert was absolutely amazing. To be there in the moment singing these great songs along with you guys means a lot to me and I didn’t want it to end. Thank you so much for coming back to Perth and spending a magical evening with us in our little city. I will never forget it. Can’t wait for the next one.
Sirfernando77
28 November, 2019
No Words
I have to wait a long time to able to see U2 live, but two nights ago I have the best experience in a concert, I went through all the emotions, and it was beautiful. I'm thankful and grateful for U2 , a night that I will never forget.
Jo_Shastri
27 November, 2019
Still the Best!!!
The Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band...on the Northside of Dublin! - Bono
becbucci
26 November, 2019
Bec Bucci’s birthday
So excited
Donna_Rooney
25 November, 2019
Every breaking wave for Perth - please p
Saw you guys in the Dandelion Mkt when I was 15, then Lexlip supporting the Police - had to leave Ireland after finishing Uni - no work mid 80's- Love Town Tour Dublin (back for xmas break), London - the Fly..., Popmart in Perth (I touched Bono - my husband's still shaking his head at that one. Slane Castle 2001 (home for a visit), 360 in Perth 2009 - yes tragic Fan... It is special this time as I am a breast cancer survivor - last time you played I thought it could be my last - but no.... I am 10 years cancer free last month :-) Going with my son (who loves the Edge!) & his girlfriend Bonus to get to see a Gallagher!! Only 2 sleeps...I love the new music as much as the old :-)
HJH
15 November, 2019
Counting down the days!!
Only 11 days to go!! Am playing all my concert DVDs on rotation in preparation! Been a fan since I first saw them on The Old Grey Whistle Test (UK) on BBC2 in 1983 and went out to buy War the next day. Then Boy the following week! Still the best live band ever. See you in the GA queue - got to be down the front!
callistemon
13 November, 2019
Hi there U2
Any chance me and my two sons could meet you, I have been a fan since I listened to you playing on the streets of Dublin when I was 16. I have 4 kids now and 10 grand children. Have a great night in Perth we will be there, good luck. Billy.
Not_Goodbye
23 October, 2019
The Last Night on P(earth)
Going to "Pop" over and see the last of the Australia/New Zealand shows. Should be a blast!
babab00U2
02 August, 2019
Anniversary...
It'll be 26 years on this night that the ZooTV: Live in Sydney was done! Just sayin'!
john_gill
10 June, 2019
Awesome...
Did the bucket list thing and went to Dublin for the IE show last Nov. Didn't think I would see them again so soon.
ivanm
08 June, 2019
Here we go again....
Saw U2 in Paris, 2015, 17 & 18 not to mention tours back even further Now Melbourne & Perth 2019 Looking forward to JT all over again X
Charan
04 June, 2019
Absolutely Chuffed
Can't wait to see U2 again after 9 years
DAWNIE42
04 June, 2019
We are in
Yeeesss, got tickets
kdlufc
04 June, 2019
kdlufc
Saw the original Joshua Tree tour twice in the UK IN 1987. Saw them in Australia in 2006 and 2010. Now 32 years later, I get to see the Joshua Tree tour again.. Got my tickets and can't wait. This will be unbelievable
LieseM
03 June, 2019
We got our tickets!
So excited, took our eldest sons to 360 tour at Subi Oval, it was their first concert, taking them to this one can't wait! And it's the day after our 30th Anniversary. So, so happy!
angieredford
03 June, 2019
BEYOND EXCITED!!!
I feel so nervous with excitement and ticket stress! Hope we all get what we want. I missed the last gigs in Perth as flew out to Europe that night! Thank you for bringing the tour down under!
UnfitAllstar
03 June, 2019
reunited with U2
Last saw U2 on the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour at Maddison Square Gardens . Cant wait to be reunited with the U2 best show on earth at Optus Stadium
therealswifty
03 June, 2019
Stoked
Been waiting for a U2 Australia Tour ever since I arrived in Perth 7yrs ago. Went to so many UK/Ireland events and now we get to take my now teenage boys (one of whom we named Joshua). We've been buzzing ever since it was confirmed.
AusU2
03 June, 2019
AusU2
Sooooo excited they're returning seen them a few times, managed to see the original Joshua Tree tour 3 times, can't wait to see it all again...
ivanm
02 June, 2019
Here we go again
Saw this show ar stade de France in 2017
Monique47
01 June, 2019
Worth the wait
I'm so excited!
callistemon
31 May, 2019
Kelly boys.Me and my two sons,
Can not wait to see U2, with my two sons. what a memory. With this iconic album.
DAWNIE42
30 May, 2019
SO EXCITED
I am overwhelmed with this, I have been a fan since I was 14 (51 now) and have seen the band many times but only once here in Australia. Looking forward to the amazing Joshua Tree tour.
jeffthornhill
30 May, 2019
Perth 2019
180 sleeps to go.... Move aside Santa Claus, there's a new countdown in town
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