Comments: Spanish Eyes is played in the main set for the only time on the Joshua Tree Tour - the other twelve performances of it in 1987 are all in the encore. It's the birthday of U2's guitar technician Frank McAllister, so Bono brings him on stage to play during People Get Ready and then leads the audience in Happy Birthday at the song's conclusion. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Good performance, not the best they've done on this tour.
Trip Through Your Wires feels 'heavier' than usual. Bono gives a nice speech before I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, and the Exodus snippet is nice. Unusually, MLK is followed by Gloria and The Unforgettable Fire isn't played. Edge breaks a string during a very good performance of Spanish Eyes and Bono alters the lyric to refer to him. Exit is very strong with a good snippet, and it smoothly flows into Silver and Gold, where Bono messes up a few lines and changes more later on. Bono is funny at the beginning of People Get Ready, and it sounds like a few chords of Helter Skelter are played at the beginning.
Listenable, but not good at all. It's warped, staticy, the balance is bad, and the volume is inconsistent. It improves slightly after the first track but still leaves a lot to be desired. Recording: Audience microphone - 4 stars
The audience cheer loudly and seem generally enthusiastic. They sing along in I Will Follow and clap along to the ending of Exit.
A good show and an abnormal setlist. Bono is amusing and the performance is strong. If the sound were better, I'd not hesitate to recommend it. But unless you're a completist of big fan of The Joshua Tree era, you could probably pass this one over because of the mediocre sound quality.
- I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Exodus
- Spanish Eyes
- Exit/Riders On the Storm and its smooth transition to Silver and Gold
- The sound is rough throughout but it's especially bad on Where the Streets Have No Name
- The ending of Silver and Gold is abruptly cut off to the attenuated beginning of In God's Country, and then there's a fadeout at the end of it
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"The last two records were very personal, with a kind of three piece at their heart, the primary colours of rock - bass, guitars and drum. But what we’re about now is of the same order as the transition that took us from The Joshua Tree to Achtung Baby."
- Bono, September 2008
did you know
U2 named their How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb album like that because Bono envisioned the bomb as his father and the songs as efforts by him to deal with his father's death.