The 2017 Rose Bowl concert series began Saturday night with U2’s highly anticipated ‘Joshua Tree’ world tour. Thousands of fans attended the sold out event as the Irish band continued their fourth stop celebrating the 30th anniversary of their fifth album. Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. took the stage before a massive 200 by 45-foot panoramic screen displayed a silhouette of a Joshua tree. Kicking off the set list was the fan favorite ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday,’ setting tone for the upbeat and energetic atmosphere generated by the crowd. ‘New Years Day’ received an overwhelming ovation as Bono delivered his signature screech, establishing a sing-a-long match with the tireless crowd. ‘A Sort Of Homecoming’ and ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’ served as a well-balanced introduction for the concerts main attraction.

Bright lights filled the stadium as the panoramic screen displayed a black and white slow drive through Palms Highway, sending everyone in attendance three decades into the past. ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ officially began the night, causing a deafening cheer from the crowd. No strangers to the Rose Bowl, Bono shared that performing in Los Angeles always feels like home. Throughout the evening, U2 displayed historic figures of influence and leadership in the workforce as he acknowledged global struggles. A heartfelt performance of ‘Running To Stand Still’ was dedicated to the memory of Soundgarden and Audioslave’s lead singer Chris Cornell, who had past away in Detroit Wednesday night. Fans celebrated Cornell’s life with warm praise and applause as they continued into ‘Red Hill Mining Town.’

Between songs, Bono made multiple speeches about the current political climate in the United States and abroad, challenging global leaders to strive for a better world where everyone can thrive. The Edge and Clayton often traveled to the corners of the stage as Bono pranced down the catwalk surrounded by a sea of people. Before concluding their full album performance, U2 thanked the audience for their dedication and support over the decades and cited multiple accomplishments through the anti poverty ‘One’ foundation. ‘Mothers Of The Disappeared’ received a standing ovation from the sold out crowd as the lights dimmed on the Joshua tree.

After a few minutes, a disco ball began to spin on top of the stage while colorful lights decorated the audience. The band returned to a thunderous cheer as they performed ‘Beautiful Day.’ Bono shared his visions of beautiful days by hoping human rights defeat human wrongs and where women of the world unite to rewrite history. ‘Ultraviolet (Light My Way)’ was dedicated to Bono’s daughters as he thanked all the women, from their crew to everyone in attendance and around the world for their hard work, devotion, and sacrifices. On screen, images of influential women were displayed featuring Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Patti Smith and Hillary Clinton among others. Bono thanked everyone featured for being luminous icons and incredible women.

A short film was displayed featuring a teenage Syrian young woman as they shined light into a poverty-ridden country. Clips of struggle and hardships crowded the screen as refugee camps in Jordan presented countless people in underdeveloped conditions. The American Dream lived vividly in their expressions as they shared their views of what freedom in the land of opportunity could bring. Bono addressed the crowd that people still have the power to make change. He encouraged everyone to organize in a positive movement, expressing that governments should fear their people. Shifting causes between songs, he mentioned the advances in health over the years. HIV has been a major part of Bono’s foundation and shared the achievements that have developed in science and medicine thanks to contributions throughout the country.

Closing the night with a two-hour performance was ‘I Will Follow.’ Bono thanked everyone in attendance for their continued support in their career and extended an invitation in thirty years for the sixtieth anniversary tour. The North American Joshua Tree tour continues next in Houston Wednesday night and concludes in Cleveland July 1st. U2 heads to Europe for their second leg tour, beginning in London with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as a supporting act.

Photos by: JACOB GAITAN












Setlist 5/20
Sunday Bloody Sunday
New Year’s Day
A Sort of Homecoming
Pride (In the Name of Love)

The Joshua Tree
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 (dedicated to Chris Cornell)
Red Hill Mining Town
In God’s Country
Trip Through Your Wires
One Tree Hill
Exit
Mothers of the Disappeared

Encore:
Beautiful Day
Elevation
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
One
Miss Sarajevo (Passengers cover)
Bad
I Will Follow

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 North America

Fri. May 26 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium

Sat. June 3 Chicago, IL Soldier Field

Wed. June 7 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Field

Sun. June 11 Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium

Wed. June 14 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium

Sun. June 18 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field

Tue. June 20 Washington, DC FedEx Field

Fri. June 23 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre

Sun. June 25 Boston, MA Gillette Stadium

Wed. June 28 E. Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium

Sat. July 1 Cleveland, OH First Energy

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Europe

Sat. 8 July London, UK Twickenham Stadium

Wed. 12 July Berlin, DE Olympic Stadium

Sat., 15 July Rome, IT Olympic Stadium

Tue. 18 July Barcelona, ES Olympic Stadium

Sat. 22 July Dublin, IE Croke Park

Tue. 25 July Paris, FR Stade De France

Sat. 29 July Amsterdam, NE Amsterdam Arena

Tue. 1 Aug. Brussels, BE King Baudouin Stadium

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