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Latest U2 Concert
August 01, 2017
U2 plays the final show of the European tour, and its first show in Brussels (and this stadium) since the 360 tour in 2010.
Larry watches Noel Gallagher's opening set from inside the Red Zone.
At the end of the main set, Bono tells the crowd that the tour "began" in Belgium, a reference to the fact that U2's stages are built by Stageco. He also calls out "Smasher," a longtime member of U2's video crew who's from Belgium. Before "One," Bono says the show is dedicated to Sam Shepard, who died a day ago. Bono says Shepard "set my mind on fire" in the 1980s as U2 worked on The Joshua Tree. (See our U2 Connections essay on U2 and Shepard.) At the end of "One," he sings a snippet of Patti Smith's "Ghost Dance" -- "we shall live again," he sings several times. Smith and Shepard dated and collaborated in the 1970s.
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
Need more confirmation that we'll be getting new U2 music sooner rather than later? How about this: Fans entering Amsterdam ArenA for today's U2 concert are seeing a sign that says U2 is shooting a music video for "Best Thing," the track that's expected to be the first single from Songs Of Experience.
"We are filming a music video currently entitled 'Best Thing,'" the sign says. It then goes into all the necessary legalese about how attending the concert gives permission for your likeness to be used in all forms of media, yadda-yadda-yadda. A fan named Theo McNeil tweeted this photo of the sign:
During Saturday's concert, Bono brought a girl on stage during "Mysterious Ways" -- a girl who was wearing a jacket with a lyric from "Best Thing." She was apparently planted there and brought on stage purposely; fans have seen her again today wearing the same clothes and with a video crew following her around the stadium.
This video shoot comes just two days after U2 did a video of themselves performing another new song that we think is called "Blackout" or "The Blackout."
"Best Thing" obviously seems to be a shortened title for "The Best Thing About Me Is You," a song that Bono talked about it in the February 2017 issue of MOJO magazine. Kygo, the Norwegian DJ/producer, played his remixed version of the song at the Cloud Nine festival in Norway last August.
Details are sketchy, but it appears that U2 performed at least one new song during a "secret" event Friday night in Amsterdam. It happened at the Gashouder building at Westergasfabriek, a former gasworks facility that's now used for public events.
The event itself wasn't really a secret, since U2.com advertised it earlier in the week and asked fans in the area to come forward if they wanted to attend. Several Dutch media outlets also spilled the beans as the performance was happening, estimating that 200-300 people were invited inside.
U2 fans outside the venue have been tweeting now that it's over. Here's what we understand happened:
U2 performed at least one new song a handful of times. There are reports that some of the lyrics included lines like "when the lights went down" or "the lights go out." There was a second new song during the performance, but reports suggest U2 didn't play it live. (U2Valencia tweeted it was "by video.") An early report that U2 performed "You're The Best Thing About Me" seems to be incorrect.
And that's about all we know at this point. It sounds very similar to U2's video shoot in Santa Monica, California, for "Invisible" back in January 2014. If you made me bet money on what happened tonight, I'd say U2 was shooting a video for 1-2 of the new tracks on Songs Of Experience -- a good sign that we're getting a new album in 2017, as the band has promised several times recently.
UPDATE: We now understand from fans at the performance that the first song (the one U2 played a handful of times) may be titled "Blackout." That was the only new song planned for the evening. When filming concluded, fans were treated to a second new song over the PA after Bono received permission from Island to do so.
The rumors were true: U2 has extended The Joshua Tree 2017 tour with a 4th night in São Paulo, Brazil on Oct. 25. The band’s announcement on U2.com states Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be the support act.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, July 27th and fans are reminded the best way to purchase is through the internet beginning at 12:01 AM July 27th at www.ticketsforfun.com.br. Beginning at 10:00am, a limited number of tickets will be available at the official box office and authorized outlets. Respecting standard procedures, fans will receive a number according to their order of arrival in line.
Another announcement came through the band's Instagram account: “We are thrilled to announce a 4th show in São Paulo. It will be a very special party with the Brazilian fans to celebrate the end of a great tour. See you there!”
Director Hamish Hamilton was spotted at the band’s Croke Park show in Dublin this weekend. São Paulo is the only city to have four shows on this tour, which may indicate the band’s chosen it as the filming location for a possible DVD.
According to CTV Ottawa, Bono and The Edge will perform at Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day (July 1). At noon, CTV Ottawa said, they'll play one song. (U2 will be performing in Cleveland that night). The festivities are part of the celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
U2 added a third show in São Paulo. The band will play Oct. 22 at Estádio do Morumbi.
It was also confirmed that it’s the final date of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017.
The presale for U2.com subscribers starts Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. and runs through Sunday, June 25 at 5 p.m. Note: The presale code can be used for a single transaction only.
Tickets will go on sale for the general public at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, June 29.
For more information, access U2.com FAQ’s.
U2 have now added Phoenix to The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. They'll play a show Sept. 19 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Presale tickets for subscribers will be on sale from 10 a.m. (Phoenix time) Tuesday, June 20 through 5 p.m. Thursday, June 22. The general sale begins at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23. Tickets available at www.u2.com/tour.
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