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Latest U2 Concert
October 22, 2017
U2's third show in Sao Paulo is played after wet weather during the day, prompting Bono's early addition of a "Rain" snippet in "Bad." There's one extra song played tonight -- "Mysterious Ways," which is played for the first time on the Latin America tour. It's last appearance before tonight was September 8 in Minneapolis.
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy is at the show, and says on Twitter that he hasn't "had this many goosebumps and tears at a show in a lonnng time."
Latest U2 Tour News & Rumors
U2 are in Brazil for the last shows of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. Yesterday, the band recorded an appearance on the TV program, Fantástico. According to reports on social media, it seems they performed at the top of Rede Globo building in São Paulo. We believe it was probably an acoustic version of “You’re The Best Thing About Me.”
There will also be an interview with the band. Fantástico will air Sunday from 9-11 p.m. (local time). Here's a preview:
Let's get out the Joshua Tree Tour vote! U2 have received a 2017 American Music Awards nomination for Tour of the Year. Also nominated are Coldplay and Garth Brooks. The fan-voted awards ceremony will take place Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, broadcast on ABC. How to vote:
• Post a tweet that includes the nominee’s name or Twitter handle, the category name and #AMAs.
U2 is nominated for two awards at the upcoming MTV Europe Music Awards: Best Live and Best Rock. (I'm assuming MTV is just too cool to put "Act" or "Artist" or something on those category names, but you get the idea.)
Winners are determined by online fan voting, which can be done on mtvema.com. U2's competition in the first category (Live) includes Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Eminem, while their competition in the second category (Rock) includes Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Royal Blood and The Killers.
The event takes place November 12 at SSE Arena, Wembley in London.
Total speculation here: Since U2 will be finished with the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 by then, and since they have an album coming out December 1st that they'll want to promote, don't be surprised if U2 is announced soon as a performer at the MTV EMAs.
A newly released video message from Bono and U2 commemorates the 20-year anniversary of the U2 concert in Sarajevo on Sept. 23, 1997. In the video, which includes the band's performance of "Miss Sarajevo" in Phoenix on Sept. 19, 2017, Bono talks about how the song written for the documentary "Miss Sarajevo" (produced by Bono, and filmed and directed by Bill Carter, who was in the audience in Phoenix), is still timely:
"On this tour, we're retitling it 'Miss Syria,' because this idea of heroic resistance to oppression ... the everyday dignity of a sense of humor, or refusing to become like the animals that are attacking you ... is still relevant to what's going on in the world today."
U2 and Live Nation issued a statement via U2.com notifying ticket holders for tonight's show in St. Louis that the show is cancelled. The statement reads:
Live Nation and U2 regrettably announce their St. Louis show scheduled for tonight, September 16, 2017 has been cancelled.
"We have been informed by the St. Louis Police Department that they are not in a position to provide the standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size. We have also been informed that local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity. In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans’ safety by proceeding with tonight’s concert. As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment." - Live Nation and U2
Fans who purchased tickets online will receive a refund on the credit card tickets were ordered on. Refunds for non-internet purchases will be available starting Monday at 10am at point of purchase.
The cancellation comes amid protests by St. Louis residents regarding the acquittal on Friday of a police officer charged in the shooting death of a black man after a car chase last year. Protests turned violent overnight, and more protests are scheduled for today.
While U2 has taken an inclusive approach to this year's Joshua Tree tour, a portion of U2 fandom has been wondering what happened to the anger that U2 expressed a year ago during live performances at the iHeart Music Festival and Dreamforce events -- shows that were marked by blistering versions of "Desire" and "Bullet The Blue Sky," respectively.
Angry U2 made a return Thursday as the band performed two songs on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon -- including another scathing version of "Bullet The Blue Sky" that featured rewritten lyrics about current events and, in particular, President Donald Trump and North Korea. U2.com has already posted the full set of those lyrics, which include the following:
Ground shakes but the children can't weep
As the band played, a video screen behind them switched from US-related images (the US flag, etc.) to video reels showing military parades and scenes (presumably) from North Korea.
Bono and Edge also sat down for a brief conversation with Fallon, before the whole band returned to end the show with the first live performance of "You're The Best Thing About Me," the new single from Songs Of Experience.
The Tonight Show's YouTube channel doesn't have either U2 performance online as I type this, but keep an eye on it in the next 24 hours and maybe that'll change.
UPDATE: The videos are now available. Use the link above to see some of the interview clips. Here are the two live performances.
Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC
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