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"We realized, 'This is our most joyful song. We've got to put that in to stop people jumping out of the window."

-- Adam, on adding "Wild Honey" to All That You Can't Leave Behind

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U2 Concert: Sep 03, 2017 at Detroit , MI

Tour: Joshua Tree 2017 3rd Leg (North America) 
Venue: Ford Field 
Location: DetroitMI  United States 

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Attendance: 42,905  (Capacity: 42,905)

Opening Acts(s):


Main Set
  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Magnificent Seven (snippet)
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad, America (Simon and Garfunkel) (snippet)
  4. Pride
  5. Where The Streets Have No Name, California (There Is No End To Love) (snippet)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With Or Without You
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky, America (Stephen Sondheim) (snippet)
  9. Running To Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit (video), Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe (snippet)
  15. People Have The Power (snippet), Mothers Of The Disappeared with Patti Smith (video)
  1. Beautiful Day, People Have The Power (snippet)
  2. Elevation
  3. Vertigo, Panic In Detroit (snippet)
  4. Miss You (snippet), Mysterious Ways
  5. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  6. One Here Us Coming, Lord
Releases Represented:
  1. The Joshua Tree had 11 songs
  2. Achtung Baby had 3 songs
  3. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 2 songs
  4. The Unforgettable Fire had 2 songs
  5. War had 2 songs
  6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had 1 songs
Comments: U2 resumes The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 with its first show at Ford Field, and its first in the city of Detroit since 1985. (Since then, U2 has consistently played in Detroit suburbs like Pontiac and Auburn Hills.) The band only arrived in the city on Friday, and spent much of its day on Saturday rehearsing the upcoming single, "You're The Best Thing About Me." They worked on that song for well over and hour, prompting fans to assume it would make its live debut during tonight's show; but that didn't happen.

The show doesn't begin until about 9:20 pm local time, which is about 20 minutes later than many shows began earlier on this tour. Though there are some new touches throughout the night (see below), overall the show is very similar to those during the first leg of the tour -- Bono sings the familiar "America" snippet; the Trackdown/Trump video plays before "Exit," and so forth. Missing is "Miss Sarajevo," which has been played at every other show during the first two legs of the tour, with the exception of the Bonnaroo Festival on June 9.

Bono dedicates "One Tree Hill" to a a man named Rob, whom he describes as the late father of a fan that Bono spoke with outside the stadium earlier in the day. Moments later, Patti Smith joins U2 on stage to sing "Mothers Of The Disappeared," just as she did in late July in Paris. They partner on a powerful version of the song that sees Bono and Smith trading verses, and Smith repeating the "hear their hearts beat" line throughout. The song ends with Smith re-singing the first couple verses of the song a cappella.

As you'd expect, recent events in the U.S. play a prominent role in the show. During "Ultraviolet," Heather Heyer's photo is included among the iconic women on screen -- she died three weeks ago when a driver slammed into a crowd of counter protesters during a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville. Before "One," Bono praises the U.S. for its response to the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. And as the band plays the song, visuals on screen morph from the Texas state flag to the Red Cross flag logo and then to the U.S. flag. The screen also invites attendees to send a text message to make a $10 donation to Harvey relief efforts.

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