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U2 Concert: Aug 01, 2017 at Brussels

Tour: Joshua Tree 2017 2nd Leg (Europe) 
Venue: King Baudouin Stadium 
Location: BrusselsBelgium 

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Attendance: 51,951  (Capacity: 51,951)

Opening Acts(s):


Main Set
  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad, Heroes (snippet), Where Are We Now (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, Breathe (snippet)
  8. Bullet The Blue Sky, America (Stephen Sondheim) (snippet)
  9. Running To Stand Still (video)
  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. Mothers Of The Disappeared
  1. Miss Sarajevo
  2. Beautiful Day, Starman (snippet)
  3. Elevation
  4. Vertigo, It's Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
  5. Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
  6. One, Ghost Dance (snippet)
  7. I Will Follow
Releases Represented:
  1. The Joshua Tree had 11 songs
  2. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 2 songs
  3. The Unforgettable Fire had 2 songs
  4. War had 2 songs
  5. Achtung Baby had 2 songs
  6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had 1 songs
  7. Boy had 1 songs
  8. Original Soundtracks 1 had 1 songs
Comments: 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.

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