U2 performed The Joshua Tree in its entirety for the first time ever Friday night in Vancouver, Canada, as it kicked off the 30th Anniversary Tour for the landmark album.

The band used two different stages, a large main stage and the much smaller B-stage, from which it both started and finished the 22-song show. The band kicked things off on that stage with five of its most politically and/or emotionally charged songs from the two albums that led up to The Joshua Tree, War and The Unforgettable Fire -- "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "New Year's Day," "A Sort of Homecoming" "MLK" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)." Bono told the crowd at the outset, "Here we are again, trying to find some magic in this concrete temple."

With the groundwork laid, the band moved to the main stage and performed The Joshua Tree from "Where the Streets Have No Name" through to "Mothers of the Disappeared" 11 songs later. Following "One Tree Hill," the set paused briefly while some uncanny archival footage was screened -- the band had discovered a clip from the late '50s Western TV series Trackdown, in which a conman by the name of Walter Trump claims he can save the world by building a wall.

From The Joshua Tree the band jumped to the 21st century with All That You Can't Leave Behind's "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation," before stepping back into 1991's Achtung Baby with "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" and "One." "Ultraviolet (Light My Way) was accompanied by a video saluting pioneering women such as Rosa Parks, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Grace Jones and Pussy Riot.

After "One," the band made its way to the B stage again, to finish. It started things off with the Passengers' song "Miss Sarajevo" and the premiere of a specially commissioned film by the French artist J.R. filmed at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, a temporary settlement for about 80,000 displaced Syrians. 

The unveiling of a new song closed things out. "The Little Things That Give You Away" from the upcoming Songs of Experience, in which Bono sings, "Sometimes the end is not coming/The end is here.”


Set List:


1. Sunday Bloody Sunday

2. New Year's Day

3. A Sort of Homecoming (first time since 2001)

4. MLK (first time since 2010)

5. Pride (In the Name of Love)

The Joshua Tree:

6. Where the Streets Have No Name

7. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

8. With or Without You

9. Bullet the Blue Sky

10. Running to Stand Still (first time since 2005)

11. Red Hill Mining Town (live debut)

12. In God's Country

13. Trip Through Your Wires (first time since 1987)

14. One Tree Hill (first time since 2011)

15. Exit (first time since 1989)

16. Mothers of the Disappeared (first time since 2010)


17. Beautiful Day

18. Elevation

19. Ultraviolet (Light My Way) (first time since 2011)

20. One (dedicated to American painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist, and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz)

Encore 2 / B-Stage:

21. Miss Sarajevo (Passengers cover) (first time since 2011)

22. The Little Things That Give You Away (live debut of Songs of Experience cut)


Source: setlist.fm

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