Tour Music: The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 Pre-Show Music and More
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2019-11-19)
Originally Published: Nov. 9, 2019 Last Updated: November 19, 2019
With each tour we track the music by other artists that U2 use throughout their shows. This includes music used before, after, and during the show, and the new The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 tour is no different. We’ve been tracking these songs since the PopMart tour in 1997, and all of the tours can be found in one spot on our Tour Songs page. That page also contains Spotify playlists. The Spotify playlist for The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 is available here. We also have a playlist for the current tour over on Apple Music thanks to Colin T.
The tour music we hear before the show is curated by Gavin Friday in most cases. Early in the day as people are let into the show, the music is from a handful of spotlighted artists, and the full albums are played. Later that will break into an actual mixed playlist which is a mix of different artists.
The full albums identified to be played on The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 so far have been Arcade Fire’s Everything Now, Prince’s Parade, Kanye West’s Jesus is King and The Beatles’ Abbey Road.
From Arcade Fire’s Everything Now the songs “Creature Comfort,” “Peter Pan,” “Chemistry,” “Infinite Content,” “Electric Blue,” “Good God Damn,” “Put Your Money on Me,” “We Don’t Deserve Love” and “Everything Now (Continued)” have been identified.
From Prince’s Parade “Christopher Tracy’s Parade,” “New Position,” “I Wonder U,” “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Girls & Boys,” “Life Can Be So Nice,” “Venus de Milo,” “Mountains,” “Do U Lie?,” “Kiss,” “Anotherloverholenyohead,” and “Sometimes it Snows in April” have been identified.
From Kanye West’s Jesus is King the songs “Every Hour,” “Selah,” “Follow God,” “Closed on Sunday,” “On God,” “Everything We Need,” “Water,” “God Is,” “Hands On” have been identified.
From The Beatles’ Abbey Road the songs “Octopus’s Garden,” “You Never Give Me Your Money,” and “The End” have been identified.
Between Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and U2’s performance there is a true mix of songs that are played including the following:
- “Royals” – Lorde
- “On Melancholy Hill” – Gorillaz
- “Mariners Apartment Complex” – Lana Del Ray
- “Bury a Friend” – Billie Eilish
- “Drunk Girls” – LCD Soundsystem
- “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- “I Feel You” – Depeche Mode
- “Everybody Loves You” – SOAK
- “Never Tear Us Apart” – INXS
- “The Beautiful Ones” – Prince
- “Circles” – Post Malone
- “Boys in the Better Land” – Fontaines D.C.
- “1979” – Smashing Pumpkins
- “The Stars are Out Tonight” – David Bowie
- “Enjoy the Silence” – Depeche Mode
- “Into the Black” – Chromatics
- “A Promise” – Echo and the Bunnymen
- “Lazarus” – David Bowie
- “Whole Lotta Love” – Led Zeppelin
This mixed portion of the show is random, and will usually end at a random point before the show actually starts. For the second show in Auckland the final song before the show started was “Boys in the Better Land” and in Melbourne it was “Enjoy the Silence.” As the mix is random, and usually quite a bit longer than the time between acts, some nights you’ll not hear the same songs as others, but other nights you’ll hear very similar mixes.
The band take the stage to the song “The Whole of the Moon” by The Waterboys, originally released in 1985. They had been using the song for the 2017 version of the tour as well starting with the Bonnaroo festival performance. The Waterboys opened for U2 on The Unforgettable Fire tour in 1984.
After the show ends, and the crowd starts to exit, another song is usually played over the PA.
For these first two shows in Auckland, as well as the show in Brisbane that song was Crowded House’s “Fall At Your Feet”. The song was also snippeted by Bono in Bad on the second night in Auckland. Crowded House were formed by New Zealand native Neil Finn, and Australian’s Paul Hester and Nick Seymour. With Melbourne, the song was changed up and was INXS’ “Never Tear Us Apart” on the PA as fans left the venue in that city, and it was also used in Adelaide after the show.
A huge thank you to Fernando and Colin for their contributions to this article. Special thanks to Mary, Wes, Allison, Mary and Sallie-Ann for contributions as well.