Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
Set List of Show:
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "New Year's Day"
- "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
- "Where the Streets Have No Name"
- "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- "With or Without You"
- "Bullet the Blue Sky"
- "Running to Stand Still"
- "Red Hill Mining Town"
- "In God's Country"
- "Trip Through Your Wires"
- "One Tree Hill"
- "Mothers of the Disappeared"
- "Angel of Harlem"
- "Even Better Than the Real Thing"
- "You're The Best Thing About Me"
- "Beautiful Day"
- "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)"
- "Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way"
Pre-Recorded Intro Song: "The Whole of the Moon" - The Waterboys
Pre-Recorded Exit Song: "Fall At Your Feet" - Crowded House
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"The Magnificent Seven" (The Clash) /
"Fall At Your Feet" (Crowded House) /
"California (There is no End to Love)" (U2) /
"America" (Stephen Sondheim from West Side Story) /
"Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (Children's Rhyme) /
"Rebel Rebel" (David Bowie) /
Auckland is one of just four cities on this tour that is getting two shows. Sydney, Singapore and Saitama are the others. Tonight is that second show. The weather is windy but its a beautiful evening in Auckland. And the crowd is into the show, singing songs at the top of their lungs. And the band are ready to give that energy back tonight, clearly enjoying themselves during a strong performance.
U2 includes a long snippet of Crowded House’s “Fall At Your Feet” during “Bad.” During “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” Bono amends his usual “take us to church” line with “take us to church, take us to a synagogue, take us to a mosque.” “Bullet the Blue Sky” features a brief snippet from West Side Story in the form of “America.” At the opening of “In God’s Country” Bono says “New Zealand and Ireland are looking pretty good these days, but it’s worth remembering that in the blink of an eye a country can change… just thinking of the Americans who are with us here.”
In the introduction to “Trip Through Your Wires” Bono mentions that the Edge and Larry both played for the Drifting Cowboys, a country band in Ireland, and gets both of them to speak. Larry mentions he learned how to do the foxtrot during the experience and plays one, while The Edge says he learned that “there is no money in rock and roll”. Larry, The Edge, and Dick, brother of The Edge, all played with the Drifting Cowboys, playing a few shows across Ireland in 1977, before U2 had even been branded U2.
Bono speaks about Greg Carroll as he introduces “One Tree Hill”, written for Carroll. “He was kind of smart, savvy dude, kind of beautiful in every which way. We thought we had adopted him, but turns out he adopted us. He steered us through some difficult situations. He became a close friend.” Carroll’s family is at the show tonight and the band gives an emotional performance of the song. “Angel of Harlem” finishes the main set again this evening, “This is what came next, thirty years ago, I think…” At the end of the song, as the band take their leave of the stage, Larry gets caught up in his drum kit, and once untangled makes a quick exit.
Tonight Mullen is wearing a t-shirt that says “One Tree Hill” on the back, after wearing one that said “Auckland NZ” the opening night.
The introductions at the start of “Even Better Than the Real Thing” call Larry Mullen the only full time rock star, putting the glam into punk rock, and the punk into glam rock. Adam is mentioned as having his life taken over by a 3-year old girl (his daughter) and The Edge is a weapon of mass devotion. At the end of “Even Better Than the Real Thing” Bono takes off his makeup and hat, and speaks about his father Bob taking off his makeup from his opera performances, as the band starts “You’re the Best Thing About Me” a song debuting on tour for the first time tonight. The song is played as it was in 2018 on tour. It takes the place “Every Breaking Wave” held in the first show on the tour.
Bono speaks about luminous icons “like your prime minister Jacinda Ardern who is here tonight. We are honored to be in the presence of a leader who reminds us she works just as hard for the people who didn’t vote for her.” Ardern is featured on the screen during the HerStory presentation during “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)”. “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” gets a strong response from the crowd tonight singing well after the band has stopped the song. “One,” not rehearsed in the outdoor rehearsals, once again closes the show.
A new T-shirt makes it’s debut tonight. Last night Auckland 1 had a unique design for the show featuring the tree silhouette in front of a moon. Tonight a new unique design is sold for the show, the t-shirt is red, and features the image of the band walking in the desert carrying their instruments on the front from the promotional shot used for the tour. Behind them is a large logo that says “The Joshua Tree.” On the back is a big U2 logo, Auckland, and the date and stadium name.
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