Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia
Set List of Show:
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- "I Will Follow"
- "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"
- "Every Breaking Wave"
- "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: "Never Tear Us Apart" - INXS
Snippets of Other Songs Performed by U2:
"Heroes" (David Bowie) /
"California (There is no End to Love)" (U2) /
"The Star-Spangled Banner" (John Stafford Smith / Francis Scott Key) /
"America" (Stephen Sondheim) /
"Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" (Children's Rhyme) /
"Sunday Bloody Sunday" (U2) /
"Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car" (U2) /
"Rebel Rebel" (David Bowie) /
"It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)" (Rolling Stones) /
This is U2’s final show in Australia as part of The Joshua Tree Tour 2019. The show takes place in a brand new stadium in Perth, and the floor is crowded this evening. Perth is the middle show of the tour.
It is also Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds last show with U2 on this current tour. Noel takes a moment near the end of his performance to thank U2’s crew, saying they’ve been amazing, not only for the night, but for the time he’s been on the tour over the last two years.
The show includes “I Will Follow,” a later addition to the set list on the tour. “Bad” is introduced with a thank you to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds for their time on the tour, with Bono saying “We had some real altitude going on this tour. It’ll be hard coming down.” Bono promises the night will be incredible to make up for not visiting Australia for 10 years. “This is a magnificent country you live in, how beautiful, how extraordinary, Australia…what a wonder you are.”
Partway through “Bad” Bono stops to ask for the lights to be turned out, “Can we take a moment of gratitude, a prayer in the dark, to think about the fire fighters all over this great land, putting themselves in harms way to keep us out of harm. Everyday heroes!” He also takes a moment to speak about climate change activist that he was aware were in Perth today, mentioning that they were children. He then goes into a lengthy snippet of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” a song he used in this spot in 2017 a number of times, but had not been used on the 2019 tour to date.
Bono is ready to go for “Pride,” exclaiming “Let’s kick this off…c’mon…where are we going? Everywhere!” After “Pride,” the band move into “The Joshua Tree” in full. Included in “Running to Stand Still” is the “Hallelujah” snippet. “Red Hill Mining Town” sees Bono saying “welcome to side 2 of The Joshua Tree. If you were listening on cassette, this is the moment where you would eject and flip us over” and he also mentions that Steve Lillywhite is in attendance at the show, mentioning how Lillywhite has worked on their albums from the first to the last. Bono also throws his harmonica to someone in the audience when he is finished with it.
Introducing “Trip Through Your Wires” Bono starts his usual part about the country band that Larry and The Edge were part of in their teens, “I’ve been enjoying putting my comrades on the spot, especially Edge and Larry for being members of another group.” Larry in particular has a slightly different message tonight saying “I’m not unhappy that myself and Edge gave up our country music careers,” and then telling the crowd that he is very happy at how amazing the Australian tour has been and how sad he is that he is leaving Australia now. During “One Tree Hill” Bono is sharing the story of how they met Greg Carroll, and mentions they met him on The Joshua Tree Tour, before catching himself and saying, no the one before. “Angel of Harlem” is played at the end of “The Joshua Tree” set, taking the band to the encore. Bono introduces it as a song that they played for the first time in Perth, but he’s off a bit, as they debuted the song at the premiere of “Rattle and Hum” in London, but Perth did see the first time the song was ever played in concert.
The encore sees Bono saying “Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car” at the start of “Vertigo”. He’s done this at a handful of shows in 2018 and 2019, and has yet to sing it, just speaks it. It’s a bit of a Bowie night in Perth as Bono includes “Rebel Rebel” in the middle of the song, and finishes with a snippet of “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll But I Like It” after the show. “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” returns to the show after being replaced both nights in Sydney. The show ends with “One” in the dark, with Bono asking once again for Willie to turn out the lights. The show ends with “Never Tear Us Apart” on the PA system as fans leave the show.
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