U2 sandwiched the “Joshua Tree” album with a selection of other songs from their extensive catalog of hits as well. Fans were treated to an opening set which included “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”, “New Years Day”, “Bad” and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” before the band launched into the “Joshua Tree” album. Then to close out the set, the band played an incredibly touching version of the song from Passengers “Miss Syria (Sarajevo)” which was paired with heart-wrenching video imagery captured by French artist J.R. at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, which is now the home of over 80,000 Syrians who were forced to flee their country.
Listening to the young, 15-year old, refugee speak about her hopes and dreams and ideas about America was enough to being tears to not only the eyes of this journalist, but the rest of the audience as well. While the band was performing the song a large satin sheet featuring the young girls image was passed hand to hand across the entire circumference of the stadium. It was truly one of the most beautiful concert moments we have ever had the pleasure to be a part of and something that will truly stay with us for quite some time.
Fans who have been paying close attention to the band’s setlist for the last several shows will note instead of playing “Ultra Violet (Light My Way), the band instead performed “Mysterious Ways” marking the current tour debut of the song. Images of honorable and trail-blazing women were displayed across the video screen and showcased the ONE organizations on-going “Poverty is Sexist” campaign. The song and accompanying images drew cheers from the audience and before launching into the song Bono commented, “The world would be more balanced if women fulfilled our potential and theirs”. He praised both former Presidents Bush and Obama for their efforts to stop the AIDS crisis, however criticized President Trump for his budget cuts for AIDS relief funding saying, “I don’t know what party he is … he’s his own party, I guess.”
U2 ended their set with a string of hits including “One”, “Beautiful Day”, “Elevation” and “Vertigo” to close out this truly memorable evening with rock n’ roll royalty. Even if only for just one evening we were united as one and music’s unifying strength shone through brighter than ever.
Denver-based folk/pop band The Lumineers opened the show with their blend of catchy hum-worthy tunes. Their nearly hour long set included hit singles “Hey-Ho” and “Ophelia” which definitely got a rise out of the crowd many of who were still entering the stadium and by the end of their set front man Wesley Keith Schultz had the audience on their feet assisting him with singing along to the band’s latest single “Stubborn Love”.