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By Chris Richards, The Washington Post

No red ballcap, but Bono still wants to make America great again. So he's taken U2 on a tour across our damaged nation to perform "The Joshua Tree," his 1987 love-letter to the home of the brave that remains his band's most enduring document. These are U2's most capacious songs, and despite being filled with the best of intentions, there's still lots of room for everyone to pile on in. "Whoever you voted for, you are welcome here tonight," Bono declared at FedEx Field in Maryland on Tuesday evening. "We will find common ground reaching for higher ground."

That's nice, but the between-banter music didn't feel like too strenuous of a reach. Instead, the band ceremonially delivered its signature blend of grandeur and uplift, hoping to repair the burning bridges of 2017 by transporting its adoring crowd 30 years back to a moment of global optimism, when prosperity was on the rise and the Cold War was drawing to a close. Strangely, U2 won the night the same way that Donald Trump won the presidency: by promising to improve tomorrow by making it feel more like yesterday. (Plus, there must be some morsel of cosmic significance in the fact that Trump first published "The Art of the Deal" in November of '87, a mere eight months after "The Joshua Tree" sprouted.)

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By Bob Allen, Billboard

U2's world tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, the band's Billboard 200 No. 1 album released in March 1987, grossed $62 million from 10 shows during its first four weeks on the road. That multimillion-dollar sales total easily earns the Irish rockers the No. 1 slot on Billboard's weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list below). With box office results reported by tour promoter Live Nation, the sold ticket count from the first eight stadiums on the schedule reached 519,648. All 10 performances during the opening stretch of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 were sold out.

The tour kicked off in Vancouver on May 12 with a crowd of 45,436 at BC Place Stadium. Single performances followed at stadiums in Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas and Pittsburgh markets as well as two-night stints at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and Chicago's Soldier Field.

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By Keith Spera, The New Orleans Advocate

Twenty years after U2's last full-length concert in New Orleans, the band will bring the elaborate stadium tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its album "The Joshua Tree" to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this fall.

Beck will open the show slated for Sept. 14.

New Orleans was not on the initial 33-date itinerary for the "Joshua Tree" trek, nor on the list of additional cities released last week. Live Nation Entertainment, the tour's promoter, announced the New Orleans show on Monday morning.

Following a pre-sale for U2.com subscribers, tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. Standing-room-only, general admission floor tickets are $70 plus taxes and fees. Reserved-seat balcony tickets start at $35 plus fees.

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Opening Act(s): The Lumineers

Setlist:

  1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad - America (Simon and Garfunkel)
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With or Without You - Breathe
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky - Black Dog - America (Stephen Sondheim)
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit - Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. Encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo - The New Colossus
  18. Beautiful Day - America (Prince)
  19. Elevation
  20. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  21. One
  22. Vertigo

Remarks:

U2's stop in the Washington DC area tonight was the first time in 8 years when they performed September 29, 2009 here at FedEx Field. A massive amount of DC politicians and ONE Campaign staffers were honored and namechecked tonight by Bono including: Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick (dedicated for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"), Emma Oxford and her husband and former president of the ONE Campaign, Michael Elliott (dedicated for "One Tree Hill"), Congresswomen Kay Granger and Nancy Pelosi (for "Ultra Violet (Light My Way)") and last but not least U.S. Representative Steve Scalise (for "Bad"). For "Miss Sarajevo", there was a new video intro featuring former U.S. presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, in honor of World Refugee Day. The show ended strangely when Bono invited a fan up on stage after "Vertigo", who then performed a hand stand, while Larry ended with a drum roll with the band then leaving the stage.

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