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by Chris Willman, Music Writer, Variety

"We feel at home," Bono told the crowd early into the first of two weekend shows at Pasadena's Rose Bowl, quickly amending that to make it clear he meant in L.A., U2's home away from Irish home. But before he clarified that, you might've momentarily leaped to the conclusion he meant the stadium setting itself, since the band slummed its way through mere arenas its last time around before settling on more massive gigs this time around as, well, a sort of homecoming.

The thing that's bringing them to the dance this summer is the same thing that introduced them to stadiums in 1987: "The Joshua Tree," one of the great rock albums of all time by many critical and popular measures. Playing a 30-year-old LP from start to finish may seem like a sop to conventional nostalgia for a group that's been reluctant to give in too readily to laurels-resting, at least musically. Maybe they sensed it was their last chance to reach nightly concert audiences this vast; maybe they're doing something this crowd-pleasing as a make-good for that whole iTunes kerfuffle. Whatever the rationale, U2 has actually found ways to make a "Joshua Tree" reprise feel more like opening a newspaper --albeit a print one -- than an old high school yearbook.

A clearly anti-Donald Trump message and long queues for some fans were among the talking points after the opening show in U2's tour, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Joshua Tree.

By Hot Press

The Joshua Tree tour got off to a powerful start in Vancouver, Canada on Friday night. But the show was not without its controversies.

There was the political dimension for a start, with Bono offering an anti-Donald Trump salvo to the Canadian audience - who clearly empathised.

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By Jim Harrington, [email protected], Bay Area News Group

The Joshua Tree" changed everything for U2.

Released in 1987, the album took the band to the top of the U.S. pop charts for the first time and brought Bono and the boys their first Grammy Awards. It soared to global sales of more than 25 million, making it one of the best selling albums of all time.

This fifth studio effort -- the follow-up to 1984's "The Unforgettable Fire" -- made U2 the biggest band in the world. And the group has been in pole position pretty much ever since.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act is celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Joshua Tree" with a giant tour that touches down May 17 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. And the best news is that, for the first time, the group will be performing the album in its entirety at each stop on the tour.

In honor of the occasion, we are taking a long look back at this landmark rock album. Here are 30 things you should know about U2's signature album.

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Opening Act(s): The Lumineers

Setlist:

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

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U2's second of two shows in Los Angeles takes place tonight at the Rose Bowl. Other than LA, the only 2 other cities on this tour that are sporting multiple concerts are Chicago and New York City. Omitted at tonight's show is "A Sort of Homecoming". During "With or Without You", the U2 fan favorite lyrics "We'll shine like stars..." was spoken as opposed to sung by Bono during Edge's guitar solo, after Bono spotted fans holding up signs. Bono dedicates "One Tree Hill" to Soundgarden's late frontman Chris Cornell. The encore section is split into two parts with "Miss Sarajevo" opening the first encore for the first time in history. "The Little Things That Give You Away" returned to the setlist and closed the show. The concert featured only 21 songs (as opposed to 22 or 23), making this the shortest setlist on the tour thus far (and shortest concert since Auckland, NZ on November 24, 2006). A slew of celebrities were spotted in the crowd including: Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Coldplay's Chris Martin, actor Sean Penn, supermodel Helena Christensen, supermodel Cindy Crawford, singer Adam Levine, actor Matt Damon, singer Quincy Jones and comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

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