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Set List Recap: Barcelona - July 18, 2017

@U2, July 18, 2017
By: Sherry Lawrence


Tonight's Barcelona show is the half-way point in The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour's European leg: 6 down, 6 to go. The sold-out show at Estadi Olimpic de Montjuic celebrated David Bowie's influence on the band. During the intro to "Bad," Bono said he had visited the Bowie exhibit at The Barcelona Design Museum before coming to the stadium. "David Bowie was a friend of ours. He called us friends, really we were fans. ... We feel him very close," he said. 

Bono said that long-time friend of the band, Reggie "The Dog" Manuel, was at the show. He explained that if it wasn't for him, he wouldn't have gone to Larry's kitchen in September 1976. Reggie not only encouraged Bono to go, but also gave him a lift on his motorcycle. We all have Reggie to thank for that.

The "el pueblo vencerá" refrain returned in "Mothers Of The Disappeared," and the Barcelona audience sang it with passion.

The show fell on Mandela Day, celebrating Nelson Mandela's birthday. During the intro to "One," Bono said, "Madiba would tell you it's not about big personalities, it's about a big movement." 

The Barcelona audience was treated to "Spanish Eyes" in spoken-word snippet form at the end of "Trip Through Your Wires." 

Notables at the show tonight: Paul McGuinness, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn and members of the Global Fund. (Mendelsohn co-stars with Bono's daughter, Eve, in the upcoming Robin Hood: Origins film.)

Next up: U2's homecoming show at Croke Park in Dublin.

See the Barcelona set list.

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