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Set List Recap: Rome - July 15, 2017

@U2, July 15, 2017
By: Sherry Lawrence

 

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017's first night in Rome was one of celebration, jubilation, gratitude and remembrance. There was a wedding in the stands before U2 took the stage. There was a successful flashmob organized by U2Place.com unifying 40,000 in the stands during "With Or Without You." Bono recalled the efforts of Jubilee 2000 and all the support that came from Rome to forgive billions in debt, allowing millions to go to school and be on a better path. He also thanked the Italian Coast Guard for saving the lives of so many refugees who were struggling in the Mediterranean Sea. Before "Bad," Bono saluted poet John Keats, quoting from Keats' "Ode On A Grecian Urn." He spoke of visiting Keats' grave in Rome, honoring Keats as one of his heroes. He spoke of dead poets at several times in the show, and during "One Tree Hill," he acknowledged Seamus Heaney's daugher, Catherine. Bono also acknowledged Luciano Pavarotti's widow, Nicoletta Mantovani, during "Miss Sarajevo."

Bono spoke in both English and Italian throughout the show, making connections between the Irish and the Italians. Before "One Tree Hill," he spoke of "familia." He then named several members of the U2 crew who are like family. He spoke quite candidly about the band's wardrobe stylist, Sharon Blankson. "She says if I dress right, I will look tall. I believe her," he said.

After "Red Hill Mining Town," Bono spoke of the concept of labor being reimagined before our eyes and how artificial intelligence is the new form of labor. "The times, they are a changin'," he said.

Bono once again called for human rights prisoners to be set free during "Mothers Of The Disappeared." 

"Miserere," the song Bono wrote with Zucchero and performed alongsite Pavarotti at his benefit in 2003, was given the snippet treatment in "Beautiful Day."

See the full Rome set list.

 

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