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Setlist Recap & Baby News: Twickenham - July 8, 2017

@U2, July 08, 2017
By: Sherry Lawrence

 

The European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 kicked off tonight in London at Twickenham Stadium for the first of two shows, and fans were treated to two surprises during the show: an announcement during "Trip Through Your Wires" that Adam and his wife, Mariana, were expecting a baby, and Noel Gallagher joining U2 for "Don't Look Back In Anger" to close the show.

Bono said almost nothing about the United States during the show. Instead, there were nods to the Union Jack, love that won’t be denied and resilience in a time of terror. Between “Pride” and “Streets,” Bono spoke of a dream for the city of London, “It's the dream you want to wake up in. Dr. King, he was faithful in a time of fear. He was tender in a time of terror.” The visuals were still the same as for the North America tour, including the stars and stripes during “Trip Through Your Wires” and the use of the Trackdown television footage about Walter Trump before "Exit."

In “Miss Sarajevo,” the video of Omaima Thaer Hoshan shows her talking of her dream to be a lawyer and for everyone to have hope. This is similar to the footage used in Canada.

The women featured in “Ultraviolet” include assassinated British politician Jo Cox, Mencap’s Ciara Lawrence, Anne Frank, Marie Curie and Sonita Alizadeh.

Bono thanked all the British musicians who served as inspiration, many of whom were at the show tonight, he said. Bono also led everyone in "Happy Birthday" to celebrate daughter Eve Hewson's 26th birthday yesterday. The show was dedicated to the "original maverick," Paul McGuinness. Bono thanked Nick Stewart for signing U2 all those decades ago as well. Spotted at the show were Simon Cowell and Ashley Judd.

Due to a strict local 10:30 pm curfew, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds took the stage promptly at 6:30 pm. U2 took the stage at about 8:15 pm and ran over curfew by about five minutes. The same can be expected for Sunday’s show at Twickenham Stadium.

See the full Twickenham setlist.

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