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(Spoilers) Day 5: U2's Joshua Tree 2017 Tour rehearsals in Vancouver

@U2, May 08, 2017
By: Matt McGee

 

After a day off Sunday, U2 was back at BC Place stadium in Vancouver on Monday for its fifth day of rehearsals. The band arrived in the late afternoon and spent a couple hours working on a number of songs, often stopping restarting and sometimes only playing very brief versions. As always, for these afternoon songs, it's possible that some or all were not the band performing, but their stage techs.

A very brief clip of the first song can be heard here -- we're having an internal staff debate whether it's "I Still Haven't Found..." or something else. After that, fans outside the stadium heard the following:

1.) "I Still Haven't Found..." / other? (see above)
2.) "Red Hill Mining Town"
3.) "Running To Stand Still"
4.) "Where The Streets Have No Name"
5.) "Pride" (very brief bit of the song)
6.) "Where The Streets Have No Name" (abbreviated)
7.) "Ultraviolet"
8.) "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (stopped and restarted)

After a lengthy break, and with a few dozen fans listening outside, the band took the stage shortly before 9:00 PM PT for another rehearsal of what appears to be most (or all) of the actual set they'll play during Friday's opener:

9.) "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
10.) "New Year's Day"
11.) "A Sort Of Homecoming"
12.) "MLK"
13.) "Pride"
14.) "Where The Streets Have No Name"
15.) "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
16.) "With Or Without You"
17.) "Bullet The Blue Sky"
18.) "Running To Stand Still"
19.) "Red Hill Mining Town"
20.) "In God's Country"
21.) "Trip Through Your Wires"
22.) "One Tree Hill"
23.) "Exit" (short clip here)
24.) "Mothers Of The Disappeared"

After a short break, similar to an encore break, rehearsal continued with:

25.) "Beautiful Day"
26.) "Ultraviolet"
27.) "One"
28.) "Miss Sarajevo"

Some of our crew thought they could hear more rehearsing after "Miss Sarajevo" -- a very quiet version of the new song that U2 has practiced in previous rehearsals. It's possible the band is working on that song and/or others with the stadium's public address speakers off so that no one outside can hear.

Thanks to the several fans who streamed from outside the stadium on Periscope and/or Mixlr.

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