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U2 debuts 'Best Thing' on NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Band also performs a politically-charged version of 'Bullet The Blue Sky'

@U2, September 08, 2017
By: Matt McGee

 

U2 on The Tonight Show

While U2 has taken an inclusive approach to this year's Joshua Tree tour, a portion of U2 fandom has been wondering what happened to the anger that U2 expressed a year ago during live performances at the iHeart Music Festival and Dreamforce events -- shows that were marked by blistering versions of "Desire" and "Bullet The Blue Sky," respectively.

Angry U2 made a return Thursday as the band performed two songs on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon -- including another scathing version of "Bullet The Blue Sky" that featured rewritten lyrics about current events and, in particular, President Donald Trump and North Korea. U2.com has already posted the full set of those lyrics, which include the following:

Ground shakes but the children can't weep
Vaporized in a single tweet
The emperor rises from his golden throne
Never knowing, never BEING known  
The lights are on the presidents home
Oh my god I've never felt so alone
Outside its America

As the band played, a video screen behind them switched from US-related images (the US flag, etc.) to video reels showing military parades and scenes (presumably) from North Korea.

Bono and Edge also sat down for a brief conversation with Fallon, before the whole band returned to end the show with the first live performance of "You're The Best Thing About Me," the new single from Songs Of Experience.

The Tonight Show's YouTube channel doesn't have either U2 performance online as I type this, but keep an eye on it in the next 24 hours and maybe that'll change.

UPDATE: The videos are now available. Use the link above to see some of the interview clips. Here are the two live performances.

Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

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