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"I think that love stands out when set against struggle. That's probably the power of [War] in a nutshell." — Bono


U2 Concert: Jul 12, 2017 at Berlin



Tour: Joshua Tree 2017 Tour 2nd Leg (Europe) 
Venue: Olympiastadion Berlin 
Location: BerlinGermany 

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Attendance: 71,039  (Capacity: 71,039)


Opening Act(s):



Releases Represented:

  1. The Joshua Tree had 11 songs
  2. Achtung Baby had 3 songs
  3. All That You Can't Leave Behind had 2 songs
  4. The Unforgettable Fire had 2 songs
  5. War had 2 songs
  6. How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb had 1 songs
  7. Original Soundtracks 1 had 1 songs
  8. Cover Songs had 1 songs

Comments: After a long hot summer weekend in London, U2 return to The Joshua Tree Tour for a wet Wednesday evening in Berlin. Unlike Twickenham Stadium, which had 8:15 PM starts due to 10:30 PM curfews, the Olympic Stadium has a much later 8:55 PM kick-off, which results in the band playing in darkness for much of the set, unlike the UK shows.

Highlights of the set include several unique song references and a first in U2 concert history -- a rare double snippet of David Bowie's 'Heroes' during Bad, both the English version, soon followed by the German version, 'Helden", and the first time the same song is covered twice in a U2 show in two different languages. Later in the set, "Beautiful Day" is snippeted with Iggy Pop's "The Passenger," another nod to the influence of Berlin on U2 and some of their influences. Finally, "Mysterious Ways" is snippetted with "Miss You" and two more Bowie songs, "This Is Not America" and "Young Americans."

Prior to "Ultraviolet," Bono leads the capacity crowd through a rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who celebrates her 20th birthday today.

ATU2's Berlin photo slideshow:

U2 - Berlin, July 12, 2017

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