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U2 Concert: Nov 18, 1987 at Los Angeles , CA

Tour: Joshua Tree 3rd Leg (North America) 
Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 
Location: Los AngelesCA  United States 

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Attendance: 66,462  (Capacity: 71,000)

Opening Act(s):

Releases Represented:

  1. The Joshua Tree had 7 songs
  2. The Unforgettable Fire had 4 songs
  3. War had 3 songs
  4. Boy had 2 songs
  5. October had 2 songs
  6. Cover Songs had 2 songs
  7. Rattle And Hum had 1 songs
  8. Other U2 Songs had 1 songs

Comments: The Dalton Brothers make a surprise appearence between opening bands.

Dalton Brothers performance:

Full show:

Shortly before the show begins, the Olympic Torch high above and behind the stage is lit -- only the fourth time it's ever happened. The previous occasions were two Olympic Games and a visit from Pope John Paul II just two months earlier.

Bono dedicates "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to the 11 victims of the Enniskillen bombing. Speaking of the ongoing Troubles, he tells the audience, "there are two sides to this story, and I, for one, am sick of both of them." During "Bad," he gets a balloon and walks around with it briefly. After singing the climactic "fade away" near the end of the song, he uses a pair of scissors to cut the balloom loose from its string and let it fly into the night sky. Two more balloons -- red and white, appropriately enough -- make their way to the stage during "New Year's Day."

During "Party Girl," Bono's wife, Ali, comes on stage for the traditional champagen celebration. Bono opens the bottle and pours himself and Ali a glass. He gives her a long kiss before she leaves the stage.

After "Stand By Me," all four band members sit together on the front edge of the stage, prompting Bono to joke that they're appearing the Dolly Parton Show. Edge eventually gets up and grabs a bass guitar and the show ends with "40."

Tags: Shine like stars

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Fan Reviews Media Reviews
  1. Fan Review by U2Guy
  2. Fan Review by Matt McGee
  3. Fan Review by Marshall
  1. Media Review by San Diego Union-Tribune (Divina Infusino 11/19/1987): With grand designs, U2 soars in Coliseum confines
  2. Media Review by Orange County Register (Jim Washburn 11/19/1987): U2 reaches out, touches Coliseum
  3. Media Review by Los Angeles Times (Robert Hilburn 11/19/1987): WIDE-OPEN ROCK WITH U2