U2: 12/3/1987

I know that this might draw down the wrath of U2 fans, but I have to be honest and say that this show was a little disappointing for me. It’s not that the band was bad—on the contrary, they were very good. The issue for me was that I had seen U2 twice on the Unforgettable Fire tour in a much smaller venue, which was mindblowing. But in a big stadium, I just did not feel the same connection with the band that I did in the smaller venue. It is difficult to pull off a good stadium show. Not many bands can do it well. I suspect U2 has gotten better at the stadium performance, but 30 years ago, not so much.

Anyway, Buckwheat Zydeco opened the show, and they were fun. Cool, danceable, New Orleans style music. I seem to recall that they had a hit on the radio at that time, but the song escapes my memory.

U2 came out and opened with “Where the Streets Have No Name.” I remember the sound being pretty good for the Orange Bowl, which was notorious for its God-awful acoustics, but still not that great. And since I had nosebleed seats, I spent the night straining my eyes, trying to see the miniscule figures on the stage. I was just a bad setting for a concert. Maybe if I were closer, I would have enjoyed it more.

I don’t have much more to share about this show, but I do have the setlist.

Setlist

  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • I Will Follow
  • Trip Through Your Wires
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
  • One Tree Hill
  • Gloria
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Exit
  • In God’s Country
  • People Get Ready
  • Bad
  • October
  • New Year’s Day
  • Pride (In the Name of Love)

Encore:

  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • Running To Stand Still
  • With or Without You
  • 40

U2: 5/3 & 4/1985

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As news is out that U2 is going on tour again, I decided to dig up a couple stubs from the first two times I saw U2. It was on the Unforgettable Fire tour and they were awesome! I had bought a ticket to see them on the Friday show, and they were so great, I went back to see them the next night.

The two shows were very similar, except I recall that on the second night, they added “I Fall Down” to the set. I did some searching online, but was only able to find a setlist from the first night. Frankly, I’m surprised I was even able to find this. There was no digital media to record all this information back in the 80’s. I’m glad someone had the forethought to keep a record of the details.

Anyway, here’s the setlist from the 5/3 show. Sorry I don’t have more to share about this one. All I remember is that they were great, I was blown away, and that they were incredibly energetic on stage.


Setlist:

  • 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
  • I Will Follow
  • MLK
  • The Unforgettable Fire
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • A Sort of Homecoming
  • Bad
  • October
  • New Year’s Day
  • Pride (In the Name of Love)

Encore:

  • Trash, Trampoline and the Party Girl
  • Gloria
  • 40