U2: June 18, 1997
Oakland, CA - Oakland Stadium
support: Oasis

Main Set:
I Will Follow
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Last Night On Earth
Until The End Of The World / Break On Through (snippet)
If God Will Send His Angels
Staring At The Sun
Daydream Believer (Edge Karaoke)
Miami / My Mammy (snippet) / Cuba (snippet) / Into The Groove (snippet)
Bullet The Blue Sky / America (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name


Discothèque / That's The Way (I Like It) (snippet)
If You Wear That Velvet Dress
With Or Without You
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
Mysterious Ways

Notes: I really didn't like the Pop album when it came out.  It took me a number of years to get into, it actually.  But I still went to see this tour because hey, it was a rare opportunity to see one of my favorite bands.  I bought a package ticket/bus trip tour from a local radio station, and my friend Robin from work came with me.  Our seats were on the field, but kind of off to the side, so the view of the stage wasn't the greatest, but the huge screen and lemon were so over the top that you could see them well from any seat in the place.  I remember feeling a little disconcerted when they played old favorites in a new way.  I also remember a ring of spotlights around the perimeter of the field, shining up towards the sky, creating a cone of light during "Bullet the Blue Sky."  About four years after this show I got really into U2 again after several years of favoring Pearl Jam, and I gained a new appreciation for this album and tour.  I think the albums they've put out since Pop have sounded a little too safe and recycled to me.

(May 11, 2010)


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