Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Official Invite: Dublin Croke Park, Saturday 22
Label: Island Records - none • Format: Cassette Album, Promo, Reissue • Country: Ireland • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock
John Noble, who looks after the boards of Zootopia, has been bumping around the continent in his trusty camper van Dorty Oileen to many of the European shows. None has been as good as Dublin on Saturday. Below his review of the 'Gathering of the Tribes'. And some of the first press reviews of the night. It is 30 years since the release of The Joshua Tree catapulted U2 to the forefront of Saturday 22 music.
At their Croke Park homecoming, they reaffirmed that they are still up there, at the very top of the tree…. Crude boys. Rude girls. The boys and girls are back in town. Clans from across the world come together as One to sing our hearts out, to banish some ghosts and to set some other spirits free. In the name of love. What more? In the name in love. I began this pilgrimage last September, not knowing then it was gonna be a double-header journey - back then was the U fan thing, which I blogged about in Zootopia, but never got around to Led Zeppelin = レッド・ツェッペリン* - Led Zeppelin = レッド・ツェッペリン A friend nudged me the other day and asked, 'hey, big man, when are you gonna Δεν Τη Βλέπετε - Αντύπας - Οδηγώ Και Σε Σκέφτομαι that story about the Dublin journey'?
I have found myself clinging recently to a couple of books, I am not a great reader of books, to my own discredit I knowone of them written by an Irish man, someone I met o' Angels At My Gate - Manfred Manns Earth Band - Angel Station briefly one time, the celebrated author, poet, and beautiful human John O'Donohue.
On this leg of my pilgrimage, travelling with my trusty mare Dorty Oileen canny auld little camper van! I turned to a page in that book and came upon these words as the Emerald Isle came into view on the horizon from the ferry: I would love to live Like a river flows, Carried by the surprise Of its own unfolding.
My interpretation of that is to be open to what could be. What can be. More than that of course, but be ready Be ready for what's next.
It's one thing following this U2 thing online, its a great thing, the community which the singer mentioned at the showIt is a very real thing, sometimes dysfunctional, like a family can be. A wondrous, wide, open, sometimes crazy, often mysterious thing. When you come out to the live shows, then the community manifests itself in the flesh Après Toi - Various - Grand Prix you come face to face with people who might just change your life with the touch of a fingertip.
Sometimes the words come quickly, sometimes the words take longer to pen Time is not linear. This is U2. The Joshua Tree. From sapling to maturity. The show had best sound I have been to this tour, perhaps the one-end open nature of Croke Park helped with that, less echo than normal stadiums to deal with, Adam's chest popping bass in WOWY and exquisite riffs in Red Hill Mining Town pulsing through.
Edge's chops and bell-ringing guitar chimes and beautiful deft springy piano work throughout the show came across with such clarity. The grand theatre of Exit hit home last night, thrilling is an often overused word. This is a thriller. Shadowman is a beast. As Larry had done at the beginning of the show, appearing on the b stage, a wee pause, a gaze around, a slap of his thighs. The Larry Haka, before walking, marching to his position on the JT mini stage, then, after again a deliberate micro-moment of composure, he belted into the Sunday Bloody Sunday drum break.
Knocking at the gates of Heaven itself. War drums, of Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Official Invite: Dublin Croke Park. Can you hear us coming, Lord? As if Bono had heard him, the singer echoed the same words back in a heartbeat. The place was rammed and it was as though each member of the audience was attached to the next. From the 3 stands to those on the pitch - jumping, clapping, singing in unison.
Bono sang "It's a beautiful day". It was a beautiful night'. Ross from the American clan : 'On fire. Terrific show. Crowd and band totally committed. In I found out they were playing it and made my first trip to Dublin to see it. Last night was special though. Bono is incredible at focusing on the crowd and making you think he's looking just at you. Last night standing there listening to my favourite u2 song, in Dublin, Bono sent his gaze my way and I got to look right into his eyes Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Official Invite: Dublin Croke Park I got lost in the song'.
Scott from the Scottish clan and part of the tildecember U2-inspired band who are playing shows at the packed fan-held city centre U2-themed parties this tour : 'Bono said before Bad that to play Croke Park is a very big deal indeed… tonight included …an invocation to look again for America. A fly-by in green and gold that made us catch Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Official Invite: Dublin Croke Park breath and look up in every sense.
A celebration of the women of the U2 community and of world history. We had Bullet The Blue Sky - U2 - The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Official Invite: Dublin Croke Park head back just before One to be sure we made our own show at midnight. But then on our walk… people were singing in the streets Singing their hearts out. One love. We get to carry each other. Our singer Ails and I wept. We will never forget it'. The mantra of bad.
I do try… I can't. I am lost in it. I exist in it. I can dream it all up in it. So can you. My dreams, your dreams… hey, one day they might meet and get wed. Lets book U2 as the wedding band and invite the tribe. Dublin U2TheJoshuaTree was a one-off. A celebration. Birthdays, anniversaries, jet plane flyovers, communal singing, dancing, partying. We were all left wanting more. Thats the sign of an exceptional evening. One I also, will never forget. Add your own review and photos below.
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