1987-04-14 - San Diego, California - San Diego Sports Arena


Performance notes: I Shall Be Released is performed with Maria McKee of Lone Justice. Mothers Of The Disappeared makes its live debut.
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songs per album

  1. The Joshua Tree (8)
  2. The Unforgettable Fire (5)
  3. War (2)
  4. October (2)
  5. Boy (1)

best song performances

  1. Mothers Of The Disappeared (4 votes)

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review by DanielLikeAlbum

7 months ago


A rather interesting and sometimes strange follow-up to the great 1st night in San Diego. While the band is solid for most of the set, it appears that tonight's performance has a lot more sloppy moments than the last. For example, during The Unforgettable Fire, the song's bridge begins too early, which sounds a bit jarring and a rather interesting version of Bad, which turns out to be one of the most interesting versions I have ever heard of the song. I also noticed some issues during Streets and I Will Follow, where the vocals were absent for a few seconds nearing the ends of both songs, which are most likely technical issues.

Bono's voice at this show sounds slightly weaker than when compared to the 1st night with him displaying rougher attempts on high notes at this show, although he still does a fine job with what he's got and even manages to hit the C5s on the final "wide awake" notes on Bad how is beyond me. His snippeting game is more noticeable here as he throws in more snippets of other songs throughout the set, which is a positive.

The band have also changed up the setlist slightly at this show, putting Gloria in the encores rather than during the main set before Bad, and have also kept the cover of I Shall Be Released, which during this show is performed with Maria McKee from the supporting act Lone Justice but the most interesting addition here is the live debut of Mothers Of The Disappeared which is done instead of 40 tonight which would be the first of 7 appearances of the song during this tour.


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Overall, it was a very interesting listening experience for an early Joshua Tree show from the 1st leg of the tour, from the performances to the setlist that features the live debut of The Joshua Tree's closing track, Mothers Of The Disappeared. While this show may have its flaws and definitely has its moments, I did enjoy it overall.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Running To Stand Still
A Sort Of Homecoming
I Shall Be Released
Mothers Of The Disappeared

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