U2 The Joshua Tree tour, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 1st August 1987

U2 The Joshua Tree tour, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, 1st August 1987u287tix
Support Acts: Run Rig, Love & Money, The Mission, The Pogues
I went with my mate Ian to see U2 play at Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium in August 1987 as part of the Joshua tree tour. By now U2 were headlining stadiums everywhere, and were one of the biggest acts in the world. We arrived in time to catch rousing support performances by The Mission and the Pogues who warmed the crowd up for the main act. The Joshua Tree is U2’s landmark album, which reached No 1 in the UK and US album charts, and solidified their position in the premier rock league. The album contains a number of important U2 songs including the epic track “Where The Streets Have No Name” which often opened their set during the tour, but which strangely the band didn’t play at this concert.
u287progbU2 were playing quite a few covers during this tour, and Bono was also including snippets from classic rock songs during their performances. At Edinburgh U2 started with two covers: “Stand By Me” (Ben E King) and “C’mon Everybody” (Eddie Cochran) and also played “People Get Ready” (Curtis Mayfield) and Help! (The Beatles). They also included the odd line from “Riders On The Storm” and “Break On Through” (The Doors), Van Morrison’s “Gloria” (rather than their own song of the same name); “Ruby Tuesday” and Sympathy For The Devil” (The Stones); and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” (Joy Division) thus showing their influences. I remember thinking it strange that they would start with two covers. I great concert, but very different from seeing the band in a small venue. We ran into old mate Gilly, who lives in Scotland, which was great. A great day, seeing a band who were writing and performing at their peak at the time. u287proga
Setlist: Stand By Me; C’mon Everybody; I Will Follow; Trip Through Your Wires; I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Exodus (snippet); People Get Ready; MLK; The Unforgettable Fire; Exit / Riders On The Storm (snippet) / Van Morrison’s Gloria (snippet); In God’s Country; Sunday Bloody Sunday; The Electric Co. / Break On Through (snippet); Help; Bad / Ruby Tuesday (snippet) / Sympathy For The Devil (snippet); October; New Year’s Day; Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Encore(s): Bullet The Blue Sky / Loch Lomond (snippet); Running To Stand Still; With Or Without You / Shine Like Stars (snippet) / Love Will Tear Us Apart (snippet)/Fight For Your Right (To Party) (snippet) / Party Girl; 40
I lost touch with U2 after this tour and it was some 18 years or so before I went to see them again.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pete on November 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    My last time seeing U2 as well until 2011 and the 360 tour. I still have my south terrace ticket – although my version has a 50p boking fee added and the blue portion removed. How time flies.

    Cheers for the memories.



  2. Posted by Keith on February 12, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    i was there. Was working in Newcastle for the summer as an engineering student (from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada). I traveled to Edinburgh for the show. I still remember it well. Great show. Such a simple setup back then as compared to the elaborate staging they would use later. It was quite a thrill to see them at that time. The Joshua Tree was a huge album then and I was a big fan. I also felt very lucky to have seen The Pogues as well. I don’t know anyone else that ever saw them. I knew their music well. Run Sodomy and Lash was a popular album back in Canada (and elsewhere of course.) They both were bands at their creative peaks around that time I think. I’ve seen a lot of bands since then but I’m glad I was able to add these to my list. Thanks for the article!


    • Posted by vintagerock on February 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

      Many thanks Keith. Yes I guess U2 were still quite a “stripped back” show in those days. I also thought the Pogues were amazing, as were the Mission, both were pure bundles of energy A great gig Peter


  3. Posted by Catherine Murphy on June 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Did status quo play at this concert?


  4. Posted by Shane on September 12, 2019 at 6:35 am

    I was security at this concert as a 19 year old from Australia. I started the day on a VIP gate and ended on the stage with the big fellas pulling those from the crowd that had fainted as it was a bloody hot day. One of the greatest single memories of my life was that day.


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