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Written by James Viator, A freelance writer

Back in September of 2016, it looked like U2 was going to announce itself as a powerful voice of opposition to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Granted, this would be a fair expectation for anyone who knows the inclusive and generally liberal views of Bono and the band. But at the iHeart Radio Festival, U2 made a bold statement, blasting Trump with the simple question, "what do you have to lose?" accompanied by some video content. Clearly referring to the possibility of a Trump win, Bono declared the answer to that question to be "everything."

It's worth putting this performance in context. The concert was on the eve of the first presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton had a lead and many expected it to widen as she got the opportunity to expose Trump's policy ignorance face-to-face. For the most part, over the course of the next month and three debates, Clinton would do just that - and her lead in the polling did indeed increase. By late October, about a month after U2's performance, many were predicting a landslide, and even notoriously cautious bookmakers declared it a done deal that Clinton would win the White House. This is why, when Trump won in early November, there was genuine shock throughout the United States and the world.

Now, this is not at all to suggest that U2 contributed to that widening gap in the polls, but merely to suggest the band was riding a wave. September of 2016 was not a time for anti-Trump people to make desperate arguments or chew their fingernails nervously. It was a time to drive home the last surge of enthusiasm in a contentious campaign that looked as if it was finally going to turn out okay. It felt the same as watching Clinton dominate the third debate, or seeing her appear alongside LeBron James in Ohio.

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by Mitchell Peters, Billboard

U2 and Ed Sheeran have canceled concerts planned for St. Louis this weekend over security concerns as the city faces violent protests following the acquittal of a former white police officer in the shooting death of a black man.

Promoter Live Nation and U2 wrote in a statement that the St. Louis Police Department would not be able to provide the "standard protection for our audience as would be expected for an event of this size" for the planned Saturday (Sept. 16) concert. The promoter was also informed that the local crowd security personnel would not be at full capacity.

"In light of this information, we cannot in good conscience risk our fans' safety by proceeding with tonight's concert," the statement read. "As much as we regret having to cancel, we feel it is the only acceptable course of action in the current environment."

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  2. New Year's Day
  3. Bad - America (Simon and Garfunkel)
  4. Pride (In the Name of Love)
  5. Where the Streets Have No Name - California (There Is No End to Love)
  6. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  7. With or Without You
  8. Bullet the Blue Sky - War - America (Stephen Sondheim)
  9. Running to Stand Still
  10. Red Hill Mining Town
  11. In God's Country
  12. Trip Through Your Wires
  13. One Tree Hill
  14. Exit - Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
  15. Mothers of the Disappeared
  16. Encore(s):
  17. Miss Sarajevo
  18. Beautiful Day - Heathens
  19. Elevation
  20. Vertigo - Rebel Rebel
  21. You're the Best Thing About Me
  22. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
  23. One - Drowning Man

Remarks:

U2's final concert of the 3rd leg of the Joshua Tree Tour 2017 happened tonight in San Diego, the first time the band has played there in over 12 years. U2 performed "You're the Best Thing About Me" in an all-acoustic rendition, as Bono dedicated the song to his wife Ali who was in the audience. The next show, occurring on October 3 in Mexico City, will take place despite the damage from the earthquakes that have been occurring there for the past month.

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