August 3, 1987 - Birmingham, England - National Exhibition Centre

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Opening Act(s): Hoodoo Gurus


Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, I Will Follow, Silver And Gold, Gloria, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Exit, In God's Country, The Electric Co., I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, MLK, The Unforgettable Fire, Bad, October, New Year's Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Party Girl, Spanish Eyes, With Or Without You, 40.


Silver And Gold is played for the first time ever, Bullet The Blue Sky is used to open a concert for the first time and The Electric Co. is played for the final time until the Vertigo Tour.

Fan Review:

By Whssy

Phew, this show was so many years ago. I can´t remember details but it was the first time I saw U2 indoors.

I´d already seen U2 3 times on the Joshua Tree tour but this show was really special. The band were as if tense, dangerous and in stark contrast to the more party atmosphere of the outdoor shows. And I was on the front row for this.

The inclusion of Spanish Eyes and Silver and Gold (before the latter had even been released in the full band version) was the most memorable part of the show. But seeing the manic expression on Bono´s face (close up) during the searchlight routine during "bullet" was scary. The whole show blew me away. As a pure band performance this was the best I ever saw them. The Zoo TV show was only better because of the apparatus around it.

This show was the band at its best and it is the concert I am most proud of having seen in my whole life. And I have seen a LOT of gigs. This was the show that made my expectations of U2 so high that when Rattle and Hum came along and let me down, it took me 3 years (yes 3 years) to get back into the band.

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