Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, U2 kicked off their new tour last Friday night (May 12) in Vancouver, Canada. Having recently released a new mix of 'Red Hill Mining Town' from the album, they played it live for the first time ever as they performed the LP in full.
Speaking to BBC Radio 2 in April, Bono explained why they had never performed the song before: 'I used to write songs that I couldn’t sing. And sometimes that was OK because the strains of the notes I couldn’t reach was part of the drama, but occasionally they would really just wreck the next show," he said. "So I just left ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ off. But since then, I sing a bit better — or at least I’ve learned how to sing."
In addition to 'Red Hill Mining Town', they also performed a number of songs that have spent a long time away from their set lists, including 'Trip Through Your Wires' (not seen since 1987), 'Exit' (1989) and 'A Sort of Homecoming' for the first time since 2001. They left their audience with the debut of a new song from upcoming album Songs of Experience that will be released later this year, titled 'The Little Things That Give You Away'.
You can check out the performances of 'Red Hill Mining Town' and 'The Little Things That Give You Away' below:
Photo by U2start (U2 in Glasgow) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons