Midweek Music Moment: Where the Streets have no name

It’s 1987.

U2’s fifth album, ‘The Joshua Tree’, has topped the charts in over 20 countries.

 

From Bono’s distinctive vocals to The Edge’s guitar hooks: everything U2 touches turns to gold as single after single is a hit off the album. 

 

They’ve spent a week fortifying the roof of a downtown LA liquor store roof in preparation for an 8 song set.

U2’s goal is to shut down the streets – to make a political statement and shake things up. There’s even a backup generator on the roof in case power is cut to the building.

The song is Bono’s dream of a place where the street you live on doesn’t reflect your income or your religious beliefs.

This is the official video for ‘Where the streets have no name’ and it won the 1989 grammy award for Best Performance Music Video.

 

 

(Although the video is of a live performance, the audio used is from the studio-recorded version of the song)

U2 have gone on to release 13 studio albums and are one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 170 million records sold worldwide and 22 Grammy awards.

And for something a little different, here’s a recent Jimmy Fallon clip with U2 busking incognito in the 42nd St subway station in NYC.

Not only did U2 pull off the Beatles stunt on top of the building in 1987, but I’m pretty sure The Beatles could never have pulled off a live subway performance like this one without major rioting.

 

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