Kay Granger

Playing 'Joshua Tree,' U2 makes the past relevant at FedEx Field

Playing 'Joshua Tree,' U2 makes the past relevant at FedEx Field

This was a cool way for U2 to start its show at FedEx Field in Landover on Tuesday: The recorded music faded, the lights went down and Larry Mullen Jr. appeared on the broad, empty stage in the northwest end zone, before a giant screen showing a single Joshua Tree.

He strode down a walkway to the smaller club stage at the field’s center, settled behind his drums, absorbed the rising cheers and began to pound out a familiar tattoo. This brought forth The Edge, his unmistakable chiming guitar raising chills. And then Bono, strutting out in black — the crowd now ecstatic — with his fearful, prophetic warning: “I can’t believe the news today … I can’t close my eyes and make it go away...

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