Rock band U2 will be coming to India in December for their first-ever show in the country. The music group announced this on September 18. The Irish rockers will close ‘The Joshua Tree Tour 2019’, in honour of their 1987 album, in Mumbai on December 15 at DY Patil Stadium as the band’s drummer Larry Mullen said Mumbai is the “perfect city” to end the tour.

This Dublin-based band which was formed in 1976, consists of Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), The Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion).

SheThePeople.TV spoke to some Indians to know what their favourite U2 song is.

Kiran Manral, Ideas Editor at SheThePeople.TV says, “My favourite U2 song would be ‘Where the streets have no name.’  It’s the opening track of their album The Joshua Tree, it was written in response to the strife in Northern Ireland where the streets identified your religion and this theme is still something we are struggling with, all these years later. Also perhaps what great art and great music does, breaks down all barriers, till we are truly in a space where the streets have no name.”

“I’ve listened to U2 since VH1 has been airing – my favourite songs have remained constant, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘With or Without You.’

“I’ve listened to U2 since VH1 has been airing – my favourite songs have remained constant, ‘Vertigo’ and ‘With or Without You.’ They’re just calming despite being “rock” songs, and the lyrics are simple but inspiring.” said a 19-year-old Ushashi Sarkar studying in Kolkata.

20-year-old Ayushi Sarkar a postgraduate student in Kolkata says, “I love ‘Beautiful Day’ and my favourite would probably be ‘Vertigo’. Beautiful Day sounds almost whimsical and it’s actually quite a thoughtful song. Vertigo is more compatible with my taste in music. It’s quite heavy on the rock elements and I love the music.”

“U2’s music combines the emotional and socio-political issues with their soulful wordings. I personally believe that music is not just a means of entertainment and relaxation. It can be used to raise issues and demands of people which U2’s music has constantly displayed. Their song ‘Where the streets have no name’ is my favourite of the lot. The song has so many interpretations and meanings. I believe the song totally justifies the term, ‘to each his own’. For me the song conveys that your life no matter how entangled or difficult can change cause you just need a new beginning where there is no name for your previous actions or purposes. It gives me the strength to always start over because I will find a purpose which I haven’t yet given any name,” says Mohammad Tauseef, BA Hons English student at Hans Raj College.

“My favourite U2 song would be ‘Where the streets have no name.’ It’s the opening track of their album The Joshua Tree, it was written in response to the strife in Northern Ireland where the streets identified your religion and this theme is still something we are struggling with, all these years later. Also perhaps what great art and great music does, breaks down all barriers, till we are truly in a space where the streets have no name.” – Kiran Manral

“I don’t know when I became a fan of U2. Was it the time when my dad introduced me to their music or was it the moment I really resonated with a band for the first time in my life. I guess it was over a period of time that I realised that their music just relates too much to the real world. There are no small talks in their music. They really do resonate with the deep issues of our everyday lives. One song that I cannot get off my mind is ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for’. The song just speaks too much to me. I guess it speaks to almost all of the people cause only a few lucky ones have really found what they wanted in their lives. This song encourages me to do the most spontaneous things ever and to change or alter my life choices cause I believe I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” says Virat Verma, a third-year student of Delhi University.

My favourite U2 song is ‘Invisible’. It’s the musical embodiment of a carnival, even though the lyrics convey something much, much deeper. ‘With or Without You’ and ‘Every Breaking Wave’ are other songs I love. U2 is extremely hopeful. Like, you listen to it, and for a while it’s like, wow there’s a song about how I feel right now. Exactly how I feel. Listening to U2 is a cathartic process.” says Shalini Singh a media student studying in IP College.

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