“Bullet the Blue Sky” was played at pretty much every U2 show between 1987 and 2006. They change it a bit every tour – for Zoo TV it was this sort of anti-fascist/Klan thing, Edge added a Tom Morello-y funk to it for PopMart. It had an explicitly pro-gun control message on the Elevation tour. It was always the first song of the encore, and preceded by a video that mocked Charlton Heston and the NRA. The most interesting thing about this version is that it had a new coda in which Bono rattled off alarming statistics about gun-related fatalities in America and sang about the murder of John Lennon from the perspective of Mark Chapman. The staging was genuinely creepy, with Bono flashing a small light around the audience in very dim lighting. I saw one of these shows, and I remember it kinda rattling me a bit.
I remember going to these shows in Boston as a junior in high school and this was my favorite part. An arena rock band’s message to change resonated as an idealistic teenager. Depressing to think all these figures are bigger today than they were then.