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Another typically bombastic U2 performance and overall another excellent one. The addition of the Zooropa tracks seemed to give this show more of a sense of ebb and flow when compared to the (relative) onslaught of the indoors Zoo TV only a year before. That made for quite a stark contrast but personnally I thought it benefitted from being a little more nuanced. I agree with the previous reviewers who said it took a while to get going, but when it did start to rock it properly took off! Bono as ever was extremely animated and never shut up! Highlights for me were Bad (again), NYD and a particularly beautiful Stay. Low point was by some way Numb which I've never liked that much and never will, sorry Edge! Support came from The Marxmen, who were rather forgettable, and The Stereo MCs, who were actually quite decent. The sound was good from our vantage point about 75yds or so from the front, over to Adam's side. A good solid show.
"Dream Out Loud" is comfortably the best recording of this show I've yet to hear. Not perfect by any means but I'd certainly give it a 4/5. Recording: "Dream Out Loud" - 4.5 stars
The most amazing aspect of the whole day was the crowd, in particular the size of it! I've heard various estimates regarding the turnout, anything from 100,000 to 150,000. All I do know is this was one BIG show. A sea of heads in every direction. It was a very warm Summer's day but despite hours (and hours...) of waiting and queueing there wasn't a hint of trouble, in fact the atmosphere was superb and mellow all day. It took an eternity to get out of the carpark afterwards (a couple of hours!) but people were still singing "40" all around - quite wonderful!
Zooropa was very different to Zoo TV but no less wonderful and it was fascinating to see the transition from an arena to a huge field. This was the biggest show I ever attended and I think it says a lot about U2 that the production and the performance in every way lived up to the setting and the sheer size of the crowd. An extremely long and hot day but a really good gig.
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Origins: Audience microphone
Equipment: Exact Audio Copy EAC (Sound Editor)
Lineage: Unknown Digital Generation CDr > EAC > WAV > MKWact > APE > MP3
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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**Uncirculated** 1st Gen Audience Recording
History: Master Tape > TDK AR > PC > WAV > Adobe Audition > FLAC [Level 6]
Taper : M.W.
This recording of mine came straight from the master tape of the show
back in 1993. A mate of mine at the time recorded this from where we
stood at the back of the 'Bowl' & I copied it the following day. After a few plays
I've now rescued it from the attic and transferred it to cd.
There is a 'blip' at the beginning of 'New Years Day' due to a tape flip so
I've tried to blend that in as best I can. Due to another tape flip, there is about
a minute and a half of 'Running To Stand' still missing - I vaguley remember a
wrong button being pushed while swapping tapes. Overall though this is a
very good audience recording which has all the 'Zoo Confessions' on.
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Until The End Of The World
New Year's Day [tape flip]
Stay (Faraway So Close)
Angel Of Harlem
When Love Comes to Town
Satellite of Love
Bullet The Blue Sky [Slight fade out]
Running to Stand Still [Fade in - tape flip]
Where the Streets Have No Name
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
McPhisto's Phone Call
Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Love Is Blindness
Can't Help Falling in Love
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"And if I had to spend 20 years in the band just to play that show, and have done that, I think it would have been worthwhile."
- Larry highlights the Sarajevo Popmart show as the best ever U2 concert
did you know
A local violinist, Steve Wickham, approached The Edge one morning at a bus stop and asked if U2 had any need for a violin on their next album (the War album). In the studio for only half a day, Wickham's electric violin became the final instrumental contribution to Sunday Bloody Sunday.