Comments: Concert for contest winners on radio station KROQ. First performance of 11 O'clock Tick Tock since 21 August 2001; The Ocean since 9 December 2005; Elevation since 30 July 2011. The Ocean had not opened a concert since 8 June 1981. This is the first show to feature at least five Boy-era songs since 24 September 1984. Stuck in a Moment was played by Edge on piano - it was performed on the Songs Of Innocence promo tour in 2014 but has not yet appeared on the Innocence + Experience Tour. At least one copy of the printed setlist did not include Vertigo, though it was performed and did appear on other copies. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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The band was clearly on point the entire night. Maybe it was the shortened set, maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the setlist, but this performance had an energy like few others in recent memory.
(Best part for me was Bonobos starting the verse early in Elevation and playing it off like a champ)
A decent, four star audience recording. I'm docking it a half-point for some weird panning/level issues that were especially noticeable when I was wearing headphones. Distracting, but not enough to ruin it for me. Recording: "JEMS Master" - 3.5 stars
Again, I think it was just a special night for everyone involved. The crowd is insane.
This show was one for the books. We're all lucky it happened, and we're lucky to be able to listen to it in any format. The band was on fire, the crowd was insane, and the setlist was unlike any we'll probably see for some time. Worth a listen for any casual fan, and a must have for anyone whose favorite album is Boy.
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West Hollywood, CA
May 28, 2015
Church Audio CA-14 cardioid mics > Church Audio 9100 pre-amp > Edirol R-09HR 24/96 files > iZotope Ozone 5 > iZotope RX4 > MBIT+ downsample to 16/44.1 > FLAC
01 The Ocean
02 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
03 I Will Follow
04 The Electric Co.
05 Beautiful Day
07 Stuck In A Moment
08 Sunday Bloody Sunday (electric)
09 Out Of Control
11 Song For Someone
Here it is. And yes, it was everything any one of us would have hoped it to be: our favorite band, in a 500 person club, playing unadorned by visual technology and giving it their all for an hour of expected and unexpected material. At times it was a bit surreal to see U2 in this setting, so close to the crowd, playing a setlist that nodded to the very first tours where venues of this size were the norm.
All the details you could ever want about the show can be found here:
As for the recording, the PA at the Roxy is spread wide left and right of stage. I used cardioids to help fight off what I knew would be a noisy crowd and I was standing pretty much dead center. But the highly directional nature of the mics combined with the positioning to the PA meant that when I moved slightly (and as much as I tried to stay steady, I did move, wouldn’t you?), the high end of the stereo image shifts. The impact is heard almost entirely in the cymbals, which flitter between channels in spots (cymbals may also have been split left/right in the PA). It is noticeable, more so in headphones, but not terribly annoying. Ce la vie. I did the best I could.
That demerit aside, the tape is punchy, clear, full and I think accurately captures what happened in the room. Samples provided.
Once it was announced the show would NOT be broadcast, we did feel obliged to all of you to get in there and record. We hope you enjoy it.
And by we, I mean the extended JEMS family. J went through the entire show yesterday painstakingly removing closer clapping during music to make for a more palatable listening experience. And BG was also quick to raise a hand and volunteer to take this one the last mile. Thanks to both of them.
BK for JEMS
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02-11 O'Clock Tick Tock
03-I Will Follow
04-The Electric Co.
07-Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
08-Sunday Bloody Sunday
09-Out Of Control
11-Song For Someone
12-California (There Is No End To Love)
Notes: "The Electric Co." has a 10 seconds patch from
cqleonardo (also Total Recorder)
B!g kisses & hugs to Sil Rigote & u2brasil - Obrigado!
It was truely a joy to listen through your ears
Sil, you rock!
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"I always wanted to be a rock star. When I got my first bass guitar at the age of fifteen, that was it for me. I didn't have a whole lot else going on in my life."
- Adam Clayton
did you know
The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.