Comments: The Edge attends the re-opening of Preservation Hall, a New Orleans music venue that had been closed since Hurricane Katrina. The re-opening involves a presentation by Music Rising, a charity supported by Edge that seeks to help musicians affected by the hurricane. During this ceremony, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs a bluesy, swinging version of U2's Vertigo with The Edge participating on guitar and backing vocals. The Edge described it as "a kind of Dixieland version" of Vertigo that was "so brilliant". Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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"It's this guy beating up his girlfriend about her searching for answers and just telling her to look around. It's like science fiction gospel. Edge is calling it country hip-hop."
- Bono on If God Will Send His Angels (Q Magazine, March 1997)
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"All Along the Watchtower" was recorded in Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco in front of what many consider to be the ugliest sculpture in the city. Bono's spraypainted words required a formal apology from the band and were removed within days.