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Joshua Tree Tour 2017

193 reviews have been written by 156 users.

2017-05-21 - Pasadena

Written by bushido529 - 3 months ago

I really loved the show. Although there was little things i didn't like and I'm not planning on talking about it. It was a great treat to see The Joshua Tree album played in full and sequence. Especially Red Hill Mining Town. Also seeing them perform a unreleased track from their forthcoming album. What makes it special is that the song may be completely different when it's officially released. I give this show a 4 out of 5. The reason I took a star out was due to U2 dropping A Sort of Homecoming. Like come on, there wasn't a valid reason. Yet Elevation stays. And the horrible audience my friend and I was around with. Jeez these people were buzz kills.
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2017-06-29 - East Rutherford by PageU2 rated

Apart from a small audience mishap or two, this show was simply amazing! To have witnessed U2s most famous album..
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2017-06-20 - Landover by Jinx4 rated

I'm not sure how much of a fan I am of the GA system in place on this tour.. but..
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2017-07-08 - London by CraigFairlie rated

Where to start? An even earlier pick up time than my last shows (Dublin I&E). This was a 3.30 start..
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Innocence and Experience tour

284 reviews have been written by 174 users.

2015-11-02 - London

Written by u2fancat - 1 year ago

The boss & his wife were to come to this concert too, but he did warn me that there might be a last-minute hitch. All went well though, and while on the Tube at Victoria, I got a text from him saying they were on their way - I eventually met them at the O2. Speaking of Tube journeys - now, this was my fifth trip in recent times to the O2, travelling at roughly the same time every day, but that night's was by far the worst overcrowding I've seen. The District Line was crammed, although I had got a seat after just one stop, conveniently. But changing at Westminster was a nightmare, and it wasn't until the fourth train that I managed to squeeze on..

The fog had lingered, lending the O2 something of a surreal appearance.. I made my way in past the merchandising stalls - considered buying another t-shirt, but you know, I already have three from this tour, and am planning to buy a Dublin-specific one too! So I passed, and headed straight to Water Margin, wanting to have as much time as possible to eat. I asked for a table for three, ordered a drink, and started on the buffet. I was on my way back to the table when my companions arrived. As it happened, they weren't terribly hungry, and skipped dinner, just having drinks. This turns out to be perfectly ok as long as you mention it to a server, who will make a note on the drinks bill that some people weren't eating. The bill is only for drinks, you see - the food is fixed-price, and unless you tell them otherwise, they'll assume you had dinner.

I was stuffed by the time we left - just before 7:30, with probably an hour to go before showtime. We all used the same entrance, and after a cursory bag check we were in. I alighted from the escalator at Level 1 - they were up in the gods, at Level 4, and had another escalator to climb. I am assured that they had an excellent view though, just a bit far away. As for me..?

I was pretty goddamn close to the stage! It turns out that Row C is the front row, so I was only two rows away from the floor - Red Zone, in fact. And had a better view than they did. Not only that, but I had an aisle seat, so could move a bit to the side and had the space to jiggle around as much as I wanted! As more people moved onto the stairs, later in the show, no stewards came to move them in, either. Which was nice.

After a blistering start, Bono had a little chat with us, telling us how they came there last night by boat, and how amazing the light looked, refracted in the fog: like a Turner painting. The couple beside me - Portugese, I think, having sneaked a look at her text messages - can't have been to any of these shows before - they were suitably surprised at some of the video tricks. For once, Bono's wife was NOT in the house! At the start of Song for Someone, he remarked that he missed her.

Bono flings sheets of poetry into the audience towards the end of the first set - gee, I was nearly close enough to get one! but not quite. However, I was close enough to the i stage that I'm sure he looked right at me at one point - he could hardly have missed me, frankly! Hard to tell with the sunglasses, though.

As for famous people - well, Jimmy Page and Brian Eno were mentioned as being in the audience, as well as Peter Rowen, the boy on the cover of the Boy and War albums, who's now a photographer. And someone in the row just behind me - whom I only noticed on the way out - was the spit of Dave Fanning, who was the first Irish DJ to play U2 on the radio..
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2015-11-24 - Dublin by u2fancat rated

Well, what a difference it makes to arrive early! The corridors were practically deserted, and I was soon able to..
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2015-11-02 - London by b1gals rated

I'm 49 years old and a U2 fan since 1982 and got to see them live at Wembley Joshua Tree,..
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2015-11-28 - Dublin by u2fancat rated

Not as many people looking for tickets tonight - unlike last night, where we had the guy mimicking the homeless,..
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U2 360° Tour

725 reviews have been written by 365 users.

2011-06-18 - Anaheim

Written by bushido529 - 8 months ago

This was my 1st GA show for any U2 show, i'll say that this was my greatest concert experience ever. I went with my mother early to start lining up. i remember it was hot outside. We heard U2 rehearsing. I heard the bass line for The Fly, I remember thinking "No way, don't tell me they're going to play this right?" I was thinking, it must be Ultraviolet's bass cause it was the 2nd night since HMTMKMKM was played yesterday, then it went to EBTTRT, COBL and Zooropa. I remember taking a nap after the band/crew stopped soundchecking, i heard cheering, they were letting people in. So i remember running to the 360 stage, all of us were running ignoring the security lol, but anyway we got in the circle on Adam's side underneath the bridge. I didn't care for Lenny, but what ever, it passed time. It seemed like a huge wait but i heard Space Oddity, i got excited. Did U2 started out with EBTTRT, i was jumping up and down, the crowd was hyper. After the song ended, i was expecting IWf, but something amazing happened. i Bono grab his guitar and immediately knew it was the fly. I screamed in laugher, this opening concert played 5 AB songs in a row. After when One finished, then the Amazing Grace snippet started and i knew something was weird and unexpected, Streets was the 6th song of the night followed by IWF. This was a completely different setlist. I was thing what was going on. The was a great twist to all of the repetitive setlist from the previous shows. Pretty much after that amazing moment, the setlist was the same but with Walk On finished the main set. Ultraviolet opened the Encore, the 6th AB song to be played. AMAZING, half the album. MoS finished this amazing show, with a Jungleland snippet. This show was amazing. this is 2nd place of my top 3 U2 shows.
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2009-08-20 - Sheffield by wangmaster rated

brilliant radio broadcast of a fantastic gig that's sure to become a highlight of the tour and a classic show..
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2009-08-18 - Glasgow by Anam rated

When U2 played Glasgow in 2009, it was less a '360 degree' experience and more a '220 degree' one. As..
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2010-09-30 - Seville by qz23 rated

I am from Spain, so I do not have enough words in English to express what I lived there, that..
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Vertigo Tour

420 reviews have been written by 126 users.

2006-03-02 - Buenos Aires

Written by patou2 - 5 years ago

I was there , that amazing night. I'll try to be objective . Bono s voice is not the best , but that wasn t near to ruin the show. The band was motivated because a great crowd ( during some songs -especially Vertigo- the stadium was shaking like an earthquake). I m sure that this show is a top 5 in Vertigo tour shows. The setlist is classic but no the last encore. Mothers of the dissapered was played with a small guitar called charango . Is typicalform South America.
Lowlights: some songs sounds tired
Bono s voice not the best form
Classic setlist
Highlights: Amazing start.
Vertigo ( reallly amazing !!! )
The Fly ( reallly amazing !!! )
Mothers of the dissapered
Original of the species
All i want is you ( great closing song)
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2005-06-18 - London by EDDMB rated

Its great..I would give it a 5 but..the 3 missing songs make me take off a notch.This is a MUST..
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2006-02-12 - Monterrey by Bloodraven rated

20 years of my life waiting to see them, and this is what I got.

The crowd was disappointing, even before..
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2006-03-02 - Buenos Aires by Arghier rated

I have this same record but split into 4 parts, 5 or 6 songs in each one. so, if you..
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Elevation Tour

328 reviews have been written by 87 users.

2001-10-25 - New York

Written by oddjob102 - 8 years ago

I was at this concert. It was my first time back in NYC after 9/11, and you could feel the tension in the air- it was still fresh on everyone's mind. The setlist was perfect- almost every song seemed custom made for the way we were all feeling, or wanted to feel- even the ones written 20 years before. "Streets" was a particular highlight. And during the encore, Bono was wearing a NYPD t-shirt and hat, and all the police officers and firefighters in the house joined him onstage. The house lights were on, everyone was smiling... it was an amazing experience and went a long way to making us feel good again. I'll never forget it, it was the best concert I have ever been to.
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2001-07-21 - Turin by clover68 rated

Maybe I’m too biased about this night. Some issues don’t ruin at all what was a perfect special magic night,..
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2001-10-13 - Hamilton by mattfromcanada rated

As this was my first GA experience, I took the day off with my brother and stood in line in..
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2001-10-31 - Providence by cesar_garza01 rated

A great find in the Elevation tour and one of the best setlists of the tour. Very electric start of..
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Popmart

335 reviews have been written by 104 users.

1997-05-31 - East Rutherford

Written by EDDMB - 7 years ago

Well,as I said,I was down on the band at this point.Thank God they woke up and went back to basics for Elevation.They also went back into arena's for the Elevation AND Vertigo tours.The 360 tour reminds me a little bit of this Pop madness.Just a little.The stadium was NOT sold out,nor were the other 2 nights at Giants stadium.I didnt bother buying tix for the other 2 nights.Thats shocking for me,I saw the band 10 times on ZooTV,10 times on Joshua,and 4 times on UF tour.From 1993 -1998,this was the lowpoint of the bands career.IMO,Bono doesnt have to dress up like the Devil,or one of The Village People to sing a song.I know it was about poking fun, but it was an embarrassment to the band.
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1997-12-09 - Vancouver by Doming0 rated

My brother and I started off with nosebleed seats and while Smash Mouth was playing we found the Ticketmaster girl..
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1997-12-12 - Seattle by Thefredmartin rated

Hey Lads and Lassies! It's been a long time since this show, nearly twenty years, but it's a story I've..
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1998-03-21 - Johannesburg by nfsmulder rated

Review written on 22 March, 1998.

Saturday night i was rather deaf and got in bed @ 2am - but sooooooo..
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ZOO TV

500 reviews have been written by 133 users.

1992-04-23 - Vancouver

Written by Breemsicle - 5 years ago

One of my favorite 1st leg shows, second only to the Boston Saint Patrick's Day show.

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Even Better than the Real Thing - Bono introduces the band; "This is the Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr...and I don't know who the f**k I am tonight" and during the song goes into his loudest "TAKE ME HIGHER!" ever. It'll startle you if you're not expecting it. After the song, he tries (unsuccessfully) to make a call to buy a diamond ring he sees on TV, in the style of the Auburn Hills pizza-for-everyone concert.
Mysterious Ways - great extended solo from Edge; my favorite version ever.
One - Bono improvises the last bit, and it almost makes sense: "One love. One life. One life. One wife. One love. You get to share her. If you give it away, [kids?] have gone astray. You can push it up. You can buck it up and get it all mixed up. Knockin', knockin', knockin' up, love!"
Until the End of the World - extended ending
Bad - Bono gets into it and leads the audience in screaming "no!".
Bullet the Blue Sky - I think it's because of the recording, but it's a lot faster than usual, which is fun to hear for once.
With or Without You - "We will shine like stars in the summer night. We will kick the darkness 'till it bleeds daylight. One hope. One blood." Everything's extended, from Edge's solo to the Shine Like Stars snippet to the last chords Edge strums. The highlight of the whole concert, and that says a lot.
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1992-10-24 - Tempe by cesar_garza01 rated

A great bootleg from the Outside Broadcast that may fall off your radar. This is a very good show with..
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1993-07-02 - Verona by germcevoy rated

can tell you all what the problem with this gig was. Too many shows playing the exact same songs (over..
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1993-05-11 - Rotterdam by cesar_garza01 rated

Very special concert because Bono screws up a lot but also makes it up by improvising, giving the songs something..
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Lovetown

175 reviews have been written by 72 users.

1990-01-06 - Rotterdam

Written by MWSAH - 9 years ago

Sometimes I wonder why I was born in December 1988, one year before this lovely concert in Rotterdam. I was probably in my cradle as a 1-year old boy when Edge hit the first tabs of Where the Streets Have No Name in Ahoy Rotterdam on that special 6th of January 1990, 90 kilometres from my hometown.

I often ask myself the question: what would it have been like to be part of the audience during a Lovetown-show. I fell in love with the Point Depot gigs in Ireland, and the Rotterdam-shows from early January were even better, some say. Lovetown:the name itself explains it, like BB King spells during When Love Comes To Town: L-O-V-E. Yes, I love rock, I love U2, but I especially love Lovetown. Don't get me wrong, because I know the Joshua Tour was enormous and awesome. And Zoo TV was one big happening, followed by Popmart, whether you like it or not. Also Elevation gives me special feelings and was my favourite tour for a long time. But Lovetown is top-notch. The mix of songs between the Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum, performed in small places with BB King's Orchestra makes Lovetown the best tour for me. I didn't take long and U2 didn't even cross the world with it. But the modesty of it does it for me. Like Bono says at a Point Depot show: 'After all these big places, we wanted to play a small place'.

Lovetown also marked the end of a decade in which U2 finally showed itself to the world in full glory. Live Aid in 1985 was a very important turning point, sealed by the release of The Joshua Tree. But U2 felt that every end had a start. U2 was looking for a new direction and needed time.

The energy and commitment of U2 was awesome back then. Bono was at his prime. His voice was a mix between the Joshua Tour and the upcoming Zoo TV. And U2 really enjoyed what they were doing. Lovetown was not a show, it was no entertainment like Zoo TV or Popmart. It wasn't a show with political context, like Vertigo. It was based on music, pure music, pure rock and roll. And you can feel the excitement and joy of U2 trough these shows. I guess they enjoyed every bit, like the audience.

U2's first European success was actually founded in Holland, where the single I Will Follow became a giant hit. Bono mentions this during this Rotterdam show when they start Love Rescue Me, when he says: 'And this is also a good place to end, because we more or less started here ten years ago. You've been very good for us, thank you!'. The crowd was ecstatic.

This show is awesome. It has reached a nice spot in my top ten favourites, I think. It's equal to the Point Depot shows, with U2 really on fire. I missed New Year's Day and Bad, but I know U2 played 4 shows at Rotterdam. The Bad from the 10th of January is one of the best there is.
This show is quite memorable as The Unforgettable Fire was played for the last time. I listened to this show trough my Sennheiser CX300 and my eyes shut. I transferred myself to Ahoy, Rotterdam, 18 years ago, being in the audience. I felt the energy, I experienced U2 in their best days
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1989-12-01 - Osaka by nickbibby rated

I like Lovetown because it throws up some real surprise sets and this tops the lot. Opening by playing..
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1989-12-01 - Osaka by aussiemofo rated

Highlights
* The upside down setlist

* Bono playing audience cop as he was prone to do during this era. I don't..
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1989-11-18 - Sydney by cesar_garza01 rated

A very special show for multiple reasons: they had to evacuate the venue due to a bomb threat (sounds familiar?),..
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Joshua Tree Tour

293 reviews have been written by 95 users.

1987-06-17 - Cologne

Written by bodoheil - 2 years ago

The atmosphere was very foul. It was my first U2 concert, but not my first stadium concert, and I remember it well. The rain had started in the afternoon, but in the morning and around noon it had been very hot. There was a terrible pushing and shoving of the audience waiting at the entrances for doors open, and many seemed to be well drunk and I did see many, many empty drinks containers, beer cans, wine packs and bottles outside. The doors open seemed badly organised. Some a few yards away opened before others did, the seemed to be little coordination. People were pissed off by that, they wanted an equal chance in the run to the centre stage spots.

The openers, I remember The Pretenders, Big Audio Dynamite and Lou Reed, were all booed and generally badly accepted, at least in the part of the audience I happened to be stuck in, which was third, second row, slightly to the right of centre stage. The place looked like an open battle for the first row and of course I participated first, being rather stoutly built and not one to back off easily. This concert had meant the world to me, after I had gotten hold of a ticket, through a multitude of different lucky concurrences.

I believe, I cannot be sure anymore about it, that The Daltons opened last. I might confuse that, though, with a show I might have seen on the internet of that time, after all, it's been 28 years.

When WTSHNN began with its droning synth-sounds and the guitar's delayed arpeggios, and the band appeared one by one, the crowd went mad and the stifling squeeze got worse. But when the bass and the drums joined and slowly built up the song's hard pushing, driving beat the crowd went berserk. I had a fight with an American, a GI by his crew cut and confidence, and the security did not notice. He hit me in the nose, but luckily he could not swing properly, for lack of room to move. I could not get my arms up enough, so I hit where I could. The security were highly unprofessional (I did that job later in life myself) and completely taken aback with the sheer violence of the crowd's pushing forward, the yelling and the screaming of girls who obviously were in acute fear. The waves of people’s shoving often moved me ten or more yards away from where I had been before. I remember the moment when the band jumped into the first song and the red lights flooded all over the rain-drenched crowd. The heat from the electric lights washed over the people and actually felt quite warm on the face. Seconds afterwards clouds of vapour of the drying rain partially took away the sight of the stage.

I had had enough by then. I withdrew to the seats ranks, found myself a place and watched from about a hundred yards away. I was deeply disappointed with the on-goings and felt betrayed and let down. I had thought that we had all been there together to celebrate the same thing. I had been wrong. U2 had become a phenomenon and had stopped being a rock and roll band. They were a sensation, not music to dance and sing the lyrics and to feel alive by, because the songs spoke to you about your life and you inner self. This was a spectacle, not a concert. No one danced. They all fought. No one sang. Everybody screamed. No one had fun. They all tried to hold on to their place or get a better one by being more brutal than the opponent, because that is what everybody was, an adversary and a rival in trying to be as close to the band as possible. Do not think that I was naive about it. I understood as I do now that people want to be as close as possible to their lucky stars. But I wasn't expecting the brutality I encountered, and it did not seem to make sense, and I was not prepared to put up with it, as I would not be today. I do not think that it was anything else but sheer good fortune that there wasn't anyone killed in the throng in front of the stage. It was brutal enough for that. None of my later U2 shows had that quality and quantity of ruthlessness and viciousness.

When 40 began I was on my way out, walking outside the stadium trying to hitchhike my way back to where I was due. I remember feeling like hell. It took me weeks to be able to enjoy the music again.
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1987-07-15 - Madrid by LikeASong rated

When the Where The Streets Have No Name organ sounded over the 125k people on the stadium and lights went..
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1987-09-28 - New York by EDDMB rated

I think this gig has flown under the radar.I know it was a long time ago,but this is classic U2.No..
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1987-11-24 - Fort Worth by cesar_garza01 rated

Just superb! The band was inspired by BB King's presence and turned it up a notch. The JT tour peaked..
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Conspiracy Of Hope

21 reviews have been written by 10 users.

1986-06-13 - Rosemont

Written by MattG - 7 years ago

Everything I WASN'T looking forward to about this show, I loved. "Pride" and "Maggie's Farm", I wasn't all that cracked up about listening to. The former is on just about every show I ever listen to, and it gets tiring, the latter I just didn't care much about. They ended up both being phenomenal.

The "Norwegian Wood" intro to "Bad" is outstanding, and chorus gives me goosebumps. Listen to some recent shows (Vertigo, 360°), and then give this one a spin- Yes, folks- Bono DID used to sound like that

Everything about this show is simply gorgeous. Download it RIGHT. NOW.
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Unforgettable Fire Tour

247 reviews have been written by 67 users.

1985-03-21 - Chicago

Written by Ali709 - 9 years ago

mazing! It was the first ever Unforgettable Fire tour bootleg I listened to. It exceeded my expectations. It’s a very good recording if you’re looking for the same thing as I was. I might suggest this other show as well, it’s got a longer and a bit better setlist (includes Indian Summer Sky, Surrender, Two Hearts Beat As One,...): 1984-10-23 - Nantes, France - St. Herblain (I found it right after having posted Chicago as this week’s bootleg!).

The whole bootleg and show are just great (talking about this week's show, not Nantes mentioned in the last paragraph!!)! Also, it’s interesting to hear them when they weren’t as big as they are now. The ego hadn’t done its work yet, they are a band who has just become famous and big…you can hear Bono’s comments that reflect this (telling the CBS people: “you want some people? Come up here!” or the comments before Knockin’… there is another part where he says they used to have 500 people watching them and that he’s glad there are so many watching now).

**Comments: Just wanted to point this out…it’s interesting how similar this show sounds to Joshua Tree Tour shows (particularly Paris 87, as I was listening to it at the same time). Of course, JT had new songs and a more confident band…but the (very short) speeches/comments (such as “for a very special man…” or “this is a big place but we’re bigger than this place”) and performances are very similar, which shows they didn’t spend as much time as they do now on how the tours should be, it REALLY was only about the music (though maybe we’re lucky that they changed their manners, or all the shows would be the same, up till now! )
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1985-04-18 - Worcester by cesar_garza01 rated

One of the most special UF shows and the best setlist of the tour! At the beginning Bono said they..
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1985-04-15 - East Rutherford by cesar_garza01 rated

One of the best concerts in the 5th leg of the UF tour. The band was really enjoying their NJ..
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1984-08-31 - Wellington by cesar_garza01 rated

A very inspired show during weird circumstances. Bono had forgotten his guitar riffs and he had to buy his own..
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War Tour

169 reviews have been written by 57 users.

1983-05-05 - Boston

Written by cesar_garza01 - 2 years ago

First of all, the FM broadcast is NOT from this concert, it is actually from the show next day, so I think this is the first proper review of the show. And what a show! The band feed from the Irish-Bostonian vibe in the house and they gave it all. The main highlight of this boot is the last performance ever of Tomorrow. If you are a Tomorrow "completionist" like me, you must get this. I don't know why it wasn't played regularly. Another excellent performance was Two Hearts, with the Let's Twist Again part extended. 11 O'Clock was excellent as well. I'm a sucker for the Drowning Man snippet and the final solo is amazing. In Surrender Bono invoked the spirit of Michael Jackson and it was great. I liked the Brick/ A Day Without Me combo too. There's an unlisted snippet of Send In The Clowns in Electric Co. Perhaps the only song I can't consider good is Party Girl. They were still playing with it and it's not the version we know.
Funnily enough, Bono did mistakes between songs, like saying "It's great to be back in NY" (WTF?) or introducing NYD as Two Hearts.
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1983-06-01 - San Francisco by fleavox rated

The show is plagued by tech problems but was oddly funny, specially after first 6 songs!!

Highlights: Out of Control..
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1982-12-06 - London by CMIPalaeo rated

A must-have. Excellent quality bootleg, probably the best I've heard from the early tours.

Highlights:
-Surrender (best performance, somewhat different than the..
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1983-03-19 - Manchester by cesar_garza01 rated

A very good War show that may fly off your radar, but it's worth a listen. U2gigs never checked any..
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October Tour

107 reviews have been written by 28 users.

1981-10-30 - Amsterdam

Written by cesar_garza01 - 2 years ago

U2 in the Netherlands. Enough said. There's always something in the air when the band plays here and this show is no exception. For the October tour, the band reworked some of their Boy songs and they sound better than ever. Another Time, Another Place, An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart, Stories for Boy are highlights of the show. The October songs are always better than their studio counterparts and the broadcast has great sound for them here. During 11 O'Clock Bono plays with the audience and it sounds incredible (he did that for the whole tour, I love these October versions). After Fire, they sang Happy Birthday to Larry. By taking pieces of all 3 sources of this show, you can form a great, complete bootleg for this show. This is the first great full October bootleg and one of the best.
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1982-01-26 - Dublin by daymo1202 rated

A good friend of mine was at this show and was billed as U2's homecoming show in Dublin in January..
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1982-03-17 - New York by cesar_garza01 rated

This and Lido Beach are perhaps the best October bootlegs you'll find. The setlist is great and some songs had..
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1981-08-16 - Slane by CMIPalaeo rated

An interesting show. Not great, but not as bad as the band cracked it up to be. Many of the..
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Boy Tour

117 reviews have been written by 42 users.

1981-05-15 - San Francisco

Written by CMIPalaeo - 5 months ago

Excellent early show, with just about all the Boy Tour material represented. The band are energetic and really doing a great job; mastering their craft already. It's really interesting, listening to a lot of the early tour shows, how Twilight often seemed to be treated as a really key point in the show - which I think is great, as it's one of my favourite U2 songs.

Bottom line: the performance is incredible, tight, and passionate, the sound quality is brilliant, Bono is playing around with the lyrics, and many songs have some absolutely outstanding performances. This is one of the best early bootlegs I have ever heard. One common problem I have with pre-TUF tour shows is that many versions of the early songs all sound very similar - this show gives them a lot of sparkle and uniqueness. I'll be revisiting this show many times.

Highlights:
- 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (both of 'em, of course - but especially the second one)
- The early version of I Fall Down
- Touch
- Stories For Boys with altered lyrics (one of the best)
- Boy/Girl/Out of Control
- Twilight with altered lyrics (one of the best)
- A Day Without Me
- the second The Ocean, with a little outro (one of the best)
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1981-03-18 - San Jose by Dystopian45 rated

As I remember it, this was a free show or cost next to nothing to attend. It was held in..
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1981-04-09 - Minneapolis by CMIPalaeo rated

Very strong performance with great sound. The only possible complaints would be that it's kind of short (only 12 different..
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1980-09-12 - Scarborough by iTim rated

Still early in the tour and their career which probably explains the lack of enthusiasm in the audience. The band..
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Early Days

37 reviews have been written by 22 users.

1980-02-26 - Dublin

Written by CMIPalaeo - 1 year ago

Silver Lining is an early version of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. Musically it's nearly identical (except a few neat little things at the end) but has very different lyrics. Speed of Life has lyrics, unlike the version that was eventually officially released. Trevor is an early version of Touch. Shadows and Tall Trees sounds quite different to the version on Boy.

Overall, a very solid show with great historical value. It's really something special to see the band at this early stage playing with all the passion and fire that will define their whole career.

Highlights
- Life On a Distant Planet (one of my favourite of U2's early songs)
- Another Day
- Pete the Chop
- Cartoon World
- Twilight
- Out of Control
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1980-02-26 - Dublin by Bullet_Blue rated

The tracks that latter would be included on Boy have different lyrics or structures, so it's very interesting listening to..
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1979-10-05 - Cork by LikeASong rated

One of the first recordings that exist from the band in its earliest stages. Just for that, this concert should..
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1980-07-27 - Co. Kildare by cesar_garza01 rated

Last pre-Boy bootleg and a short one too. There's actually some good stuff here. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock from this..
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Various Dates

165 reviews have been written by 64 users.

2015-10-16 - London

Written by ajr - 1 year ago

Having seen a tweet late last Thursday afternoon from U2ComZooMods inviting a reply with just my name to maybe get tickets to the live broadcast of tfi Friday in London - I did just that.

tfi Friday launched the weekend for millions of fully signed up lads and ladettes back in the 90's. Brash and soaked in alcohol it was fast paced and at times funny, but always high energy.

Brought back off the shelf for a short run this year it jumped back into living rooms, now owned by the 90's lads and ladettes, on Friday past with U2 as the main draw.

So fast forward 20 hours and I am now stood outside a very small and now defunct theatre with a Production wrist band on my wrist and knowledge that the next two hours will be special.

The venue maybe had 150 in the performance area - a mix of 20 U2 fans, a handful of 40something women reliving their early twenties as Take That fans (for they were on the show as well) and I guess some members of the public. It was a strange crowd, but with the TV lighting it made for a hot sweaty club vibe.

Showtime - Raised By Wolves - the B Man is 6 feet away giving it everything. The sound was incredible and the lads played as if their very lives that night depended on it. I'm no writer, so there is no way that I can give you any understanding of how incredible it was to be in the room. Bizarrely, watching over the weekend on the extended playback, it came across as the worlds greatest live band did an ok job! By now you will have seen it for yourself, and I guess it plays back to way back when when U2 became the only band to ever go DOWN the charts after an appearance on Top of The Pops (UK TV chart show).

A very unenlightening interview later in the show away up on the theatre gallery was nothing more than swapping banter between host and band, and hosts Son and hosts Mother! That didn't matter the band weren't here to chat and we weren't there to listen to them talk!

They closed the TV broadcast with Vertigo. Edge's guitar sound taking our heads off! Song for Someone carried all the emotion and then the "This is our first single.." intro and a version of Out of Control that will be with me until I am no more. Just incredible. The room was too small to hold the energy! Bonotised with champagne and it was thank you, goodnight!

Dallas, Sammy, Jake and Stuart left to pick up the pieces as U" have left the building.

Insane evening - thank you to all who made it happen.

The venue was the Cochrane Theatre, London.

I was told that the tour will play indoors and outdoors next year, and then follow the yellow brick road to Aus/NZ in 2017........ Here's hoping!
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2011-10-15 - Hollywood by ahn1991 rated

Wow. Just wow. Of the little hype this act was given, the band certainly came out and hit it out..
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1987-11-11 - San Francisco by Unknown rated

A true raw outdoor performance. Engagement with the crowd takes place at some level on almost every song. Three..
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2011-06-24 - Glastonbury by EDDMB rated

The fact the band went out of there way, to perform at this festival, in the middle of their North..
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