1985-03-21 - Chicago, Illinois - University Of Illinois Pavillion


  1. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock
  2. I Will Follow
  3. Seconds
  4. MLK
  5. The Unforgettable Fire
  6. Wire / Give Me Some Truth (snippet)
  7. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  8. The Cry / The Electric Co. / Amazing Grace (snippet)
  9. A Sort Of Homecoming
  10. Bad / Ruby Tuesday (snippet) / Sympathy For The Devil (snippet)
  11. October
  12. New Year's Day
  13. Pride (In The Name Of Love)

  14. encore(s):
  15. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  16. Gloria
  17. 40 / Do They Know It's Christmas (snippet)
Comments: The opening band, the Red Rockers, join U2 for 40. Some of the show is filmed by CBS News and Wire is broadcast.
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songs per album

  1. The Unforgettable Fire (6)
  2. War (4)
  3. Boy (2)
  4. October (2)

best song performances

  1. The Unforgettable Fire (5 votes)
  2. Wire (4 votes)
  3. The Electric Co. (3 votes)
  4. A Sort Of Homecoming (3 votes)

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review by Ali709

11 years ago


To tell you the truth…I’ve been digging hard trying to find problems with it, but it’s just great! Let’s see what I got in the end…

>> Positive…
* It’s the unforgettable fire tour; it really was only about the music back then. It’s weird that except for a few exceptions, the only thing that Bono says before a song starts, is the song’s name!
* The setlist is amazing now...as I (or maybe we) miss these old songs and want to see them played! There is A Sort of Homecoming, Seconds, TUF, October, Wire…
* All the songs are very well performed, there is no poor performance in my opinion, and they’re all done great! If I wanted to make a highlights list, it would have to be the whole setlist! Here are some standouts anyways! >>

- Almost 11 minutes long version of Bad !
- Electric Co. … 8 minutes long, with snippets and long jam-like thing in the middle!
- October>> NYD !
- As less heard songs live: TUF ,ASOH and 11 O’clock. Also, MLK blew me away!
- The made-up lyrics to Knockin’ on Heaven’s door are funny
- 9 minutes long ‘40’ + snippets, performed with the support band!

>> Negative:
There really wasn’t much, I had to dig hard for these:
* At some points, when Edge is doing backing vocals…he gets over Bono! I mean you hear more of him than Bono, which doesn’t really sound good, as Bono is singing in the actual melody whereas Edge’s is a bit different, not good to become main.
* Wire is not a favorite song of mine really, I did enjoy it anyways but the ending is awful really!


>> Positive…
* Pretty awesome, it doesn’t switch between left and right, you get enough music enough audience. The Vocals and the music are both pretty clear. It IS a 4.5 star recording!

>> Negative…
* Not a surprise really, but we don’t have as much bass as I would like, but hey, that would definitely make it 5 stars! It IS still more in there than many other bootlegs (listen A Sort of Homecoming as an example)

Recording: "Four At Four" - 4 stars


This part is only rated, not commented on


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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"Four At Four"

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