Comments: A second concert at this venue was scheduled for the next day but does not take place. Due to overly bureaucratic procedures by the promoter, tension develops over tickets and thousands are stuck in rain-drenched queues outside even as the support acts play. They are ultimately let in but the atmosphere is poor when U2 take the stage. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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This part is only rated, not commented on Recording: "Joshua Tree Cologne [UAG]" - 3 stars
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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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01. Stand By Me
02. C’mon Ev’rybody
03. I Will Follow
04. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (incl. Exodus)
06. The Unforgettable Fire
07. Sunday Bloody Sunday
08. Exit (incl. Riders On The Storm & Gloria)
09. In Gods Country
10. The Electric Co. (incl. Break On Through)
12. Bad (incl. Norwegian Wood)
13. repeated: Bad (incl. Ruby Tuesday & Sympathy For The Devil)
14. New Years Day
15. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
16. Bullet The Blue Sky
17. Running To Stand Still
18. With Or Without You (incl. Love Will Tear Us Apart)
19. Party Girl
Source: Master - Audience recording from my old TDK-Sa C-90 Tapes
This concert I taped with an AIWA walkman and an extra microphone
(I can't remember what microphone it was). It was recorded from the
ground floor about 30 meters from the stage on the right side. The
sound quality is very good +, sometimes better.
I know this concert has been seeded here from different tapers before
but I thought I like to share my master with you too. Originally I had
a ticket for a seat but I decided to go down on the floor to tape it
for getting a better sound quality...and of course it started to rain.
Hmmm, U2 in those days were a really young and unprofessional band and
they did not trust themselves with their own musical output so far. Or
can anyone explain why they played or filled 10 of their 19 songs here
with songs from other artists? Really obscure!! I remember that I
immediately started taping when "Stand by me" was played over the speakers,
so here the song is with the whole U2-Stand by me - version...and I remember
there were no video-screens so only a few people in the first few rows
really could see Bono & Co. playing. For the rest it must have been
really disappointing to see only a stage far away with probably four
guys on it - only 1" high. This was my last U2 experience in my early
days when I really liked them, but from that day on everything changed
and they did not interest me anymore. Anyway, hope you like this one!
Do not sell. For trading only...
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 256, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Transfer: .wav file transfer > Peak Pro 6 (pitch adjusted)
> iZotope RX / Ozone 5 (mastered) > Peak Pro 6 (post production)
> xACT 2.39 > .flac
01 Stand By Me
02 C'mon Everybody
03 I Will Follow
04 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
06 The Unforgettable Fire
07 Sunday Bloody Sunday
09 In God's Country
10 The Electric Co.
13 New Year's Day
14 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
15 Bullet The Blue Sky
16 Running To Stand Still
17 With Or Without You
18 Party Girl
- Stand By Me: 38 seconds at beginning patched
- Bad: 27 seconds end of main song patched before reprise
This is the fourth known source taken from a 2nd generation tape for the Cologne stop
on the "Joshua Tree Tour". Other identified sources are:
1) Aiwa Master
2) Missing "Stand By Me"
3) D3 1st Gen
There may be other sources/versions that circulate but these are ones I have tracked down
and all are very good to excellent, this source is no exception and another excellent
quality capture on what sounds to be high end gear.
Both this source and the source used to patch it (1) ran fast and have been pitch adjusted
(-55 cents & -63 cents respectively) along with all the usual clean up, channels aligned, de-clicked, etc.
All indications are it was a rowdy night and you can hear much of that rowdiness on this capture.
I have painstakingly extracted the vast majority of the up close audience noise.
The show contains a unique "Bad Reprise", when the crowd starts singing again after the main song ends,
Bono joins in followed by the band.
According to U2gigs.com: "A second concert at this venue was scheduled for the next day but does not
take place. Due to overly bureaucratic procedures by the promoter, tension develops over tickets and
thousands are stuck in rain-drenched queues outside even as the support acts play. They are ultimately
let in but the atmosphere is poor when U2 take the stage."
Samples and artwork provided...thanks to MR for supplying the file...
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 256, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Disc 1 (47:22):
1. C'Mon Everybody
2. I Will Follow
3. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
5. The Unforgettable Fire
6. Sunday Bloody Sunday
8. In God's Country
9. The Electric Co.
11. Bad/Norwegian Wood/crowd chanting/Bad/Ruby Tuesday
Disc 2 (37:49):
1. Bad (cuts in during Edge's outro)/New Year's Day
2. Pride (In the Name of Love)
3. Bullet the Blue Sky
4. Running To Stand Still
5. With Or Without You
6. Party Girl
NOTE: The crowd chants "Let it go...and so to find away" after the band
finishes "Bad". After nearly a minute of the crowd chanting, Bono sings
"If they should ask, well maybe they tell me what I should say...". Edge
starts strumming away on the guitar and eventually Larry and Adam join
in as well just before "It's desperation, separation, in temptation,
isolation..." The band then plays "Ruby Tuesday" outtro for two more
minutes. Definitely one of the better performances of "Bad" on the
Joshua Tree Tour.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Source: Sony WM D3 + microphones > first copy > Yamaha KX 500 deck > Soundforge 9.0 > CDWave > flac
Location: Recorded from the (approximately) 10th row on the floor of the left speaker system
Disc 1: [41:38]
01. Stand By Me - faded in - [2:26]
02. C'Mon Everybody [2:21]
03. I Will Follow [(3:48]
04. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Exodus [5:19]
05. MLK [2:07]
06. The Unforgettable Fire [4:37]
07. Sunday Bloody Sunday [6:00]
08. Exit/ Riders On The Storm/ Gloria [4:59]
09. In God's Country [3:06]
10. The Electric Co./ Light My Fire/ Break On Through [4:34]
11. Help [2:15]
Disc 2: [46:51]
01. Bad / Norwegian Wood / Ruby Tuesday / Sympathy For The Devil [11:26]
02. New Year's Day [4:53]
03. Pride (In The Name Of Love) [4:31]
04. Bullet The Blue Sky - faded in - [3:37]
05. Running To Stand Still [4:18]
06. With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart [6:22]
07. Party Girl* [3:25]
08. 40 [6:49]
09. Outro [1:26]
* with Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders bringing the champage on stage
I've heard at least three other versions of audience recordings of this show and they were all of worse quality! This is the best version which I know and I would like to know if a better version exists because it was my first U2 show which I attended. The sound on the grandstand was worse than the sound on this recording! The master tape does not exist any more! This first copy of the master is the lowest version which is still available. "Stand By Me" fades in but is nearly complete. "Bad" is complete! On many versions the song was separated! Unfortunately "Bullet The Blue Sky" fades in, too due to tape flip.
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"With Or Without You was a great piece of work because at that moment it was something no-one had heard of before although it's since become a kind of format or style and even for us we now accept it as kind of established. But when we first released it, it was like: 'Will anyone play this?'"
- The Edge, 1989
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