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Fantastic performance from everyone tonight including the party boy (Bono) who is in a great mood tonight and makes the performance a fun listen while also combining the fun listen to aspect to an all-round solid early Zooropa leg show, even with a couple of minor mistakes such as Edge flubbing on NYD they don't take that much from the overall enjoyment of the show so you can be sure that listening to this show is a good idea.
Clear sounding audience recording though in spots the recording does get slightly overblown and the audience are a bit hard to hear in spots if you're not paying attention, luckily though despite these flaws the music played on stage tonight is captured well for the most part and sounds better than the audio you can find on the audience film from the show. Recording: "Bono's Birthday Party" - 4 stars
The crowd for tonight are really good as they sing along to basically every song in the set, give the show energy and seem to be engaged throughout the entirety of the performance with them even doing things such as 'Olé Olé Olé' in between songs while the band are preparing to start the next song in the set.
Overall, I'd say this is a very good show from the early stages of the Zooropa leg of the Zoo TV with some nice entertainment factors mainly because it's Bono's birthday and due to this even the setlist has some nice change-ups such as the first European appearance of I Will Follow on Zoo TV and the inclusion of Party Girl which happens to be sung by The Edge tonight, the audience is also a nice thing about the show as they do give the show a positive vibe throughout the performance.
The song highlights from this show during my listen of the show were the following:
Even Better Than The Real Thing
Until The End Of The World
New Year's Day
Party Girl (Sung by The Edge)
I Will Follow
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet The Blue Sky
MacPhisto's speech and telephone call
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
Love Is Blindness
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U2 – Bono's Birthday Party
Collectors Pleasure – COP-007
2 x CD, Unofficial Release
1-2 Zoo Station
1-3 The Fly
1-4 Even Better Than The Real Thing
1-5 Mysterious Ways
1-7 Unchained Melody/Until The End Of The World
1-8 New Years Day
1-9 Party Girl
1-10 Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
1-11 Angel Of Harlem/My Girl
2-1 I Will Follow
2-2 Satellite Of Love
2-3 Sunday Bloody Sunday
2-4 Bullet The Blue Sky
2-5 Running To Stand Still
2-6 Where The Streets Have No Name
2-7 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
2-9 Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
2-10 With Or Without You
2-11 Love Is Blindness
Excellent audience recording of U2 performing in Rotterdam on the Zooropa Tour on Bono's birthday. Quality of recording is excellent except that there is some static on Disc 1 that begins on "Until the end of the world" and goes pretty much to the end of the disc. This is an issue with the recording, not my specific copy, as I've had another pressing of this exact recording and it is identical
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"I'm waking up every day now trying to imagine what we can do next. It is such an extraordinary thing, music. It seems to be how we communicate on another level. If you believe that we contain within our skin and bones a spirit that might last longer than your time breathing in and out, music is the thing that wakes it up. It certainly woke mine up. I wasn't looking for grace, but luckily grace was looking for me."
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.