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Are you the kind of person who when they see a car-wreck can’t help but fixate with great relish on every detail of broken glass, twisted metal and general chaotic debris in the most savoring sort of way? Well, if so, this is the show for you! You thought the infamous first show in Las Vegas was delicious enough, well, it has nothing on this second night - even if Bono states before this show’s Even Better Than The Real Thing that *this* is the real first night. Oops.
Not one single song is spared the carnage of the lowest point of PopMart’s entire tour: flubbed notes, mumbled (and even oft forgotten) lyrics, missed cues and a general broken flow between songs that even has the band at some stages fumbling around for an awkward half minute before haphazardly commencing the next song. Bono even asks the band what the next song is at one stage. It was even worse for the new Pop songs – it was as if they had just created them the night before. You couldn’t get rougher than this.
Average. Not great, but not bad either. You can hear every flub and jeer quite well in this recording. Recording: Audience microphone - 2.5 stars
Well, one thing was rougher than the performance – the audience. As much as Bono buttered them up with saying that they were a great crowd for a great night (neither statement being very true at all), it didn’t help an iota with a spoilt crowd – whom, might I add, you can hear very clearly in this recording, warts and all – who leered and cursed at the band or just chose to remain dead silent when the new songs were played and who at best clapped and sang out of tune and out of time for a few seconds into the classic songs and then resumed chatting throughout.
There is one poignant moment that sums up the crowd’s feeling of the whole night when one bloke shouts out, “Just play the f$%^ing song!” Yikes.
– Miami. Although it starts a little shaky, it turns REALLY good. Probably the best it’s ever been performed, which is quite surprising considering the circumstances.
– ISHFWILF. Sounds different than usual, in a good way. For some odd reason, it feels really suited to San Diego.
– Forgotten or slurred lyrics. Especially evident in I Will Follow, WOWY, Bullet and HMTMKMKM.
– Edge’s very sloppy guitar playing is throughout. It seems as if both him and Bono had had a big night out on the town the evening before and were now recovering from a very intense hangover that unfortunately had to be at the show they were playing at.
Speaking of Bono, this can be either a highlight or lowlight or something completely other, but there are many moments where Bono gives a little speech or tries to make light of the situation when the band are stuffing up. However, it comes off as awkward and embarrassing. Having said that, it makes Bono feel more human, even if the crowd weren’t very well at receiving it.
As mentioned, you can choose to see this show as either good or bad – or something quite intriguing. After all, the sight of a car crash can be quite an irresistible spectacle.
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Mixed, Produced, and Mastered by Hoserama/Sharebear
Time aligned in Adobe Audition 6
Mixed in Neundo 4, using extra waves, ozone, slate plug-ins
Flac'ed using Trader's Little Helper
Thanks to Butterking for the hook-up on the source, and TS for all the feedback, and SH for being just awesome.
01. Pop Musik
03. I Will Follow
04. Even Better Than the Real Thing
05. Do You Feel Loved
07. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
08. Last Night On Earth
10. Until The End Of the World
11. If God Will Send His Angels
12. Staring at the Sun
13. Daydream Believer
15. Bullet the Blue Sky
17. Where The Streets Have No Name
18. Lemon Remix
20. With Or Without You
21. Hold Me Thrill Me
22. Mysterious Ways
This show takes me back. I remember being a rambunctious eleven-year-old exploring on the internet for U2 sites. Pop had just been released and I had been listening to that for a while. I ran across a site that had some downloadable U2 bootlegs...in glorious 16kps RealAudio. From that site, I downloaded crummy audience recordings of this San Diego show and the DC Popmart show. Hoots and hollering, crowd noise, and distant vocals galore. Having never been to a concert before, I legitimately wondered if concert sound was loud enough to hear in the back! But I was more than intrigued. I kept downloading + acquiring shows, eventually started taping, and been at it ever since.
So when Butterking of JEMS and I were talking one evening, he casually mentioned he had a fresh new transfer of a nice audience recording from 1997 San Diego, my interest popped up. Another dear friend had just given me a handful a Popmart IEMS to clean-up for possible release (some have been released, some not), and San Diego was in the fold. A fairly one sided Bono feed that could use a little love for San Diego, unlike the crew feeds that made up a majority of the Popmart pulls. When I countered Butterking with the IEM in my possession, we both got very excited about the possibility of excellent matrix. Two months later after numerous revisions (special thanks to TS for the extra feedback!), we have the current mix.
It's not a perfect recording. The IEM was very Bono heavy, so most of the instrumentation came from the audience recording. It's tough to get a right balance in this case, and required many revisions. The IEM was pretty clean overall, while the audience has some chatter/cheering. The overall PA mix seemed inconsistent; sometimes the guitars seemed too low, and sometimes Bono's voice washed out in a wave of guitars. Easy to bring out the Vocals with the IEM, not so much the guitars. Give it a whirl, see what you think.
Several of these older Popmart ear monitor feeds have some dubious legacies. Some were stolen and released following the infamous shower heist; some were traded then cut up/introduced noise, etc. Shady trade shenanigans by folks who burned the original tapers. Some of these old recordings have been restored and released from a known lineage...and more may be coming. However, I burn out fast on doing these shows! Setlist variety is not synonymous with Popmart. This San Diego show has been thought to be one buried in the hands of the same folks, not exactly sure what has been done with it trade wise. But moot point now--time to flush out the system!
The show itself is a fun trainwreck. They were clearly underprepared (especially if you take the time to listen to the 23 CD set of the Popmart rehearsals), and it showed in the first 15 shows. As second night of the tour, there were some very amusing moments of mis-cues and mistakes. I love the version of I Will Follow...I'm sure the band would cringe at hearing that. But any true fan of the band finds a special love for the trainwrecks. After all, you need the mistakes to make the perfection that much better!
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