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The band are still off, but things are improving. “Night one starts here!” exclaims Bono at the start of Even Better Of The Real Thing, keen to put Las Vegas behind him. There’s still some things that the band need to figure out but the additional rehearsal time is evident. Bono absolutely butchers I Will Follow and and one point the band cut out completely. Do You Feel Loved doesn’t get off to a great start either, Bono misses his cue, but it does come together and is better than Vegas. Mr Jessop makes its debut as the intro to Last Night On Earth which is welcome but it needs refining. Staring at the Sun was rehearsed a lot during the day and while it’s much improved over Las Vegas, it still falls some way short of what it probably should be.
It definitely feels like the band have put more effort into the end of the main set than the start because from Miami onwards, the band seem much more comfortable. The segue between Please and Streets needs smoothing over but individually they’re well performed.
Discotheque is better tonight but Velvet Dress is dropped. It didn’t quite work in Vegas but that was more down to the band not nailing any of the transitions that they’re going for. But overall, the encore is good and it round off what has been a better night for the band.
The classics, apart from I Will Follow, are played well and the audience respond well to them. The Pop songs are improving but a number of them are still letting the performance down and there’s a palpable lack of confidence.
One noticeable upside is that Bono is struggling less with his voice tonight which helps to iron out some of the issues from the opening night.
It’s really not bad. Mostly clear, there’s some minor crackles here and there but it’s more than listenable. Recording: Audience microphone - 2.5 stars
Considering that the band are still struggling to get things right on stage the audience remains supportive. They respond well to songs such as Pride, Still Haven’t Found, Streets, I Will Follow and the Achtung Baby tracks. They give the new songs a chance though.
Better than Las Vegas but the band still lack confidence in the new tracks and it shows. Pride and I Still Haven’t Found are brought back up to scratch but I Will Follow is really poor. The Pop songs have all gone up at least one notch, but there’s still a lot of work to do.
- Mysterious Ways
- I Will Follow
- Attempted transitions between songs
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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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what they said
"It's easier to talk about politics and my life as an activist. But I also wrote the book to try to figure out what was going on with U2. I wanted to understand myself better, but I also wanted to understand the band better and the band’s place in culture. We wanted our music to change the world, as mad as that sounds, and I wanted to have fun."
- Bono on Surrender, 2022
did you know
In September 1976, Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a notice on Mount Temple Comprehensive School's bulletin board to form a band. With seven responses to Larry's note, the band which were known at the time as The Hype, The Larry Mullen Band, Feedback and later U2 is whittled down to four as seen from 1980's debut Boy to the current day.