1997-09-23 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Kosevo Stadium


setlist

Comments: Sunday Bloody Sunday was performed solo by The Edge for the first time and was played in this manner for the rest of the Popmart Tour. Miss Sarajevo was played with Brian Eno. U2 visited Sarajevo to fulfill a promise made during the Zoo TV Tour to play in war-ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was the first concert the band played in any country that was formerly part of Yugoslavia; the second did not take place until 9 August 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia.
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songs per album

  1. Pop (7)
  2. Achtung Baby (4)
  3. The Joshua Tree (4)
  4. War (2)
  5. B-sides and singles (2)
  6. Boy (1)
  7. The Unforgettable Fire (1)
  8. Rattle and Hum (1)
  9. Other songs (1)
  10. Passengers (1)

best song performances

  1. Discothèque (11 votes)
  2. Even Better Than The Real Thing (10 votes)
  3. Miss Sarajevo (9 votes)
  4. Please (8 votes)
  5. Sunday Bloody Sunday (8 votes)
  6. Gone (6 votes)
  7. Where The Streets Have No Name (5 votes)
  8. Last Night On Earth (5 votes)
  9. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (4 votes)
  10. Mofo (4 votes)
  11. Pride (In The Name Of Love) (3 votes)

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show attendees: 6

dodosock
Croatia
mccaber
Colorado
Jac_Mirko_NL
Netherlands
1 user from Austria: svfg1
1 from Bosnia and Herzegovina: tipsy_lemon
1 from Texas: shellibelli
1 from Netherlands: Jac_Mirko_NL
1 from Colorado: mccaber
1 from Croatia: dodosock

review by aussiemofo

11 years ago

Performance

An excellent show from the most fearless outfit going around at the time. I'm afraid I can't follow the trend of five stars though. Those ratings are reserved for when Bono actually sings every song. His lack thereof in this show is well documented here already.

This show was stunning from the very first note. All the boys were on fire, particularly the Edge. The opening encore is pure U2 magic - it's the highlight of the show, partly because Bono's voice was yet to disintegrate and mainly because it was just oozing with energy and excitement.

This is one of the best versions of Mofo you will find on this site. I Will Follow, Gone and Even Better... deliver in spades and it seemed like we were in for the best performance ever from U2.

Sadly, by the time New Year's Day is played Bono's voice caves in. Pride saw our frontman rivalling William Shatner in the spoken word category, rendering such a classic completely and utterly wanting. Thankfully, this is one of those times when you thank your lucky stars that U2 has the best (yes, THE BEST) back-up vocals in the business, and Edge doesn't hesitate to rise to the occasion and the challenge. Lifting Pride through the chorus and helping the band to re-engage with the audience once again, but he doesn't steal the spotlight until....

Sunday Bloody Sunday! What a solo! What a performance! What an ace to have up your sleeve! It's no wonder the boys decided to stick with this track over Edge's usual karaoke numbers during future Popmart gigs. I daresay, if Bono hadn't been left nearly mute, would we have ever seen this stirring rendition of SBS?

The end of the main set and the first encore are played with its usual gusto. Streets, Discotheque and Hold Me, Thrill Me.... especially impress. Bono's voice seemed to have recovered somewhat towards the end which was nice. Miss Sarajevo was a really nice touch and just reward for a crowd who had waited since ZooTV for the boys to visit. But one really needs to question what value Brian Eno offered here. His back-up vocals were bizarre.

One/Unchained Melody is a great closer to a great concert.


Sound

Professional quality. Perfect. All members can be heard loud and clear and the audience balance was imbeccable.
Recording: "Sarajevo [remaster]" - 5 stars

Audience

Flawless really. It was a logistical (and perhaps political) nightmare to play here but the Sarajevo crowd repaid the band and crew with constant adoration. Some great sing-a-long participation and all round buzz.

Overall

Perhaps the most important concert of the 1990's and this bootleg captures it beautifully. Trust no-one but U2 to make a strong statement by just doing what they do best - play great songs.

Highlights - Shit hot opening set; Streets, stunning encore.

Lowlight - None really, except Bono's voice. One of the reasons why I sometimes choose the Leeds gig over this one.

But for its historical significance, unique venue and all round energy, you can't go past this bootleg as one of the best bootlegs you will ever find of the best band to have ever graced a stage. This show will also go down (at least in my opinion) as Edge's show. Everything he did was just exceptional. He played like a demon and he stepped up when Bono was in trouble vocally - which was a lot. You don't appreciate just how much he is the nucleus of the band until you hear this show.


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"Miss Sarajevo "

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