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It's hard to say if it was the band or just the technical difficulties that made the band's performance less than stellar. There were definitely amazing moments, but there were also flubs that shouldn't happen with the biggest band in the world.
Also, when you're up close you can see the hiccups better. One thing to note was Bono's spirit. I think he was having a horrible night. Seriously. See the overall show rating below.
This part is only rated, not commented on Recording: "IEM-AUD Matrix" - 5 stars
The greatest revival - I mean we took the Kingdome to church - happened at this show, only because of the audience.
Hey Lads and Lassies! It's been a long time since this show, nearly twenty years, but it's a story I've told a thousand times to a thousand people and I still can't believe how moving this show was.
The show tech was going so badly that Bono, ever the optimist, beat the life out of his microphone. He was pissed and we in the front row knew it. I don't think the rest of the stadium could see it. It was like being close to a fight. Only the people close by could see the emotion and anger.
So me and my friends did the only thing we knew how to do - we started singing. It ended up being the greatest U2 moment I think I could possible have had. Honestly.
I wrote a lot about it in a post on my blog HERE. I hope you'll like it.
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December 12, 1997
JEMS Audience Master + IEM Matrix (circa 2001)
Source One: JEMS audie Nakamichi 700s > Sony TCD-D7 DAT
Source Two: Edge IEM feed via scanner > DAT
JEMS master DAT + IEM DAT clone > Wavelab > CD-R > xACT extraction > .wav > FLAC
02 I Will Follow
04 Even Better Than The Real Thing
05 Last Night On Earth
06 Until The End Of The World
07 New Year's Day
09 I Still Haven't Found
10 Stand By Me
11 All I Want Is You
12 Staring At The Sun
13 Sunday Bloody Sunday
14 Bullet the Blue Sky
02 Where the Streets Have No Name
03 Lemon (Perfecto Mix) Interlude
05 If You Wear That Velvet Dress
06 With or Without You
07 Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
08 Mysterious Ways
10 Wake Up Dead Man (audience only)
11 40 (audience only)
Many years ago now, JEMS set about to create this matrix after we received a DAT clone of the IEM with which to mix our audience master tape. JEMS NW facility prides itself on making the most of IEM sources (when we actually get to 'em that is), painstakingly cleaning up dropouts and noises. On the other side of the matrix, the now-deceased Kingdome was a concrete monstrosity with notoriously brutal acoustics, but JEMS' audie of the night isn't half bad.
It has been long enough since this matrix was made that I couldn't tell you for certain the IEM source is the same as what was just posted here, but I would be very surprised if it wasn't. At the time we received it the last two songs were missing. I think that has since been corrected but we're too many years down the road to go back and fix it. JEMS audience master, to the best of my knowledge, has not widely circulated if at all, though again, for all I know the audience source still on the tracker is ours. But I do believe this matrix has never circulated and it certainly hasn't been torrented.
Our later matrixes of IEM and audies are better than this (this was surely a scanner recording vs. a true IEM receiver), but I think it is still very appealing. I had a thought to giving it a remaster but after playing around a bit, I decided to leave it as J had originally mastered it since I wasn't sure I was helping. Samples, of course, provided. Curious to see what folks think of this.
Butterking for JEMS
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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what they said
"The young Bono sees everything black and white... 'we against the world.' He throws stones at the enemy. But as you get older, you realize that the man's biggest enemy is in the mirror. The biggest obstacle is yourself and what is in you."
- Bono, 2018
did you know
The song 'Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses' is mostly about sexual jealousy, many people believe it's much more than just a love song.