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It doesn't feel like opening night. The band rocked the show.
The audience recording has the public right in front. Some people may not like it, but I love it. Recording: "The Goal Is Elevation" - 4 stars
Amazing in this recording.
For me, this has to be the best opening show of a U2 tour. Yes, it's even better than ZooTV Lakeland (that show had major blunders). A few mistakes during songs like Gone, but the band was quite ready to start the Elevation show with a bang. I even like these early versions of Walk On, Stuck, etc. Highly recommended.
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March 21, 2001
National Car Rental Center
"In The Shade Of A Willow Tree"
01. Where The Streets Have No Name [06.24]
02. Chatter / Larry The Drummer [01.50]
03. Larry The Drummer / Until The End Of The World (warm up) [01.18]
04. Until The End Of The World (no vocals) [04.55]
05. Chatter / Larry The Drummer [04.48]
06. Beautiful Day (no vocals) [05.12]
07. Elevation (warm up) [00.54]
08. Elevation (warm up 1 and 2) [01.51]
09. Elevation (no vocals) [03.46]
10. Chatter [00.27]
11. Stuck In A Moment (no vocals) [05.50]
12. Dead Air [00.39]
13. Gone (no vocals) [04.39]
14. Discotheque (warm up) [02.50]
15. Discotheque (warm up) [02.03]
16. Discotheque / Staring At The Sun (no vocals) [08.01]
17. Discotheque / Staring At The Sun (no vocals) [08.18]
18. Chatter [03.53]
This Pre-Rehearsal has the band warming up for the opening show of the Elevation Tour
(in just 3 days, March 24, 2001). Most songs have no vocals or they are distant or in the background.
This is completely different from the "Rehearsal Show" boot from March 22, 2001.
It is rumored that the taper of this show (and I assume the March 22, 2001 Rehearsal Show)
has taped up to 5 of these soundchecks and rehearsals,
leading up to the first show.
It would be great to get this circulating, and spread among the fans.
Audio / FLAC
Bit rate: 661, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
3. Beautiful Day
4. Until The End of The World
5. New Year's Day
6. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
8. Discotheque/Staring At The Sun
9. New York
10. I Will Follow
11. Sunday Bloody Sunday
12. band introductions
13. Sweetest Thing
14. In A Little While
15. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
2. Where The Streets Have No Name
3. Mysterious Ways
4. The Fly
5. Bullet The Blue Sky
6. With Or Without You
8. Walk On
I purchased this on ebay 4 years ago; before I discovered the legal way of doing things.
As for quality, I would rate this a "7" or "very good" audience recording. I have
included the cover art which consists of scans of the original outer sleeve, both discs,
jewel-case style front and back, as well as scans of the inside cores to prove these
were manufactured by the Iguana record label. Just another source of the show that I
wanted to make sure gets in the hands of the most deserving fans out there! Enjoy!
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
"We're at a point where production has gotten so slick that people don't trust it anymore... We were starting to lose trust in the conventional sound of rock & roll - the conventional sound of guitar ... those big reverb-laden drum sounds of the '80s or those big, beautiful, pristine vocal sounds with all this lush ambience and reverb. So we found ourselves searching for other sounds that had more life and more freshness."
- The Edge, explaining the band's motivation for seeking a new sound with Achtung Baby
did you know
'40' from the War album almost was never recorded. The band (minus Adam Clayton who had left the studio) had gone over their booked studio time, but convinced the studio manager to let them record '40'. It has closed many show since. The Edge plays both electric and bass guitar on the song.