Performance notes: This show features the Elevation Tour debut of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For. The song was not played again until the start of the tour's third leg in October 2001. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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There’s a few mistakes early on, but for the most part you can tell they’re in full swing, just over halfway through the first leg of the tour and closing out a four night stint in Chicago. There’s a few moments of lyrical nonsense from Bono and a few songs where he doesn’t quite go all in.
It’s good, but not fully to my liking. It’s clear, everyone comes through well enough but I think Bono is a little too prominent at times, has a little harshness on his voice beyond the Elevation era rasp. Also very difficult to pick out the crowd, which may appeal to some but I like them a little higher in the mix. Recording: "Vibrations (IEM-AUD Matrix)" - 5 stars
Hard to hear them due to the nature of the recording, but when there are moments for them to shine, they do. It makes it hard to rate when they’re so low in the mix, but you don’t get the feeling that the band were playing in an empty arena so they’re must’ve been some vibe.
It’s no secret that the band bring their ‘A’ game to Chicago. This run of Elevation shows culminates with a real set list shake-up. Excluding Elevation, it kicks off with a standard Zoo TV set from The Fly through to New Year’s Day. Even Better Than The Real Thing and Mysterious Ways shine here, even if Bono is bailing on the falsetto. It’s all quite bizarre having such a throwback and we’re soon brought back into the new decade with Stuck In A Moment for a run of three Elevation era tracks.
By this point they’re well embedded into the set, Kite in particular stands out. There’s a great moment in Sunday Bloody Sunday where Bono allegedly pulls out the cord from Edge’s guitar so he has a little chuckle and proceeds to vocalise the solo!
Bono makes a reference at the start of Sweetest Thing to going home to see Ali who at the time was heavily pregnant with their 4th child. It’s a good little performance, can’t complain. Angel of Harlem is neither here nor there, before Bono introduces Still Haven’t Found as an “old obscure B-side” as they play it acoustically and for the first time on tour. It’s a very pleasant rendition actually, fits in well to the acoustic slot.
Things pick up pace again with the now familiar combo of All I Want Is You / Streets, but the next real highlight is the encore opening ripper Bullet The Blue Sky, leading into With Or Without You complete with Shine Like Stars, which the audience immediately caught on to.
On the whole, it’s a sold gig. The band are slap bang in the middle of the first leg and seem to be having a good time in Chicago. The setlist is what catches the eye with this one and it’s certainly a worthwhile listen. Beyond the Zoo TV set it’s a relatively standard Elevation show, but that doesn’t detract from its qualities. There’s still little gems dotted throughout beyond the initial run of songs.
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Disc 1: [1:11:36]
01. Introduction / Elevation [5:32]
02. The Fly [5:31]
03. Even Better Than The Real Thing [3:39]
04. Mysterious Ways / Sexual Healing [6:28]
05. One [5:50]
06. Wake Up Dead Man [1:30]
07. Until The End Of The World [5:14]
08. New Year's Day [6:06]
09. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of [4:46]
10. Kite [5:03]
11. New York [5:55]
12. I Will Follow [5:15]
13. Sunday Bloody Sunday [6:14]
14. Sweetest Thing [4:33]
Disc 2: [56:15]
01. Band Introduction [1:24]
02. Angel Of Harlem [3:31]
03. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [4:40]
04. All I Want Is You [4:40]
05. Where The Streets Have No Name [5:52]
06. Pride (In The Name Of Love) [7:03]
07. Bullet The Blue Sky [7:51]
08. With Or Without You [6:06]
09. Beautiful Day [4:45]
10. I Remember You [1:33]
11. Walk On [8:50]
AUD source: "This Is Not Goodbye", taped by J.W.
(lineage: Sony MZ-R700 Minidisc with Sound Professionals binaural mics
and Sound Professionals mini-battery pack + Apple QuickTime for editing)
IEM source: DAT > WAV > [...] > CD-2 (received by Sascha Kremer) > FLAC > WAV > CDR
"This excellent recording is a mix of a very good audience tape by f.w.
and a before rarely circulated IEM recording of that night. The sound
quality is excellent, but has also some weak points caused by the
typical IEM clicking. A lot of it has been removed or reduced with a
slight lost of quality. This is for example notable during the beginning
of WTSHNN and WOWY.
But still, without clicking it might be more enjoyable than with it.
And without questioning it is very enjoyable recording to listen to.
It is perhaps one of the best recordings from the Elevation tour.
This recording is close to the quality of Birdman's ALD/AUD Mix from
the night before and the famous 'Cleveland Tea Party' recording.
You can clearly hear Bono's voice and Larry's drumming. Unfortunately
Edge's guitar is sometimes a little bit hard to hear. Crowd noise is
almost not present or at least in no way disturbing. It only comes
in at the right time.
The packaging is black/white which might sound a bit chaste.
This is unusual but makes it somehow special. The discs come in a
standard double disc jewel case. Overall very nice and noble packaging.
The concert itself meaning U2's performance is great but not outstanding.
Still, if you like the Elevation tour, you might consider getting this one."
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 256, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Disc 1: [1:10:51]
01. Trippy Elevation Intro / Elevation [5:26]
02. The Fly [5:28]
03. Even Better Than The Real Thing [3:49]
04. Mysterious Ways [6:28]
05. One [5:52]
06. Wake Up Dead Man [1:31]
07. Until The End Of The World [5:10]
08. New Year's Day [6:08]
09. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of [4:42]
10. Kite [5:02]
11. New York [5:57]
12. I Will Follow [5:16]
13. Sunday Bloody Sunday [6:05]
14. Sweetest Thing [3:57]
Disc 2: [54:52]
01. Band Introduction [2:10]
02. Angel Of Harlem [3:36]
03. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For [4:34]
04. All I Want Is You [4:35]
05. Where The Streets Have No Name [5:57]
06. Pride (In The Name Of Love) [7:05]
07. Bullet The Blue Sky [7:49]
08. With Or Without You [6:02]
09. Beautiful Day [4:49]
10. I Remember You [1:29]
11. Walk On [6:46]
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 224, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
SOURCE: SP Standard Binaural Mics (w/ Battery Pack) > Sony MZ-R700
LINEAGE: [minidisc master] > [...] Apple Quicktime for editing > CD-R
> EAC > .wav > Frontend FLAC (6) > . flac
[U2Start 2019] > fre:ac > mp3@256kb/s
01.[PA intro: Elevation (Influx Mix)]
03. The Fly
04. Even Better Than The Real Thing
05. Mysterious Ways
07. Wake Up Dead Man
08. Until The End Of The World
09. New Year's Day
10. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
12. New York
13. I Will Follow
14. Sunday Bloody Sunday
15. The Sweetest Thing
16. Band Introductions
17. Angel Of Harlem
18. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
19. All I Want Is You
20. Where The Streets Have No Name
21. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
22. Charlton Heston Speech / Bullet The Blue Sky
23. With Or Without You
24. Beautiful Day
25. I Remember You
26. Walk On
J.W.'s notes (from U2Kristal)*:
"This show was recorded from the floor of the United Center in Chicago,
in the general admission, "heart" section. I was located three to four
feet from the stage on the Edge's side--most of the guitar sound recorded
came from his stage amps, not the house PA.
The recording was made as follows: As you can tell from the night's setlist,
it was an amazing show and a great reworking of the Elevation tour. Having
gotten both "11 0'Clock Tick Tock" and "Out of Control" the night before,
no one knew if it was back to normal for night four in Chicago. As it turned out,
U2 had more surprises in store for us."
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did you know
In 1999, a bag holding personal papers and a laptop computer containing lyrics for the ATYCLB album was taken from Bono's car. Bono offered a reward of £2,000 for the return of the computer. An Irish man returned the laptop after having bought it for £300 thinking it was from a reputable source. He realised it was Bono's when he saw a picture of the singer's child Elijah Bob on the screen, prompting him to contact U2's management.