Comments: Please is performed for the first time since March 1998. This is the only full band, electric performance of Please on the Elevation Tour; all subsequent performances are acoustic. In addition, this is the first time U2 have covered Knockin' On Heaven's Door since November 1992 (though Bono did perform it with Bob Dylan in March 1999). Garbage were the originally scheduled opener but pulled out due to illness; locals Graham Parker and The Figgs were a last-minute replacement and played the support slot before their own club gig that night. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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It's a beautiful day in Baltimore! Very decent performance by our favorite band. They start of with an average performance of Elevation, but it rocks as it always does. Next up is a fantastic version of Beautiful Day. Very good, Bono sounds great there. UTEOTW is another highlight, they played it great during the whole tour and this one is no exception. New Years Day just rocks, even tough I'm not a big fan of the Elevation-versions of that song. Out Of Control is average, as is SBS.
The snippet of When Will I See You Again just before SIAMYCGOO is beautiful and the crowd sings along very good. SIAMYCGOO itself is just 'okay'.
Up next is Kite and Bono shows again his vocal strength. Very very very good version. Angel Of Harlem after that sucks tough. I really did not like the Elevation version of AOH and this one is just horrible.
Staring At The Sun and Please are awesome The sequence to Streets gave me chickenpox, it's that good. Streets itsself was very good too, one of the better Elevation versions.
ISHFWILF is always skipable for me, but this one was, I'll admit it, pretty good. The crowd is awesome again. Same counts for Pride.
The encore kicks of with an average version of BTBS. Love the heavy metal-ish glow over it, but it's not better than other Elevation versions. What's Going On is a creepy song to me, it makes me kinda scared tbh. But this version is very nice.
New York is THE highlight of the show, one of the best versions around. Bono sounds really awesome here. It went kinda too patriotic for me after that, with the whole crowd shouting 'USA!' and 'New York!'. I know its kinda logical in these times, but I personally did not like it...it's an Irish band after all. On the otherside; in understand it's awesome for the Americans among us.
One was brilliant and a nice snippet of POE follows. The gig ends with a good performance of Walk On.
If you were there you had a great evening, I'm sure. But in generally it's pretty average.
I really liked the sound of this gig, slightly better than rated here. At times the crowd goes slightly too wild and they sing harder than Bono, but overall the sound is pretty okay. The drums are pretty loud, which is a good thing. Recording: Audience microphone - 3 stars
Very good crowd, nice singalongs all the time. Crowd highlights; ISHFWILF, Pride, the end of New York.
Overall it's nothing more than an average Elevation-boot. The performance is okay, pretty cool. Some songs are pretty very good, a couple are not much. Most of the songs are pretty average tough. Lowlight is the weak setlist. I definitely prefer 2nd leg shows, with eg The Fly. I also miss Mysterious Ways and WOWY here.
The crowd is awesome, which logical just a while after 9/11. Good singalongs.
The sound is not that much tough. It's audible, but there are way better sounding boots out there. Overall I'd give it 7/10.
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"An album that starst with the bright promise of 'Discotheque' ends with the dark night of the soul that is 'Wake Up Dead Man'. That's the story of the making of the album, actually. It began as an escapist concept and then slowly, almost like the coming up of the dawn, the morning after, it ended with the realization that there is no escape and you're back to the grim realities."
- The Edge on Pop
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