Performance notes: Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses makes its debut on the third leg of the Vertigo Tour. Its five previous Vertigo Tour appearances were in full electric style; this performance and all subsequent Vertigo Tour ones are in an acoustic form. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Best show in the 3rd Leg. Band has a special bond with Chicago and they've prepared something special for this night. One of the best setlists too, with lots of snippets.
No complains here, you can hear every instrument and the audience well. You can hear a minor distortion during transition of songs, but it's really nothing serious. Recording: Audience microphone - 4 stars
They were very involved, just listen to them going nuts when they hear "You're dangerous" at the start of Wild Horses.
In this show even the standard Vertigo songs shine: one of the best Electric Co. (there's a See Me, Feel Me snippet that is not listed) and BD I've heard in the Vertigo tour, full of energy and great choice of snippets. Elevation has also a non-listed Do You Think I'm Sexy snippet at the beginning, very funny to hear Bono improvising. It was fun to hear The Ocean, with Bono adding some lyrics about their early gigs in the city. Miracle Drug was great, although that "Edge is from the future" story gets old pretty soon. Then there's Bad with an amazing First Time snippet in the middle, One with Ol'Man River, Fast Cars, Original Of The Species... many to choose! SYCMIOYO was great too with In A Little While snippet. There was something special in that song that day, Bono was really into it. Yahweh was right in the middle of the show, it works great here. Wild Horses was the main highlight of the show. As soon as the crowd recognized the song, they went nuts. It was an acoustic performance, but it rocked too! Almost all the songs had something special in this day. This is a must have.
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what they said
"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
did you know
U2 made their first appearance on US television on Tomorrow hosted by Tom Snyder. It aired on June 4, 1981, and the band performed "I Will Follow" and "Twilight", followed by an interview.