Performance notes: This is one of three shows scheduled to make up for the postponed show that was planned to take place on 4 April 2006 at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium. Last performance of One Tree Hill until 25 November 2010. Only show on the fifth leg of the Vertigo Tour that does not feature a cover of The Saints Are Coming in the setlist. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Easily one of the best, slickest, most vigorous and committed performances of the entire Vertigo tour. Bono's vocals are powerfull, the band is tight.
Specific standouts are Desire and the AIWIY closer, perhaps the best performance of AIWIY on the vertigo tour, and maybe even since the lovetown tour, hypnotic and muscular altogether.
Very pro recording, full and inclusive band sound for an Audience boot, accurately deilvers the vibes of the event. yet it is still an Audience boot, wish they'll release SB's of these shows on iTunes or something sometime in the future. Recording: Audience microphone - 4.5 stars
Reviewing a crowd is not a fair thing to do...
You can't really compare the reserved temper of a Japanese audience with the football stadium zeal of a South American/Italian one, or straight out pub-joy of a Dutch or an Irish audience. It's different vibes and dynamics, but I do think this show has perhaps the best Japanese crowd in U2's entire career. bono's aware of that and refers to that a lot during the concert. Japs are great, smart, creative and very attentive and they have the ability to reveal they're honest amazement of something without trying to conceal it or shield it with forced sarcasm like some Americans or Europeans as well as too many of my (yet beloved) Israeli compatriots do. I just guess that's a combination of that mentality with the anticipation, the long wait through all the ordeal the crowd and band had to face until these concerts finally got off the ground and the notion of the scarcity of U2 concerts in that part of the world that had made the Saitama crowds in these 3 nights, one of the most receptive on the Vertigo tour. Check the 29th closer One Tree Hill for Bono's amazement at the crowd's enthusiastic reaction to first notes of the songs which he doubted that more than a few people even remember.
The only lows are that the previous night, from the 29th saw a much better One Tree Hill (they should have played it here right after One instead, to close the first set and the crowd would have lifted them to greater hights), and that the following concert 4 nights after (December 4th) had an even better rendition of The Fly (one of the all time top-3 IMHO).
My best advice is to get all 3 and compile a best of Vertigo Japan.
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"The truth is when the singer is saying something that comes from right down within him, and it affects you right down within you.. and that's when you start talking about great music, as distinct from nice music."
- Bono, 1982
did you know
The Picture of Dorian Grey mentioned in the song 'The Ocean' is a novel by Oscar Wilde, the Irish author who has been a huge influence on Bono's lyrics. In referring to it, Bono mocks his own vanity in thinking a rock star can change the world.