Comments: Gloria is performed for the first time since 14 December 2005, an absence of 9 years, 6 months, and 14 days. Throughout Pride, Beautiful Day, and All I Want Is You, Bono makes reference to the recent US Supreme Court ruling in favour of marriage equality and dedicates All I Want Is You to his wife, who was in attendance. Three fans are on stage for Desire - one to film on Meerkat, one to play guitar, one to sing. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Source: Church Audio CA-11 cards => UGLY pre-amp => Tascam DR-2D
Transfer: DR-2d => Magix Audio Cleaning Lab => FLAC (level 8)
Location: Club level side stage, 5th row
Disc one (78:03):
(1) The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (5:15)
(2) Gloria (4:44)
(3) Vertigo (3:41)
(4) I Will Follow (5:04)
(5) Banter (2:55)
(6) Iris (Hold Me Close) (6:03)
(7) Cedarwood Road (4:42)
(8) Song For Someone (4:10)
(9) Sunday Bloody Sunday (5:26)
(10) Raised By Wolves (4:26)
(11) Until The End Of The World (5:56)
(12) Intermission (4:35)
(13) Invisible (4:24)
(14) Even Better Than The Real Thing (4:33)
(15) Mysterious Ways (4:43)
(16) Banter (1:31)
(17) Desire (3:54)
(18) Banter (1:53)
Disc two (65:36):
(1) Lucifer's Hands (3:38)
(2) Banter (2:20)
(3) Every Breaking Wave (4:35)
(4) Bullet The Blue Sky (8:44)
(5) Pride (In The Name Of Love) (5:30)
(6) Beautiful Day (4:53)
(7) All I Want Is You (5:41)
(8) With or Without You (5:12)
(9) Encore break (2:52)
(10) Taped intro (1:05)
(11) City of Blinding Lights (5:39)
(12) Banter (1:44)
(13) Mother and Child Reunion (1:18)
(14) Where The Streets Have No Name (5:35)
(15) Banter (1:29)
(16) One (5:14)
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Note: This is a 24/44.1 file set, which in most cases can't be burned directly to CD without downsampling to 16-bit. A 16-bit, CD-friendly version will be posted separately. The recording is seamless; the disc breaks above are merely a suggestion.
The third of five nights in Chicago, and the best performance so far with a bunch of oddities in the set. "Gloria" makes its first appearance in the set since nearly ten years ago at the end of the "Vertigo" tour (12/14/05), the second performance of "Lucifer's Hands" (the first being in Montreal on 6/13), and only the second performance of "All I Want Is You" on the current tour (the first in L.A. 5/31). Bono was clearly inspired by the Gay Pride parade which took place in Chicago earlier in the day, and there were multiple references to the celebration of gay rights and the power of love. Inspiring show. Bono references that several band members' sons (I think Bono's, Edge's, and Larry's) were all in attendance tonight, as well as Bono's wife.
In terms of recording quality, tonight was one of those rare nights where everything came together. I was in a direct line to one of the overhead speaker stacks, and the audience members in my immediate vicinity were pretty quiet. There's some chatter during the quiet parts, but none that I could hear intruding on the music. I'm very happy with this recording.
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Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Equipment: DPA 4060 + DPA MPS6030 + Sony PCM-M10 (24/48)
Taper: RyanJ (Location: Section 222, Row 2)
Lineage: WAV > audition 3.0 (normalize to -0.1 db, convert to 16/44, fades) > CD Wave (tracking) > xACT (FLAC)
02. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
05. I Will Follow
06. Iris (Hold Me Close)
07. Cedarwood Road
08. Song For Someone
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. Raised By Wolves (with "Psalm 23" snippet)
11. Until The End Of The World
14. Even Better Than The Real Thing
15. Mysterious Ways
16. Desire (performed with an audience member on guitar)
17. Lucifer’s Hands
18. Every Breaking Wave
19. Bullet The Blue Sky
20. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
21. Beautiful Day
22. All I Want Is You
23. With Or Without You
24. Encore Break
25. Hawking’s Speech Intro
26. City Of Blinding Lights
27. Mother and Child Reunion
28. Where The Streets Have No Name
Bono - Vocals
The Edge - Guitars, Piano, Backing Vocals
Adam Clayton - Bass
Larry Mullen - Drums
Got to the show with about 7 minutes to spare and into my seat due to traffic on the way from Michigan. Amazing show. Just solidifying that U2 is one of the best live performances of my time. Stage lighting was exceptional and the sound was very good. I’ll let you decide what you think of the recording with the samples. Although I had no one in front of me, I split the corner stacks on the rear of the stage and Edge’s side. I’ll be honest sound is ok, vocals sound distant. Had some pretty terrible people next to me who kept leaving for drinks, sloppy messes losing their phone at one point and security is literally helping them find it right next to me. It was a bit stressful! The DPAs did well not picking up any of their ramblings though. Very happy with that. There is a reason I never do seats at an arena show if I can help it. But that is to not take away from this performance. It was simply exceptional and the first time I have seen U2! Enjoy the recording if you do wish to download.
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