Performance notes: Live debut of The Crystal Ballroom. Beforehand, Bono spoke about how fans following the tour had been eagerly requesting the song. Happy Birthday sung for John Cusack. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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02 The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
03 The Electric Co.
05 I Will Follow
06 Iris (Hold Me Close)
07 Cedarwood Road
08 Song for Someone
09 Sunday Bloody Sunday
10 Raised by Wolves
11 Until the End of the World
14 Even Better Than the Real Thing
15 Mysterious Ways
16 The Crystal Ballroom
17 Sweetest Thing
18 Every Breaking Wave
19 Bullet the Blue Sky
20 Pride (In the Name of Love)
21 Beautiful Day
22 With or Without You
23 -Encore break-
24 City of Blinding Lights
25 Mother and Child Reunion>Where the Streets Have No Name
26 Happy Birthday
27 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Notes: 4th of 5 nights in Chicago on the Innocence & Experience tour. Tough crowd and much more crowded floor than Chicago I; lots of movement during the second half as people chased Bono up and down the stage. R09 input set at 15. Level adjustments during first song. Rest of the set amplified by +1.7dB. Raw transfer with no fades or EQ.
Taped and transferred by lowlight10
Txt file compiled on 6/29/2015
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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: Floor, 2/3 way back along the rail, Adam side
Disc one (78:12):
(1) The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) (5:46)
(2) The Electric Co. (6:11)
(3) Vertigo (3:39)
(4) I Will Follow (3:59)
(5) Banter (2:57)
(6) Iris (Hold Me Close) (6:30)
(7) Cedarwood Road (4:46)
(8) Song For Someone (4:04)
(9) Sunday Bloody Sunday (5:30)
(10) Raised By Wolves (4:26)
(11) Until The End Of The World (5:39)
(12) Intermission (4:35)
(13) Invisible (4:22)
(14) Even Better Than The Real Thing (4:34)
(15) Mysterious Ways (4:31)
(16) Banter (1:39)
(17) The Crystal Ballroom (4:56)
Disc two (59:10):
(1) Banter (1:13)
(2) The Sweetest Thing (3:40)
(3) Banter (0:36)
(4) Every Breaking Wave (4:39)
(5) Bullet The Blue Sky (9:31)
(6) Pride (In The Name Of Love) (6:00)
(7) Beautiful Day (4:28)
(8) With or Without You (4:29)
(9) Encore break (2:56)
(10) Taped intro (1:02)
(11) City of Blinding Lights (5:43)
(12) Banter (1:52)
(13) Mother and Child Reunion (1:09)
(14) Where The Streets Have No Name (5:42)
(15) Happy Birthday (0:31)
(16) I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (5:32)
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The fourth of five nights in Chicago; it felt a little more formulaic than the prior couple of shows, but some good rarities in the set. The audience feedback wasn't as intense as the previous night, which perhaps explains the more low-key performance. Overall, an enjoyable show with a few highlights.
There will probably be better-sounding versions of this show over the coming months, but I thought I would get this out there for those who wanted to hear this show right away. Recording quality is pretty good, though not quite up to the level of night 2 when I was also on the floor. I got as far to the side as I could to capture as much of the overhead PA as possible - the overall fidelity is somewhat lacking and I tried to punch it up somewhat with the Magix EQ functions. There is quite a bit of chatter during Bono's banters (particularly when the band came out to the b-stage, which drew a lot of traffic from the front), but I don't think there's much interference during the actual music.
This show features the first-ever performance of the bonus track "The Crystal Ballroom," and the band turned in a credible performance given that they had probably only learned it in soundcheck. John Cusack gets a special "Happy Birthday" serenade during the encore to commemorate his 49th birthday.
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"I do feel that I don't want to be on stage sometimes, and that's why I used to end up off it most of the time. A director once said to me the thing that marks some performers and actors from others is you can sense that they could get down off that screen and be on your lap, in your face and in your car. Or have you by the hair, and I felt that was the thing about me."
- Bono, 1997
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In U2's early days when picking nicknames for each other, one of Bono's earliest was "Bon Smelly Arse".