Comments: Tour debuts of Volcano and Ordinary Love. Edge has piano problems before Every Breaking Wave so Bono fills time by talking to the crowd. He promises one fan that The Crystal Ballroom will be performed by the end of the tour, and talks about his joy in Ireland's successful referendum for marriage equality after spotting a "Lesbians for Bono" sign ("Bono is for lesbians!" he replies). He then pulled an Elvis Presley impersonator on stage, who sang part of Can't Help Falling in Love and led the audience in singing the title line. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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I'm giving the band 5 stars because not only did they sound great that night, but the first ever performances of "Volcano" and "Ordinary Love" were tremendous. In addition, technical problems with Edge's piano didn't detract from the performance at all. In fact, it created a wonderful spontaneous moment that saw an Elvis-impersonator join Bono on stage for a line of "Can't Help Falling In Love."
I think the AUD-IEM compilation might be the definitive fan recording of a U2 series of shows. I really appreciate the effort that went into producing this. The sound is excellent. Great mix of IEM components and the crowd, and the most poignant moments / stage banter from each of the shows are captured here. Well done!! Recording: "AUD-IEM compilation of LA & Roxy shows" - 4.5 stars
Awesome. I was there that night and enjoyed the "Ordinary Love" performance. The Elvis moment was great.
A fun show to have attended. I have to admit that "Iris" has really grown on me in the two years since the concert. I think it's one of Bono's most personal and touching songs. Having the AUD-IEM compilation recording now is a wonderful bookend to the experience.
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Selections from the following dates:
(1) 5/26/2015 - The Forum
(2) 5/27/2015 - The Forum
(R) 5/28/2015 - The Roxy
(3) 5/30/2015 - The Forum
(4) 5/31/2015 - The Forum
(5) 6/03/2015 - The Forum
* Note: Each track has a (#) to identify the show
Recordings are matrix recordings of Wireless and Audience Sources
Multiple Wireless Sources > Multitrack Recorder
Taper #1: Hoserama (for five out of six shows)
Taper #2: ProfessorCriminal (for 6/03/2015)
Mixed, Produced, and Mastered by Sharebear/Hoserama
Aligned in Adobe Audition
Mixed in Nuendo 4, using extra waves, Ozone, Slate plug-ins
Dithered using Izotope MBIT+
Flac'ed using Trader's Little Helper
Mix version 4
01 People have the Power (5/26)
02 Miracle of Joey Ramone (5/26)
03 The Electric Co (5/30)
04 Out of Control (5/27)
05 Vertigo (5/27)
06 I Will Follow (5/27)
07 Iris (5/27)
08 Cedarwood Road (5/26)
09 Song for Someone (5/31)
10 Sunday Bloody Sunday (5/31)
11 Raised By Wolves (5/27)
12 Until the End of the World (5/27)
13 Intermission (6/03)
14 Invisible (6/03)
15 Even Better... (5/26)
16 Mysterious Ways (6/03)
17 Desire (5/27)
18 Angel of Harlem (5/27)
19 California (5/26)
20 Sweetest Thing (5/26)
21 Elevation (5/30)
22 Stuck in A Moment (5/30)
23 When Love Comes to Town (5/31)
24 Volcano (6/03)
25 Ordinary Love (6/03)
26 Bono Meets Elvis (6/03)
27 Every Breaking Wave (6/03)
28 Bullet the Blue Sky (5/27)
29 Hands That Built America (5/27)
30 Pride (5/30)
31 Beautiful Day (5/31)
32 The Troubles (6/03)
33 Bad (5/27)
34 All I Want is You (5/31)
35 With or Without You (5/31)
36 Encore (5/31)
37 Hawkins Video (5/31)
38 City of Blinding Lights (6/03)
39 Mother and Child (6/03)
40 Where the Streets... (5/27)
41 Still Haven't Found... (5/30)
42 One (6/03)
43 '40' (5/27)
44 The Ocean (Roxy)
45 Eleven O’clock Tick Tock (Roxy)
46 Sunday Bloody Sunday (Roxy)
Before the 2015 tour dates were announced, an LA-based U2 filmer tried to talk me into doing a big project for upcoming U2 LA shows. The plan was to an "ultimate" version of LA to include 4k multicams with high end audio of all songs performed in LA. The multicam part stalled out but I always kept the project in mind. In the fall/winter of 2015, I completed mixes of 5/27 + 5/28 + 5/31 + 6/3, but never started the other two shows. With the hopes to finalize the project before the new Joshua Tree Gimmick Tour, I started working on mixes of 5/26 + 5/27 + 5/30 concurrently (revised the original 5/27 mix). So with full mixes of every show done, it was a matter of stitching everything together into something cohesive.
I tried to keep the structure of the show. However there are some overlaps, such as the two band intros mid-song or three successive closing songs. Since I wanted to include all tracks performed throughout the 6 show residency, compromises were made. The clips from the Roxy Club show didn't fit into the main arena set, so they're tacked on as bonus tracks.
Song selection was mostly at my discretion (for songs with multiple takes). Feel free to criticize all you want. Sometimes I had an easy choice with goofed up versions, but other times it was just a personal preference.
I would argue the LA run is where the 2015 tour really came together. The Phoenix shows were surprisingly good, but the stretch in LA was something special. After the show of 5/26/2015, U2's Tour Manager of 33 years Dennis Sheehan passed away in his hotel room. By all reports, everybody in U2 land was shocked and heartbroken. Throughout the remainder of the shows, Bono would discuss the importance of Dennis and their loss. I've tried to retain some of these moments within the compilation.
As a personal (and brief) review of each show:
Night 1 (5/26/2015) - something of a glitchy show and not their best.
Night 2 (5/27/2015) - U2 turned in one of the best emotional shows I've seen by U2, and has the highest number of songs in the set.
Roxy (5/28/2015) - started as a make-up promo show, but turned into one of the most energetic and unique shows by U2 in the last 15 years.
Night 3 (5/30/2015) - had highlights but was a bit of an emotional let-down compared to the past couple shows.
Night 4 (5/31/2015) - U2 turned it around with an outstanding high energy show with night 4, much better than the previous night
Night 5 (6/03/2015) - Unfortunately I couldn't make it for Night 5, but others reported it to be an outstanding closing show to the LA Residency.
Recording & Mix Notes:
This is a mix of several wireless sources plus variety of audience sources. I can achieve a pretty clear band mix using the wireless, but need the audience recording to capture the live room sound with the audience recording. These prove to be the biggest variable in sound, as adding too much audience recording muddies the sound, but also adds life. Additionally, each audience recording acts and behaves very differently. I did the best I could to my ears, but others might have different preferences.
5/26 + 5/27 + 5/30 were all mixed at the same time, so sound the most alike. The other shows will sound a bit different, but hopefully not too distracting.
Special thanks go to the other tapers in ProfessorCriminal, MH, Bedoc, JB, JEMS, TallTaper, and mixster_. Their contributions were essential for the project.
As always, I give a friendly encouragement to people to get into taping and mixing. Just take the craft seriously and it will reward you many times over.
Wireless recordings are not for everyone. If not they're not your thing, either sonically or ethically, there's excellent audience recordings out there.
Similarly, I'm mixing primarily for my ears. This is what sounds best to me. This may not sound best to you. That's a fair statement. I'm open to honest criticism (although you should have caught me when I was working on the mix!), but pointless complaining is unappreciated (naturally). Let's play nice.
Not currently planning on releasing any other 2015 stuff at this time.
Please don't sell this recording in any way - no cash for blanks, 2:1s, or any other form of "getting paid for your time". Just share it freely.
Please don't convert to mp3, then back to wave, and then trade it around. This stuff is too easy to find on torrents now.
Please do not attempt to remaster/remix this recording and spread it around. This has been heavily processed, and if you want to do your own mix, go get the wireless recordings (good luck) and do it yourself from scratch.
Also, please don't torrent or post on other sites without at least dropping me a line and asking. I may want to just post it there myself. Please ask (and wait for permission!) before putting it into any matrix + video. If you ask nicely, I will likely say “yes”.
01-[intro: People Have the Power]
02-The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
03-Out Of Control
05-I Will Follow
06-Iris (Hold Me Close)
08-Song For Someone
09-Sunday Bloody Sunday
10-Raised By Wolves
11-Until The End of The World
12-[intermission: The Wanderer]
14-Even Better Than The Real Thing
19-Every Breaking Wave
20-Bullet The Blue Sky
21-The Hands That Built America [excerpt]
22-Pride (In The Name of Love)
25-With Or Without You
27-City Of Blinding Lights
29-Mother And Child Reunion [excerpt]
30-Where The Streets Have No Name
[Frontend] FLAc > [fre:ac] > mp3@256kb/s
"So this is just my second recording [Section 225, row 19] ever.
My first was at the May 26 show but it was just ok and not worth
sharing in light of the others shared here. This one came out better
although the gain on the mic was set a bit low. I ran the lightning
cable extension to my hat where I cut a hole for the mic. They really
mixed up the setlist so it makes for an interesting show. There was a
long break before "Every Breaking Wave" as The Edge’s piano was
malfunctioning and Bono was stalling for time by chatting away.
The recording is good for what it is but it doesn’t really compare to
a “real rig”. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it."
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U2 I + E Tour
The Forum - Inglewood, CA
Night 5 of 5
June 3rd, 2015
"Elvis Has Left The Building"
Dedicated to fellow taper: ijwthstd who provided the ticket. Sincere thanks and gratitude. I wouldn't
be able to attend otherwise.
Lineage / Equipment:
100' from apex of "e" stage -> 4.5' - 6.7' h -> at933's (4.7k dt mod) cards -> naiant pipsqueak pre (+4dB)
-> edirol r09 (24/48) -> san disk extreme plus 32gb class 10 - 80mb/s -> reader -> audition 3.0
(moderate level adjust +11dB l / +9dB r - fades - normalization - de-clap process) -> har-bal 2.3 (slight e.q.)
-> audition 3.0 (dither to 16/44.1) -> cd wave editor (track split) -> tlh (flac level 8, etc...) -> DIME
-> you -> sense of enjoyment -> sharing is caring -> support the artist (yes) -XX convert to mp3 (no!!!)
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Please do no sell or attempt to profit from this recording. I do ask that any reposts, links
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01. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
02. Out Of Control (with "Good Times, Bad Times" snippet)
04. I Will Follow
05. Iris (Hold Me Close)
06. Cedarwood Road
07. Song For Someone
08. Sunday Bloody Sunday (with "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" snippet)
09. Raised By Wolves (with "Psalm 23" snippet)
10. Until The End of the World (with "Love and Peace or Else" snippet)
12. Even Better Than The Real Thing
13. Mysterious Ways (with "Burning Down The House" and "Young Americans" snippets)
15. Ordinary Love*
16. Can't Help Falling In Love (sung by an Elvis impersanator)
17. Every Breaking Wave
18. Bullet The Blue Sky (with "19" and "Black Dog" snippets)
19. The Hands That Built America / Pride (In the Name of Love)
20. Beautiful Day
21. The Troubles
22. With Or Without You
23. 'Encore Break'
24. City Of Blinding Lights (includes Stephen Hawking speech)
25. Mother And Child Reunion / Where The Streets Have No Name (with "California" snippet)
26. One (with "My Sweet Lord" and "Invisible" snippets)
Bono - Vocals
The Edge - Guitars, Piano, Backing Vocals
Adam Clayton - Bass
Larry Mullen - Drums
The band / performance:
The four Northside Dubliners make their return to the recently refurbished Forum for the fifth and final night
of their Los Angeles residency (sixth if you include their KROQ promotional club show, so aptly recorded by JEMS).
The band performed for nearly 2 1/2 hours to a capacity crowd. On the surface, it may appear strange that the set
was dominated by "Songs of Innocence" (nine in total!); an album that the band "couldn't giveaway" nine months ago.
However, the album has a natural ebb and flow to it and has the added benefit of telling a narrative of the band's
early formative years. After years of over the top stage productions with spaceships and claws, I commend them on
their decision to return to arenas and to scale the production back. The stage design allows nearly everyone in the
audience a closer view of the band at some point in the performance. I was located directly above the "e" stage which
afforded me a bird's eye view for the majority of the second half of the show. Unfortunately, I was not able to see
the massive two storey monolithic LED screen that was lowered across the center catwalk. The band would perform inside
the screen at different intervals during the night. The band was tight and well-rehearsed and Bono's voice was in fine
form. No doubt aided by the band's "two nights on - two nights off" itenerary. After all is said and done, the band
will make 70+ stops across 20 cities around the world over the next seven months. The set saw the tour debut of
"Volcano" and "Ordinary Love". The performance overall seemed a bit subdued. The band is clearly still mourning the
loss of their fallen comrade, Dennis Sheehan. Still it was nearly flawless. The two exceptions were a problem with the
"e stage" piano at the beginning of "Every Breaking Wave" in which The Edge was forced to retreat to the main stage.
During that time Bono brought up a 70's-era Elvis impersanator from the audience, who regailed the audience with a verse
of "Can't Help Falling In Love". Also, one of his guitar effects didn't trigger during one of the WTSHNN verses. All in
all it was a great show!
It's a fairly solid pull from the fifth row of The Forum's proverbial "cheap seats" (Upper Section). This section used
to be called "The Collonade" when the Showtime Lakers and Gretsky-era Kings played here. The 60m that the MSG Group spent
in 2013 saw upgraded seats that didn't afford any extra legroom as they didn't change the configuration of the interior
bowl. Still, even these nosebleed seats afford a much better view than those at Staples Center, which are situated atop
three storeys of suites. Parking here is still a mad dog's breakfast , but that's a whole other story (YIKES!) This
section has the added benefit of having the most direct path to the ceiling stacks that are configured in a large ellipse
above the runway stage. I was situated directly in front of a small projection screen with speakers on either side.
Unfortunately, I had no direct "line of sight" to any single speaker. Still, the people directly in front of me were
situated in a Box section 2 feet below me and they were very quiet. There is very little chatter on the recording. That
being said, I did mildly attenuate a bit of clapping. Also, one dude behind me screams out "Gloria" between songs on 3
occasions. I did expand the frequency response a tad and tried to define the bass a bit more in order to reduce the "boom
in the room" sound. Still, it sounds pretty decent for an arena pull. I'll let you be the judge. On a final note, the
intermission portion was parsed as it contains a prerecording of Johnny Cash's "The Wanderer" in its entirety.
Tour (live?) debut of "Volcano". It's still a little rough aroung the edges but Adam's bass playing makes up for the lack of
polish. "City Of Blinding Lights". The band just killed it on this song! The recording of this sounds pretty distant though.
Wish we could have gotten "Bad", "40" or "A Kind of Homecoming". Maybe time to trade out "Pride", "Bullet" or "Streets";
blasmephy to be sure. "Desire" and "Still" did get the night off, though.
Live at the Forum in Inglewood, CA
June 3, 2015
Section 225, row 19, seat ??
Zoom IQ5 -> Cable Jive lightning cable extension -> Zoom Handy Recorder app -> Iphone 6 plus -> CD Wave to split tracks and convert to FLAC
So this is just my second recording ever. My first was at the May 26 show but it was just ok and not worth sharing in light of the others shared here. This one came out better although the gain on the mic was set a bit low. I ran the lightning cable extension to my hat where I cut a hole for the mic. They really mixed up the setlist so it makes for an interesting show. There was a long break before Every Breaking Wave as The Edge’s piano was malfunctioning and Bono was stalling for time by chatting away. The recording is good for what it is but it doesn’t really compare to a “real rig”. Hopefully you guys will enjoy it.
01. People Have The Power - Intro
02. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
03. Out of Control
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
12. Intermission - The Wanderer
14. Even Better Than The Real Thing
15. Mysterious Ways
17. Ordinary Love
18. Bono Loves The Lesbians and Meets Elvis
19. Every Breaking Wave
20. Bullet The Blue Sky
21. The Hands That Built America
22. Pride (In The Name of Love)
23. Beautiful Day
24. The Troubles
25. With or Without You
26. Encore Break
27. City of Blinding Lights
28. Mother and Child Reunion
29. Where The Streets Have No Name
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