Performance notes: Concert for contest winners on radio station KROQ. First performance of 11 O'clock Tick Tock since 21 August 2001; The Ocean since 9 December 2005; Elevation since 30 July 2011. The Ocean had not opened a concert since 8 June 1981. This is the first show to feature at least five Boy-era songs since 24 September 1984. Stuck in a Moment was played by Edge on piano - it was performed on the Songs Of Innocence promo tour in 2014 but has not yet appeared on the Innocence + Experience Tour. At least one copy of the printed setlist did not include Vertigo, though it was performed and did appear on other copies. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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The band was clearly on point the entire night. Maybe it was the shortened set, maybe it was the setting, maybe it was the setlist, but this performance had an energy like few others in recent memory.
(Best part for me was Bonobos starting the verse early in Elevation and playing it off like a champ)
A decent, four star audience recording. I'm docking it a half-point for some weird panning/level issues that were especially noticeable when I was wearing headphones. Distracting, but not enough to ruin it for me. Recording: "JEMS Master" - 4 stars
Again, I think it was just a special night for everyone involved. The crowd is insane.
This show was one for the books. We're all lucky it happened, and we're lucky to be able to listen to it in any format. The band was on fire, the crowd was insane, and the setlist was unlike any we'll probably see for some time. Worth a listen for any casual fan, and a must have for anyone whose favorite album is Boy.
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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 The Ocean
02 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
03 I Will Follow
04 The Electric Co.
05 Beautiful Day
07 Stuck In A Moment
08 Sunday Bloody Sunday (electric)
09 Out Of Control
11 Song For Someone
Here it is. And yes, it was everything any one of us would have hoped it to be: our favorite band, in a 500 person club, playing unadorned by visual technology and giving it their all for an hour of expected and unexpected material. At times it was a bit surreal to see U2 in this setting, so close to the crowd, playing a setlist that nodded to the very first tours where venues of this size were the norm.
All the details you could ever want about the show can be found here:
As for the recording, the PA at the Roxy is spread wide left and right of stage. I used cardioids to help fight off what I knew would be a noisy crowd and I was standing pretty much dead center. But the highly directional nature of the mics combined with the positioning to the PA meant that when I moved slightly (and as much as I tried to stay steady, I did move, wouldn’t you?), the high end of the stereo image shifts. The impact is heard almost entirely in the cymbals, which flitter between channels in spots (cymbals may also have been split left/right in the PA). It is noticeable, more so in headphones, but not terribly annoying. Ce la vie. I did the best I could.
That demerit aside, the tape is punchy, clear, full and I think accurately captures what happened in the room. Samples provided.
Once it was announced the show would NOT be broadcast, we did feel obliged to all of you to get in there and record. We hope you enjoy it.
And by we, I mean the extended JEMS family. J went through the entire show yesterday painstakingly removing closer clapping during music to make for a more palatable listening experience. And BG was also quick to raise a hand and volunteer to take this one the last mile. Thanks to both of them.
BK for JEMS
Audio / MP3
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02-11 O'Clock Tick Tock
03-I Will Follow
04-The Electric Co.
07-Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
08-Sunday Bloody Sunday
09-Out Of Control
11-Song For Someone
12-California (There Is No End To Love)
Notes: "The Electric Co." has a 10 seconds patch from
cqleonardo (also Total Recorder)
B!g kisses & hugs to Sil Rigote & u2brasil - Obrigado!
It was truely a joy to listen through your ears
Sil, you rock!
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Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 256, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
"An Electric Company At Roxy"
Eat A Peach! – EAT 39
The Roxy, West Hollywood, CA
01-The Ocean/Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep 01:55:466
02-11 O'Clock Tick Tock 04:53:486
03-I Will Follow 03:51:573
04-The Electric Co./Send In The Clowns/I Can See For Miles 06:50:786
05-Beautiful Day/I Remember You 04:43:893
07-Stuck In A Moment you can't get out of 05:43:546
08-Sunday Bloody Sunday/When Johnny Comes Marching Home 05:35:573
09-Out Of Control/Iris (Hold Me Close) 05:26:733
11-Song For Someone 05:02:253
12-California (There Is No End To Love)/God Only Knows 03:52:266
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