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The band was clearly elated to be back in Chicago. For this first night, the band was visibly determined to put all of their energy into the show. Aside from a drum fix mid Joshua tree and a slight timing issue on In God's Country, the show was flawless and very upbeat. I felt that the momentum of the show was off after Elevation: they had incredible momentum and then it shifted too quickly (an issue resolved in later shows with the addition of Vertigo). One of my favorite moments was Bono's joyful reaction to their performance of Red Hill... they nailed it.
This part is only rated, not commented on Recording: Audience microphone - 4 stars
Chicago shows and U2 can be incredible and this show lived up to that connection. The crowd and band were in full flight and it was electric.
A band taking command of a stadium crowd of creating a memorable night.
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Source: Schoeps MK4s > Tinybox > Sony PCM-M10 @ 24-bit / 44.1kHz
Location: FOB left stacks
Transfer: SD Card > USB > Audacity (dither) > CDWave > TLH
01 Intro (A Rainy Night in Soho)
02 Sunday Bloody Sunday
03 New Year's Day
05 Pride (In the Name of Love)
06 Where the Streets Have No Name
07 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
08 With or Without You
09 Bullet the Blue Sky
10 Running to Stand Still
11 Red Hill Mining Town
12 In God's Country
13 Trip Through Your Wires
14 One Tree Hill
16 Mothers of the Disappeared
17 -encore break-
18 Beautiful Day
20 "Syria intro"
21 Miss Sarajevo [Passengers]
22 Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
24 "Happy Birthday Chris Blackwell"
25 I Will Follow
Notes: First of two nights on the 'Joshua Tree' tour. The Lumineers were the opening band (recorded). Tinybox set at mid gain; M10 set at 4. Raw transfer with no fades or EQ.
Archive: Master WAV was archived @ 24-bit/44.1kHz and FLAC'd with cue sheet.
Taped and transferred by tapeworm(48)
Txt file compiled on 6/4/2017
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"Our house in the weekends is just one big party. We play music, people stay over. It's more like a train station than perhaps Ali would like it, but there's a lot of laughter in the house."
- Bono, 2009
did you know
The song 'Scarlet' was inspired by a thought in Bono's mind: "does God need salesmen?". The band was also in a minimalist mood that day.