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My 3rd U2 show attendance...and the boys did not disappoint! The fact that its 40 years in their career and 30 years since the original Joshua Tree release is mind blowing alone but to have witnessed the band preform every song down to a T was phenomenal.
The Nokia bootleg, while sounding clear, sounds a bit too fuzzy and a bit more audience noise than the band. Still, the band can still be heard very clearly. Recording: "Nokia Lumia 930 aka Lumia Icon" - 3.5 stars
Unlike the last tour, I was at the seats and everyone was on their feet, jumping, dancing, waving their hands in the air, smartphone lights and singing along to every word. Excitement in the air. My poor friend had to keep moving aside to let people go in and out in our row. As well as a small misunderstanding over me blocking the screen view of a fan behind me. Despite those small mishaps, the boys lifted our spirits and the audience joined along.
Apart from a small audience mishap or two, this show was simply amazing! To have witnessed U2s most famous album in person and its entirety was a fantastic privilege to be a part of. A far superior show to me than my very first one in NY June 23 during the IE Tour in nearly every aspect: crowd participation, simple effectiveness of the stage, the JT songs, the band's energy, set list.
- The band
-The Joshua Tree album live and in person
-Set List (One where I thought was gonna be a tad jumble mess, lacking sequential flow like the 6/23 IE show. But once again, no disappointment. Complete flow from SBS to One. It seemed like a festival-esque setlist in vein of Metallica's Orion Festival set lists, except U2's shows are their own festival per se. Anyways, great set list...except for one thing in the Cons)
-No ASOHC (I really thought they were gonna play this one but guess they didn't. Too bad.)
That's about it! Can't say anymore. Thank You U2 for a special night! See you next show/tour!
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MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Thursday 29 June 2017
Recorded by eckythump from section 116 row 10
Source: Nokia Lumia 930 (called Lumia Icon in North America) w/built-in HAAC mics > Audio Recorder Pro app > 16bit/48 KHz PCM/WAV
Encoding: Trader's Little Helper > FLAC (Level 8)
01 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
02 - New Years Day
03 - Bad
04 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)
05 - Where The Streets Have No Name
06 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
07 - With Or Without You
08 - Bullet The Blue Sky
09 - Running To Stand Still
10 - Red Hill Mining Town
11 - Bono Talks
12 - In God's Country
13 - Bono Talks
14 - Trip Through Your Wires
15 - Bono Talks
16 - One Tree Hill
17 - Exit
18 - Mothers of the Disappeared
19 - Encore Break
20 - Miss Sarajevo
21 - Beautiful Day
22 - Elevation
23 - Vertigo
24 - Mysterious Ways
25 - Bono Talks
26 - Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
27 - Bono Talks
28 - One
Bono - vocals, harmonica
The Edge - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Adam Clayton - bass
Larry Mullen Jr. - drums, percussion
Show Notes: My first time seeing U2 since 2010 (the last time they toured Australia) - I had planned a US holiday for June and made sure I would be in New York for this as I couldn't miss it (plenty of recordings of other artists from my travels also forthcoming), and they didn't disappoint. It was a beautiful warm night in New Jersey, and well worth the hassle of getting to the stadium from Manhattan (take the bus is my advice, and go early, and run to the bus pick area after to avoid waiting a long time for the ride home). The gigantic 4K video screen was incredible and used to great effect, and the band is in great form. While the setlists haven't varied a lot on this tour, it was fun to get Mysterious Ways - here's hoping for an Achtung Baby full album show in 5 years time!
Recording Notes: Sounds pretty good I think, the recording actually sounds better than it did from my seat. I was unable to score floor tickets, so had to make do with a seat, which while good for my legs, unfortunately affected the quality of the sound, as it sounded quite muddy and distorted at times, which comes from being in seats at a sports stadium, however I've done my best with this recording and it sounds decent enough (not quite as good as taper Larryrulz's recording of night 1, but I don't think it's miles behind). If anything Bono's vocals sounds a little distorted at times, but it's not so off putting you can't listen to it. The only really annoying crowd talking came during Running To Stand Still - I had an aisle seat, and out of nowhere a bunch of women came and stood right behind me on the steps and proceeded to have a loud conversation, right on cue during the quietest song! i tried to give them the evil eye, but they were too engrossed in themselves to care. Eventually they moved on, so they only ruined a few minutes. Otherwise I hope you will enjoy listening to this recording!
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 224, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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"Then Bono arrived, and he meant to play the guitar, but he couldn't play very well, so he started to sing. He couldn't do that either. But he was such a charismatic character that he was in the band anyway, as soon as he arrived. I was in charge for the first five minutes, but as soon as Bono got there, I was out of a job."
- Larry Mullen jr, 1987
did you know
When U2 were recording 'Electrical Storm', it was Bono's intention to write about the aftermath of 9/11, but it turned out to be a love song.