1983-11-21 - Tokyo, Japan - TV Studio


Performance notes: During their visit to Japan in November 1983, U2 appear on an unidentified Japanese TV show. Edge's guitar breaks down and he plays most of New Year's Day's guitar parts on piano while Bono vocalizes what was meant to be the guitar solo. And the end of that his timing is thrown off and the song's conclusion is improvised. The exact date of the recording is unknown. At their first concert in Tokyo on 26 November Bono refers to it having occurred the previous weekend, which would place it on either the 20th or 21st.
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review by Prospekt

3 years ago


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Recording: "New Year's Day" - 4 stars


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One of the most bizarre U2 performances I've ever watched. Edge's guitar stops working at the beginning of New Year's Day so he's forced to stick to piano. Consequently, the song sounds very different. But I think the band handled it quite well.

Bono sings Edge's solo, sprinkling in a few improvised lyrics. His timing is a little off, but he's trying. The final chorus has a rough ending with more improvisation, but somehow the band keeps it from completely falling apart. Nobody loses their cool. I admire their composure.

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