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Despite a thirteen-year absence from Adelaide, the band stepped up the action a notch to create an experience where nothing else in the world mattered.
U2 delivered everything they are renowned and reputed for: Adam's thundering bass in New Year's Day, Larry's militaristic drumming to open with Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bono's sky-highs of Vertigo and Edge's shimmering delay and chimes of Where the Streets Have No Name. The band delivered it with precision, clarity and purpose.
Great quality for an MP3, if a little muffled in spots. Doesn't capture the 'stadium' feel so much, nor enough of the audience. But great sound otherwise, and very clear overall.
The dedicated fan action was in the General Admission and Red Zone sections, which were packed with hardcore fans from all over Australia and the world. These sections rewarded the band for returning to the City of Churches after so long. The classics were all received well from the whole crowd.
However, there was limited participation from the seated sections in the stands. Unfortunately, this is a cultural thing in Adelaide with most concert performances, no matter the artist.
U2's first performance at the sacred Adelaide Oval - and their first in Adelaide since the Vertigo Tour in 2006 - was yet another one for the ages. The date was their third in Australia since the U2360 Tour visited in 2010.
Fans lined up from the day before, organising their own queue outside the venue - later honoured by the stadium. In the evening on the night before the show, some gathered at a karaoke bar in Adelaide's CBD, where there was a gathering of cultures, experiences and memories joined in celebration of U2's music.
On the day - 19 November, 2019 - Adelaide's temperature hit 34 degrees Celsius but went up a notch when U2 fever maxed out. The band flew from Melbourne in the afternoon, opting to travel from the airport to Adelaide Oval for soundcheck. They were warmly greeted and walked alongside their vehicles for a short distance to say both thanks and sorry for taking so long to return to Australian shores.
Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds were outstanding, playing a fun, cheeky and energetic set as the stadium slowly filled. Gallagher read the vibe perfectly, and his banter would not be out of place in an Adelaide pub.
A cheer went around the stadium when U2's entrance song, 'The Whole of the Moon' by The Waterboys', began playing. They were now minutes away from what would be a tour de force.
The performance opened with Larry Mullen Jr's militaristic drum beat of 'Sunday, Bloody Sunday'. This was followed with the bouncing 'I Will Follow', then Adam's pumping bass started off 'New Year's Day' before 'Pride' concluded an energetic opening several songs. The only notable omission was 'Bad'.
Even in the heat of the night, the band continued to perform with purpose, delivering a highly energetic show. Bono acknowledged the efforts of Australian firefighters battling bushfires in the days leading up to the night, and later the band spoke about Irish inventions, with Larry mentioning flavoured Tayto potato chips (Joe 'Spud' Murphy).
U2 concluded their performance with a highly charged encore considering of live favourites that included Elevation, Vertigo and Beautiful Day; but they retained Every Breaking Wave and Love is Bigger Than Anything In its Way. Adelaide Oval sang much of 'One' for Bono to close the performance, and as is tradition, mobile phones were turned into a sea of torches.
The next day, a glowing review of the show was front page news. Despite being away for so long, the band created a memory that will last for just as long - but hopefully with not as long a wait until their next visit!
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taper: Blackout - DG
Location:GA FLOOR - 15m from main stage directly beneath Main satellite Line Array stacks
Lineage: Church Audio Unidirectional Mics- Church Audio 9000 Preamp - Zoom iQ6 [Custom Mod] via Lightening -iphone 10x running zoom app 48k 16bit Stereo WAV > Sound Forge resampled to 44.1k, split, Some Light Waves L2 Limiting - Flac
Notes: At the last minute the day before travel and the concert i decided to make the new iphone i would be carrying to the gig useful and run some recording mics for it. After some major surgery to remove the clumsy hard-installed mics of the Zoom iQ6 i had lying around for some time i managed to hotwire it to accept my far surperior Church audio mic feeds via the Church audio preamp. [see pic]. The jack i installed wasnt ideal but it got me thru the gig with a recording that really surprised me for its quality. I picked the right place to stand for overall sound balance and low stadium reflections and the recording turned out tight and clear with strong Bono. The PA was really loud and peaking into a degree of distortion in places. There was a curfew for the noise so the band cut a few songs to make it by 10.30, notably my favourite song BAD was cut from the first part of the show which was just devastating so the show is a bit shorter than other nits on this leg. Theres a small dropout during Track 2 I Will Follow as i had to take out the phone to check recording levels and yanked the mic lead out accidentally uncovering a flaw in my mod design (wont happen again!). The adelaide crowd was really drunk for a tuesday nite and there were morons stumbling around everwhere, during Even Better Than The REal Thing one particular knucklehead kept stumbling and bumping into a nice couple in front and there was nearly a punchup, you can hear me cutting in and issuing the jackass with a warning. Otherwise the nearby audience interference is fairly low.
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CA-14 Cardioid -> Battery Box -> Zoom H1n -> WAV(24/96) -> USB -> PC -> iZotope RX7 -> Adobe Audition -> FFmpeg(16/48) -> CD Wave Editor -> Flac(8)
01 - Intro[The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon]
02 - Sunday Bloody Sunday
03 - I Will Follow
04 - 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
15 - Exit
16 - Mothers Of The Disappeared
17 - Angel Of Harlem
18 - Elevation
19 - Vertigo
20 - Even Better Than The Real Thing
21 - Every Breaking Wave
22 - Beautiful Day
23 - Ultraviolet(Light My Way)
24 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way
25 - One
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"There were hundreds of soldiers on the left side of the stadium. The rest of the crowd was made up of Croats and Serbs who had travelled to the show on trains that hadn't run since the start of the war. People travelled from all over the region to see the gig. These people were killing each other only a year before. Here they were together at a U2 gig. What an amazing thing."
- Larry on Popmart Sarajevo
did you know
In September 1976, Larry Mullen, Jr. posted a notice on Mount Temple Comprehensive School's bulletin board to form a band. With seven responses to Larry's note, the band which were known at the time as The Hype, The Larry Mullen Band, Feedback and later U2 is whittled down to four as seen from 1980's debut Boy to the current day.