Performance notes: Roughly 150 people are in attendance for U2's set, even though the capacity is 500. Nonetheless, the crowd is very enthusiastic and calls for not just one encore (which was 11 O'clock Tick Tock) but two (which was Out Of Control). By the time Barooga take the stage, only 40 audience members are left, some of whom are U2 and their crew. This concert began U2's strong connection with the city of Boston, a "home away from home" for the band. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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U2's first show in Boston was absolutely amazing. The performance is definitely in the top three best out of the entire Boy Tour. They are on-point and play every song extremely well, if only the audio quality was better. Even though Stories For Boys and A Day Without Me, setlist staples, aren't here the band more than makes up for it with their outstanding performance of all the other songs.
The audio quality definitely isn't the best of the Boy Tour. The start of the first 11 O'Clock Tick Tock is cut. Unlike other recordings of the era, it's not really muffled but has way too much static. Bono is hard to understand at times as well, espcecially when he's talking to the audience. It's definitely still listenable, but could be much better. Recording: Audience microphone - 2.5 stars
The audience is perhaps the most enthusiatic they've ever been in the first two legs of the Boy Tour. They are super into the concert and called for two encores, and they are full of energy throuhout the entire show. Bono frequently talks with them because of their enthusiasm and they help the band feel more confident and perform really well.
All of these songs could be considered highlights due to the band's stellar performance, but if I had to pick a few I'd say The Cry/Electric Co. and I Will Follow with their energy, and Twilight with Bono's speech. The second 11 O'Clock Tick Tock also changes the lyrics up a bit, it's quite nice! Bono calls Boston the band's 'home away from home' and this show definitely helped to cement this area as one of U2's favorite places to play. Had to dock points because of the audio quality, but the show is absolutely still worth your time.
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what they said
"With Or Without You was a great piece of work because at that moment it was something no-one had heard of before although it's since become a kind of format or style and even for us we now accept it as kind of established. But when we first released it, it was like: 'Will anyone play this?'"
- The Edge, 1989
did you know
U2 lost money on the production of the 1997 Sarajevo PopMart show as ticket prices were kept low, an average of $18, which did not cover the cost of the production. Any income generated from radio sales went to War Child.