Performance notes: 'Pinkpop Festival' - Other bands include New Adventures, Fischer Z, Madness, Michael Shenker Group, The Pretenders, Ian Dury & The Blockheads Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Energetic boys playing like their lives depend on it. Bono is so enthused it sounds like he's about to explode - so a typical early 80s show, then. Overall, it's a terrific showing of their drive.
11 O'Clock Tick Tock is a properly long, heavy version. Into the Heart is quite strong. Bono says Another Time, Another Place is for dancing. He goes all in on The Electric Co. Edge comes through very well in a terrific version of Stories For Boys. The Stories For Boys-Boy/Girl-Out of Control sequence is brilliantly done, although Bono fumbles over some of the OOC lyrics. Bono sings a little extra intro to Twilight, and Edge's solo is blistering. The second IWF ends the show on a high.
You really couldn't complain. Sounds terrific. Recording: FM Aerial Broadcast - 4.5 stars
Bono jokes that the festival crowd shouldn't know who U2 are, but they certainly seem to know them - and love them, too! They're not too prominent in the mix on much of the recording, but they still sound good! Check them out after OOC.
Very strong show. You get to hear U2 really building their reputation as a fundamentally live band.
- 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (as always!)
- Another Time, Another Place
- Stories For Boys
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Origin: FM broadcast
Silver CD, manufactured by Tube
Num. cat: TUCD 002
1. The Ocean
2. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
3. I Will Follow
4. An Cat Dubh
5. Into The Heart
6. Another Time, Another Place
7. The Cry / The Electric Co.
8. Stories For Boys
10. Out Of Control
12. I Will Follow
13. I Fall Down
14. Things To Make And Do
15. A Day Without Me
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“Rock’n’roll’s always been about rebellion, hasn’t it? Elvis Presley in the 1950s and then bands like The Rolling Stones in the 60s with their long hair and their drugs. The trouble is it’s all become such a stock image. It makes me sick because if you start talking about anything else, like innocence or something, people don’t want to know. It frightens them.”
- Bono, 1979
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