1982-02-11 - New Orleans, Louisiana - SS President Riverboat


Performance notes: U2 perform on in the ballroom of a riverboat as it sails along the Mississippi River. Before this concert, U2 meet Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn and do a photo shoot on the boat's deck. This is the start of the band's lengthy relationship with Corbijn.
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songs per album

  1. Boy (10)
  2. October (6)

best song performances

  1. The Ocean (5 votes)
  2. Stories For Boys (3 votes)
  3. Fire (3 votes)

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review by CMIPalaeo

9 years ago


The band are very lively. They play their material quite well. Bono talks to the audience at a few points, his voice sounds kind of rough. Larry is very clear on this bootleg, and Edge and Adam don't disappoint.


Loud and clear, with some crackles, static, flat spots, etc. Not perfect, but easily listenable. For an October Tour bootleg, it's one of the better sounding ones available.

I'd be interested to see if the new 2014 master tape transfer is better-sounding.

Recording: "Riverboat President" - 4.5 stars


They don't seem to be especially engaged. There's a lot of talking in the background. At some points they seem more excited than others, but the amount of conversation and lack of clapping along or singing along is a disappointment.


A good October concert. Despite an unimpressive audience, this is a nice boot to have because the band play well and the sound is good. Overall, one of the better shows available from this tour.

- Another Time, Another Place
- I Threw a Brick Through a Window/A Day Without Me
- Rejoice (altered lyric)
- I Fall Down (slightly altered lyric)
- The Ocean (really good with a cool, quite-extended outro, with a little musical snippet of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock in it)

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"SONY TC-D5 - pitch corrected & cleaned master"

  • Origins: Audience microphone
  • Credits: BigGiRL (Remasterer), Reed Hayward (Audio Taper), leche99 (Recording transferer)
  • Equipment: SONY TC-D5 (Audio recording device)
  • Lineage: [analogue master C90] > TEAC W-860r > [...] > iRiver H120 > [...] > CDwave > [...] > .wav > Nero WaveEditor > iZotope RX 05 > PristineSounds > Frontend FLAC > .flac [fre:ac > mp3]
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"Riverboat President"

  • Origins: Audience microphone, CD Silver
  • Credits: Lords Of Archive (Silver Manufacturer)
  • Lineage: Original Pressing "Riverboat President" Silver cd -> EAC V0.9 beta 4 (secure & tested) -> Wav -> MP3
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"Reed Hayward Master Tape (2014 Transfer)"

  • Origins: Audience microphone
  • Credits: Reed Hayward (Audio Taper), leche99 (Recording transferer)
  • Equipment: SONY TC-D5 (Audio recording device)
  • Lineage: [analog master tape] > Teac w-860r analog deck (azimuth adjusted) RCA outs > iRiver H120 > USB > CEP > CDWave > TLH flac8
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View entire set | added: 12 years ago
  1. Bono in New Orleans
  2. Adam Clayton in New Orleans
  3. Bono, Edge and Adam in New Orleans

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  2. U2 in New Orleans
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