Performance notes: U2 headline "A Day at the Races" at the Phoenix Park racecourse. Steve Wickham joins U2 for Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Electric Co. Annie Lennox of Eurythmics joins U2 for 40. Happy Birthday is sung for a confused Edge, whose birthday was a week earlier. Party Girl is dedicated to Aisling O'Sullivan, who married Edge between their last concert and this one. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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It’s a sort of homecoming for U2 with a Dublin festival gig. Bono is excited, although at points he does sound a bit tired. Edge’s vocals are quite audible, Adam slaps.
An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart is where the show really gets going. Both Surrender and Two Hearts feature Bono freestyling and/or snippeting something which isn’t listed. Steve Wickham, then the-soon-to-be fiddler for The Waterboys, fiddles on Sunday Bloody Sunday just as on the record. Bono is quite hard to hear on much of I Fall Down, which has the singalong ending. Happy Birthday is sung for Edge before Party Girl. Annie Lennox of Eurythmics sings on “40”.
Not outstanding, a bit muddy/tinny sounding. It’s not too shabby though. Unfortunately, Steve Wickham’s fiddling is a bit lost. Furthermore, The Electric Co., which also featured fiddling, appears to be left out, which is a real shame... Recording: "Welcome Home" - 4 stars
They seem pretty eager... especially, unsurprisingly, whenever Bono mentions Dublin. They sing the Give Peace a Chance snippet in 11 O’Clock.
I wanted to give higher than 4 stars. There’s a lot to like about this show - several songs are performed very well, with a little extra given to them. On the other hand, the sound is a little underwhelming at many points and there are times between the special performances when it just feels like another War show. The band were getting a bit tired out, I think. On the whole the show is well worth a listen, but the absence of The Electric Co. in this source and the good-but-not-great sound hold it back a bit.
- Two Hearts Beat As One
- Sunday Bloody Sunday with fiddle
- New Year’s Day
- 11 O’clock Tick Tock
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Sony D6 / Awia Cm30 Microphone - transferred to PC at 48khz / 24 bit via M-Audio Delta 2496 sound card - Audacity - Noise Removed - Normalised - tracks split - Traders Little Helper to 24 bit wav - Cool Pro 2.0 downsampling to 16 bit - Traders Little Helper to flac level 8 - no split for CD just like the original concert
01 Intro - Out of Control
03 An Cat Dubh - Into The Heart
05 Two Hearts Beat As One - Let's Twist Again
07 Sunday Bloody Sunday
08 The Cry - The Electric Co - Send In The Clowns
09 I Fall Down
11 New Year's Day
12 I Threw A Brick Through A Window
13 A Day Without Me
15 Party Girl
16 11 O'Clock Tick Tock - Give Peace A Chance
17 I Will Follow
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Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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Num. cat: 16665-83-1
1. Out Of Control
3. An Cat Dubh
4. Into The Heart
6. Two Hearts Beat As One
8. Sunday Bloody Sunday
9. I Fall Down
11. New Year's Day
12. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
13. A Day Without Me
15. Party Girl
16. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
17. I Will Follow
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"I think it’s an opportunity to explore different versions of the band in a way. Because it's very much the early days, it's embryonic, it could go somewhere between Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash – very stripped down and bare – towards something that is very lush. Very hard to say where it will end up or if it will all end up with the same tone across it, or if each song will be treated differently. I'm excited to see how the songs could exist in a different universe."
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