1985-01-31 - Cologne, Germany - Sporthalle


Performance notes: This show has what is believed to be the longest performance of 40 ever - it is nearly 17 minutes long.
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songs per album

  1. The Unforgettable Fire (6)
  2. War (5)
  3. Boy (2)
  4. October (2)

best song performances

  1. 40 (6 votes)

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review by fleavox

7 years ago


Very great show, good connection between band and crowd... different intro in Seconds... the performance isn't amazing compared with other shows of this era (both Glasgow, Edinburgh, Jacksonville, Bologna or Chicago 1985-03-22), but good show... Electric Co is other highlight, I love the snippet of Wooden Heart...

But the best moment here is the epic and long version of 40... similar of Stockholm's performance, but I prefer this


Great sound, just some slight problems in just a few 2 or 3 moments, but good and clean at overall
Recording: "Unforgettable Firecrackers" - 4 stars


One of the best crowds, not just in big hits at this era, but during the whole concert clapping and singing (without interfer in recording's quality)

During 40 part of crowd also sang the line "I'm singing for you" that Bono improvised in Wercher 2 years before with Annie Lennox and Dave Stweart on stage... maybe they heard the show in Radio, or maybe just coincidence, but I really aprecciate this detail, and I think this isn't a coincidence because in minute 14:26 one of these people even sang the Annie Lennox's improvisation


A great recording for a great show and crowd... the overall balance is 4,5 stars

Highlight: Crowd, Seconds (different intro), The Electric Co, Bad (without true snippets but with improvisation by Bono before the "come on down's part"), Two Hearts Beat As One and 40 (excellent)

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