Performance notes: Live debut of With Or Without You. This show was originally scheduled for the 3rd of April rather than the 4th, but was postponed a day to allow Bono to recover from recent vocal problems. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Could be a little bit better, but perfectly listenable. Recording: Audience microphone - 4 stars
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This concert consists of almost all highlights:
Running To Stand Still(!), Exit(!!), Maggie's Farm (the Old McDonald Had A Farm snippet rocks), Bad (all the snippets are brilliant), With Or Without You for the first time live and with the Shine Like Stars and Love Will Tear Us Apart snippets.
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1. Stand By Me intro/Where the Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
4. I Will Follow
5. Bullet the Blue Sky
6. Running to Stand Still
8. In God's Country
9. A Sort of Homecoming
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Maggie's Farm
5. With or Without You (first ever version)
6. New Year's Day
7. Pride (In the Name of Love)
9. The Unforgettable Fire
10. People Get Ready (cuts/restarts)
As noted, the second night of the tour and Bono's voice is failing him, but instead of holding back the malady propels him and the band to an inspired performance. Hard to believe such a "rig" could yield this recording but it did; the remaster was mostly for levels and a touch of sharpening. The show sounds gloriously wide open, translucent and every bit as good as what's being done on this year's tour if not better. Don't let the bit of crowd at the start fool you.
There was a crowd surge to the stage during "People Get Ready" that accidentally shut off the deck, but Brother KM did get most of the song and restarted in time to catch the ending.
The transfer/remaster was done by me a few years ago and some U2 collectors may have this version indirectly (the circulating version appears to be called Back in the Desert), but I see many many inferior versions on lists out there (from the bootlegs Joshua Tree in Flames and Governor Mecham & MLK). This is the real thing from the master cassette and the original remastered CD-R made from it.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 320, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
Disc One [64:14]
01 Where The Streets Have No Name
02 Medley: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For / Exodus
04 I Will Follow
05 Bullet The Blue Sky
06 Running To Stand Still
07 Medley: Exit / Gloria
08 In God's Country
09 A Sort Of Homecoming
10 Sunday Bloody Sunday
11 Medley: Maggie's Farm / Cold Turkey
12 Medley: Bad / John I'm Only Dancing / Ruby Tuesday / Sympathy For The Devil /
Candle In The Wind / Walk On The Wild Side
Disc Two [59:01]
02 Medley: With Or Without You / Love Will Tear Us Apart
03 New Year's Day
04 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
06 The Unforgettable Fire
07 People Get Ready
08 Lucille *
09 I Shall Be Released **
10 Stand By Me **
11 Trip Through Your Wires **
12 Electric Co. (includes Light My Fire and Break On Through) **
13 Mothers Of The Disappeared **
14 Springhill Mining Disaster **
* April 5, 1987. Community Center, Tucson, AZ.
** Unknown source.
101 Where The Streets Have No Name
102 I Still Havent Found What Im Looking For
104 I Will Follow
105 Bullet The Blue Sky
106 Running To Stand Still
108 In Gods Country
109 A Sort Of Homecoming
110 Sunday Bloody Sunday
111 Maggies Farm
114 With Or Without You
201 New Years Day
204 The Unforgettable Fire
205 People Get Ready
206 Lucille [prob. 1987-04-05 Tucson AZ]
207 Lost Highway [1987-11-18 Los Angeles CA]
208 One Tree Hill [1987-11-22 Austin TX
209 Running To Stand Still [1987-04-24 San Francisco CA]
210 Springhill Mining Disaster [1987-04-25 San Francisco CA]
211 Mothers Of The Disappeared [1987-04-25 San Francisco CA]
212 With Or Without You [1987-04-25 San Francisco CA]
213 MLK [1987-04-25 San Francisco CA]
see also: https://www.discogs.com/U2-Joshua-Tree-In-Flames/release/9146868
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what they said
"I was very nervous about doing Live Aid, it was such a huge gig. People were queuing up to do it because of the exposure, they were talking about the amount of TV coverage and whatever. It was hard to convince some people that we were there for the right reasons."
- Larry Mullen jr.
did you know
I Will Follow is written from Bono's mother's point of view and is a song about unconditional love, which is what a mother has for her child.