Performance notes: After a fan organises a petition with more than 10,000 signatures requesting U2 to play Wales, this concert is booked. It is only the second rock concert at Cardiff Arms Park (David Bowie was first in June 1987). Bono explains that the show is particularly special for The Edge, who is of Welsh heritage. He says that Edge's father would say "one day my boy will play Cardiff Arms Park", but meant rugby, not music. So Edge is given a rugby ball and he kicks it well into the crowd. Setlist and comment provided by U2gigs.com.
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Between 3 and 3.5 stars, but very listenable. Recording: "Edge Plays Rugby Football" - 3.5 stars
Really great, but the recording does not do them justice. Nice interaction in Party Girl.
A very good show with nice surprises. Edge returns to Wales and he receives an ovation after I Will Follow. Highlights: TUF, Exit, In God's Country: The band did a reprise of the final solo, which was cool. In Sunday Bloody Sunday, instead of the usual repeated last chorus, Bono only sang the last words with Edge on guitar, also a nice touch. Springhill Mining Disaster (Bono again kisses the crowd's ass by saying that they "never performed it outside" --yeah, right). New Year's Day: The "maybe the time is right" part makes a comeback! At the end of Pride, Bono does an unlisted snippet of All You Need Is Love. WOWY was very special. Bono's voice was not the best, but he extended the Shine Like Stars snippet, improvising a lot. It was very cool.
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"Edge Plays Rugby Football"
Origins: Audience microphone
Lineage: Master or 1st Gen Tape > CDR-3 > WAV (EAC Secure) > FLAC > mp3
Title: Edge Plays Rugby Football
Lineage: Master or 1st Gen Tape > CDR-3 > WAV (EAC Secure) > FLAC (some have it listed as master tape, the guy I got it from as 1st Gen... but as far as I know these are the exactly the same, only labelled with different lineage... there's virtually no hiss so it could well be from mastertape!)
I have no info about equipment, but there seem to be 2 known sources for this, one was done with an Aiwa Recorder by a guy called Andy and one was done by Doughty with Sony WM-D6.. if someone has more info, please write something in the comments..
Disc 1 (47:28)
01. Stand by Me
02. I Will Follow
03. Trip Through Your Wires
04. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
06. The Unforgettable Fire
08. In God's Country
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. The Electric Co.
Disc 2 (44:05)
02. Springhill Mining Disaster
03. New Year's Day
04. Pride (In the Name of Love)
05. Bullet the Blue Sky
06. Running to Stand Still
07. With or Without You
08. Party Girl
Very good recording, quite crisp and clear. Audience noise is audible, but without being too invasive. Vocals and music sound very clean and close. They come through quite powerful. From time to time, sound levels fluctuate a bit, and a slight sound can be heard in the louder parts, as if equipment levels were set too high, but however, the recording is quite listeneable. A pair of clicks can be heard throughout the recording. There's a small skip at 01:07 in Trip Through Your Wires. A noticeable edit occurs between The Unforgettable Fire and Exit, with no loss of music, as a nice and quick fade was put between both songs. Another edits can be found between Running to Stand Still and With or Without You, and between With or Without You and Party Girl, but they only affect again to crowd noise.
Audio / MP3
Bit rate: 192, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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what they said
"I would say that Edge seems like someone who wants to be in the band more than ever. Certainly more focused on it as a whole. I think the past two albums have reminded him that U2's strengths – above atmospherics and innovation and all that stuff that he loves – are big melodies and clear thoughts."
- Bono, 2017
did you know
There are just a few crowd-shots in the Red Rocks video, that's because the place was only a third full because of the bad weather.