1989-12-01 - Osaka, Japan - Osaka Castle Hall


Comments: This concert is often said to have somewhat of a "backwards setlist", due to the presence of songs normally played late in the set appearing in its early stages, such as Pride and New Year's Day, while the main set staple trio of Desire, All Along The Watchtower, and All I Want Is You is in the encore. Also noteworthy is the first performance of Slow Dancing in concert - nearly four years before its first official studio release! Bono had previously sung some of the song on Australian radio in October 1989.
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songs per album

  1. Rattle and Hum (7)
  2. The Joshua Tree (5)
  3. The Unforgettable Fire (3)
  4. War (2)
  5. October (1)

best song performances

  1. All I Want Is You (4 votes)
  2. Desire (3 votes)

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review by nickbibby

10 years ago


"I don't care if you paid the front row or the back row, we're all the same in here, including the band" - Bono

Fabulous. They played like a band who knew they'd gone as far as they could with a project, were possibly on the verge of reaaly pushing it too far, and they still didn't care, giving it their all and putting on a great show.

Bono's voice is strong, Edge is his usual great self and Larry seems to have a wonderful night too! Adam for me always shines a little more when he has chance to - for example in Gloria and "40", where his bass line/solo are the crux of the song.


Great sound, especially considering it's 20 years ago. No complaints from me.


Obviuosly they were a little more rowdy than can be heard on the bootleg with what Bono is saying, and I feel the band always play better when there's a good crowd, so my rating usually is the roughly same for performance and audience.


I like Lovetown because it throws up some real surprise sets and this tops the lot. Opening by playing over a recorded Stand By Me, with Edge singing a whole verse to himself, followed by Pride and New Years Day was a shock! I personally enjoy some proper rock towards the end of a concert and so was delighted to hear All Long The Watchtower so late on

The major highlight for me is the run from MLK - One Tree Hill - Streets - Gloria - Help - Bad. All wonderful songs on there own, but the way they were put together here is a prime example of how U2 can really pound your senses and emotions in a live show. The segues between One Tree Hill - Streets - Gloria make you wonder why they haven't continued to play those three songs as a staple of every show.

The other highlight was Slow Dancing. A very pretty song, played tenderly.

Disappointments for me begin and end with Pride. It's not one of my favourites to start with but when they put their absolute heart and soul into it I feel it just lifts the song to another level. With Pride being almost first up I thought this would be the case, but it's as if it's used just as a warm-up and they only really get going when New Years Day kicks in. Shame.

All in all it's a boot that should probably be in every fans' collection.

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