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


Performance notes: 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 markp91

11 years ago


A rather nice evening in Osaka, where the band plays the last gig of the first Lovetown leg. A shame they start with a cover tough, really one of the worst ways they've ever started a concert...However, Pride really kicks off the night and together with New Years Day it makes a huge surprise by being played early in the set, while usually those 2 are played late on the evening. After these two a horrible version of ISHFWILF follows and it took me all my willpower not to skip it. People Get Ready, MLK and especially One Tree Hill and Streets are epic tough, nice performances as well. However I would've prefered Streets later in the set or as opener, but the lead-in from One Tree Hill is simply awesome. Gloria is okay, its nice to see Help! in there, even tough its just a short, acoustic snippet. Bad is a rather average performance, BUT still very nice. I'm not too keen on Van Diemen's Land, even tough its an okay performance. Bulllet The Blue Sky is awesome and way better than on R&H. Running To Stand Still is a personal favorite of me and they simply nail it. Another big surprise is Slow Dancing, which makes its live debut during a concert. And its a good performance. I didnt really like the end of the main set with the big band to play Angel Of Harlem, When Love Comes To Town and Love Rescue Me. Angel Of Harlem is better without the big band, When Love Comes To Town has never been my favorite and Love Rescue Me is even more forgettable. It would've been nicer to see God Part II, Exit or maybe even The Unforgettable Fire here. The encore is another slice of brilliance tough. Easily the highlight of the night with Desire, All Along The Watchtower, All I Want Is You and 40. The encore makes this performance worthy.


Simply perfect.


I felt the audience was a bit too silent, but overall it could've been worse. Some nice sing-alongs, but no-way near the south american crowds.


A good performance, especially for the ones who are really interested in this era. This performance is in no way better than the Point Depot and Rotterdam shows, BUT it does give a nice view on the first leg of Lovetown. The sound is perfect, 4,5 to 5 stars for sure. Highly recommended

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