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This part is only rated, not commented on Recording: Audience microphone - 3 stars
This part is only rated, not commented on
21/3/1992 - Albany, New York - This review has heavy spoilers
Well this one was a mess. The show starts off very sloppily as technical issues and instrumental errors completely plague the first three songs - the droning sound in Zoo Station is completely absent, as are the extra guitar parts played between the main riff, and Bono messes up a good few times. Would I consider this version a trainwreck? Absolutely. Larry forgets what song is next as he plays the opening drum part to Even Better than the Real Thing instead of The Fly, sending everyone into a confused frenzy for a moment. To wrap things off with the first three songs having sloppy moments, the guitar continuously cuts in and out during the first verse of Even Better than the Real Thing. From here, sloppy moments still show up, albeit they’re less common. Another Hear Us Coming snippet variant on One is heard here, we’re getting quite close to the final version of the snippet now but it still needs tweaking to sound like the usual Zoo TV version of the snippet. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, despite being incredibly sloppy as expected from this show, is the first ever show to feature both B4s on the performance, as well as a surprisingly good guitar solo considering the state of the show so far. Bad is great here, as is the Joshua Tree Suite. A standard encore ends spectacularly with a jaw dropping Love is Blindness solo - I’m still yet to be disappointed by his solos on that song. The rest of the show is just okay though - nothing really stood out much to me here. I have one thing to say about the earlier Zoo TV setlists - I find the placing of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For in these shows to really drag out the main set, by the time it comes on I usually at least partly want the main set to have ended at this point, but it just adds minutes, making the final stretch of the main set quite tiring sometimes. Overall, despite some great moments, this is a very messy show, even if it wasn’t entirely the band’s fault. It makes for maybe the worst Zoo show I’ve heard as of now.
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March 21, 1992
Albany, New York
from the JEMS archive
Master Hi8 >2nd Gen SVHS > PC > Sony Vegas/Architect > DL-DVD
transfer by chrisedge
03.Even Better Than The Real Thing
06.Until The End Of The World
07.Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
08.Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
09.Angel Of Harlem
10.Satellite Of Love
11.Bad / All I Want Is You (snippet)
12.Bullet The Blue Sky
13.Running To Stand Still
14.Where The Streets Have No Name
15.Pride (In The Name Of Love)
16.I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
18.Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
19.With Or Without You
20.Love Is Blindness
JEMS was actively recording and collecting during the Zoo TV tour, and our number one trading partner was based in Atlanta. He too was a taper and trader, and this Albany show came to him soon after it was recorded and he in turn made a quality dub for us as he so often did.
Based on the screen captures on Achtung Bootlegs, this should be a material upgrade to the circulating version, sharper and cleaner all around thanks to a much lower generation source. As Zoo TV audience cams go, it is pretty darn steady and consistent thanks to a tripod and it zooms in closer than most of them. I'd consider it one of the best video documents of the first leg of the tour.
The tape has been sitting in a box for over 20 years and I thought it was worth a look. Huge thanks for Chrisedge, a longtime collaborator, for agreeing to transfer the tape and prep it for release. Screenshots provided.
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what they said
"The job of rock'n roll is to blow people's heads. Everyone else is into nostalgia. It's really peculiar to me that at the far end of the 20th century you have all this obsession with the sixties. Let's do something that's forward looking and fresh. That's why we came up with this, what we had in our minds was to make a big sci-fi gospel show. We wanted Martin Luther King in the building, along with Elvis and anyone else we could find."
- Bono on Popmart, 1997
did you know
U2 had considered several other album titles for Achtung Baby, including Man (in contrast to the group's debut, Boy), 69, Zoo Station, and Adam, which would have been paired with the nude photo of Clayton. Other possible titles included Fear of Women, and Cruise Down Main Street.