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My first U2 arena show and it certainly didn't dissappoint! The whole Zoo TV experience was so over the top and afterwards it took me quite a few days (probably months) to take it all in and process what I'd seen. It's an overused phrase when referring to this period but it was literally sensory overload. Visually incredible, provocative and actually quite a mind-fuck - nothing like what they, or anyone else, had ever done before. I went with a friend who had managed to get really good seats in the block nearest to Edge, so we were very close to all those TVs (how many?) and multi-coloured trabants hanging precariously above! The most important aspect of the show of course is the performance though and that was superb. The actual MUSIC was absolutely inspirational in my opinion. Very happy with the setlist too, particularly Bad which is my all-time live favourite - that topped it. The band were clearly very up for it and energetic, especially Bono, in his ridiculous shiny black leather and wraparound "Fly" shades. As I recall this was the show prior to the Stop Sellafield protests and there was a definite air of vitriol and anger in the air which only added to the gritty vibe of the show. Overall it was an amazing experience and none of the Zoo TV footage on YouTube or anywhere else does it justice. Utter genius and a great, unforgettable night!
Any recording of a gig is better than none at all but it's a great shame there isn't a better one available as this really doesn't do it justice. Virtually none of the atmosphere comes across and it's all rather muddy. Having said that for anyone like me who was there, it's a precious memento and therefore something to cherish, irrespective of quality. Recording: Audience microphone - 1 star
A properly noisy and very full arena! The crowd were very boisterous and the energy levels didn't seem to drop all night. The b-stage section of the show - I'd never seen that before - was great (Dancing Queen!) and being in the centre of the crowd really brought a sense of communion - bloody wonderful...
I had very, very high expectations for this gig and I feared prior to going they might be prove to be unrealistic. However I couldn't have been more wrong. A really great show, like a great band, is greater than the sum of its parts and I think this falls into that category. In the 25yrs since this concert I've been lucky enough to see a lot of brilliant gigs by some incredible artists but this one is still near the top of the list.
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Bit rate: 320, bit depth: 16, sample rate: 44100, channels: 2
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did you know
The Edge recorded all the songs from the Boy album using his natural finished Gibson Explorer. He drew inspiration from music he was listening to at the time, including Television and Siouxsie and the Banshees.