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Joshua Tree Tour 2019

16 reviews have been written by 15 users.

2019-11-08 - Auckland

Written by Sydney_MIke - 2 months ago

The first night was my opportunity to be right in the middle of the action and it gave me a new experience of being able to hear Larry hitting his kit without amplification. You really do feel part of the show when you are that close and that made for a memorable experience.

I enjoyed meeting so many fans from NZ and around the world on this trip, but most of all I just loved this show. It manages to acknowledge a 32 year old album without ever feeling sentimental or nostalgic. That's largely because it's so rare to hear the tracks from side two that it felt like being reunite with long lost friends.

I have no complaints about the set list choices other than the inevitable regrets over the omission of so many other fabulous songs and that they can't play for 3 or 4 hours like Springsteen does.

The screen is amazing and Anton's luscious videos are simply stunning. I did occur to me though that this unintentionally gives a silent nod to the era of Zoo-Tv where Larry mischievously said that the best thing about it was you got to come to a gig and watch TV. The images on that 8k screen are simply stunning.
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2019-11-09 - Auckland by mrgunter rated

Having missed seeing U2 over the years for a variety of reasons (family, work), I made sure I got the..
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2019-11-08 - Auckland by Jono99 rated

I was born in February of 1999 and basically ever since then i have been listening to this band, especially..
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2019-11-12 - Brisbane by shae1 rated

Fearing I may end up a fair way from the stage, I made my way to the stadium just before..
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Experience and Innocence tour

155 reviews have been written by 124 users.

2018-06-21 - Boston

Written by AllBecauseOfU2 - 1 year ago

Love this band, these shows, and my experience.

We had seats for night 1. After relaxing and enjoying dinner and listening to The Joshua Tree tribute band at Hurricane’s across the street, we walked into the arena and to our seats around 7pm. Once we realized that security wasn’t really paying attention and people without wristbands were just walking onto the floor, we did the same thing and ended up center of the screen on Adam’s side, second row off the rail.

Thinking I could do the same thing again the second night, I bought a cheap balcony seat the morning of the second show. But security was a lot tighter – there were only a few entrance open for floor access, and there was one guard at the top of each entrance and two at the bottom, and they were each checking the wristbands pretty diligently. So I enjoyed night 2 from the very top row of the arena, which was a totally different but still awesome experience. I sat next to and chatted with a wicked nice family from Texas; the husband told me he had seen them on every tour since Joshua Tree all over the country, and now he and his wife were bringing their daughters to see them. This was their first show in Boston. Even though we were in the seats, our entire section still got into it and stood up for a lot of the concert. A super fun, casual, but enthusiastic vibe all around, and it seemed that way for most of the entire arena, both nights.

The opening is perfect. LIAWHL with just Bono underneath the screen is great. Blackout is killer. The images, the reveal of the band under the screen, the song itself – unbelievable opener. I wish they played the strings part and Edge’s guitar up way more during Lights of Home, but that was still amazing.

From my vantage point both nights, I Will Follow got the biggest crowd reaction of the night. Insane feeling to scream and jump along with an entire arena and to see the band love playing it so much. I think Gloria got a bigger reaction than ABOY, but both are great high energy songs. I get now why Beautiful Day follows there – to keep up that energy. It’s needed, because The Ocean then kills every last ounce of it. It stopped everyone dead. I understand that it’s the start of the innocence narrative, but wow is it a buzzkill. Even going straight into Iris would be better.

Seeing this version Sunday Bloody Sunday up close was more intense than I thought it would be – the entire band still get really into it, even though it’s not the regular version. Edge and Adam had their eyes closed for a lot of the song.

Until the End of the World is still my favorite song live. It can stay in whatever incarnation it’s in for every show from here on out and I would never get sick of it. I didn’t miss Streets, but I would’ve missed UTEOTW.

The HMTMKMKM comic on the screen is fucking awesome. Even better would be the band actually playing the song live while they show it…

Acrobat. Acrobat. ACROBAT. I thought I died last year when I heard Exit live. Nope. That was last night. I’m so glad they’ve never played this live before. It’s a fucking monster. My favorite live performance of the show.

I love SATS but I think in every way – thematically, musically (acoustic) – it could be replaced with Please. Or even rotated with SATS.

When I had seats the second night, I had full view of the screen, and I got the clearest sense of the narrative of the show from here, way more than in being in GA and more than listening on the mixlrs. The images of the current KKK and pure filth going on in America right now was stark, and I expected those to be the most impactful on me. But nothing made me scream louder during both shows than those images immediately giving way to Pride and images of MLK and protestors. There’s no other song that could come after those images (angry songs like Bullet or whatever) – the feeling of being lifted up by love after seeing that was unreal. By far, my favorite part of the show is Pride – GOOYOW – American Soul – COBL.

One is a crowd pleaser, but I really wish it was rotated with something else. I was way more excited to sing along to Love is Bigger, which is fresher. 13 is as gorgeous live as it is on the album, but it ended so abruptly that it ends the concert on a weird, very mellow note. I get that it’s the end of the narrative – but still…

Since this was definitely a Bono album, it’s definitely a Bono show. I understand it’s the story, the journey, the narrative, etc. – but it seemed that this was more tipped towards Bono’s storytelling rather than four men playing together on a stage, and I was left missing more of that balance between the four of them. I think the narrative can still come through even without a lot of the inter-song stuff, like Bono’s “phone call home” as he’s taking off Macphisto’s makeup, and The Ocean, which the way it’s played is not even a song. Even just one more rotational song spot would make a difference.

Still, yet another awesome live U2 experience I will never forget.
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2018-10-28 - Belfast by Orentelori rated

On the morning of 28.10.2018 I was with my family in the Titanic Museum and therefore drove past the SSE..
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2018-10-23 - London by Ant rated

As with the IE tour of 2015 it coincided with half term here in the UK so our trip to..
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2017-11-11 - London by Anam rated

Is there a man alive that could look as cool as Adam Clayton in that illustrated trench coat? I very..
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Joshua Tree Tour 2017

244 reviews have been written by 194 users.

2017-06-23 - Toronto

Written by Hwy_Girl - 2 years ago

“FULL CIRCLE”

A circle:
-a perfectly round shape
-a line that is curved so its ends meet and every point on the line is equally far away from a single point inside.

I was thinking about many things after the show in Toronto on Friday June 23rd. A U2 show is a lot to process and I’m not sure I have even fully done that yet. I am, however, very thankful I will get to see the show again from a different vantage point. This night, I was fortunate to be front and center on the floor by the main stage. Being close enough to see the band member’s faces is something I know I will never forget. Even so, I know there are nuances that I missed. Reflecting back, somehow I kept coming back to the idea of circles and the various ways they were represented in this show.

It began with a crack in the ceiling then a strip of light as the Dome began to open shortly before U2 went on. This wasn’t a given as it had been raining earlier in the evening. Letting the light in was powerful agent for change, shifting and lifting the mood inside the stadium. That semicircle of light transformed the Rogers Centre from a concrete cavern to a hemisphere cradling thousands that literally got a breath of life and light. It was so fitting, then, that Bono had Leonard Cohen on his mind that night.

“There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in."

When the “twinkles” for Bad began, the Rogers Center became its own galaxy. During Bad (with an extended snippet of Cohen’s Suzanne) we were all points of light in some semicircular constellation pulled inexorably into the band’s orbit. The spirit of Leonard Cohen, I’m sure, was present in our galaxy that night too.

A cycle is such because when you reach the end, you begin again. Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day and Pride feel as powerful and anthemic as they did when first released.
"I, I will begin again..." proclaims a new cycle and by singing the album lyrics the song gets a new twist in live performance.


One narrative thread of the show seen most clearly during Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bad and One, In God’s Country and Miss Sarajevo has Bono encouraging us to break cycles of addiction, behavior, violence, governance and negative power structures. Many of the organizations supported by the band recognize the cyclical nature of these issues and work to break and interrupt them to promote positive change.


That gorgeous, endless highway seen during Where The Streets Have No Name is like a circle that has no beginning and no end but in the context of the giant screen filled with Anton Corbijn’s sparsely beautiful imagery, manages to undo itself into a linear path that for multitudes stretches to another, higher place in our hearts and souls.

Black and white Joshua trees fill the screen for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For reminding us of the tree as it lived and stood tall in 1987. Seeing these vigorous live trees and knowing the original Joshua tree has fallen brings to mind cycles of living and dying. The album tree’s image is echoed in outline towering above the stage, its fallen counterpart the footprint that makes up the “tree stage” used at the opening and closing of the show.

Bono releasing the songs to the fans during With or Without You, "These songs are yours now! Sing your heart out!" takes them out of the stars, out of unreachable orbit, and brings them back down to earth, to us, the fans, both those who embraced and believed in them thirty years ago and those who continue to do so today. For a gift like that, I'll give up a coda.

Bullet the Blue Sky is a shape-shifter, spiraling into a new version to fit the times and tone of the day. Always pointed, poignant and hard-hitting, its many iterations over its 30 year existence are described in-depth in the Tour Book.

The beautiful oxymoron that is Running To Stand still describes that circle of destructive behaviour, like a dog chasing its tail. How Running to Stand Still winds up being bleak but not hopeless is just one of the musical miracles in this album.

With the invitation of "Welcome to Side 2!" the circle flips. This has been a nostalgic moment during the show hearkening back to albums and cassettes for fans who remember the interaction of having to turn the media to keep listening. Hearing Bono say, "This band is finally getting to know this album – Side 2 of it anyway, which we haven't played in all these yrs." is an absolute highlight!

Bono's delight with his performance of Red Hill Mining Town was clearly evident this night. Singing, "From father to son..." invokes the circle of family succession - another layer of meaning that must be an element in this presentation of the Joshua Tree tour. Perhaps the theme of family wasn't so much at the forefront in 1987. Certainly a song like Mothers of the Disappeared takes on new weight when you have children of your own. I missed watching for the visual of Bono's son and Edge's daughter on the screen at the end of the show. It is a nod to the future and the circle of life.


Side 2 has another circle supported very clearly with visuals on screen. Witnessing this one is much more fun: That circle of a lasso looping around - circling, circling, never touching in the sexy courtship dance that is Trip Through Your Wires.

During One Tree Hill the full, round, red orb of moon shines; the perfect shape of a circle is a fitting tribute to those who have left us too soon.

Then suddenly, there’s a break and another narrative takes over:
Life imitating art. With the help of an obscure black and white 50s film clip, our Irish shaman is preaching in his latest incarnation as the Shadow Man. Bono swirling and circling around the mic stand / pole has us mesmerized. When he calls, “Hold out your hand!” - we comply. We are transfixed as the show reaches its zenith. Repatriating Exit to the live set is exhilarating and satisfying.

The encore brought to mind concentric circles rippling out from a pebble thrown into a pond illustrating the effects of individual and corporate activism during One, Ultraviolet and Miss Sarajevo. It’s said the victor writes history. During this tour, Ultraviolet undergoes a metamorphosis from an intensely personal song to become an anthem for the cause of starting a new lap in the race that is human history with “Herstory”.

This tour has me thinking about the circle is a round disc of vinyl. Pressed with grooves, it makes an album. Respecting that body of work that is an album by performing it in its entirety, in sequence, opens an interesting dialogue for planning shows and perhaps opens a door for future album performances (feel free to read Achtung here!).

Indulge me for a few other circle references in closing:
A circle of trust between fans helping other fans to get tickets.
Arms encircling friends old and new with hugs as fans met each other for the first time or again after years.
Fans echoing the chorus to Mothers Of The Disappeared after the band left the stage for the encore break looped me back to the October 3rd, 1987 show singing 40 while exiting Exhibition Stadium after the show.

Calling for I Will Follow which was not on the printed set list closed the show and brought it full circle. "Your eyes make a circle..." had the band simultaneously looking ahead to Songs of Experience and glancing over their shoulder in a nod to their genesis with Boy.

Thirty years ago I was pulled into the band’s orbit on the first Joshua Tree tour and I’ve been pulled by the gravity of their music ever since. For myself, and many other fans, this tour brings us full circle.
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2017-05-20 - Pasadena by ahn1991 rated

This was the first of two shows at the Rose Bowl, and the first two night stay of the tour...
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2017-09-10 - Indianapolis by Hoosier2012 rated

Well, the day started quite early. It was quite dark and cold in the wristband line at 5 AM, and..
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2017-07-08 - London by Welsh_Edge rated

Got my number midday on Friday, #58 in line. Queued from 6am on Saturday. Got bumped up to #56 in..
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Innocence and Experience tour

299 reviews have been written by 185 users.

2015-05-30 - Inglewood

Written by bcwgobuffs - 4 years ago

So far starters, let’s put this review into context. LA 530 was my 18th or so show since 1983 and I’ve seen every tour including the Conspiracy of Hope Tour since then. {Curious readers can see the full list at the end}

It was nearly 32 years ago to the day that my sister, 12, and me, 18, stood side by side at the University of Colorado Events Center in Boulder; the night AFTER Red Rocks, for our first show.
Back in the day, Bono walked into the crowd sans a ramp, and that night he stood in the lower bowl equivalent not 5 feet from us and sang “send in the clowns, bring on the clowns” – magic.

Despite living 1,500 miles apart, Young Sis has joined me on 9 shows over the years: every tour but Pop, ironically, cuz she was pregnant with my nephew. Our other sister, Old Sis, at 1,700 miles away also attended LA 530 and was with us at 4 of the shows over the years. I have a unique U2 Tour family tradition with my sisters; and candidly we are wondering if LA 530 is the end. Plus, my wife’s been to 4 shows with me, my kids, one, even my parents got into the act in their sixties in 2005.

Enough of the Context, on to Los Angeles.

We went “Lazy GA” as some call it.

After clearing the sort of nerve wracking Credit Card Entry technology we ambled in to the Forum around 7:15 PM. Took our spot about 12 feet off of the E stage rail and hung out with the typical gracious and interesting U2 crowd. Fun fact, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chile Peppers and his girlfriend headlined the VIP cattle pen right behind us.

Bono’s entry near the E stage did not catch us off guard as fellow GAerz indicated it would happen. A cool moment anyway, and reminded me that U2 always seems to find a way to make the opening interesting.

The first four songs rocked: 20 minutes of pure adrenaline. I was pleasantly surprised at the opener, Miracle of Joey Ramone; it came off better than I expected though the sing along probably helped. Two songs from Boy and Vertigo were well placed and extremely powerful.

Other highlights for me, pre-Wanderer intermission, included Iris, Song for Someone, and Sunday Bloody Sunday. The visuals during Iris and Cedarwood Road were top notch and helped tell the story, and for the most part I thought the visuals helped the songs along without dominating them all night.

Upon re-hearing SBS through a bootleg this version it came off nicer than I thought too, but I suspect U2 might be tiring of trying to reinvent the song to make it interesting for them to play.
Song for Someone is a personal SOI fave – enjoyed seeing it from 15 feet of Bono, and his vocals were spot on during SFS and the entire night.

The Wanderer intermission was just that, intermission – nothing too exciting there for me.

From my perspective, the shows lower moments followed. Though I enjoyed hearing Invisible, and it was done well, I did not enjoy the full-band in the cage-screen routine. Especially during Better Than The Real Thing – the cage seemed to detract from the song and the band seemed stuck in a moment they could not get out of. Awkward might be the best word.

Moving on to the E Stage the band added a fifth member for Mysterious Ways and this guy sucker punched and faux boxed and danced with Bono whilst also taking charge of the Meerkat Stream, I think. Pretty sure this guy’s been on stage before; it looked pretty chummy all around. It was interesting to see the Meerkat stream pushed to the video wall in the Forum; that was a WTF is going on technology moment for me and my 50+ years.

Up next, Stuck, Elevation and Every Breaking Wave bellowed right in front of us, though my previously mentioned sisters people surfed closer to the rail, while I held back. Every Breaking Wave was amazing in this context, and a woman next to me fired up a real Bic Lighter, which I joked, “it only shows your age” and this observation got me both the stink eye and a laugh.

Not a big fan of Stuck anymore, but this piano version was nice; the other tour debut, Elevation, was very energetic as well.

Speaking of “not a big fan,” Bullet was next. Having seen this song nearly 15 times, I’d previously posted, “no mas, it’s my bathroom break.” Much to my very pleasant surprise, Bullet was more like a Cannon or a Bomb. I really enjoyed this take on an old classic from ’87.

From Bullet forward the show was above average, though nothing super spectacular from my viewpoint. Hands that Built leading into Pride was very solid, and the sing along for With or Without You was a lot of fun as always. COBL was good, but the poor 8-year old kid on stage looked petrified and sort of detracted from the song in my view. Streets and Beautiful Day were also solid, and the tie in to Red with Streets was tastefully done.

Though I enjoyed Still Have Not Found and the band exit, that song is not my first choice as a closer – but they never asked me. I’m a traditionalist so I’d have preferred something from SOI or “40.” “40” is the best closing song from any band, ever; it’s chilling to sing along after the band leaves the stage IMO.

All in all, a great night punctuated by a solid set list, an amazing sound and video system, and the company of my sisters. U2 were in great form, Bono sounded great, and despite a couple of awkward cage-screen and stage guest moments, this was a great show. Really great.

At $85 I’d do this again in a heartbeat, and next time I’ll just walk in about 8:15 and still have one hell of a good night.

War – Boulder, CO
Unforgettable Fire – Denver (St.Patricks Day)
Joshua Tree – Denver, Kansas City
Conspiracy of Hope – Denver, 3rd row, my best seats ever.
Pop – Kansas City
Zoo Inside – Phoenix
Zoo Outside – Ames, Iowa and Denver
Elevation – Chicago, Kansas City, Oakland
Vertigo – Omaha, Minneapolis, Denver
360 – Minneapolis, Las Vegas
SOI – Los Angeles, #Hoping2016
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2015-12-06 - Paris by LocalHero rated

I'm french and I do not write properly in English, sorry.

Paris, Sunday, December 6, 2015. A fabulous concert, amazing,..
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2015-11-03 - London by u2fancat rated

Ah, the very last U2 show in London this year! As Bono said, they rather like being the house band...
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2015-07-27 - New York by phenshaw rated

So a bit of background, which will add or detract credibility from my review!

I’ve seen them 7 times..
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U2 360° Tour

731 reviews have been written by 368 users.

2011-07-20 - East Rutherford

Written by EDDMB - 8 years ago

Loved it.A great way to end the 360 tour for me.The band played a great show this night.They were all in great spirits.Bono,reading the setlist,from a show in Jersey,circa 1981 ,was amusing.Larry actually smiling.Adam and Edge were alos having alot of fun onstage.
Ending with OOC was brilliant.MOS, is just not a good way, to end a show with.Its an ok song.40,AIWIY,WOWY or Bad are classics.MOS isnt in their class.Alot of the stadium, started to exit,once the band started MOS.I waited it out,and was rewarded with a great version of OOC.They should have done that more often.The stadium,went nuts.
I couldnt have asked for a better ending.Who knows, when this great band will be on tour again ? 3 or 4 yrs, maybe longer ?
I will remember this one.
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2009-09-24 - East Rutherford by EDDMB rated

I really enjoyed this show.MUSE were great both nights opening for the boys.I liked the fact the band mixed up..
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2011-06-18 - Anaheim by bushido529 rated

This was my 1st GA show for any U2 show, i'll say that this was my greatest concert experience ever...
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2009-08-18 - Glasgow by Anam rated

When U2 played Glasgow in 2009, it was less a '360 degree' experience and more a '220 degree' one. As..
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Vertigo Tour

428 reviews have been written by 131 users.

2006-03-02 - Buenos Aires

Written by patou2 - 7 years ago

I was there , that amazing night. I'll try to be objective . Bono s voice is not the best , but that wasn t near to ruin the show. The band was motivated because a great crowd ( during some songs -especially Vertigo- the stadium was shaking like an earthquake). I m sure that this show is a top 5 in Vertigo tour shows. The setlist is classic but no the last encore. Mothers of the dissapered was played with a small guitar called charango . Is typicalform South America.
Lowlights: some songs sounds tired
Bono s voice not the best form
Classic setlist
Highlights: Amazing start.
Vertigo ( reallly amazing !!! )
The Fly ( reallly amazing !!! )
Mothers of the dissapered
Original of the species
All i want is you ( great closing song)
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2005-03-28 - San Diego by cesar_garza01 rated

Here it is, the first Vertigo show. Technically not the debut of the songs (there was a rehearsal in L.A...
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2006-02-12 - Monterrey by Bloodraven rated

20 years of my life waiting to see them, and this is what I got.

The crowd was disappointing, even before..
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2005-05-18 - East Rutherford by EDDMB rated

Great show.I was lucky to have attended 4 shows from this tour.This show stands out,as well as NYC 10.07.05.But,the band..
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Elevation Tour

336 reviews have been written by 90 users.

2001-10-13 - Hamilton

Written by mattfromcanada - 2 years ago

As this was my first GA experience, I took the day off with my brother and stood in line in the early October weather. It wasn’t that cold out, but as we were in one spot for much of the day a chill could catch you. Fortunately, that was made up for by the wonderful experience that is a U2 GA line. I’ve had 6 GA shows and have only ever been disappointed in one of them. My brother and I have always loved U2, and somehow during our teenage years (late 90’s) ‘Out Of Control’ became our signature driving song. When we got in, the Heart was full so we parked ourselves just to the right of the tip of the Heart. So when they finished New Year’s Day and Out Of Control started thumping….well if you’ve experienced it, you know. To top it off, Bono pulled a fan on-stage old school (way to go Arun!), we got Angel Of Harlem, and my personal favourite, Bad. Hear Bad live that close on a GA experience is probably in my top 5 U2 moments. Again, if you’ve experienced it. A surprise cover of ‘What’s Going On’ followed in the encore which U2 just somehow made their own, and we were treated to the ‘Shine Like Stars’ tag on WOWY. Again, the GA crowd knew what a treat that was. I don’t know if U2 will ever come back to Hamilton, I don’t know if they know. This was to date, the only show ever in Hamilton. There were 18,000 luck fans who get to say they were there, and I'm proud to have been one of them.
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2001-07-21 - Turin by clover68 rated

Maybe I’m too biased about this night. Some issues don’t ruin at all what was a perfect special magic night,..
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2001-03-30 - Atlanta by dank2525 rated

Brian and I had just recovered from Miami, and decided we could not miss this. Climbed in a car..
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2001-10-25 - New York by oddjob102 rated

I was at this concert. It was my first time back in NYC after 9/11, and you could feel the..
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Popmart

346 reviews have been written by 111 users.

1997-08-28 - Leeds

Written by ric - 10 years ago

absolutely the best popmart gig in my opinion - there are a couple of other shows that might be considered equally as good but we've all seen/heard mexico 1000's of times and the other well known highlights from the final shows of the tour and of course sarajevo which were all great but this gig just has something else about it for me. the band seems to be relaxed but at the same time on TOP form, and refreshingly there are no serious moments, not even from bono who just seems to be having a great time.

every song is awesome but the (many) highlights are"

mofo-i will follow are the best you will ever hear them bar none, new years day is as good as it ever got in 97, miami-bullet will blow your face off (i have never heard a more brutal sounding first few bars of bullet). please is intense, discotheque with its whole lotta' love outro is my favourite version of this song ever, velvet dress has the extra verse, HMTMKMKM is perfect, mysterious ways is also my favourite version ever - the george harrison outro just works SO well!! and the the closing cover of rain is the icing on the cake.

if you're a fan of the popmart era this has to be in your top 3 MUST HAVE shows! you will listen to it over and over again
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1997-12-09 - Vancouver by Doming0 rated

My brother and I started off with nosebleed seats and while Smash Mouth was playing we found the Ticketmaster girl..
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1997-12-12 - Seattle by Thefredmartin rated

Hey Lads and Lassies! It's been a long time since this show, nearly twenty years, but it's a story I've..
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1997-12-03 - Mexico City by loftarasa rated

No lows, just highs really!
This was one of the first bootlegs I listened to and is since then my..
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ZOO TV

514 reviews have been written by 140 users.

1993-06-12 - Cologne

Written by GoneBad - 2 years ago

At that time, I was overwhelmed by the sheer size, dimension and loudness of the event. It was my first and still only concert of that size, and it was incredible, but I also remember thinking they shouldn't make such a fuzz and just play the songs. Today I see it differently, I love the Sidney Concert film of the tour.
But I also realized that I'm not the type to got to these kind of events. Too many people in one place. I dont feel comfortable.
Strangely, the Dublin-Show that was broadcasted on Zoo Radio shorty after that, managed to be more memorable too me. Therefore, 4 Stars.
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1992-11-10 - San Diego by cesar_garza01 rated

A great Outside Broadcast show, just after the 92 U.S. Presidential elections. Bono talks about that before and after ISHFWILF.
Let..
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1993-07-02 - Verona by haytrain rated

Not really much for me to say about this show. Stock-standard ZooTV show. The sound was okay, but a little..
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1992-03-13 - Worcester by Breemsicle rated

Worth hearing. It's a really fun concert, but the poor sound makes it a difficult listen.

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Even Better than the..
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Lovetown

183 reviews have been written by 75 users.

1989-10-02 - Brisbane

Written by BonOzz - 7 months ago

My very first U2 gig, was amazing!! But I've an even better story that I've been telling for years but never published it till now.

I'll cut it short. I befriended a Bono lookalike competition winner from Dooley's Irish Bar in the Valley the night before. He was the absolute spit of Bono with the wig and all the Joshua Tree era clobber on I'm not kidding you. I never knew his name except I called him Bono.

We decided we'd go around Brisbane City looking for U2's hotel. Made up a story that he was actually Bono, that he was drunk and lost his key, and could someone escort him to his room. Went to 3 different hotels till we found them at the then named Sheraton. Before that all the other hotels believed it was really Bono but said he wasn't staying there.

We went up to the check in desk at the Sheraton like we did at the other hotels and low and behold one of the managers believed us and said "yes sir I'll help you to your room, come with me". I said my goodbyes and the manager brought him to the lift... I was absolutely gobsmacked! Here was this guy who I'd never met before till that night heading for Bono's room!

I left him and went and sat down in the foyer. 5 minutes later they came back down and the manager and another staff member bundled him into a taxi.

I never ever saw him again after that. It all happened too quick. I didn't even know his name except I was calling him Bono all night.

Anyway the next night at the concert we're half way through the gig, don't know what song, but Bono starts talking about this geezer who knocked on his door in the middle of the night!! Says he opened his door half asleep looking at this guy who was the spitting image of him and saying WTF! He said he wasn't happy about being woken up but saw the funny side of it.

I couldn't believe my ears!! I was telling everyone around me that I was there! I never actually knew till Bono told the story whether he had actually made it to his room or not. And there was Bono confirming it the next night... unbelievable!!

True story I absolutely kid you not!!!!!!
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1990-01-06 - Rotterdam by MWSAH rated

Sometimes I wonder why I was born in December 1988, one year before this lovely concert in Rotterdam. I was..
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1989-11-18 - Sydney by cesar_garza01 rated

A very special show for multiple reasons: they had to evacuate the venue due to a bomb threat (sounds familiar?),..
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1989-10-12 - Melbourne by cesar_garza01 rated

The band continued their epic residency in Melbourne with this 4th show and this is one of the best! This..
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Joshua Tree Tour

300 reviews have been written by 100 users.

1987-10-20 - Iowa City

Written by IAFAN - 5 years ago

This was my first U2 show. Met Bono before the show. Hours before they were warming up and we found our way into a lobby type entrance where there were ticket windows. Nobody was there so we stood and listened, but could not see the stage. After about 5 minutes Bono appears from behind the ticket window. We were in shock. We went and talked to him. He asked if we had tickets to the show, which we did, but they were not good. He said to stop back to the ticket window later and he'd leave better tickets..turns out for a section that didn't even exist. My friend got his autograph and later we laughed about the joke Bono played on us by offering bogus tickets. A moment I'll never forget.
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1987-09-12 - Philadelphia by viridian1 rated

First concert I ever went to age 17. I haven't missed a U2 tour since. Listening to this was like..
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1987-07-15 - Madrid by LikeASong rated

When the Where The Streets Have No Name organ sounded over the 125k people on the stadium and lights went..
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1987-11-14 - Oakland by emiel rated

There are no Lowlights only Highlights ...a very good show the sound is almost as good as 1987-11-07 - Denver..
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Conspiracy Of Hope

21 reviews have been written by 10 users.

1986-06-13 - Rosemont

Written by MattG - 9 years ago

Everything I WASN'T looking forward to about this show, I loved. "Pride" and "Maggie's Farm", I wasn't all that cracked up about listening to. The former is on just about every show I ever listen to, and it gets tiring, the latter I just didn't care much about. They ended up both being phenomenal.

The "Norwegian Wood" intro to "Bad" is outstanding, and chorus gives me goosebumps. Listen to some recent shows (Vertigo, 360°), and then give this one a spin- Yes, folks- Bono DID used to sound like that

Everything about this show is simply gorgeous. Download it RIGHT. NOW.
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Unforgettable Fire Tour

245 reviews have been written by 67 users.

1984-11-06 - Glasgow

Written by Edi - 2 years ago

We were all young. The place was crammed. U2 were already massive in Glasgow by the end of 1982 and had played bigger venues (the legendary Apollo). In 1984 it was a difficult ticket to get.

The Barrowlands is essentially a dancehall with a spring-loaded wooden ballroom floor but quite a low ceiling. This all made for much 'bouncy-bouncy' and the very definition of a sweat-filled room! Condensation was literally running down the walls and dripping from the ceiling (I even remember it dripping from my elbows !). You could wring it your t-shirt.

The Watherboys were support who were also very big at the time& they did sing of course All of the Moon !

The energy in the crowd and from the band was incredible. New songs from TUF and older songs went down a storm. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill (from Simple Minds, local Glasgow boys and friends with U2) were at the back and the crowd all spotted them & sung to them. (Bono a month later in January 1985 joined the Minds on-stage at the same venue for New Gold Dream which blew the roof off).

We only had tickets for the first night but it was so good we went back up the next day and queued up for on-the-door tickets with probably 100 or more others. I remember a scuffle broke out in the queue as some people started singing sectarian/Irish Celtic songs. They were quickly shouted down by others stating '...we are U2 fans, we are not here for that, the band would not want it, we are better than that'! We got in again having barely recovered from the previous night dehydration.

...and U2 brought the house down again.

A mere 7 months later they would conquer the world at Live Aid and everyone would know what all the fuss was about.

...and 34 years later I still want to get tickets for the next tour in 2018 !

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1985-03-21 - Chicago by Ali709 rated

mazing! It was the first ever Unforgettable Fire tour bootleg I listened to. It exceeded my expectations. It’s a very..
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1984-11-05 - Edinburgh by aussiemofo rated

I recommend this bootleg for those wanting to capture U2 in full flight during their TUF period. They were in..
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1985-02-04 - Milan by CMIPalaeo rated

This has quickly become one of my favourite U2 recordings. The crowd are wild and the show is excellent. All..
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War Tour

179 reviews have been written by 64 users.

1983-05-05 - Boston

Written by cesar_garza01 - 4 years ago

First of all, the FM broadcast is NOT from this concert, it is actually from the show next day, so I think this is the first proper review of the show. And what a show! The band feed from the Irish-Bostonian vibe in the house and they gave it all. The main highlight of this boot is the last performance ever of Tomorrow. If you are a Tomorrow "completionist" like me, you must get this. I don't know why it wasn't played regularly. Another excellent performance was Two Hearts, with the Let's Twist Again part extended. 11 O'Clock was excellent as well. I'm a sucker for the Drowning Man snippet and the final solo is amazing. In Surrender Bono invoked the spirit of Michael Jackson and it was great. I liked the Brick/ A Day Without Me combo too. There's an unlisted snippet of Send In The Clowns in Electric Co. Perhaps the only song I can't consider good is Party Girl. They were still playing with it and it's not the version we know.
Funnily enough, Bono did mistakes between songs, like saying "It's great to be back in NY" (WTF?) or introducing NYD as Two Hearts.
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1983-02-26 - Dundee by MattG rated

Rated high, because I really enjoyed this early show. Sometimes the early ones (pre-TUF, in my opinion) really just don't..
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1983-06-05 - Denver by EDDMB rated

Classic.Just epic show.The band really found themselves at this time.Their live shows were so great.Just the band,the music was so..
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1982-12-02 - Manchester by bowenjaybee rated

This was one of a handful of U2 bootlegs that I got hold of from a record fair in..
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October Tour

110 reviews have been written by 29 users.

1981-10-30 - Amsterdam

Written by cesar_garza01 - 4 years ago

U2 in the Netherlands. Enough said. There's always something in the air when the band plays here and this show is no exception. For the October tour, the band reworked some of their Boy songs and they sound better than ever. Another Time, Another Place, An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart, Stories for Boy are highlights of the show. The October songs are always better than their studio counterparts and the broadcast has great sound for them here. During 11 O'Clock Bono plays with the audience and it sounds incredible (he did that for the whole tour, I love these October versions). After Fire, they sang Happy Birthday to Larry. By taking pieces of all 3 sources of this show, you can form a great, complete bootleg for this show. This is the first great full October bootleg and one of the best.
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1982-01-26 - Dublin by daymo1202 rated

A good friend of mine was at this show and was billed as U2's homecoming show in Dublin in January..
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1982-03-17 - New York by cesar_garza01 rated

This and Lido Beach are perhaps the best October bootlegs you'll find. The setlist is great and some songs had..
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1982-07-04 - Werchter by cesar_garza01 rated

U2 playing in Werchter for the first time (they eventually became the headliners just 3 years after) and they gave..
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Boy Tour

122 reviews have been written by 45 users.

1981-03-18 - San Jose

Written by Dystopian45 - 3 years ago

As I remember it, this was a free show or cost next to nothing to attend. It was held in the student union ballroom of San Jose State University. This room was built to be earthquake proof and the floor was suspended on something like springs. When the floor got packed and the music started and people started moving in time with the music the floor started to act like a trampoline. No kidding. If you timed your jump you could launch yourself 3 to 4 feet off the floor. They had to have crew guys hold the P.A. system in place as everything started to wobble. I saw XTC, Huey Lewis, Fabulous Thunderbirds and more in this room and all the shows were amazing with a very intimate vibe. I miss those days.
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1981-05-15 - San Francisco by mookymookins rated

This is one of the best Boy tour bootlegs around and has all the songs you'd expect to hear at..
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1981-06-09 - London by germcevoy rated

Good show, good recording, good performance. Solid all round. How great is it to think that people in the audience..
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1981-05-15 - San Francisco by CMIPalaeo rated

Excellent early show, with just about all the Boy Tour material represented. The band are energetic and really doing a..
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Early Days

33 reviews have been written by 21 users.

1980-02-26 - Dublin

Written by Bullet_Blue - 4 years ago

The tracks that latter would be included on Boy have different lyrics or structures, so it's very interesting listening to this "kindergarten" version of the first record of the guys. The rare pieces are not that great hidden gems, maybe just Cartoon World. Even some rarely played songs, such as Shadows And Tall Trees or Another Time, Another Place, justify their exclusions from the setlists of the early days.
Highlights: Silver Linings (I adore the parts that later would be "say so, say so" - nice Edge's arpeggio), Cartoon World and Out Of Control.
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1980-02-26 - Dublin by CMIPalaeo rated

Silver Lining is an early version of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. Musically it's nearly identical (except a few neat little..
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1979-10-22 - Cork by cornellazar rated

I love this show / recording. All the old, unreleased tunes are stellar Punk/New Wave and hint at what U2..
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1980-03-02 - Tullamore by CMIPalaeo rated

Nothing spectacular, fun but inexperienced performance and mediocre sound. The main selling point for this boot is the number of..
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Various Dates

184 reviews have been written by 73 users.

2015-10-16 - London

Written by ajr - 4 years ago

Having seen a tweet late last Thursday afternoon from U2ComZooMods inviting a reply with just my name to maybe get tickets to the live broadcast of tfi Friday in London - I did just that.

tfi Friday launched the weekend for millions of fully signed up lads and ladettes back in the 90's. Brash and soaked in alcohol it was fast paced and at times funny, but always high energy.

Brought back off the shelf for a short run this year it jumped back into living rooms, now owned by the 90's lads and ladettes, on Friday past with U2 as the main draw.

So fast forward 20 hours and I am now stood outside a very small and now defunct theatre with a Production wrist band on my wrist and knowledge that the next two hours will be special.

The venue maybe had 150 in the performance area - a mix of 20 U2 fans, a handful of 40something women reliving their early twenties as Take That fans (for they were on the show as well) and I guess some members of the public. It was a strange crowd, but with the TV lighting it made for a hot sweaty club vibe.

Showtime - Raised By Wolves - the B Man is 6 feet away giving it everything. The sound was incredible and the lads played as if their very lives that night depended on it. I'm no writer, so there is no way that I can give you any understanding of how incredible it was to be in the room. Bizarrely, watching over the weekend on the extended playback, it came across as the worlds greatest live band did an ok job! By now you will have seen it for yourself, and I guess it plays back to way back when when U2 became the only band to ever go DOWN the charts after an appearance on Top of The Pops (UK TV chart show).

A very unenlightening interview later in the show away up on the theatre gallery was nothing more than swapping banter between host and band, and hosts Son and hosts Mother! That didn't matter the band weren't here to chat and we weren't there to listen to them talk!

They closed the TV broadcast with Vertigo. Edge's guitar sound taking our heads off! Song for Someone carried all the emotion and then the "This is our first single.." intro and a version of Out of Control that will be with me until I am no more. Just incredible. The room was too small to hold the energy! Bonotised with champagne and it was thank you, goodnight!

Dallas, Sammy, Jake and Stuart left to pick up the pieces as U" have left the building.

Insane evening - thank you to all who made it happen.

The venue was the Cochrane Theatre, London.

I was told that the tour will play indoors and outdoors next year, and then follow the yellow brick road to Aus/NZ in 2017........ Here's hoping!
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2018-06-30 - Bourne by john2u rated

We were one the few radio station winners to win this contest. Each radio station only had one grand prize..
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2011-10-15 - Hollywood by ahn1991 rated

Wow. Just wow. Of the little hype this act was given, the band certainly came out and hit it out..
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1987-11-11 - San Francisco by Unknown rated

A true raw outdoor performance. Engagement with the crowd takes place at some level on almost every song. Three..
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