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Experience and Innocence tour

141 reviews have been written by 115 users.

2018-11-13 - Berlin

Written by Maaaike - 2 months ago

This being the substitute concert for Berlin two, Beautiful Day was a bit of a special moment.Powerful performance that lifted the audience of their feet, with a touching thankyou from Bono afterwards.

Personal highlight: Zoo Station in Berlin, plus the other AB songs. Here too, the band seemed more energetic than Amsterdam. Might be because of the DVD recording as well, but they genuinely seemed to be in high spirits.

13 finally got the crowd's attention it deserved, no-one leaving, everyone listening. Such a moving end to a rollercoaster evening. What a ride!
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2018-10-08 - Amsterdam by jennagirl rated

I was able to be at the rail on stage right, in front of the Acrobat mirror. While you miss..
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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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2018-10-24 - London by deanallison rated

It’s now my favourite u2 show that I’ve attended. Had an amazing night loved the songs. Particular highlights stay, acrobat,..
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Joshua Tree Tour 2017

237 reviews have been written by 188 users.

2017-09-10 - Indianapolis

Written by Hoosier2012 - 1 year ago

Well, the day started quite early. It was quite dark and cold in the wristband line at 5 AM, and the venue didn't get us our GA wristbands until about 7 AM instead of the promised 6 AM. That said, after we got those, life was great. We all came back at about 2:00. I met some fantastic people in line, and we all had a good time hanging out until about 5:30, when we finally got onto the field. Seeing the Joshua Tree stage on my football team's field was really a thrill.

Beck kicked off the show at 7:30 and really rocked the place. I think his opening set really paved the way for U2 to come out and give an energetic performance. I don't dance, but I was definitely dancing during part of his set. He was great.

I was by the tree stage, so the first four songs of U2's set were when the whole band was closest for me. Much as in DC, that was stellar. The segment of Bad in which Bono had the crew kill the lights was really breathtaking. Bono led into Pride with a nice speech about how Robert Kennedy was in Indianapolis the night that MLK was assassinated and how Robert Kennedy's words that night were still applicable to the country now. (Indianapolis was one of the few major cities not to have riots that night, and it was largely credited to RFK's speech during his campaign rally that night.) As a result, I thought Pride sounded great.

Since I had taken pictures during the DC show, I was able to put my camera down during the lead-in to Streets and really just take it in, which was really breathtaking. There are few things in the world more epic than seeing U2 play through the first 2 minutes of Streets live.

As I mentioned, Bono and Edge struggled to find the key they were looking for during ISHFWILF, and Edge sounded off during the first half of WOWY. They pulled it together in time for Bullet, though, which was fiery. (I thought it was more fiery than the first time I saw it, though maybe it was just because I was on my phone less? I don't know.)

The latter half of The Joshua Tree was excellent--Bono dedicated One Tree Hill to people who had been taken from our lives too early, which was really emotional for me, since I lost a good college friend back in June. Trip Through Your Wires was fun because of the aforementioned discussion of the Dalton Brothers. And Exit...Exit was Exit. You know the drill by now. Disorienting, blistering, fierce...damn near blew the building apart.

I think I've covered the encore pretty well above--the tour debut of YTBTAM was definitely a highlight, and so was Vertigo. I'd have still liked to see Mysterious Ways instead of Ultraviolet (I've seen UV 3 times now and MW none...*sigh* ), but UV was good. And the lengthy Drowning Man snippet at the end of One was a nice touch.

All in all, there's nothing like being on the front rail for GA for U2, even if you're a little tired and sore at the end of the day. I'm glad I made the trek home for the show, and wouldn't have missed it for the world.
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2017-06-23 - Toronto by Hwy_Girl rated

“FULL CIRCLE”

A circle:
-a perfectly round shape
-a line that is curved so its ends meet and every point on the..
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2017-05-12 - Vancouver by Birdman33ca rated

This was almost a few different shows blended into 1 for me. The opening songs on the B stage were..
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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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Innocence and Experience tour

293 reviews have been written by 181 users.

2015-10-10 - Barcelona

Written by u2fancat - 3 years ago

#4 of 4. This was U2's last night in Spain.. and I was there! Got up nice and late - it was quite breezy, so I took an overshirt with me: coat still not required, of course. I headed into Placa de Catalunya, figuring I'd take it from there. Google Maps was kind enough to inform me that my handiest route there was to take either the L94 or L95 bus, which headed to just off the square. And I put my ticket in the machine the right way around, for once. :-)

I was somewhat concerned that the LCD display showing the stop names was practically illegible - both on the outward and return journeys, the text was in a watery yellow that blended nicely into the black background. But as we passed a stop on the way in, I noticed the departure board, which said that the destination of my bus was, in fact, Placa de Catalunya. Lovely - the terminus.

I got off and wondered where to go for brunch - my first priority. A quick look around didn't reveal much, and I didn't want to spend too long looking - I was too hungry. I finally decided that the huge department store, El Corté Inglés, might be my best bet - they surely had a café, and it would surely be both reasonably priced and have fairly standard dishes, so no translation problems.

It turned out I had to go all the way to the ninth floor.. where they have a restaurant, which I considered, but the people in front of me exchanged some words with a waiter and left, and it looked very much as though they needed to have reserved. Instead, I queued for the more casual café - still with table service, but no tablecloths, no glasses or cutlery left on the tables, and paper placemats and boxes of napkins. I didn't really have to queue for long, despite how busy the place was.

Despite the busyness, service was decently quick. I dithered between the chicken, which sounded tastier, and the beef escalope with spaghetti and chips, which sounded more filling, and which my hunger chose. Same brunch as Tuesday, in fact! And a glass of wine. And it was very nice. The chips were actually terrific - you know how good chips can taste, but rarely do? These were such chips. For dessert - by which time things had calmed down a bit - I, of course, had the "death by chocolate" (I can rarely resist that), which in this case was a chocolate sponge slice with chocolate filling and dark chocolate beads on top. And it was sooo good.. I'd definitely go back there for that alone!

By this time, it was too hot to be bothered exploring any more, and I waited in the shade, in a cool breeze, for the bus back to the hotel. Still, it was a relief when it came, and again when the aircon started. I recognised my stop from the buildings we passed - the indicator board was useless again.

After a relaxing afternoon, which featured another nap, I headed out. I must be getting fit - the walk didn't knock as much out of me that evening! Bought a Cedarwood Road t-shirt, which had caught my eye the day before.

So, I was in the front row of my section. This time, however, it was towards the back - more so than the night before. The people at the very back, who are at the wrong side of the vidi-wall, get a smaller, dedicated screen, at right angles to the vidi-wall, showing footage of both stages and the vidi-wall. From where I was sitting, I had a good view of both screens. And I noticed that Bono spent much of his time on the "e" stage singing directly to the people at the back.

It's becoming something of a hobby of mine to watch the crowd's reaction to something they weren't expecting to happen. It seems that the word has gone around that when the band say goodbye, they don't mean it, there's more to come - but it was nice to see that several things in the concert still surprised them. And they STILL don't know that the band don't come on until People Have the Power starts to play.. and even then, not immediately..

Once they'd started, I noticed something I hadn't noticed before on this tour - as usual, the further away you are, the more of the spectacle you get to see. Being too close has its disadvantages. People with seats at the back, take heart. Now, a funny thing happened to me tonight - I'm finding that, the more of these concerts I go to, the more into them I'm getting. In fact, for the first four songs, I lost it completely that night.. For their second song, they cycle among three - Gloria, The Electric Co., and Out of Control. For my money, Gloria holds the crown, among these three, of Best Live Song. I always loved seeing it live, and I'm stoked that it's such a regular on this tour - doesn't usually happen! Again, Mrs. Bono was in the house, as mentioned by Bono at the start of Song For Someone, written for her.

Now, the pattern thus far has been that, for Mysterious Ways, Bono brings a girl onstage to dance with him, then she films the band doing a number, which is streamed live on Meerkat. Sometimes, they bring a guy up from the audience to play guitar on that number. Well, Bono was in a mischievous mood, and ever the champion of equal opportunities, he brought up a girl to play guitar, and a guy to dance with. The guy wore one of those glittery cowboy hats and a feather boa, and threw some real shapes. Until his irate wife appeared onstage, ordering him to get down! He complied, after making sure she got a shot of him with each member of the band. Bono got her to do the Meerkat stream - half of which came out upside-down! Then he had a chat with her. "Are you local? Are you from Barcelona?" "I'm from Spain." "What's your name?" "Penélope"..

"So, that would be.. his Bardem-ness?" teased Bono. Yes, these were Penélope Cruz (in a wig) and her husband, Javier Bardem, who - I guess - stayed for the after-show party. Turns out they're enthusiastic supporters of the Red campaign. We may not have had the tv crews there like the night before, but what a show they missed! And then Bono sang Spanish Eyes, for Penélope of course. About time - I was wondering whether he'd ever get around to it in this, the only Spanish city on their tour!

On this occasion, it was October that moved me to tears. And it seems that rounding off the show with Bad and 40 is a staple for the last night in any city. What a night! What a week! What a city! Truly memorable. Oh, but I can't wait for the tour to hit London, on the 25th (you know I'll be there..)
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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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2015-11-06 - Glasgow by u2fancat rated

After much organisation, the day finally arrived to head to Glasgow to see U2! I even got ready early enough..
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U2 360° Tour

727 reviews have been written by 367 users.

2009-09-23 - East Rutherford

Written by EDDMB - 9 years ago

I loved this show."The Manhattan skylin,The City Of Blinding Lights".Bonos great quote.Nothing like seeing the band band here.Your Blue Room was great.The spacestation sequence during this song was very well done.NLOTH sounded fantastic.I was happy the old classic NYD was played,even though Adam butchered it, while Bono was introducing him.Kinda a funny moment,the band get lost,and Bono calls from the Edge to solo.Im glad they have played it only here and there,and not every night.Ultra Violet,well done.I liked the red microphone.Bono was swinging on it and almost crashed into Edge.My only regret was not hearing Bad either night.As I have mentioned many times over,MOS is a weak song to close a great show with.Alot of fans walked out during the song.IMO All I want Is You or Bad or....ANY classic would be better fitting to close the gig.But the crowd was great for me,we loved it,great seats,great band,and of course, in the great Metropolitan area NY/NJ. See you in 2010.Cheers !!!!!
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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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2009-08-20 - Sheffield by wangmaster rated

brilliant radio broadcast of a fantastic gig that's sure to become a highlight of the tour and a classic show..
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2011-07-20 - East Rutherford by EDDMB rated

Loved it.A great way to end the 360 tour for me.The band played a great show this night.They were all..
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Vertigo Tour

424 reviews have been written by 130 users.

2006-02-12 - Monterrey

Written by Bloodraven - 3 years ago

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

The crowd was disappointing, even before getting to the stadium, maybe it's just anecdotal evidence, but there were a lot of people going because it would be cool to say "I went to see U2" even if they didn't know nothing but a couple of songs.

In the stadium, around me I was the only weirdo singing and screaming and jumping while everyone else just stared me from their own seats as if we were at some symphonic orchestra instead of at a U2 show.

In my mind it was just a "not-so-awesome" experience, but when I downloaded and listened to the bootleg it came back to me and no. It was not just "not-so-awesome". It was terrible.
The bootleg is even worse than reality with the few guys around the mic talking through the whole show.

Cielito Lindo was a bad choice itself for Bad, but it was worse that it was the only thing people decided to sing along. It looked like they didn't cared about Bad or anything else on the concert, oh but they can sing Cielito Lindo. I had forgotten how embarrased I felt at the moment (after the initial couple of seconds of "oh, that's cool!" when Bono started it), but the bootleg reminded it to me.

Finally, even after Love And Peace or Else had already started, the guys near the microphone in the bootleg are still discussing and betting that it's Desire what they're about to play.
I said finally because that's all that I could take and deleted it on the spot. Didn't even finished the song.

It was so bad I would find it funny if I hadn't been there.
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2006-03-02 - Buenos Aires by patou2 rated

I was there , that amazing night. I'll try to be objective . Bono s voice is not the best..
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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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2005-06-18 - London by EDDMB rated

Its great..I would give it a 5 but..the 3 missing songs make me take off a notch.This is a MUST..
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Elevation Tour

334 reviews have been written by 90 users.

2001-10-13 - Hamilton

Written by mattfromcanada - 1 year 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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2001-10-25 - 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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2001-12-02 - Miami by cesar_garza01 rated

So it ended where it all began. Bono was singing for Miami but he knew that all America was listening...
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Popmart

341 reviews have been written by 108 users.

1997-06-12 - Winnipeg

Written by Pegpop - 1 year ago

On Thursday, June 12th, 42,270 U2 fans were ready to welcome the band to the prairies. It was the Canadian debut for Popmart, and U2's first ever visit to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The weather was mild, and the sun was setting, into a bright orange sky, just as the show was about to begin at Winnipeg Stadium. Bono belted out the opening line of Mofo at 9:50 p.m. During the show, rumor was that Edge had the flu, and he didn't seem to have as much energy as previous shows.

At the time, Winnipeg (and southern Manitoba) was undergoing the worst flooding in over 100 years. Bono talked about the Red River Flood during ISHFWILF, to the surprise of many fans in attendance. Local newspapers and TV stations gave great reviews of the show. After the show, Bono, Larry, Adam, and Howie B were interviewed by Kim Clarke Champniss from MuchMusic at the Winnipeg Arena.
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1997-05-31 - East Rutherford by EDDMB rated

Well,as I said,I was down on the band at this point.Thank God they woke up and went back to basics..
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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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1997-08-28 - Leeds by pablothewizard rated

It was raining heavily when we arrived and it never relented all day and evening. Proper lumpy Yorkshire rain too,..
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ZOO TV

511 reviews have been written by 139 users.

1993-05-11 - Rotterdam

Written by cesar_garza01 - 4 years ago

Very special concert because Bono screws up a lot but also makes it up by improvising, giving the songs something unique. Shame this bootleg didn't have more audience.
Highlights:
-- The Fly: Bono screws up the "Achtung y'all" part but in return, he improvises a rap and it's quite good!
-- Mysterious Ways. Very good intro by Bono
-- One of the best UTEOTW, Bono shouting "is this f***ing rock'n'roll?"
-- TTYAATW. The girl with Bono sings (badly) a few lines and Bono teases her a bit by singing "everything alright... a little off-key tonight", lol.
-- Angel Of Harlem. More improvised lyrics by the B. man.
-- Slow Dancing. I just love this song Sadly, it's a very short version.
-- ISHFWILF. This is the gem of the night. Acoustic, with a whole different verse in the middle, Bono sings the same line twice, it's almost like a new song!
-- BTBS. Again, Bono screws up a line but then he immediately improvises some weird lyrics with Alfred Hitchcock in them! Brilliant. He should have written 2 or 3 songs that day after this concert!
-- The MacPhisto speeches are always a treat. Bono was still figuring out his accent, so it sounds strange here. The first lines of UV were sung in that weird pitch.
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1992-08-13 - East Rutherford by loftarasa rated

Solely the sound quality should make the Matrix a must have in your collection.

The concert itself has got a rather..
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1993-07-02 - Verona by germcevoy rated

can tell you all what the problem with this gig was. Too many shows playing the exact same songs (over..
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1993-06-04 - Munich by MattG rated

My ratings were pretty much consistent 3.5's all the way across the board, and here's why. This show wasn't terrible...
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Lovetown

179 reviews have been written by 74 users.

1990-01-06 - Rotterdam

Written by MWSAH - 10 years ago

Sometimes I wonder why I was born in December 1988, one year before this lovely concert in Rotterdam. I was probably in my cradle as a 1-year old boy when Edge hit the first tabs of Where the Streets Have No Name in Ahoy Rotterdam on that special 6th of January 1990, 90 kilometres from my hometown.

I often ask myself the question: what would it have been like to be part of the audience during a Lovetown-show. I fell in love with the Point Depot gigs in Ireland, and the Rotterdam-shows from early January were even better, some say. Lovetown:the name itself explains it, like BB King spells during When Love Comes To Town: L-O-V-E. Yes, I love rock, I love U2, but I especially love Lovetown. Don't get me wrong, because I know the Joshua Tour was enormous and awesome. And Zoo TV was one big happening, followed by Popmart, whether you like it or not. Also Elevation gives me special feelings and was my favourite tour for a long time. But Lovetown is top-notch. The mix of songs between the Joshua Tree and Rattle and Hum, performed in small places with BB King's Orchestra makes Lovetown the best tour for me. I didn't take long and U2 didn't even cross the world with it. But the modesty of it does it for me. Like Bono says at a Point Depot show: 'After all these big places, we wanted to play a small place'.

Lovetown also marked the end of a decade in which U2 finally showed itself to the world in full glory. Live Aid in 1985 was a very important turning point, sealed by the release of The Joshua Tree. But U2 felt that every end had a start. U2 was looking for a new direction and needed time.

The energy and commitment of U2 was awesome back then. Bono was at his prime. His voice was a mix between the Joshua Tour and the upcoming Zoo TV. And U2 really enjoyed what they were doing. Lovetown was not a show, it was no entertainment like Zoo TV or Popmart. It wasn't a show with political context, like Vertigo. It was based on music, pure music, pure rock and roll. And you can feel the excitement and joy of U2 trough these shows. I guess they enjoyed every bit, like the audience.

U2's first European success was actually founded in Holland, where the single I Will Follow became a giant hit. Bono mentions this during this Rotterdam show when they start Love Rescue Me, when he says: 'And this is also a good place to end, because we more or less started here ten years ago. You've been very good for us, thank you!'. The crowd was ecstatic.

This show is awesome. It has reached a nice spot in my top ten favourites, I think. It's equal to the Point Depot shows, with U2 really on fire. I missed New Year's Day and Bad, but I know U2 played 4 shows at Rotterdam. The Bad from the 10th of January is one of the best there is.
This show is quite memorable as The Unforgettable Fire was played for the last time. I listened to this show trough my Sennheiser CX300 and my eyes shut. I transferred myself to Ahoy, Rotterdam, 18 years ago, being in the audience. I felt the energy, I experienced U2 in their best days
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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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1989-12-01 - Osaka by cesar_garza01 rated

The setlist was shaken quite a bit, I don't know if it flows well, but it's always interesting to hear..
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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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Joshua Tree Tour

297 reviews have been written by 99 users.

1987-07-15 - Madrid

Written by LikeASong - 10 years ago

When the Where The Streets Have No Name organ sounded over the 125k people on the stadium and lights went up, Bono appeared with a soccer balloon and shot it over the crowd. The first point of the night was amazing. After that, (just at the end of I Will Follow - which was awesome too) Bono gave some gifts to the mad spanish crowd. "Este es un lugar GREANDE, pero U2 y vosotros somos MUCHO MAAS grandes!!" ("This is a huge place, but U2 and you, we are MUCH bigger!!" ***Crowd went nuts***...

I'm not commenting every single detail, because it'd be so long. The whole show was spreaded with pearls. The Edge was also joking with some audience members, and Larry went off twice of the drumming-kit to wave and salute the audience (this anecqdothes are obviously not in the recording, but my parent was there and he knows it). Great.

The Electric Co was another great point. Bono climbed up to the stage once again (for the last time) and there (over 30 meters up the crowd) holded (for the last time! What a unique moment) the U2 White Flag. Awesome. After that (crowd went nuts again) he sung the best snippet done ever into that song: Break On Thru (To The Other Side). My father's throat went of on that moment .

And of course, Spanish Eyes was the absolute highlight of the night. As the first performance of a song, it was raw and not pulished, but how great it was. The crowd loved it and sung along (although they didnt know the song! how weird!).

And ''40", the closer song. Probably best version of the song ever. Amazing. Crowd thown the few energies they had left on this song. Amazing. My father once told me that people went out of the stadium singing out loud the "Hooooowww looooong... To sing this song?", and that verses were heard for hours at some points of Madrid... So great!
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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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1987-04-10 - Las Cruces by CMIPalaeo rated

Early in the tour, a strange setlist order, no "40" closer... It's worth adding to your collection, and it's quite..
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1987-06-17 - Cologne by bodoheil rated

The atmosphere was very foul. It was my first U2 concert, but not my first stadium concert, and I remember..
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Conspiracy Of Hope

21 reviews have been written by 10 users.

1986-06-13 - Rosemont

Written by MattG - 8 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

242 reviews have been written by 66 users.

1984-11-06 - Glasgow

Written by Edi - 1 year 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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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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1984-08-31 - Wellington by cesar_garza01 rated

A very inspired show during weird circumstances. Bono had forgotten his guitar riffs and he had to buy his own..
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War Tour

176 reviews have been written by 63 users.

1982-12-02 - Manchester

Written by bowenjaybee - 9 years ago

This was one of a handful of U2 bootlegs that I got hold of from a record fair in the late 80's, I loved it then and I love it now..... I highly recommend this to anyone who has played in a band and asked the sound engineer to record their band through the mixing desk (soundboard)........this is a totally raw mixing desk recording with the band upfront, warts and all and the audience cannot be heard which makes the recording even stranger...Plus you get to hear very early versions of Surrender, Sunday Bloody Sunday & New Years Day before the War album was released,, compare these versions to the Red Rocks versions and you can hear what an amazing transformation U2 and the new songs went through in just 6 months......A classic bootleg!
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1982-12-06 - London by CMIPalaeo rated

A must-have. Excellent quality bootleg, probably the best I've heard from the early tours.

Highlights:
-Surrender (best performance, somewhat different than the..
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1983-04-25 - College Park by DavidFM88 rated

In the late afternoon easily 4 or 5 hours before the performance I was riding my yellow bicycle past Ritchie..
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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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October Tour

108 reviews have been written by 29 users.

1982-07-04 - Werchter

Written by cesar_garza01 - 3 years ago

U2 playing in Werchter for the first time (they eventually became the headliners just 3 years after) and they gave a hell of a show. Even if Bono's voice was not good, starting with Gloria they won the crowd over. The Brick/A Day Without Me is one of the best here. Other highlights: Rejoice, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock with Give Peace A Chance, and Fire to close the show. During Out Of Control, Edge trolled us by playing the intro to Twilight. Give us the full song lads! A must-listen if you like this period of the band.
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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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1982-01-26 - 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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1981-10-30 - Amsterdam by cesar_garza01 rated

U2 in the Netherlands. Enough said. There's always something in the air when the band plays here and this show..
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Boy Tour

119 reviews have been written by 44 users.

1981-05-15 - San Francisco

Written by cesar_garza01 - 3 years ago

I rediscovered this gig and it is truly fantastic. I listened to the old source a long time ago and didn't think much of it, but after listening to the upgrade, it really brings the show to another level. One of the best sounding Boy bootlegs and an extended performance with non standard songs like Touch and Boy-Girl. The latter includes a snippet of Let's Twist Again and segues into Out Of Control, a great highlight.
The band was trying to get a place in the U.S. and this show has the "innocence" feeling that they mention nowadays in songs like Twilight.
Perhaps the highlight of this show is a very early (and rough) performance of I Fall Down (at the time still called "When I Fall Down"). The band were writing new songs in the back of their van, as Bono says.
There are very funny moments too, like when Bono opens a bottle of champagne but is hesitant to drink it (not so shy later at ZooTV, huh?). Between Twilight and I Will Follow, the lights went out and Bono has to play the entertainer to the crowd. Luckily for him, the lights returned promptly.
Listen to the 2nd 11 O'Clock. The energy is incredible here. Another Boy show you can't miss.
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1981-03-18 - San Jose by Dystopian45 rated

As I remember it, this was a free show or cost next to nothing to attend. It was held in..
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1980-11-11 - Canterbury by fleavox rated

Interesting bootleg, great performance and an average recording, maybe if the taper were in another position we can get a..
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1980-09-12 - Scarborough by iTim rated

Still early in the tour and their career which probably explains the lack of enthusiasm in the audience. The band..
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Early Days

33 reviews have been written by 21 users.

1980-02-26 - Dublin

Written by CMIPalaeo - 2 years ago

Silver Lining is an early version of 11 O'Clock Tick Tock. Musically it's nearly identical (except a few neat little things at the end) but has very different lyrics. Speed of Life has lyrics, unlike the version that was eventually officially released. Trevor is an early version of Touch. Shadows and Tall Trees sounds quite different to the version on Boy.

Overall, a very solid show with great historical value. It's really something special to see the band at this early stage playing with all the passion and fire that will define their whole career.

Highlights
- Life On a Distant Planet (one of my favourite of U2's early songs)
- Another Day
- Pete the Chop
- Cartoon World
- Twilight
- Out of Control
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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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1980-02-26 - Dublin by Bullet_Blue rated

The tracks that latter would be included on Boy have different lyrics or structures, so it's very interesting listening to..
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Various Dates

183 reviews have been written by 72 users.

1983-12-18 - London

Written by partygirl65 - 2 years ago

I didn't have a ticket to this show and I got a single 5th row ticket as a return at the box office on the night of the show. There were several acts playing that night doing one or two songs including Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Style Council, Mari Wilson and the Wilsations, Mike Peters and Dave Sharp from The Alarm and finishing the night were U2. The audience was littered with celebrities and I found myself sitting next to Paul Eddington (Yes Minister) and Michael Palin at one point. As U2 came on stage I ran down the front so had a perfect front row seat. After U2 had done Knocking on Heavens Door with Mike Peters (Mike taught Bono how to play the song) U2 burst into New Years Day. The next thing I know is Bono is bending down with his arm out to me and I take his hand and he pulls me up on stage. Wow!! I am onstage with U2. In those days it was customary for Bono to pull up a girl onstage during 11 O'clock Tick Tock so this was totally unexpected. Bono gets me to sit down on a monitor onstage whilst performing the song and then sits next to me, puts his arm around me and continues to sing. It is an experience I will never forget and is still the best moment of my life... Thank you Bono
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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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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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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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