Night 3 30th December 1989 , there was a magical night it was the best U2 gig I have ever been to, a great audience, a great intimate venue(compared to where they were playing) , a great set list , the band on top form and in their hometown, I think it has been widely recognised as their best hometown performance.
The 30th will always be my personal favourite. It didn't have Bad as the 31st or a killer One Tree Hill as the 26th, but it has the best Running To Stand Still ever (the crowd taking over on the Dirty Old Town snippets ranks high among my all time favorite live moments), the best WOWY ever (closing the concert for a change) and and overall feeling of awesomeness that cannot be topped. I will always hate ^u2lemonman^ for attending it
They are all incredible shows. When Bono's voice was on...from 87-89 it was so heavy and powerful. Christmas(Baby Please Come Home) is a perfect example. God Part II from 12/26 is another favorite. Oh, if I only could have been at those shows. But my experience at Tampa 12/5/87 was magical...and the ok audience recording helps me relive it from time to time. His voice on "Exit" was great.
"Some of the ideas we started out with on Achtung Baby started to come into focus on the tour as we played around with the new stage set, the TV screens, the whole concept of a TV station on the road. It struck a chord in us and the music that came out on Zooropa was very influenced by the tour. Normally it's the other way around; you put an album together and then you go off on the road and you're drawing from the album for your inspiration."
- The Edge
did you know
On tour in Australia in the autumn of '89 Larry had told Bono that if this is what it meant for U2 to be superstars, he didn't like it. It was one of the reasons for the musical and artistic revolution in the nineties.