A special series of #U2liveshow dedicated to U2's upcoming 40th anniversary. We will broadcast 5 legendary U2 recordings from 27 August to 24 September, every Saturday. Many coincide (closely) with special anniversaries. Enjoy!
As part of #U2liveshow we will host many liveshows (audio, but also video if possible) with lots of interesting stuff around it. We will plan them on different dates and times to accommodate as many fans as possible. Every liveshow will also have a rotating host, which will be crew members and fans such as yourself. If you want to host one, let us know!
About this show
We'll kick off our #U240 series with the show that took place on 29 April 1987 in Chicago, famously known as "Rock's Hottest Tickets".
Their concerts are as revivifying as anything in rock, with a strong undertow of something not often found this side of Bruce Springsteen: moral passion. U2's songs speak equally to the Selma of two decades ago and the Nicaragua of tomorrow. They are about spiritual search, and conscience and commitment, and it follows that some of the band's most memorable performances -- and, not incidentally, the ones that have helped U2 break through to an even wider audience -- have been in the service of a good cause, at Live Aid or during last summer's tour for Amnesty International. This is not, then, just a band for partying down. "Partying is a disguise, isn't it?" Bono asks, and does not wait for an answer. This is a band that believes rock music has moral imperatives and social responsibilities. There is no one better than U2 at bringing "over there" back "over here," and setting it down right by the front door, where no one can miss it.
"Bono volunteered me to be photographed naked, as I recall. I was still a young man and the idea of doing a nude photo shoot appealed to me because I'd been looking at Robert Mapplethorpe's work and following that whole New York photographic art scene. I knew there might be repercussions but this was a one-shot opportunity for me. This was the right record for such an expression."
- Adam on being photographed naked for the Achtung Baby album
did you know
The song 'Is That All?' is about Bono acknowledging his feelings of creative frustration and failure.