Originally posted by kezman:Very fond of this tour,think the tour has stood the test of time well.
Those early shows with the Boy segment,those summer stadium nights,the fall in the USA and those incredible South American audiences.
People go on about Zoo and Popmart and underrate Vertigo.
Originally posted by djerdap:European shows were excellent in my mind. The Twickenham broadcast is really good, the Croke Park setlists were a nice surprise, and the Vienna show is still my favourite U2 gig (and the first) I'd attended. I listened to the show again and it was particularly enjoyable because Bono shortened the speeches, as they started the show late due to them flying to Vienna that day from London after their Live 8 performance.
The ZooTV encore really came together, performances of The Electric Co. were amazing, the occasional performance of Wild Horses was really good (I prefer it to the E&I renditions, mainly because it includes Edge's guitar solo) and I personally loved the entire Coexist section, especially with Running to Stand Still. Edge put some extra punch into the Bullet solos at that point (check the Amsterdam I version where he actually combines the album solo with the ZooTV/Elevation-style ones).
I won't defend the Pride/Streets/One section, but that goes for the whole tour. Ending the show with a second Vertigo was silly, but at least it was a slightly longer setlist than usual at that point (until they decided to cut All I Want is You near the end of the leg, which was another questionable decision).
The Copenhagen and Gothenburg bootlegs are probably the most representative ones of that leg's quality, along with Twickenham. It's a shame that the Croke Park shows don't have better sound quality, but on the other hand... at least we have those recordings!
Originally posted by Alvin:European leg of Vertigo was pretty dull. One city stands had the same setlist, without the boy segment from 1st leg, without those rarities from 3rd leg... Worst Streets ever (whole One/Streets/Pride sequence was pretty meh), worst Bullet ever. And considering it was promoting their worst (IMO) album...
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the shows, but definitely don't think it stands the test of time - at least not European shows.