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April 9th, 2005

Heart of Darkness set @ 06:57 pm

corianderstem:
(Sorry if this shows up twice. Crossposted to U2usendit community and my own journal.)

This may just be my favorite 20 (or so) minutes of music of all time.

From U2's Zoo TV / Zooropa tour in 1992-1993, here's the "Heart of Darkness" set. The music and the sets, and Bono's military-esque costume, it goes from sad angst ("Bad") to anger and rage ("Bullet the Blue Sky") to despair ("Running to Stand Still") and finally to hope and joy, the light at the end of the tunnel (the ending "hallelujahs" of RTSS and the glorious transition into "Where the Streets Have No Name.")

Listen to Bono's slip into falsetto during "Bad," when he first sings "I'm wide awake." It gives me goosebumps every time - it's flawless and beautiful. The Michael Jackson line at the beginning is a little dated now ... or maybe not. ;-)

These are my favorite versions of all of these songs, particularly "Streets," which fills me so full of joy when I listen to it, and makes me feel like I can do anything.

I wish I could load these up in one chunk without the break in between, but listen to them in order and try to imagine them flowing seamlessly together.

And if you then feel so moved, find a copy of the Zoo TV Live From Sydney VHS and watch it with the amazing visuals.

Bad/The First Time

Bullet the Blue Sky

Running to Stand Still

Where the Streets Have No Name
 
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From:notasecretagent
Date:April 10th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
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Eee! Thank you so much for sharing these! I love ZooTV versions of 'Running to Stand Still.' Gorgeous. :)
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From:scaryrich
Date:April 10th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
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i get goosebumps when he sings that bit too
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From:beatlette
Date:April 10th, 2005 08:28 am (UTC)
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I love that group of songs too. I wish I had my copy of ZooTV with me :( But thank you so much for uploading the songs :)
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From:fulpakru
Date:April 10th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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thank you so much for uploading these. I grabbed em and burned them on a CD for a long-winded trip through LA's freeways last night, and the way they flow is absolutely breathtaking. I wish, wish, wish they hadn't erased that continuity into Streets on this tour... it's the biggest thing I missed. one of the only things ;) thanks again!
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From:notasecretagent
Date:April 12th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
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I haven't been yet, but I love the continuity into Streets, too. It's a shame they don't do it this time around - but I guess they have to change it up occasionally. :) I love how you can tell that everybody is just waiting for the guitar to come in to start screaming. Oooohh, that song.

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