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March 29th, 2006

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sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: tired tired
I'm currently hearin: Gine (live from Boston) - U2

A bit of a weak SOTD today, but I'm suffering from sleep deprivation (you know you've got a problem when you've stayed up well over 24 hours, and you STILL can't get any decent sleep >_<). But alas, I watched this DVD yesterday in order to pick the perfect song to do, and I shall do my best:

"Gone" from the Boston Elevation DVD

I hadn't watched this particular DVD in over six months, so simply watching it was very refreshing. As the Concert carried on, Kite nearly brought a tear to my eye, and Gone did. There's no denying that I love Pop, and there's also no denying that I love Gone. One need only look as far as my desktop to see that (I put lyrics from the song on my wallpaper).
This particular performance is very, very intense. Each member of the band is lit in a different colour. Bono is lit in (mostly) white light, Edge is lit in red, Adam in green, and Larry in blue. There are a lot of close up shots of Adam's hands, especially toward the beginning, which I like. It's a bass heavy song to begin from (it is from Pop, after all), but it seems even heavier in this performance. (However, keep an eye on the audience... See all those people that don't look excited? Those are people that didn't buy Pop ;P)
Gone is a song that does well live. Some songs are just better on the album. They lose some of their magic when performed live. Other songs gain magic, and some just turn an even keel. Gone gains something, and especially in this performance. Comparing this performance to the one on the PopMart Mexico video, I'd say this one is much more intense. Part of it is the lighting, on the PopMart video, they're all bathed in bright light, with the colourful screens behind them. On the Boston video, there's no backdrop, and they're practically playing in the dark. The music itself is much, much more intense, and Bono's vocals seem to be a bit more emotional as well.
But the one thing that makes this performance so much better is the ending. Rather than Bono's falsetto outtro, the song just explodes everywhere. Bono begins shouting, and the emotion in his voice is very apparent. Edge is playing the hell out of the song, they all are. Bono turns and kneels down in front of Larry to play (such as he did at the end of Exit on Rattle and Hum... maybe he just plays better that way). And then The Edge destroys his guitar.
Now, we must note, that this footage is from two different nights. The performance itself is from the second night (June 6th) in Boston, Edge's guitar-destruction moment is from the previous night (June 5th). You may be able to note that his guitar changes colours from black to a lighter colour (which looks red under the red light). But it fits wonderfully the way they've put it together. The perfect intense ending to a perfectly intense performance.

Hutch!
Going down...

You get to feel so guilty
Got so much for so little
Then you find that feeling
Just won't go away

You're holding on to every little thing so tightly
'Til there's nothing left for you anyway

Goodnight...
You can keep this suit of lights
I'll be up with the sun
Not coming down, down
I'm not coming down, down
I'm not coming down, down

(Don't do it)

You wanted to get somewhere so badly
You gotta lose yourself along the way
You change your name but that's okay it's... necessary
What you leave behind you don't miss anyway

Goodbye...
You can keep this suit of lights
I'll be up with the sun
Not coming down, down
I'm not coming down, down
I'm not coming down

I don't decide, what they'll say
I didn't want it that much anyway

Taking steps that make you feel dizzy / Gone
Then you learn to like the way it feels / Gone
Ya hurt yourself ya hurt your lover / Gone
Then you discover
What you thought is freedom just was greed / Gone

Goodnight...
No emotional goodbyes...
I'll be up with the sun
You're still holding on
Not coming down, down
I'm not coming down, down
I'm not coming down

Don't do it
Show me
No no no
God save me
God help me
God help me


YouSendIt MP3 download link

NEW copy, NEW link, because the copy of the song I uploaded the first time was sloooooow because my computer's on crack or something
 
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:March 29th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Oddly, I've never gotten into this performance. I love Gone, and I love Gone live, but I don't like that they spliced in Edge's guitar destruction. The whole reason it happened is because Edge was pissed at Larry for misunderstanding his direction after he had dropped his pick. In my view, discord amongst band members on stage does not make for an enjoyable performance.
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From:volare
Date:March 30th, 2006 12:39 am (UTC)
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...yeah. for Edge, no pick = bleeding fingers :x

On that note though, it takes a *lot* to make Edge mad -- this is one of the very rare times he's visibly been upset at someone else in the band....
the only other notable one I can call to mind was him literally grabbing Bono by the *hair* and socking him one because he was totally out of control (yeah, shush) onstage, somewhere back around the War/UF era.
From:starbucksmanic
Date:March 31st, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Woah, grabbed him by the hair and socked him? Is there a video of that somewhere?
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From:thegoal_issoul
Date:March 29th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
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hmm, i dont think i've heard of the song you are currently listening to... "Gine (live from Boston) - U2" must be a new song. ;) hehe you really are tired.
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 30th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
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Hush. It looked like "Gone" when I typed it =P
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From:volare
Date:March 30th, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)

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nice. I love this track.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 30th, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
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sapphires13, I'd marry you just on the basis of your song selection today. ;)

"Gone" is my second favorite song of all time, and this performance is simply amazing. You're definitely on the mark about it being one of the best songs performance wise, and I think that might be why the Edge enjoys doing it live so much. The lyrics, well no need to go into that as it's been done to death, but those combined with the electricity of the live performance makes it perfection.

Too bad I completely missed out on the Elevation Tour.
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 30th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
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Well, you're not the first person to propose marriage to me in an LJ comment, but I'm pretty sure you're the first Canadian to... and I've always liked Canada =P
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 31st, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
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Canada definitely is a great country. ;)
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From:boriel
Date:March 30th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
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you arent the only canuck who missed the elevation tour... i had a new boy friend, it was easter long weekend, i was stupid. what can i say? took me until last year to actually discover Gone. and its my second favorite song of all time for u2 as well.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 31st, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
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Pfft... boyfriends come and go, but U2 is forever. ;)
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From:zoostation
Date:March 30th, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
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I forget where but if you watched the special features on that DVD they show a little piece where Edge walks to Larry's drumset and you can see him just ripping Larry a new one and after Edge walks away, Larry takes out his earplugs.
Gotta love him.
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 30th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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I think that's in the Making Of documentary.
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From:rockingthemike
Date:March 31st, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
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It is the making of. :)
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From:reecord2
Date:March 30th, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
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either my mp3 player is somehow messed up or this mp3 is slowed down a bit. the song is playing at a slower speed for whatever reason.
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From:sapphires13
Date:March 30th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
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Okay, that's my own fault for not listening to it after I ripped it. I jut did, and ewww, it's really slow and gross. I don't know why that happened.

New copy, no longer slow and gross:
http://s62.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=2JWB0XPZ5LO9X19T9JBGW12IV5

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From:reecord2
Date:March 30th, 2006 08:18 am (UTC)
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well, on the flip side, the bass was... bassier! Adam just rocks on this song.
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 30th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
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Call me weird, but I played this again and again just to see Edge go ballistic. I like angry!Edge; we don't see that often.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 3rd, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Gonna have to dig out the DVD for this one, though I have a feeling I won't be able to think of much to say about it. Gone isn't one of my favourite U2 songs (I think it's mainly the screechy guitar that bothers me), and Elevation isn't one of my favourite U2 tours, soooo...

OK, I've watched it now. It's a pretty good performance.... I can't recall enough of the PopMart version to draw any kind of comparison, as I haven't seen that video in forever either, and I don't think I have enough time or energy to get that out as well right now!  It sounds good here, anyway - lovely bassline, Edge is playing well (when does he not?), and Bono's totally into it; shame his voice deteriorates as the song progresses. I love those high notes he sings in place of the "'Cos I'm already gone, felt that way all along..." section. Edge does some nice backing vocals too. They certainly do the song justice, though I wouldn't say it's anything really earth-shattering.

The explosive ending is quite powerful, but I really miss Bono's falsetto wailing there, as I think it's one of the best parts of the song. And I'm inclined to agree with thanks4thefish about Edge's fit of rage making for uncomfortable viewing - the look on his face is just, *eek*. :/

I feel like I may have had another comment or two in mind while I was watching just then, but I can't think of anything else now, so I guess I'm done. Man, this comment was *so* worth waiting almost a week for, huh? ;p

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