November 23rd, 2001

Strokin' It!
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U2 Perform "Walk ON" Last Night on The Tonight Show..

Yeah, yeah! As most of you probably know U2 peformed "Walk ON" live on The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno as part of "The Thanksgiving Special" broadcast all over the world to U.S. Troops last night. I also noticed that the band once again removed a whole section of the song for their performance. They always remove the "Home" part of the song where Bono sings..."Home, that's where the hurt is.." and went straight into the 'Hallelujah' chorus. I noticed they also did this when they sang the song on the Sept.14 "America:Tribute To Heroes" Special broadcast. Maybe they just didn't want to offend those that would take offense to the lyric in Amerika...

Altogether, a good performance of the song. Bono was also interviewed by Leno after the performance and got the loud cheers from the audience composed of U.S. service men and women..
Ray in South Park

U2 DVD sale update

While other retailers have to wait for a Dec. 4 street date, Best Buy, through an exclusive deal with Interscope Records, released the Elevation 2001: U2 Live From Boston DVD on Tuesday, in time for the busy Thanksgiving shopping weekend.

Best Buy's sponsorship of the second leg of U2's Elevation Tour, which ran Oct. 10 through Monday, led to the promotion allowing the chain to sell the DVD two weeks before any other retailer, a Best Buy spokeswoman said. This is the first deal of its kind for Best Buy, she added.

The DVD, selling for $17.99, is only available in advance in Best Buy stores, not in Best Buy-owned stores such as Musicland, Sam Goody or Suncoast. An Interscope Records spokesman did not immediately return calls.

A VSDA spokeswoman said the organization couldn't comment on Best Buy's deal because it didn't have details but said it has a longstanding policy against exclusive release deals.

To promote the DVD release, Best Buy will give away an exclusive U2 sampler CD to the first 500 customers on Saturday. The sampler includes hits "Beautiful Day" and "I Will Follow" as well as previously unreleased live tracks from the DVD. Best Buy also will sell the reissue of U2's Best of 1980-1990 double CD.

Best Buy also is promoting Friday's VH1 broadcast of Elevation 2001: U2 Live From Boston and DirecTV's commercial-free airing of the show during December.

I am so happy I waited to buy this. I know where I am going tomorrow morning. I can walk across the street from my apartment to Best Buy.
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