August 16th, 2002

The North Sea's kinda survey

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So here's my selection for U2's Top Ten Classic Live Songs

Ok here's my top 10.
I've sat up for almost 4 hours thinking/pulling my hair out over this, Good
job its my day off so I can get some sleep! :)
So if some of this don't make sense then its because I've been up since
yesterday :)

1. Where the Streets Have No Name

Classic performance: 23rd September 1997, Sarajevo

I was going to pick the 6/6/01 version, but will go for this one instead. An
emotionally charged version. Bono with no voice giving it all he has got for
this song. Having got this version on VHS I can say it looks as good as it
Mention also to PopMart Santiago which is also quite stunning to watch.

2. The Electric Co.

Classic performance: June 5th 1983, Red Rocks

This could easily be my #1 choice, The only thing is I don't have this on
VHS as it wasn't put on the UK Red Rocks video release :( I do have several
other versions on VHS but are not are not as good as the Red Rocks version.
Never understood why the band preferred the German Festival version which
for me is a weaker version.
This just really rocks and is played perfectly, the extended outro is what
makes this version stand out for me.
A mention also goes to 31/7/82, Gateshead.

3. Bad

Classic performance: July 13th 1985, Wembley Stadium

The 15 mins that set U2 onto the road that the band are still currently on.
The drama of this version just sums 1980's U2 up for me.
I still get Goosebumps watching it again & again.
Also a mention goes to 17/5/86 (SelfAid) & 7/11/84, Glasgow

4. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Classic performance: August 20th 1997, Hannover

A song that isn't regarded by many as a classic live U2 tune I believe. But
with it being my fave U2 track I've always enjoyed its live version through
the 90's, I'm not a fan of the 80's JT/LT tour versions.
The version in question at the intro Bono sings a snippet of "Neon Lights"
then the band deliver a stormer of this classic U2 tune. A tune that is
usually played at its best in cities the band don't play very often. Bono
singing the song with allot of emotion. Santiago, Sarajevo, Capetown to name
a few.
Mention goes to 14/10/92, Houston. The band are soo out of synch all the way
thro the song but it sounds brilliant oddly enough.

5. Out of Control

Classic performance: August 22th 2001, London

The "79 rap" making this version in question stand out for me, many of you
will have heard it as the Bono did that at many cities.
An early live staple which always stood out for me, tho the later 80's
versions were not as strong for me. The dozen or so years rest the song got
did the song allot of good, the band really nailed it on Elevation.

6. Gone

Classic performance: June 6th 2001, Boston

Or was it June 5th? ;) Whatever the date, the version that appears on the
Boston DVD shows U2 can rock!
This song being one of the highlights of the last 2 tours for me.

7. One

Classic performance: December 2nd 1997, Mexico City

For Michael Hutchence , a version which still has me in tears along with
Very emotional, Bono said in Q that PopMart Mexico City was the best thing
U2 had done upto that point. I can't disagree with him there.

8. With or Without You

Classic performance: August 14th 1993, Leeds

Again another classic U2 concert, this one being extra special as Mac is on
top form :)

9 Even Better than the Real Thing

Classic performance: August 28th 1997, Leeds

Its that intro that does it for me!
I could have picked many versions from POPMART. I choose this one because of
Bono's speech over the intro in which he gives out a message to the late
George Harrison. The band go on to deliver a real venomous hard hitting
version for George :)
Seattle PopMart, Barcelona PopMart & Manray among many others.

10. Pride

Classic performance: December 2nd 1997, Mexico City

I wasn't sure about putting Pride in my top 10 mainly because I thought the
Elevation was not as half as good as the PopMart version.
Larry's intro doing it for me this time. along with the vocal crowd almost
out-doing Bono.

So that's my top 10, tracks that just missed out on a place in my top 10..
Please, Running to Stand Still, Angel of Harlem & Discothèque.
Now time to put all these CD's back into there places again in the racks.
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My Top ten Classic Live U2 songs....

I'll cut it in case you don't want to be bothered (hoping I do the cut correctly)

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1. Bad - EVERY time I hear a live performance of this song, it gives me a natural high, and I lose myself in it

Classic Performance: Live Aid, July 13, 1985...."We come from Dublin City, Ireland. Like all cities, it has its good, and it has its bad. This is called Bad." (still sends shivers up my spine) Honorable mention to Slane 1, August 25, 2001.

2. Where the Streets Have No Name - There's never been a bad performance of Streets. And no song gets the crowd going like this one.

Classic Performance: Anaheim Stadium, November 14, 1992. I wasn't there personally, but according to reports (and a witness that I talked to) the upper deck of the stadium was actually moving up and down during Streets because the crowd was jumping so intensely. After the show they had to reinforce the concrete to ensure it was safe. Honorable mention to ZOO TV Live in Sydney.

3. Out of Control - Every time U2 plays this, they look and sound like they are teenagers again.

Classic Performance: Chicago, May 15, 2001. Not on the setlist, played for the first time in more then a decade. Sounds more like a version played at sound check, but the excitement from the band and the crowd make it a magical moment.

4. Ultraviolet (Baby, Light my Way) - Epitomized the excitement and electricity of ZOO TV.

Classic Performance: ZOO TV Dublin - August 27 (or 28, which ever was broadcast), 1993. If you haven't heard it, find it on the web or get a boot, but I promise you, U2 have NEVER sounded better!

5. One - Enough said.

Classic Performance: Miami, Dec. 2, 2001: Last show of the Elevation tour, the crowd ROARS (and I mean ROARS!!)as the names as the of the New York City Firefighters lost on September 11th scroll up the screens behind the band as Bono sings "we get to carry each other". The hairs on the back of my neck stood up.

6. Stay (Faraway, So Close) - Bono and Edge at the tip of the heart with the acoustic guitar, as close to heaven as you can get.

Classic Performance: Buffalo, May 31, 2001. Bono calls the song "perhaps the most beautiful song we've ever written."

7. Until the End of the World - Never got released as a single, but there haven't been many concerts since ZOO TV where they haven't played it, and it always rocks!

Classic Performance: Boston, June 6, 2001.

8. Running to Stand Still - Either the folky piano version from the JT tour or the electrified ZOO TV version, my personal choice as the most beautiful song they've ever written.

Classic Performance: Dublin, Dec. 31, 1989: The band simply become four boys from Dublin joining thousands of other Dubliners in a rendition of a song written about the city where they live, the the crowd drowning Bono out as he segues into "Dirty Old Town" at the end of the song. Always reminds me of my trip to Dublin.

9. Mysterious Ways - One of their best live songs, Edge's guitar solo at the end oozes sexiness.

Classic Performance: Montreal, October 12, 2001. What was an ordinary show suddenly catches fire when MW starts. Like somebody hit a switch!

10. Kite - Projects to an audience as well as any of their anthemic '80's hits, Bono belting out in true Bonovox fashion and Edge's guitar melodies shimmering.

Classic Performance: Slane, Ireland, Aug. 25, 2001. The day after Bono buries his father, every drop of grief pours out of his voice in a cathartic display. Every member of the audience was in tears. An Irish Magazine called the performance "three men helping their best friend through his sorrow."

Bono up close and personal

This question is mostly for the women on the list, but men might experience the same thing, so all comments are welcome. First, a brief story:

The one time I had GA tickets during Elevation, myself and a female friend (and fellow U2 nut) were to the left of the tip of the heart two rows back on the outside of the heart. When Bono and Edge did their bullfighting thing during Until the End of the World, they were right in front of us. Anyway, for both my friend and I, it was as close as we had ever been to Bono and my friend just FLIPPED! She was screaming at a pitch only dogs could hear and was grabbing my arm and practically pulling it out of its socket. Afterwards she was surprised she had gotten so carried away. Being so close to Bono just made her mad (temporarily).

Now my question:

Has anybody met/been near Bono and had this reaction? Not just been amazed to see him up close, but gone so crazy that afterward you thought "what the hell was that?!" What do you think causes that reaction?

He was just as close to me, but I just thought "gee, he's really short!!" Don't get me wrong, I adore U2 like nothing else, but I don't have that I'm-in-the-presence-of-greatness feeling around them, more of a quiet appreciation and admiration.

Any thoughts welcome.

kids and U2

I came back from my morning break today to find one of my little boys banging on the upturned slide, banging out a beat. Deb started laughing and said "Josh tell Nic what you're doing."

"I'm playing drums"

"Who for Josh, tell Nic"

"I'm playing drums with U2".

Okay those who know me might think thats my influence there.... BUT ITS NOT! Last year the kids knew all about U2, but I don't know this bunch of kids parents as well as I knew last years parents, so I don't know if they would be cool about U2 talk with their littlies, so have refrained. Especially this particular little boy, a sensitive soul, all our efforts have been in bringing him out of his shell some.

I laughed and said "who likes U2 Josh? Who listens to U2?"

He looked at me, shrugged and said "well....the whole family does".

Deb then went on to say how he had come out with that himself. He had been banging away and suddenly said "I'm going to play drums with U2 and Bono when I am older". And of course all the staff laughed and thought it was my influence. But it surely isn't! I asked Josh then what colour hair Bono had, expecting him to say he didn't know what Bono looked like and he said "well I was looking through the U2 book this morning, and I looked at Bono and he has black hair". I asked him what his favourite U2 song was. "Oh definitely the Beautiful Day one, its the fastest, I love that one".

How cool is that.
Bellhouse Provincial Park

Quick question...

With exception to "Do you feel loved" and the recent Bono & Corrs (covering Ryan Adams) "When the Stars go Blue"...

Are there any other U2 songs with a "happy sounding melody" and lyrics that have the words "do you" in it?

My sister who's currently in (according to her) "middle of nowhere Queensland", heard a U2-ish sounding song while 4am in a McDonalds, and that's how she described it. Does this ring any bells?