May 7th, 2010

Love

Song Of The Day

I've thought about writing this post on-and-off for years, but... I don't know. I think I feared I could never do it justice. Which is true, but I've decided it's worth attempting.

I have done ZooTV Live From Sydney SOTDs before - Mysterious Ways, Satellite Of Love, and the truly epic Dirty Day / Bullet The Blue Sky / Running To Stand Still / Where The Streets Have No Name. (I've done PopMart Live From Mexico City ones too: Please / Streets, With Or Without You and One.) This one, however, is the closest to my heart.

Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car --> Lemon --> With Or Without You --> Love Is Blindness --> Can't Help Falling In Love

Oh yeah, it's a five-song extravaganza this week. I thought very hard about whether to give each song its own individual post, but I've always said the whole encore should be watched as one amazing sequence, so I'm keeping them all together. It's a real emotional journey that needs tracing from start to finish. Luckily I've watched this half-hour section about a hundred million times and I could describe every shot with my eyes closed. The ZooTV concert video was one of my earliest purchases as a U2 fan, long before I had most of the albums, and I spent a wonderful summer watching this encore every night before I went to sleep. It's pretty darn special to me, and hopefully to you too.

It's exactly 17 years since the incomparable Mr MacPhisto first materialised. If you love him half as much as I do, I think you'll enjoy this post. If not... probably best to give it a miss. :p

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Happy birthday you handsome devil. Maybe I'll do a Desire / Ultra Violet special another time!