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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."