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And the snippet of "Sexual Healing" in the middle doesn't hurt. The loudest yells at many of the Elevation Tour shows I saw came with the first beats of Larry's military drum line. Thanks to the Rattle and Hum film, the one classic performance of this song not to be missed is the obvious one: November 8, , with Bono's now infamous "F--k the revolution!
A staple of every tour since Achtung Baby , this is one song which is always a visual treat, and seems to be one of the songs that U2 goes out of its way to present more visually than the rest. The best visual presentation was the first: Christina and Morleigh bellydancing the night away on Zoo TV. And this is one song where I'm not going to claim there's really a single "classic" performance; in truth, the classic version of "Mysterious Ways" was the one U2 played on the Outside Broadcast tour in the fall of These are the most muscular versions of the song, and the October 14, , performance in Houston is as typically strong as any on this leg of the tour.
But the original version from the Joshua Tree tour and the brilliantly theatrical twist on the song as sung by MacPhisto during the Zooropa era save this as one of U2's classic live songs. Still, the classic performance is the one we're all most familiar with: December 19, , in Tempe, as seen on the Rattle and Hum film. The choice is biased by the gorgeous video, but the fact remains this is the "With or Without You" against which all others should be judged. Maybe it gets you thinking and talking about your list of U2's classic live songs.
Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Songs of Experience. The Unforgettable Fire. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Original Soundtracks 1. War deluxe edition. Achtung Baby 20th Anniversary deluxe edition. Songs of Experience deluxe edition. No Line on the Horizon. The Joshua Tree. Songs of Innocence. It's a misconception that U2's mid-'90s albums are nothing but day-glo electronic excursions.
U2's early albums exuded youthful energy and brash confidence, influenced as they were by the nascent early '80s post-punk scenes bubbling up in England and Ireland. Boy 's careening "The Electric Co. One notable exception is "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses," an anguished breakup song that finds Bono channeling a heartbroken soul singer who's lost his swagger.
One byproduct of U2's '90s experimental phase is that it gave Bono a chance to stretch his voice into luminous shapes. The theatrical and surreal performance amplifies the sorrow of the lyrical inspiration: Bono saw Super 8 video of his late mother wearing a yellow dress at a wedding, which spawned ruminations on the ephemeral nature of memories, and the inherent distance between camera and subject.
U2's first major sonic reinvention came after 's War , when the band teamed up with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois for 's The Unforgettable Fire. Bono's impassioned vocals curl around the gauzy music, notable for its beatific Edge guitar strokes and heartbeat-patter percussion. U2's ability to balance religious allusions, spiritual heft and rock 'n' roll verve coalesces on the early single "Gloria," a Top 10 hit in Ireland.
The Edge contributes chimera-like piano shimmers and boomerang guitars; Clayton piles on squirming funk bass; and Mullen backs it all up with a steady rhythmic core.
The No.The album yielded the singles "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "New Year's Day", which have since become among the band's most popular songs. On the subsequent War Tour, the group recorded the live album Under a Blood Red Sky and concert film U2 Live at Red Rocks, both of which sold well and helped establish them globally as a live act.