U2 Tour Videos
Had a really nice page about U2 on my old site, but since the old site is a thing of the past, so’s the page. Hadn’t gotten around to redoing something on the new site for them.
But after getting the U2.com membership package (2 cds with photo book from 360 Tour) called U22 in the mail last week, and having some great concert flashbacks after listening to so many of the songs, I was inspired. And naturally, since video is what I do, video is the first thing to arrive. HAD flv files of my tour footage on the other page, but a) since they weren’t really tiny files and b) who wants to sit and watch an hour of video in flv format on a webpage anyway? So opted to leave those off this time, and just include a couple of songs from each show that I went to that I liked.
I actually created DVDs from the footage that I shot, a little over an hour for each show, and I’ve got all three videos available to download as torrents at u2torrents.com. Now that I’ve seen how easy it is to share torrents elsewhere (Pirate Bay and Legal Torrents), will probably set that up for each one as well. [Edit: Just submitted all three DVD torrents to Legal Torrents; they’re not the quickest at approving torrents, but they are, well, legal. As soon as the torrents are approved, I’ll add the links here.]
Boston/Foxboro, MA – September 2009
Hadn’t planned on this show, we’d already gotten tickets for the tour stop in Raleigh in October, but then a friend of Fiance up in Vermont found himself with 2 spare GA tickets for the Boston show, would we be interested? Of COURSE! 😀 This turned out to be a show of firsts: First time flying to see U2, first time with GA U2 tickets, and first time inside the inner ring by the stage. (And first time ever paying $40 for parking, GRRR, but I digress). So D and I flew up to Vermont, then drove from Vermont to Boston for the concert. Arrived at around 2pm, still in plenty of time to secure a spot inside the round catwalk.
Including this one because it’s probably the one and only time that I’ll ever have Bono walk right over my head on a catwalk. 😀 Gotta say, my inner fangirl thought that THAT was pretty cool. And the intro to this, where Bono takes off his shades while he’s singing onscreen, is where I got the name for the dvd “Irish Boys in Massachusetts”.
Love that we got to hear this song in Boston, out of the three shows we saw, it was the only time U2 played it. One of my favorite tracks on NLOTH. Technically NOT a track on U22, but U2.com included it as an extra track when they made half the CD available as mp3 downloads.
One of the few songs I recorded all the way through from start to finish. Have always LOVED this song, and don’t think I’ve heard U2 play it live since the Unforgettable Fire tour. So hearing it in Boston for the first time in years was amazing. ALSO amazing was where Bono sang half the song, right from the catwalk THISCLOSE to us. *insert fangirl squee here* 😀
Raleigh, North Carolina – October 2009
Titled this one from Bono singing a snippet of Stand By Me, AND from him pointing out the full moon that was rising over the top of the stadium that night. I knew there was going to be one, so had been looking for it just as soon as the sun went down, but Bono spotted it first, since it was behind me and from where he was on stage, he was pretty much facing it. :) The was originally going to be the only show we went to, so the videos were shot from the *ack* $250 seats. Never paid that much for tickets before, never will again.
I’ll Go Crazy Remix
“Larry Mullen, You’re a funky man!” – Bono. Best line in a great clip.
Moment of Surrender
Only got about half of this in Boston, due to operator error *facepalm*, so wanted to make sure I recorded the entire thing at the Raleigh show, since it’s one of my OTHER favorite songs from NLOTH. Look at all those cell phone lights in the audience. Wow.
East Rutherford, New Jersey – July 2011
Interesting how this one came about. Knew we’d wanted to see at least one show on the second US leg of the tour, had planned on it being the last US show on the tour, so got tickets for it. THEN Bono needed that surgery to repair a back injury, and the entire North American leg got postponed a year. When the new dates were scheduled, suddenly NJ was no longer the last leg, Pittsburgh was. So bought tickets to Pittsburgh with the idea that we’d sell the Jersey tickets. THEN, a NEW final show was added, in Moncton, Canada. Well, given that at this point you now have to have passports to get into Canada, and MY last passport expired in something like 1985, that really wasn’t going to be an option. So we decided that out of the two shows we had tickets for, we’d be better off seeing the show in NJ again, and selling the Pittsburgh tickets. Which I managed to do over on StubHub. And the Jersey show worked out well, we lumped it in with a week long trip to New York and New Hampshire, so in addition to seeing U2 in Jersey, we also caught a Mets game at CitiField, AND saw Spiderman Turn Off The Dark in New York. Alas, we did it during the summer heatwave that the whole East Coast was in the middle of (102 degrees in New Hampshire? Yikes!), so it was a pretty warm trip.
But the concert though. Thankfully it wasn’t just a repeat of the prior two shows we’d seen, U2 really mixed up the set list, pulling out songs that I’d not heard live in years, if at all, like Out of Control, and Scarlet, and the two I included here, Hallelujah and Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me.
Don’t believe we’d heard this one on either of the first two shows, so this was a nice addition, even if Edge DID start playing the wrong song at the beginning. 😀
Hallelujah/Where the Streets Have No Name
I love love LOVE how Bono sings Hallelujah, and since Streets followed right behind it, and I got some good crowd shots of the 40,000+ people that were singing along during it, included it here.
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
And I was SO not expecting this one, but since I’d never heard it live before, it was a welcome addition to the setlist. Loved the on screen animation right before it. And of course, Bono’s laser jacket. What time is it? “It’s SHOWTIME!” 😀
Still to come…
What video I have from the other U2 shows I’ve been to. These three were the first with my HD camera, so the earlier shows won’t be of quite the quality, although I did get some great footage of the Vertigo tour via my Nikon. Once I figure out which hard drive I’ve got those clips stashed on, I’ll post the video here.