The stage monitor system used 60 speakers, which were mixed from two separate positions, each with two consoles providing channel capacities. On stage, 26 microphones were used. The North American stadium leg employed a person production crew and person staging crew that travelled on 12 buses and a passenger chartered jet known as the Zoo Plane.
The concerts were powered by four generators and 3 miles 4. Stage construction required more than local labourers, 12 forklifts, and a foot-tall 37 mshort-ton 36 t crane. The outdoor stage used for the legs Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl) the tour was smaller due to budget concerns, and it discarded the Trabants hung from cranes, instead featuring three cars hanging behind the drum kit. Comprising cubes, the three Digiwalls varied in orientation: 14 cubes high by 6 cubes wide, 9 high by 5 wide, and 7 high by 7 wide.
The layout allowed for sightlines of degrees within stadiums. To help focus the sound, the engineers installed a semicircle of Clair Brothers' P4 cabinets, comprising four arrays of six cabinets each, around the perimeter of the stage. Additional P4 speakers were placed on their sides on the edge of the B-stage. Underneath Bono's position at the front of the main stage were 16 Servo Drive sub-bass units.
The concert at Roundhay Park in Leeds was supplemented by time-delayed speaker towers from SSE Hire due to the venue's elongated shape, making it the only show on the tour to use delay speakers. Rehearsals for the tour began in December at The Factory in Dublin. They considered using additional musicians, but their sentimental attachment to a four-piece prevailed.
The tour was announced on 11 Februaryless than three weeks before opening night. The opening leg consisted of 32 arena shows in 31 North American cities, from 29 February to 23 April. Ticket sale arrangements varied from city to city, but in each case, a ticket limit per purchase was enforced. On 19 February, the band departed Dublin for the US to prepare for the tour. By opening night, the album had already sold three million copies in the US and seven million worldwide.
Details of the second leg of the Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl) were first released on 30 April with the announcement of four UK arena shows. McGuinness had planned larger outdoor concerts in Berlin, Turin, Poland, and Vienna to help the tour break even, but only the Vienna concert occurred.
Plans for stadium shows were first mentioned by Iredale in March but not confirmed until the 23 April announcement of the "Outside Broadcast" leg in North America. It was accompanied by details of two concerts, for which tickets went on sale two days later.
The "Zooropa" leg was announced in late Novemberand Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl) for the British concerts were put on sale on 28 November. In early Augustafter the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust rejected the band's application to perform at the Sydney Football Stadium in November, Bono publicly questioned the city's viability as a candidate to host the Summer Olympics ; the trust's decision was made despite allowing concerts by Madonna and Michael Jackson to be held at Sydney Cricket Ground in November.
McGuinness faxed all 29 members of the Sydney Olympics Bid Committee to inform them of the situation. This sometimes caused promoters to raise ticket prices above usual levels, which in turn sometimes resulted in less than full houses.
During the time between the support acts and U2's performance, a disc jockey played records for the audience. For the legs, Irish rock journalist and radio presenter BP Fallon filled the role. Originally hired to write the Zoo TV tour programme,  he played music inside a Trabant on the B-stage, while providing commentary and wearing a cape and top hat.
It was constantly evolving and changing and taking on new ideas as it went We changed it consciously for each new area of the world. Beginning with the 24 May show, Fallon played the song "Television, the Drug of the Nation" by hip-hop group the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy just before the lights were turned off and U2 took the stage.
After the lights were turned off, one of several video introductions was played on-screen to accompany the group taking the stage. A different introduction, created by Ned O'Hanlon and Maurice Linnane of Dreamchaser video productions, was used on the legs.
A visual of the flag of Europe was displayed, which then crumbled after one of the stars fell off. The concerts began with a fixed sequence of six to eight consecutive Achtung Baby songs, a further sign that they were no longer the U2 of the s.
Some of these included "Taste is the enemy of art", "Religion is a club", "Ignorance is bliss", "Watch more TV", "Believe" with letters fading out to leave "lie", and "Everything you know is wrong".
In a Zoo Radio interview, the Edge described the visual material that accompanied the first three songs: . Satellite TV pictures, the weather, shopping channel, cubic zirconium diamond rings, religious channels, soap operas After appearing outside the venue of the band's final dress rehearsal in a belly-dancing outfit, the crew invited her inside to dance with Bono to lighten the mood.
The group liked their interaction and that it made reference to the belly dancer in the song's music video, and she accepted an invitation to join Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl) tour. The group played many Achtung Baby songs very similarly to the way they had appeared on record. This practice has continued on their subsequent tours. Zoo TV was one of the first large-scale concerts to feature a B-stage, where performances were intended "to be the antidote to Zoo TV".
For "Bullet the Blue Sky", the video screens displayed burning crosses and swastikas. Beginning with the "Outside Broadcast" leg, footage from the tour's "video confessional booth" was displayed on the video screens during the intermission.
The video crew would then edit together the confessional footage to broadcast later that evening before the encore. Performances of " Desire " were accompanied by images of Richard NixonMargaret ThatcherPaul Gascoigneand Jimmy Swaggartand were meant as a criticism of greed;  cash rained the stage and Bono portrayed Mirror Ball Man as an interpretation of the greedy preacher described in the song's lyrics.
Though Bono never reached the President, Bush did acknowledge the calls during a press conference. The following setlists are representative of the tour's average setlist, according to Setlist. Wearing white radiation suitsthe band members landed on the beach at Sellafield in rubber dinghies and placed a 3-kilometre-long 1.
At the first "Outside Broadcast" show on 12 August at Giants Stadium, Lou Reed performed "Satellite of Love" with the band;  he and Bono dueted using their contrasting vocal styles. When we played Wembley, Salman showed up in person and the stadium erupted.
You [could] tell from Larry's face that we weren't expecting it. Salman was a regular visitor after that. He had a backstage pass and he used it as often as possible. For a man who was supposed to be in hiding, it was remarkably easy to see him around the place. Bono assumed a number of costumed alter egos during Zoo TV performances.
During performances of "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "Running to Stand Still", he also appeared on stage wearing a military utility vest and cap, and a microphone headset. As this character, he ranted and raved in an act he said was set in the Vietnam War. To escape their reputation for being overly serious and self-righteous, U2 decided to alter their image by being more facetious. Which is what set us up for Zoo TV. We decided to have some fun being other people, or at least other versions of ourselves.
Bono conceived his "Fly" persona during the writing of the song of the same name. The character began with Bono wearing an oversized pair of blaxploitation sunglasses, given to him by wardrobe manager Fintan Fitzgerald, to lighten the mood in the studio. Bono began each concert as The Fly and continued to play the character for most of the first half of the concert. In contrast to his earnest stage persona of the s, as The Fly, Bono strutted around the stage with "swagger and style", exhibiting mannerisms of an egotistical rock star.
He had the confidence and charm to pick up a mirror and look at himself and give the glass a big kiss. He loved cash and in his mind success was God's blessing. If he's made money, he can't have made any mistakes. Mirror Ball Man appeared during the show's encore and made nightly prank calls, often to the White House. MacPhisto was created to parody the devil and was named after Mephistopheles of the Faust legend. As MacPhisto, Bono continued his routine of making in-concert prank calls that had begun with Mirror Ball Man, and he changed his targets with the location of each show.
Many of them were local politicians who Bono wished to mock by engaging them in character as the devil. The Edge said: "That character was a great device for saying the opposite of what you meant. It made the point so easily and with real humor. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters. Several European shows in featured live satellite link-ups with people living in Sarajevo as the city was sieged during the Bosnian War. The transmissions were arranged with help from American aid worker Bill Carter.
Carter felt such an aim was empty if Bosnia went overlooked, and so he sought Bono's help. Instead, the group agreed to use the tour's satellite dish to conduct live video transmissions between their concerts and Carter in Sarajevo. Carter discussed the deteriorating situation in the city, and Bosnians often spoke to U2 and their audience. Reactions to the transmissions were mixed, triggering a media debate concerning the ethical implications of mixing rock entertainment with human tragedy.
You were grabbed out of a rock concert and given a really strong dose of reality and it was quite hard sometimes to get back to something as frivolous as a show having watched five or ten minutes of real human suffering. It was like throwing a bucket of cold water over everybody. You could see your audience going, 'What the fuck are these guys doing? You're going to go back to a rock show. You're going to forget that we even exist. And we're all going to die. U2 recorded their eighth studio album, Zooropafrom February to May during an extended break between the third and fourth legs of the tour.
Songs from the album were incorporated into the setlists on the subsequent "Zooropa" and "Zoomerang" legs, most frequently " Numb " and " Stay Faraway, So Close!
Burroughs ' reading of the sardonic poem " Thanksgiving Prayer ". Interspersed between the music videos were clips of so-called "interference", comprising documentary footage, media clips, and other video similar to what was displayed on tour.
Two November "Zoomerang" shows in Sydney were filmed on consecutive nights as part of a worldwide television broadcast. The 26 November concert was staged as a rehearsal for the production crew in advance of the official filming the following night.
Clayton recovered in time to play the 27 November show,  which was broadcast in the United States on tape-delayed pay-per-view. After realising they had not fully developed the concept, the group cancelled the "triplecast", denying themselves income that was supposed to make the Pacific leg of the tour profitable. Reviews written during the initial arena legs reflected the dramatic change in U2's approach.
Many critics published favourable reviews about the tour. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the special effects for supplementing the music.
The reviewer wrote, "The often-surrealistic effects always served the songs, not the other way around. Their Zoo TV show is visually stunning, musically unparalleled, downright moving and, dammit, truly entertaining. Other critics indicated befuddlement as to U2's purpose. The Asbury Park Press wrote that the long string of Achtung Baby song presentations that opened the show made one forget about the band's past, and that "almost everything you knew about U2 a couple years ago is, in fact, wrong now".
The stadium legs of the tour received more consistent praise than the arena shows. Critics noted that while the show and its setlist were largely the same as before, the tour mostly benefited from the increased scale. He praised the band for "retool[ing] themselves as wiseacres with heart and elephant bucks to burn". At high volume. It was surprisingly easy to stop but it was difficult to stay stopped. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is a timeline of the history of rock band U2 : Contents.
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The Unforgettable Fire. Rattle and Hum. Hayden used his rapport with the magazine's editor Niall Stokes to pitch the idea for a cover story about U2. Hot Press had never featured a group without a recording history on their cover, but the magazine had been critically supportive of U2 to that point. Hayden and McGuinness argued that since "some people were prepared to lay their necks on the line" for the band, they deserved the magazine's support; Hot Press accepted the proposal.
According to Hayden, since sales and store staff were traditionally ignored within the record industry, the listening session made them feel more enthusiastic and invested in the promotional plan for Three. He contacted record stores that specialised in rock music and secured orders by promising them certain numbered copies, such as 1—25,or Live versions of the two songs were also later featured on various releases, such as the " Sweetest Thing " single and the Live from Boston digital album.
It has been reissued six times, but it remains a rarity and was first released on compact disc in as part of the bonus disc with that year's reissue of Boy. It was pressed on a inch vinyl single weighing grams and cut at 45 RPMand was made available in a limited edition of 17, copies. All three songs were remastered for the reissue. U2 performed all songs from Three live regularly in the band's formative years. The earliest known performances of "Out of Control" and "Stories for Boys" took place in August In mid-Marchthe Three songs were united to close the main set.
This trilogy lasted until the end of the tour. It then appeared twice late in the Unforgettable Fire Tour before returning sporadically to the setlist on the third leg of the Joshua Tree Tour and three performances on the Lovetown Tour.
It was played again on 15 May on the Elevation Tour. After initial infrequent performances proved popular with fans, it became more regular in the setlist as the tour progressed. It was retained on the Vertigo Tour for special occasions; it was played a total of nine times, including instances in Toronto and Los Angeles where U2 performed it with local bands. The song was also the closer to the Glastonbury set. The Vertigo Tour also saw part of "Stories for Boys" return to the setlist Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl) Bono acknowledged its lyrical relationship with " Vertigo " by snippeting some lyrics from "Stories for Boys" at the end of "Vertigo".
This snippet was a regular feature of shows on the Vertigo Tour's first leg but was done only sporadically on the second leg and never on subsequent Desire - U2 - Desire (Vinyl). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is not to be confused with U2 3D. Retrieved 16 May Boy Remastered deluxe edition booklet.
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