Well after going to several free shows courtesy of my employer at the time I finally get to write about a show that I bought tickets to. I scanned some of my ticket stubs this morning and noticed that 3 of my next several posts will be about U2 on the Zoo TV tour. These shows definitely rank among my all-time favorites.
U2's Achtung Baby also happens to be one of my all-time favorite albums. I remember when I first heard it, Zoo Station was the opening track and it was a huge shift in the musical direction of the band. I listened to that track over and over because I couldn't get over how radical the change in their sound seemed at the time. That shift translated to their live shows which became a visual spectacle, actually a visual overload that was really ahead of its time. Zoo Station was appropriately the opening song for the show...amazing!
It was pretty impressive for a band to start off the concert playing nothing but music from their latest album. As you can see by the setlist the first 8 songs were from Achtung Baby. After the first 8 they strode out into the middle of the arena and played a few songs on a secondary stage. I think it was just Bono and The Edge. I loved their cover of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" and the way they created a duet with Reed appearing on video.
This was the only show I saw at the Sports Arena, it seemed slightly more intimate that The Forum. I think The Pixies were the opening act but we were too late to catch them. I remember hearing them as I was in the lobby buying a t-shirt, which has held up remarkably well over the years.