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 the 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 Vertigo (Lisbon Version) - U2 - U218 Videos (DVD) 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".
Fricke noted that the increased visual effects for the "Outside Broadcast" leg increased the shows' "mind-fuck" factor. The Independent praised the "Zooropa" leg, with the reviewer stating, "I came as a sceptic, and left believing I had witnessed the most sophisticated meeting of technical wizardry and mojo priestcraft ever mounted. The group and the music industry were unsure how fans would receive the tour beforehand.
Where would you be without the hype? You can't pretend all the promotion and all the fanfare is not happening. By the outdoor legs, many fans knew what to expect, and Pareles observed that Bono's admonitions to never cheer a rock star were greeted with idolatrous applause; he concluded that the show's message of scepticism was somewhat lost on the audience and that, "No matter what Bono tells his fans, they seem likely to trust him anyway.
The "Zooropa" stadium leg in played to more than 2. Without those we'd be fucked. Even in our irresponsible, youthful and fatal disregard of such material matters, it was terrifying. For the Zoo TV Tour, U2 embraced the "rock star" identity they had struggled with and were reluctant to accept throughout the s. After missing the group's 26 November show in Sydney from an alcoholic blackout, Clayton resolved to quit drinking altogether. The Edge became close with Morleigh Steinberg during her stint as the tour's choreographer and belly dancer.
The tour's two-year length, then U2's longest, exhausted the band as the final legs unfolded. Mullen and Clayton moved to Manhattan, where they sought out music lessons to become better musicians. We were a different band after that and touring was different. The Pixies ' stint as a support act caused a controversy that partially contributed to their breakup.
The article featured their criticisms of U2 for the supposed poor treatment the Pixies received. Infollowing tensions within the group, Francis announced the Vertigo (Lisbon Version) - U2 - U218 Videos (DVD) had dissolved.
U2's subsequent concert tour, 's PopMart Tour, followed in Zoo TV's footsteps by mocking another social trend, this time consumerism. Paul McGuinness said the group wanted "the production [of PopMart] to beat Zoo TV", and accordingly, the tour's spectacle was a further shift away from their austere stage shows of the s; PopMart's stage featured a foot-long 46 m LED screen, a foot-tall 30 m golden arch containing the sound system, and a mirrorball lemon that served as a transport to the B-stage.
It's better than Zoo TV aesthetically, and as an art project it is a clearer thought. Critics regard the Zoo TV Tour as one of rock's most memorable tours. Pepper's of rock tours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Four screens suspended above the stage showed close-ups of each member of the band, another element reused from the Elevation Tour. The ellipse was also replaced with two catwalks leading to two B-stages in the style of the 'Vertigo target'.
The following gear was used for the show's lighting: . The show's set list varied, with notable differences between each leg of the tour. The arena shows of the first and third legs usually began with the same trio of songs: " City of Blinding Lights ", " Vertigo ", and " Elevation ". On the first leg, "City of Blinding Lights" would alternate with " Love and Peace or Else ", and sometimes " Beautiful Day " appeared in the opening trio. By the fourth leg, "City of Blinding Lights", "Vertigo" and "Elevation" were the standard opening trio that was only altered once — early on in the fourth leg.
After the opening trio, songs from U2's early days were played at the arena shows, while the stadium shows featured more anthemic rock Vertigo (Lisbon Version) - U2 - U218 Videos (DVD). Beyond this point in the set list, the stadium and indoor sets became roughly similar. The encores varied from leg to leg, and night to night.
However, for many shows on the third leg, this was discarded in favor of an acoustic encore. The second encore often showcased recent material, and almost all second-leg shows as well as rare first and third-leg shows ended with a repeat of "Vertigo", in homage to U2's early concert days when they would run out of songs to play. The usual concert finisher in the first leg was " 40 " where Adam and Edge would switch instruments, but over the course of the tour, many other closing songs would be used as well.
At the start of the much-delayed fifth leg in Australia, the usual first Zoo TV-style encore was used initially, but several shows into the leg "Zoo Station" was dropped in favour of "Mysterious Ways" with "The Fly" opening the encore, making the first encore "The Fly", "Mysterious Ways" and "With or Without You".
The second encore, however, showcased three songs that had not been played until this Vertigo (Lisbon Version) - U2 - U218 Videos (DVD) on the entire tour. Up next was a full electric performance of " Angel of Harlem ". Making its Vertigo Tour debut and closing a show for the first time ever was " Kite ", which had not been played since the end of the Elevation Tour five years prior. The Vertigo Tour was notable not only for its diversity of material—it was the first tour since the Lovetown Tour to feature at least one song from each of their currently released albums—but for the rarity of some songs played.
Tracks from their debut album Boy were chosen ahead of tracks from their biggest-selling album, The Joshua Tree. A number of other songs returned to the set list after absences of more than fifteen years, including material from Octoberwhile "The First Time", from 's Zooropa album, was played in full live for the first time. Although Luciano Pavarotti sang the operatic vocals on the original, "Miss Sarajevo" featured Bono competently singing the operatic vocals.
Also " Bad ", which was a regular on the Elevation Tour playlist, was played less frequently on this tour. During the European stadium leg of the Vertigo Tour in the summer offour more concerts were filmed: two in Dublin and two in Milan.
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