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U2: PopMart Live from Mexico City (Limited Edition)
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Disc 2 1 Please 2 Where The Streets Have No Name 3 Discotheque 4 If You Wear That Velvet Dress 5 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me 6 Mysterious Ways
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The Pop Mart tour and album were incorrectly derided by some critics--and even the band apparently--as a failed experiment. Wrong. That album was some of their coolest music ever, and the tour, while it started rough, by the time of this show is just monster (no pun intended). This BTW was the largest video screen every constructed; after the tour it was sold off in pieces to sports stadiums and the like.
Granted, it you don't like the "ironic" U2 and songs like "Discotheque" you'll probably hate the "lemon" part which is totally Spinal Tap (although that was sort of the point). Too bad, because right after that song they do THE definitive version of "If You Wear That Velvet Dress," which far surpasses the recorded version.
The show opens with a seamless segue from "Pop Music" on the P.A. into "Mofo." "Mofo" was an interesting, if not fully realized, track from the album but here it absolutely kills in a different arrangement. Just like "Elevation" live blows away the recorded version, so it goes with "Mofo."
There's also a slightly altered version of "I Will Follow" (different guitar patch, Larry alters the drum pattern) and a great version of "Last Night on Earth." One of the better versions of "New Year's Day" appears on this disc. Interesting thing to note: all the people at the show cheer all the new tunes and apparently know the words (even to tunes like "Already Gone"). Americans tend to applaud only the singles and the well-known hits.
The sound's great, the band's tight, the crowd is absolutely bonkers. For videos I rank it up there with Live from Sydney (Zoo TV) as their best.Read more ›
I had been a fan of U2 before this night in December 1997 but this show made me a superfan. If this was an "off night", as some have said, I wouldn't have it any other way. I love this performance and I can hardly stand to hear the songs sung any other way. Either live or studio.
It took me a long time to like "Mofo", the long, strange techno dance song from the Pop album which opens the show. I used to skip over it and go directly to the more familiar "I Will Follow". Nowadays I look forward to hearing it.
You have to keep in mind, at this point in their careers, at least from my own vantage point, it looked like the band had something to prove. They'd been lambasted for years. First for being too dour and preachy, and then with Pop for being too silly and lightweight. Too "disco". Or whatever. Bono comes out with a crew cut which, to me, meant that he was starting from scratch. New growth. New beginnings.
The show really kicks in to gear, I feel, with "Gone" - which takes the album version to a new level. "Even Better Than the Real Thing" is next followed by the similarly themed "Last Night On Earth" and "Until the End of the World". Bono plays around with the lyrics here, turning "End of the World" into a confessional. He's the one at the party bringing everybody down, talking about doom and gloom - it makes more sense this way as he sees himself here, apparently, as trying to repent a little and loosen up.Read more ›
I went and saw this tour back in 1997 in Foxboro and to this day, this is a spectacle that has not been attempted to be matched by other rock bands. The stage blew me away. It was so huge that I didn't think any band could put together a stage like it. Did it take away from the music? Of course. But that is what U2 concerts are about. It's an event, not just a concert.
U2's stages during the 1990's (ZooTV and POPMART)were so over-the-top and so ahead of its time that it was hard for any other rock band to match them. Nor would anyone try to attempt to.
Rumor had it that it cost U2, with no corporate sponsorship, $250,000 a day to move it city to city. Think about that. $250,000 everyday! And many cities that U2 stopped at did not sell out. Example: in Houlihans Stadium in Tampa which holds about 70,000 fans...POPMART only drew about 20,000! So in many markets, U2 lost so much money that that is the reason they haven't played stadiums in America since. In Europe, POPMART was seen as a major milestone. But in America, POPFLOP, as many critics called it, was a failure. Hence, the Elevation Tour 2001 was U2's back-to-basic tour with a stripped down stage and "only about the music" theme.
With the release of the dvd on Sept. 18, it's a dvd I think will do well. New fans will be curious to buy because of the cool packaging.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most complete U2 releases, i dont see cuts, no songs left out, the setlist was pretty big and complete. The audio is good too. Must have.Published on July 9, 2014 by yuri
Was very different from other U2 concerts I have to say...But I like the band a lot and like all there music and all!Published on February 16, 2014 by Marilyana Carmona
Fans know this is an awesome experience, what are you waiting for? If you are planning on watching this concert, use a great sound system and turn it up. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Rodrigo
Purchased as a gift; he loves it :) This CD was on his wish list and he is very pleased as a U2 fan!Published on January 3, 2013 by Marmalade
Product was shipped promptly and received in perfect condition. This is one of my favorite U2 concertsPublished on April 28, 2010 by Kari Smith
I got this on a whim.... i have ALWAYS loved U2.... BUT always in the intimate settings, i never got into the PopMart / Zoo Tv thing.... Read morePublished on March 4, 2009 by L. JOURNELL
I was there in December 1997, and I was just 12 feet from the scenario, and I remembered it was the best show I have been, and now with this DVD I confirm it. Read morePublished on October 26, 2008 by Alejo67
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