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This review is from: U2: Vertigo 2005 - Live From Chicago [DVD] (DVD)
When I first saw the tracklist for this DVD I was blown away. It seemed to me the best line up of U2 songs ever captured live in concert, especially the early period, the 'Achtung Baby' stuff - including the return of the awesome 'Zoo Station' and a very comprehensive selection from their good latest album 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'. Indeed I was just about to rush out and buy this, when I saw the edited highlights on tv and that really sobered me up. Firstly, as someone else has pointed out, the Chicago audience are pathetically lifeless, which really helps kill the performance. Secondly, although some of the early stuff like 'The Electric Co' is performed with full on energy plus the latest album coming across (for the most part) in a good way, a lot of the other material is performed in a lacklustre manner. This is more down to Bono's singing rather than the band's playing - although at times the band does seem a bit lifeless.
Finally, we all know that Bono makes these embarrassing, corny, cheesy and dam right cringe making speeches and normally you can overlook them, but this time round he grates too much. Let us hope, that just like with 'The Elevation Tour' when U2 brought out a second live DVD - the far superior 'Slane Castle', that U2 do the same again with 'The Vertigo Tour'.
* Update - If anyone reads this now, it probably seems a bit laughable that at the time I thought this was the best line up of U2 songs ever captured live, because their most recent albums up to this point: 'ATYCLB' and 'HTDAAB' were never great, but originally I did at least think they were good. However, on reflection they're rather bland, plodding, uninspiring and monotonous.