Sweet! U2 are releasing the DVD of their huge homecoming Slane Castle (in Dublin) concert from the end of the 2001 Elevation tour. I'm expecting it to be everything that the lame TV special wasn't. This show was special in so many ways. It was the first time for U2 to return to the Slane Castle venue (with space for 80,000 people- and they filled it up to capacity twice!) in 20 years- what better way to finish a hugely successful tour than by returning to an old venue and playing in front of two massive hometown crowds? The second Slane concert (September 1, 2001) was particularly emotionally charged because it came the day after Bono buried his father, and it is this second show that will be featured on the DVD. Finally, if it wasn't actually the very last, then it was one of the last shows that U2 played before September 11, so it marked the end of an era in that sense as well.
The DVD is set for release on 17 November. To tide you over, you can get some MP3s of the Slane II concert and the recent performance at the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics here.