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U2’s Zoo TV Live From Sydney on DVD in September

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It is finally going to happen!  U2's Zoo TV tour is finally coming to DVD.  

Most of the '90s were good to U2.  This was the period of the band's history when they were cutting edge, when they were out in front of everyone.  Sure, they had made great music before Achtung Baby but with that album and Zooropa U2 pushed boundaries.  The two tours for those albums, Zoo TV and Popmart, are probably better on TV than they were in person.  These shows were made for DVD before there was DVD.  So why the blue hell did it take so long to get at least one of them released?

Zoo TV Live From Sydney has been digitially remastered and a disc of bonus features has been compiled for the DVD release (the concert was previously available on VHS).  

This DVD package is long overdue.  Too many of us discovered U2 too late and this is as close to experiencing the amazing spectacle that was Zoo TV as we are ever going to get (I have seen the VHS once).  There was so much going on you could feel your brain sweating just to keep up with it.  I suppose that was the point:  information overload.  The show was brilliant and the band was armed with one of — and then two — the best albums of their career.  A brilliant stage concept, two great albums, and TV.  What more could a fan want? 

Popmart.

Disc One

  1. Show Opening
  2. Zoo Station
  3. The Fly
  4. Even Better Than The Real Thing
  5. Mysterious Ways
  6. One
  7. Unchained Melody
  8. Until The End Of The World
  9. New Year’s Day
  10. Numb
  11. Angel Of Harlem
  12. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
  13. Satellite Of Love
  14. Dirty Day
  15. Bullet The Blue Sky
  16. Running To Stand Still
  17. Where The Streets Have No Name
  18. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
  19. Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
  20. Lemon
  21. With Or Without You
  22. Love Is Blindness
  23. Can’t Help Falling In Love

Disc Two

1. Bonus Tracks:
  • Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around the World
  • Desire

(both taken live from the Zoo TV Special, Yankee Stadium, New York, 29th and 30th August 1992)

  • The Fly
  • Even Better than the Real Thing

        (both taken live from the Stop Sellafield Concert, G-Mex Centre, Manchester, 19th         June 1992)

2. Documentaries
A Fistful of Zoo TV
Zoo TV – The Inside Story
Trabantland

3. Extras
Video Confessional
Numb Karaoke

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  • zingzing

    i thought popmart was the tour for “pop,” and basically the beginning of the end. i agree though that the zoo tv “era” was u2’s best. they still had the songs, but their sound was expanding to the point of breaking, which it did, first in the confused disaster that was “pop” and then in the beaten down mor crap that has been u2 since the late 90’s. used to be that u2 would get beat up by the critics and respond by going further out into left field… now, they just sheepishly take off their poop-stained pants and hand them to mommy, while going off to make the big bucks off of safe pop-rock tripe. sickening.

  • http://www.djradiohead.com DJRadiohead

    I think PopMart was a lot more interesting than Pop. I hate most of Pop, in fact.

    I love both of the post-Pop records.

  • zingzing

    i think they are both kind of dull. nicely played, but where is the excitement, the experimentation? they are just a high class version of john mayer or something… goo goo dolls… i just think they lost something in the pop-fallout.

  • Ed

    This is long overdue, and fantastic that it’s coming. ZooTv era was by far the best they’ve had – and only U2 can pull off one of the best records in Joshua Tree, and come back even stronger after 5 years. Nice too see that they are including some of the footage from 1992, as this was shot in 1993, and although they were well polished playing as a band , I found the show was too European by the time this video was recorded. By far the best of ZooTv was the indoor tour in early 1992. Great to see this out on DVD!!!

  • Johnie 5

    Achtung Baby,was a gem and the tour ZOO TV in the states was mind blowing, I also saw the tour as it came to Europe and it had changed but still amazing. But this thing of having cars hanging from the roof with cameras in the grill was totally mad at the time and of course the screens with all the slogans etc. New multimedia was kicking off and they were feeding it to the masses The Zooropa album was recorded during the tour. Pop was a bit messy only because they committed to touring before the album was done. although it gave birth to one of the best live tracks ever, ‘Gone’.
    Yeah, ZOO TV, go for it man!!!

  • Ctrak

    Actually the 2 2000s albums are quite different to what’s gone before- they’ve just been subtle about it. ATYCLB was more cinematic and richly produced than anything they’d ever done, and despite some of the ballady type songs, “Bomb” is closer to hard rock than they’ve ever been.

    Just need to open your ears.

  • Vinicius B

    Of course those times are gone. But even though ATYCLB and HTDAAB are far of being as good as Acthung Baby, for instance, I guess that the band’s work still at a high level of quality. And adding a comentary somebody wrote here before, about their hard rock song, I truly hope this: they must knock it even harder at the next album.