History Awesome / U2

4th Jun '16 7:01:17 PM gewunomox
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* Halftime at SuperBowl XXXVI. Being the first Super Bowl to take place after 9/11, it featured a memorial to those lost on that day, with U2 singing "MLK" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" while the list of names scrolled upwards against a stark black background. The capper occurred right as Bono sang the final chorus of "and when I go there, I go there with you..." -- revealing a US Flag sewn into the lining of his jacket. As if to say, "It's all right, America. We've got your back."

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* Halftime at SuperBowl XXXVI. Being the first Super Bowl to take place after 9/11, it featured a memorial to those lost on that day, with U2 Music/{{U2}} singing "MLK" and "Where The Streets Have No Name" while the list of names scrolled upwards against a stark black background. The capper occurred right as Bono sang the final chorus of "and when I go there, I go there with you..." -- revealing a US Flag sewn into the lining of his jacket. As if to say, "It's all right, America. We've got your back."



* The U2 360 tour had to be delayed due to Bono's back injury. Fortunately, he was able to recover in time for the European leg, but there was speculation among fans that he wouldn't be as athletic as he was at recent shows, and that the (''awesome'') "wheel mic" might even be cut because a large part of its appeal was that it allowed Bono to swing around. Cut to August 6th in Turin, where not only was the wheel mic back in full splendor, but Bono ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9wlYsSC-E#t=6m32s used the thing as a swingset.]]'' Just months after ''major back surgery.'' '''Wow.'''
* ''"Dublin city, it has its good, it has its bad. This song's called Bad"''. And that was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHnXOSxka1Q the last time]] anyone doesn't know about {{U2}}.
* While the [=PopMart=] tour might not have been {{U2}}'s finest hour, the 1997 concert in Sarajevo has quite a few:
** The whole thing started during the Zoo TV tour in the early nineties, when aid worker Bill Carter asked U2 to use the tour's facilities to spread awareness of the Yugoslavian conflict. After setting up a transmission system in the besieged Sarajevo, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped videos of the war victims]] were transmitted via satellite to the Zoo TV screens for twelve shows in a row. To do this, Carter and a crew of two had to sneak past an area known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sniper Alley]] to broadcast the videos for each shows. While the linkups were [[DudeNotFunny heavily criticized]] by the British press (and even the band had moments of doubt, Bono describing it as the most difficult thing they had done, and Larry worrying about the perception that they were exploting Bosnians' suffering for entertainment), they helped spread awareness of the conflict and increase coverage of the conflict.
** The buildup to the concert itself. Having endured through years of civil war and ethnic cleansing, the city rejected U2's original plan to do a small benefit show and requested a full [=PopMart=] show, giant lemon and all. In spite of a $4 million offer to play in Sweden at the date of the concert as opposed to the inevitable financial loss from a performance in Sarajevo, the band went in anyway.

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* The U2 Music/{{U2}} 360 tour had to be delayed due to Bono's back injury. Fortunately, he was able to recover in time for the European leg, but there was speculation among fans that he wouldn't be as athletic as he was at recent shows, and that the (''awesome'') "wheel mic" might even be cut because a large part of its appeal was that it allowed Bono to swing around. Cut to August 6th in Turin, where not only was the wheel mic back in full splendor, but Bono ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9wlYsSC-E#t=6m32s used the thing as a swingset.]]'' Just months after ''major back surgery.'' '''Wow.'''
* ''"Dublin city, it has its good, it has its bad. This song's called Bad"''. And that was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHnXOSxka1Q the last time]] anyone doesn't know about {{U2}}.
Music/{{U2}}.
* While the [=PopMart=] tour might not have been {{U2}}'s Music/{{U2}}'s finest hour, the 1997 concert in Sarajevo has quite a few:
** The whole thing started during the Zoo TV tour in the early nineties, when aid worker Bill Carter asked U2 Music/{{U2}} to use the tour's facilities to spread awareness of the Yugoslavian conflict. After setting up a transmission system in the besieged Sarajevo, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped videos of the war victims]] were transmitted via satellite to the Zoo TV screens for twelve shows in a row. To do this, Carter and a crew of two had to sneak past an area known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sniper Alley]] to broadcast the videos for each shows. While the linkups were [[DudeNotFunny heavily criticized]] by the British press (and even the band had moments of doubt, Bono describing it as the most difficult thing they had done, and Larry worrying about the perception that they were exploting Bosnians' suffering for entertainment), they helped spread awareness of the conflict and increase coverage of the conflict.
** The buildup to the concert itself. Having endured through years of civil war and ethnic cleansing, the city rejected U2's Music/{{U2}}'s original plan to do a small benefit show and requested a full [=PopMart=] show, giant lemon and all. In spite of a $4 million offer to play in Sweden at the date of the concert as opposed to the inevitable financial loss from a performance in Sarajevo, the band went in anyway.



* The pantomimed heroin hit in U2's live version of "Running To Stand Still" in their concert film: "Zoo TV Live From Sydney" could be considered a little {{Narm}} - ish, but it's also rather chilling and sums up the whole point and awesomeness of Zoo TV in a few minutes of theatricality. Also, the entire Red Rocks show that marked their change from post-punk nobodies to world eating megastars could be considered the Crowning Moment of their career.

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* The pantomimed heroin hit in U2's Music/{{U2}}'s live version of "Running To Stand Still" in their concert film: "Zoo TV Live From Sydney" could be considered a little {{Narm}} - ish, but it's also rather chilling and sums up the whole point and awesomeness of Zoo TV in a few minutes of theatricality. Also, the entire Red Rocks show that marked their change from post-punk nobodies to world eating megastars could be considered the Crowning Moment of their career.



* Despite all the [[InternetBackdraft critiques and complaints about how it was 'invading their privacy']], it was brilliant, as well as its own [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moment]] of U2 releasing ''Songs of Innocence'' '''''for free''''' on iTunes.

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* Despite all the [[InternetBackdraft critiques and complaints about how it was 'invading their privacy']], it was brilliant, as well as its own [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moment]] of U2 Music/{{U2}} releasing ''Songs of Innocence'' '''''for free''''' on iTunes.
17th Jan '16 10:59:35 PM MikeW
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* Whenever a soft song suddenly cuts into the Edge beginning the guitar riff to kick off "Where The Streets Have No Name," a live crowd goes insane. Better is how as the song kicks up, the lights of the stadium will often light up enough to be seen for miles.
** The original music video for the song, shot in 1987, had the band performing on the roof of a downtown Los Angeles building in front of a wild and growing crowd. The video openly shows how the police and city officials were telling them to shut down as there were people coming from outside the city to watch but the band went ahead with the performance.
1st Jan '16 1:01:56 PM PrincessTogezo
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* Recently, the U2 360 tour was delayed due to Bono's back injury. Fortunately, he was able to recover in time for the European leg, but there was speculation among fans that he wouldn't be as athletic as he was at recent shows, and that the (''awesome'') "wheel mic" might even be cut because a large part of its appeal was that it allowed Bono to swing around. Cut to August 6th in Turin, where not only was the wheel mic back in full splendor, but Bono ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9wlYsSC-E#t=6m32s used the thing as a swingset.]]'' Just months after ''major back surgery.'' '''Wow.'''

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* Recently, the The U2 360 tour was had to be delayed due to Bono's back injury. Fortunately, he was able to recover in time for the European leg, but there was speculation among fans that he wouldn't be as athletic as he was at recent shows, and that the (''awesome'') "wheel mic" might even be cut because a large part of its appeal was that it allowed Bono to swing around. Cut to August 6th in Turin, where not only was the wheel mic back in full splendor, but Bono ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc9wlYsSC-E#t=6m32s used the thing as a swingset.]]'' Just months after ''major back surgery.'' '''Wow.'''



* The pantomimed heroin hit in U2's live version of "Running To Stand Still" in their concert film: "Zoo TV Live From Sydney" could be considered a little {{Narm}} - ish, but this troper finds it rather chilling and sums up the whole point and awesomeness of Zoo TV in a few minutes of theatricality. Also, the entire Red Rocks show that marked their change from post-punk nobodies to world eating megastars could be considered the Crowning Moment of their career.

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* The pantomimed heroin hit in U2's live version of "Running To Stand Still" in their concert film: "Zoo TV Live From Sydney" could be considered a little {{Narm}} - ish, but this troper finds it it's also rather chilling and sums up the whole point and awesomeness of Zoo TV in a few minutes of theatricality. Also, the entire Red Rocks show that marked their change from post-punk nobodies to world eating megastars could be considered the Crowning Moment of their career.



* Despite all the [[InternetBackdraft critiques and complaints about how it was 'invading their privacy']], it was brilliant, as well as it's own [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moment]] of U2 releasing ''Songs of Innocence'' '''''for free''''' on iTunes.

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* Despite all the [[InternetBackdraft critiques and complaints about how it was 'invading their privacy']], it was brilliant, as well as it's its own [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moment]] of U2 releasing ''Songs of Innocence'' '''''for free''''' on iTunes.
3rd Nov '15 10:23:11 AM bt8257
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* Bono's rant during the performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in the ''Music/RattleAndHum'' film in UsefulNotes/Denver condemning the Remembrance Day Bombing that had occurred earlier that day.

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* Bono's rant during the performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in the ''Music/RattleAndHum'' film in UsefulNotes/Denver UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} condemning the Remembrance Day Bombing that had occurred earlier that day.
2nd Nov '15 10:51:55 AM bt8257
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* Bono's rant during a performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" condeming the Remembrance Day Bombing that had occurred earlier that day.

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* Bono's rant during a the performance of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" condeming in the ''Music/RattleAndHum'' film in UsefulNotes/Denver condemning the Remembrance Day Bombing that had occurred earlier that day.
2nd Nov '15 10:50:03 AM bt8257
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-->And let me tell you somethin'. I've had enough of Irish Americans who haven't been back to their country in twenty or thirty years come up to me and talk about the resistance, the revolution back home...and the glory of the revolution...and the glory of dying for the revolution. [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck the revolution!]] They don't talk about the glory of killing for the revolution. What's the glory in taking a man from his bed and gunning him down in front of his wife and his children? Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in bombing a Remembrance Day parade of old age pensioners, their medals taken out and polished up for the day. Where's the glory in that? To leave them dying or crippled for life or dead under the rubble of the revolution, that the majority of the people in my country don't want. No more!

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-->And let me tell you somethin'. I've had enough of Irish Americans who haven't been back to their country in twenty or thirty years come up to me and talk about the resistance, the revolution back home...and the glory of the revolution...and the glory of dying for the revolution. [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck ''[[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]] the revolution!]] revolution!'' They don't talk about the glory of killing for the revolution. What's the glory in taking a man from his bed and gunning him down in front of his wife and his children? Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in bombing a Remembrance Day parade of old age pensioners, their medals taken out and polished up for the day. Where's the glory in that? To leave them dying or crippled for life or dead under the rubble of the revolution, that the majority of the people in my country don't want. No more!
2nd Mar '15 8:48:33 PM DavidDelony
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* The performance of "Bad" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIW8qDPhos at Live Aid]], where Bono pulled a woman out of the audience and danced with her.

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* The performance of "Bad" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIW8qDPhos at Live Aid]], where Bono pulled a woman out of the audience and danced with her. Turns out that she was getting crushed in the front row, and that he actually saved her life.
5th Jan '15 10:59:39 PM BronyoftheOctaves
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* The performance of "Bad" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIW8qDPhos at Live Aid]], where Bono pulled a woman out of the audience and danced with her.

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* The performance of "Bad" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIW8qDPhos at Live Aid]], where Bono pulled a woman out of the audience and danced with her.her.
* Despite all the [[InternetBackdraft critiques and complaints about how it was 'invading their privacy']], it was brilliant, as well as it's own [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming moment]] of U2 releasing ''Songs of Innocence'' '''''for free''''' on iTunes.
23rd Dec '14 10:39:43 AM TheUnsquished
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQVZAh8WCw8 Pride and City of Blinding Lights]], played at the inauguration concert of BarackObama. Just, ''yes''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQVZAh8WCw8 Pride and City of Blinding Lights]], played at the inauguration concert of BarackObama.UsefulNotes/BarackObama. Just, ''yes''.
5th Dec '14 4:52:19 PM DavidDelony
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** The song itself, especially the more rock-oriented "Tomb Raider Mix" (which is how it is played live.)

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** The song itself, especially the more rock-oriented "Tomb Raider Mix" (which is how it is played live.))
* The performance of "Bad" [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zIW8qDPhos at Live Aid]], where Bono pulled a woman out of the audience and danced with her.
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