U2 - Zoo TV, Live From Sydney
1. Opening Track
2. Opening Sequence
3. Zoo Station
4. The Fly
5. Even Better Than The Real Thing
6. Mysterious Ways
8. Unchained Melody
9. Until The End Of The World
10. New Year's Day
12. Angel Of Harlem
13. Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
14. Satellite Of Love
15. Dirty Day
16. Bullet The Blue Sky
17. Running To Stand Still
18. Where The Streets Have No Name
19. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
20. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
21. Show Me The Way To Go Home
23. With Or Without You
24. Love Is Blindness
25. Can't Help Falling In Love
Zoo TV represents U2 at their most ambitious. The multimedia event combines two stages with live music, pre-recorded tracks, and 36 screens flashing an array of words and images. (Video artists include Kevin Godley, Anton Corbijn, and Brian Eno.) The theatricality extends to the quartet themselves, since Bono, as "The Fly," enters the scene in black patent leather--shades of '68 Elvis--while Adam Clayton sports a platinum mohawk. In order to recreate the experience for the home viewer, slogans are superimposed over footage from this 1993 engagement, e.g. "question everything," "this is not a rehearsal," etc. As Bono quips, "The latest and greatest in software, hardware, and menswear--we've got it all here." With so much going on, the most dynamic material tends to work best, like "The Real Thing," "Bullet the Blue Sky," and "Mysterious Ways," complete with belly dancer (in keeping with the song's Moroccan-set video). The foursome also tackles a few covers, like Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love." Towards the end of the latter, Reed appears via video monitor to sing along. Arguably, the whole Mister MacPhisto thing--Bono as satanic lounge lizard---doesn't quite work, but U2 deserves props for taking chances when most bands in their position would be resting on their laurels. With the accent on material from Achtung Baby and Zooropa,Zoo TV: Live From Sydney first appeared on VHS in 1994 and garnered a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.44 Ounces
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : September 19, 2006
- Actors : U2
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Island
- ASIN : B000HEZC7K
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As the show begins in a stadium in Sydney, Australia, giant video screens spring to life on the monstrous stage that's shrouded in scaffolding. Excitement builds as horns roar, drums bellow, and strains from the chorus of Beethoven's 9th fill the air until - finally - Bono's silhouette appears in front of a blue screen accompanied by the opening riff from "Zoo Station." Do you remember the first time you heard "Zoo Station"? I do. In retrospect, it's easy to forget how radical it was for U2 back in '91. It was the shot across the bow that said, 'Forget about Joshua Tree. Forget about those heart-felt anthems of the 80s. THIS is U2 in the 90s. It's something completely new. Deal with it.'
"Zoo Station" is even more exhilarating live than on CD. The opening chords from Edge's guitar shock Bono with a massive jolt of energy - a sublime shock treatment that jettisons him into the opening set of irresistible songs. Bono, clad in shiny black leather and bug-eyed shades, shimmies, shakes, and slithers around the stage. He moves from "Zoo Station" into a vicious version of "The Fly" as Larry's drums and Adam's bass drive the song like a herd of funky buffalo. And it's no secret that Edge creates glorious noise from his guitar. How does he do it? I love to watch him play. His guitar seems like a 5th limb. I'm convinced he came out of the womb with a guitar strapped to his body.
During "The Fly," an intriguing mix of pithy words, phrases, and contradictions flash onscreen at the speed of light - as if edited by an MTV video director on crack. "EVERYTHING YOU KNOW IS WRONG", "DEATH IS A CAREER MOVE", and "THIS IS NOT A REHEARSAL" were my favorites from the one's I could read.
Bono then channel surfs on ZooTV. The live feed produces a glimpse of various 'shows', including an Australian soap opera and a local cricket match. (The crowd's enthusiastic response to a catch made by a cricket player makes me wonder if it's the Australian equivalent of 'the shot' by Michael Jordan or a David Ortiz home run vs. the Yankees.) "Welcome to ZooTV, y'all."
They continue to charge through the best cuts from Achtung Baby: "Even Better Than the Real Thing," "Mysterious Ways" (including a belly dancer), and "One." "One" begins to reveal one of the few drawbacks of this performance. A stadium concert just can't match the intimacy of arena tours (including later shows on DVD - Elevation/Boston 2001 and Vertigo/Chicago 2005.) The quality of Bono's vocals on this song and many others are not his best. He's occasionally off key and often sounds like he's shouting instead of singing. While it's still enjoyable, this performance struggles to find emotional resonance.
Highlights from the middle section of the show include: a searing version of "New Year's Day" (with Edge doing his party trick of playing BOTH guitar and keyboards); "Angel in Harlem" (performed on the remote stage in the middle of the crowd); a stripped-down version of the underrated "Dirty Day"; a dramatic rendition of "Running to Stand Still (complete with simulated heroin overdose); and the always stirring "Pride" and "Streets" (great, but not quite reaching the peak of the goose-bump inducing performance on Elevation/Boston 2001.)
So, at this moment, all is in fine form. A solid - sometimes sublime - U2 show. Then... THEN... comes the encore and the appearance of "Mr. MacPhisto". Ugh. This has not aged well. For the uninitiated, MacPhisto is Bono's devilish alter ego, complete with red horns, shiny gold suit, and heavy makeup, making him look like a smarmy, sadistic clown. It's mildly amusing during the first song of the encore, "Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car." (Check out the blue uniforms worn by Edge, Adam, and Larry - clearly purchased from the Devo Bargain Bin! ;-) It becomes mildly annoying during MacPhisto's monologue as he tries to call for a cab - even HE seems weary of being himself at this point on the tour - and then it gets really annoying during "Lemon", one of my all-time, least-favorite U2 songs. Hey Bono... please leave the falsetto to Prince.
Even after he tosses off the horns in order to "get on with the show", Bono cannot rid himself of MacPhisto. Watching him try to sing the heartfelt "With or Without You" while wearing the ostentatious gold suit and sweaty, smeary makeup is bizarre and even a bit creepy. It doesn't work. It doesn't do justice to this song or the remaining ones ("Love Is Blindness", "I Can't Help Falling In Love With You".) Hence, the show ends with a whimper, leaving a strange taste in one's mouth and image in one's head. It's still entertaining. It's still a Must See TV for U2 fans. But in my book, it's not as strong from beginning to end as Elevation/Boston 2001.
Overall disappointed with this DVD.
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Man, this DVD most definitely took me back in a time capsule to 1992 at the Montreal Forum, wow, great venue, amazing sound, the best, the Ghosts at the Forum experienced one heck of a concert and we won the Stanley Cup the next year, eh?!?!
Song highlites include an amazing version of "Bullet The Blue Sky" (Edge's guitar solo is not only one of his best but one of the best that i have ever heard) that run's into haunting version of "Running To Stand Still". Plus many others ("One", "Where The Streets Have No Name" are all great) Basiclly if you like U2 this is as good as it gets.