September 3, 2009 – 3:28 pm

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Sheffield 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, England, August 20, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.

U2 seemed to have reached a stage in their career that Pink Floyd once did. It’s no longer the music and songs alone. It’s a spectacle, it’s a light show and listening to the concert is probably only half the fun.

But what do you know? Without the lights and the stage, U2’s new songs from their latest album, No Line On The Horizon - Breathe, the title track, Get On Your Boots and Magnificent - aren’t really that hot as compared to their “classic” tracks.

So maybe it’s a good thing the new songs are trotted out at the beginning of the show, still leaving much singing along by the audience to I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Sunday Bloody Sunday, With Or Without You, just to name a few.

U2 are no slouches when it comes to performing live. They work hard, this is a blistering set and, according to reports on the internet, this is a grand show that was broadcast live without interruption or commercials. So a word of thanks to RSDundee who taped the show and shared it on the Dime site. And also thanks to xlnt77 for the artwork. For the fans, or even the casual listener, certainly a show for the collection.

But U2 are not only about music, at least where Bono is concerned. There are causes which Bono supports. And Bono continues to preach to the converted. On this occasion, there is a message from Desmond Tutu; Bono gets the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to homeboy and show designer Willie Wiliiams; Bono talks about the release of the A-level results that day (”Take courage because you will have done better than any of us on this stage!”); and it’s still good to know that Bono wrote and dedicated Walk On to Aung San Suu Kyi (he reminded the crowd) but to what effect one can only wonder.

Maybe that’s the difference between Bono and someone like Bruce Springsteen. When Springsteen asks his fans (and audience) to support a cause, there is a feeling that action will be taken. With Bono, it appears to be mere lip service and as if any of his fans (and audiences) really fiveaguck. Only Pope Bono can explain why but in the meantime, there are gate takings to collect and a show to party to.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Breathe (7.5MB)
Track 102. No Line On The Horizon (5.9MB)
Track 103. Get On Your Boots (5.5MB)
Track 104. Magnificent (7.6MB)
Track 105. Beautiful Day / Blackbird (snippet) (8.7MB)
Track 106. Elevation (7.1MB)
Track 107. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Movin’ On Up (snippet) (7.3MB)
Track 108. Happy Birthday (1.4MB)
Track 109. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of (6.3MB)
Track 110. Unknown Caller (8.4MB)
Track 111. The Unforgettable Fire (6.3MB)
Track 112. City Of Blinding Lights (7.4MB)
Track 113. Vertigo (3.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Reverend Black Grape (snippet) / Two Tribes (snippet) (8.9MB)
Track 202. Sunday Bloody Sunday / Oliver’s Army (snippet) (6.4MB)
Track 203. Pride (In The Name Of Love) (4.2MB)
Track 204. MLK (3.3MB)
Track 205. Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet) (8.5MB)
Track 206. Where The Streets Have No Name / Gloria (snippet) (9.3MB)
Track 207. One (8.9MB)
Track 208. Mysterious Ways (6.8MB)
Track 209. Ultra Violet (Light My Way) (8.4MB)
Track 210. With Or Without You (8.1MB)
Track 211. Moment of Surrender (10.2MB)

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  1. 16 Responses to “U2 - SHEFFIELD 2009”

  2. Hey people ! Get this one, you won´t be sorry at all !!! But…”U2 seemed to have reached a stage in their career that Pink Floyd once did”..Opinions, but i´m not sure.Thanks for sharing

    By Rafael on Sep 3, 2009

  3. Thank you very much. U2 is always good sound.
    Have a great weekend.

    By James on Sep 4, 2009

  4. Great sound. Great band. Thank you!!

    By Hulkzilla on Sep 4, 2009

  5. Great sound!
    Please more concerts from this tour!

    By Rochacrimson on Sep 4, 2009

  6. Great Stuff verry Good!

    By Udo on Sep 4, 2009

  7. Thanks! Great sound.

    By Miguel on Sep 4, 2009

  8. Like any great band there is a progression from raw talent to a polished “act”. I wish everyone could have seen them when it was raw talent for $3.00. It was quite amazing.

    By David on Sep 4, 2009

  9. I guess everyone has a right to their opinion, but I think No Line On The Horizon is U2’s best album since Joshua Tree, and the live versions of the new material at this show are on fire!

    Great high energy show with good sound, makes me want to bite the bullet and pay big bucks to see them when they come to the US.

    By Rob Johnson on Sep 4, 2009

  10. Sorry folks, but this band has gone a long way down since their best times. I saw them in Germany beginning of August this year and was totally disappointed. There was nothing left of former power and glory. It was all just show.
    And preaching. Preaching, preaching, preaching. Symbols without meaning. No content, just masks.
    Even compared to the 2001 Elevation tour, a step down to becoming completely negligiable.

    By Pete on Sep 4, 2009

  11. Great recording, I missed most of the live broadcast so this is a real treat.

    By pc on Sep 5, 2009

  12. I used to like them to death in their Joshua Tree period and Rattle Hum.It’s just there’s a bunch of songs on NLOTH that are just dull..or transparent..But they are still great performers.
    Great show though!

    By Nicolas on Sep 5, 2009

  13. Thank you very much for U2’s Sheffield 2009, Big O.

    By Lee67 on Sep 7, 2009

  14. I guess Pete and I have a difference of opinion on this.

    I saw the Elevation Tour, and while that was a good show, I’d take this one all day every day over that show. Better energy, more improv, harder hitting rock and roll sound.

    There are at least 4 songs on No Line On The Horizon that I prefer to anything on All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It will always be tough for U2 to live up to albums like Joshua Tree and Unforgettable Fire, but within the context of their recent work, I think this is much better than their last two albums.

    Oh well, that is what the Internet is for, open communication of differing viewpoints.

    By Rob Johnson on Sep 9, 2009

  15. Was at the concert in Sheffield on August 20th, my first concert, and my mates first and what a concert it was, even now when i listen to magnificent and where the streets have no name, i get the feeling i had when i was standing there, truly a amazing feeling and i hope U2 do tour round again soon, maybe this time coming to liverpool, but the concert was amazing and i would travel again to see them.

    By Ethan Fahy on Sep 27, 2009

  16. U2 Play Surprise Show for Haiti Benefit


    By darth on Jan 14, 2014

  17. on the ovation channel sunday 7pm its only 30mins long but it is new and includes behind the scenes footage interviews and performances.


    By darth on Mar 15, 2014

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