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The Fly - Boston
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:56:04 AM »
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OK not exactly a rare gem...it was on a DVD! But what a performance.

I know it has probably been discussed many times on here but so have most things...

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I am a very vocal critic of 00's u2 but this is simply magnificent on every level and against any u2 measuring stick.

Ferocious playing, pure theatre, that pretty plaintive opening, Edge soloing like he has been taken over by the b****** child of Jimmy Page and The Devil! - band on fire. Glorious.



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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 11:05:02 AM »
This version is one of the reasons I love working out to the Boston dvd...
I remember the first time I watched it, when this song began, I thought to myself, what the?
But, the rest of the song just ROCKS! The energy is amazing. All four of them are incredible, but Edge becomes one with his guitar on this song. LOVE IT!

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 12:14:51 PM »
LOVE that song and loved hearing it THREE TIMES on Elevation! even the new version! i mean really i'd rather THAT be a setlist staple over UTEOTW

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 12:28:35 PM »
this song to me will always ROCK!

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 01:17:08 PM »
Absolutely fantastic, U2 at their best. Lots to love about this. No Coldplay sound in sight, heavy and lots of attitude, and beautiful start to the song.

Hope this is how they will play it at the AB30 tour. It's happening folks.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2017, 01:28:16 PM »
Bono performed this one with lots of attitude and abandon. He seemed very loose and in the moment here.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2017, 01:53:43 PM »
 fantastic, should play this version again love the wah wah effect on Edges guitar, Elevation tour was amazing

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2017, 02:15:59 PM »
Sorry  but still prefer ZooTV version over all others, although this is v good. Cant fugure out how they managed to make it so dull on subsequent tours though.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 02:23:44 PM »
Obviously Zoo TV beats everything

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2017, 02:45:20 PM »
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OK not exactly a rare gem...it was on a DVD! But what a performance.

I know it has probably been discussed many times on here but so have most things...

So - Discuss!...

I am a very vocal critic of 00's u2 but this is simply magnificent on every level and against any u2 measuring stick.

Ferocious playing, pure theatre, that pretty plaintive opening, Edge soloing like he has been taken over by the b****** child of Jimmy Page and The Devil! - band on fire. Glorious.

U2's last great tour imho.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2017, 02:53:09 PM »
This one is a bit processed sounding for my liking.  They got it right on the Zoo TV tour.  Dark, sexy, funky.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2017, 04:39:27 PM »
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OK not exactly a rare gem...it was on a DVD! But what a performance.

I know it has probably been discussed many times on here but so have most things...

So - Discuss!...

I am a very vocal critic of 00's u2 but this is simply magnificent on every level and against any u2 measuring stick.

Ferocious playing, pure theatre, that pretty plaintive opening, Edge soloing like he has been taken over by the b****** child of Jimmy Page and The Devil! - band on fire. Glorious.

U2's last great tour imho.

yknow the most time passes the more i hold that tour in high regard. saw it 3 times and i def think it was the last time they were firing on all cylinders.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #12 on: July 15, 2017, 05:17:42 AM »
Monster tune, best version by a mile. They definitely took the song to another level.

The Fly is one of those songs they've never quite understood how to deliver live (Zoo TV was okay, but still not quite there, as it lacked "punch"), but they certainly nailed it for Elevation Tour, far superior than any other incarnation.

One of the very last moments where Edge was still "on fire", I believe the spine-chilling intro and the thunderous solo belong to his most memorable performances ever.

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #13 on: July 15, 2017, 02:10:18 PM »
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OK not exactly a rare gem...it was on a DVD! But what a performance.

I know it has probably been discussed many times on here but so have most things...

So - Discuss!...

I am a very vocal critic of 00's u2 but this is simply magnificent on every level and against any u2 measuring stick.

Ferocious playing, pure theatre, that pretty plaintive opening, Edge soloing like he has been taken over by the b****** child of Jimmy Page and The Devil! - band on fire. Glorious.
agree absolutely brilliant ...... always thought the first stanza could have been its own song

And I agree .... it's hard to walk away when you can have it all

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Re: The Fly - Boston
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2017, 11:31:28 PM »
One of my favorite recorded performances of theirs of any song. Edge continung to play his riff through the verses, Bono not playing guitar, and getting rid of the falsetto made it the darkest, most intense version of the song by far. This is probably the single recording Id choose if I had to make the margument that U2 is a rock band.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2017, 05:04:25 PM by ian ryan »