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Title: What is U2s Worst Show?
Post by: connorfin22 on August 10, 2012, 09:59:25 PM
We all know the infamous Popmart Vegas concert, But is that the only time U2 has ever messed up?

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Post by: JohnInAthens on August 27, 2012, 08:36:52 AM
Sydney without Adam.
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Post by: jick on September 09, 2012, 08:29:36 PM
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Sydney without Adam.

U2 without Clayton is not U2.

That night wasn't a U2 show, but a U2 tribute band.

Cheers,

J
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Post by: JoshuaTree94 on September 09, 2012, 11:37:36 PM
I don't think it's fair to consider that one night a bizarre U2 tribute band appearance in the place of U2 at an important stop on a massive tour. If, however, only Bono and The Edge were playing with a number of other session musicians years down the road from now, maybe you could make that claim. But the Sydney incident was a rare and unpredictable event. It cannot be compared to the living self-tribute acts such as the current incarnation of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
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Post by: satellitedog01 on September 10, 2012, 02:54:53 AM
To me it's probably those earlier TUF Tour shows where they played Bad, but Bono couldn't yet hit the Wide Awake line properly. That was miserable and very disappointing. Probably because I had to pay for the bootlegs, as it was still some years before I had internet access, and Bad would've been the highlight.
For an actual audience it was probably that Dutch show on Lovetown where Bono's voice crapped out totally midshow, and they had to finish prematurely and reschedule it to next year. That's why they played gigs in 1990, after they went away to dream it all up again.
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Post by: smee on September 22, 2012, 04:24:11 PM
I would offer the tempe show early on in the JT tour....where bonos voice was screwed the whole show....and i mean SCREWED, as in,,,,couldnt sing. So bad was it....they added in another date in Tempe, later in the tour, to make up for it
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Post by: smee on October 03, 2012, 08:38:45 AM
I was just listening to some of that bootleg. As bad as Bonos voice was in that show, i actually prefer it to modern Bonos singing voice. Controversial....but true!
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Post by: Joe90usa on November 17, 2012, 02:02:38 PM
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Controversial....but true!

This should be the tag line on your profile.
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Post by: xy on November 18, 2012, 05:38:21 AM
Obviously Sarajevo, if vocals are to be considered.

Say what you want about Bono's voice on the last three tours, there hasn't been a time when Edge had to completely step into his shoes, such as that night.
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Post by: DGordon1 on November 23, 2012, 05:55:55 AM
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Obviously Sarajevo, if vocals are to be considered.

Say what you want about Bono's voice on the last three tours, there hasn't been a time when Edge had to completely step into his shoes, such as that night.

Fully agree. Those who think Bono was had better vocals on Popmart than on 360 are letting their 90's love cloud their judgement.
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Post by: Tumbling Dice on November 23, 2012, 01:36:33 PM
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Obviously Sarajevo, if vocals are to be considered.

Say what you want about Bono's voice on the last three tours, there hasn't been a time when Edge had to completely step into his shoes, such as that night.

I expect The Exile to be along soon to tell you that he was at the Sarajevo show and it was difficult to tell that Bono's voice had gone.  I was listening to it live on the radio and although it was clear his voice went during LNOE, it seemed to recover a bit later on, so that by the end of the show his voice didn't sound much worse than usual.  At least that's how I felt about it.  Bono's voice problems aside, I thought it was a good show made all the more memorable by how significant a show it was for U2.  Clearly it was an emotional night for the band and they weren't going to let Bono's voice going ruin it for them or the crowd, and really, I don't think it did.  They actually performed Miss Sarajevo in SARAJEVO, I mean how cool was that.  Great comments by Bono during the show as well.

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Post by: charlottes_mouth on December 01, 2012, 02:59:57 AM
Take your pick from any 360 show. This tour was when U2 finally lost their dignity and artistic integrity compared to their previous incarnations. It was big for sure but that's about all.
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Post by: smee on December 11, 2012, 03:04:14 PM
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Take your pick from any 360 show. This tour was when U2 finally lost their dignity and artistic integrity compared to their previous incarnations. It was big for sure but that's about all.

HARSH.....but will admit to thinking that the 360 tour is bottom of the pile of all the u2 tours i have seen. I hve a problem with the way some of the classics are performed now. Some are SEVERLY lacking the passion of yesteryear
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Post by: DGordon1 on December 11, 2012, 04:35:41 PM
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Take your pick from any 360 show. This tour was when U2 finally lost their dignity and artistic integrity compared to their previous incarnations. It was big for sure but that's about all.

HARSH.....but will admit to thinking that the 360 tour is bottom of the pile of all the u2 tours i have seen. I hve a problem with the way some of the classics are performed now. Some are SEVERLY lacking the passion of yesteryear

That's pretty much an inevitability if they play certain songs every show because they feel compelled to play them. Some of the classics need a rest or to be rotated next tour. Some other songs kicked ar*e though - Ultraviolet, MW and EBTTRT were standouts imo.
Title: Re: What is U2s Worst Show?
Post by: markreed on December 13, 2012, 04:34:25 PM
The worst show? No show is perfect - it all comes down to the band, the sound, the technical elements, the crowd, your experience. My worst show was the 2009 Wembley#1, because of the crowd being aggressive, angry, very unfriendly, and talking loudly very near the stage. But from a pure performance level, some of the early PopMart shows were sloppy and some of the late 1993 shows were a band on near exhausted autopilot.
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Post by: eddyjedi on December 14, 2012, 04:30:28 AM
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The worst show? No show is perfect - it all comes down to the band, the sound, the technical elements, the crowd, your experience. My worst show was the 2009 Wembley#1, because of the crowd being aggressive, angry, very unfriendly, and talking loudly very near the stage. But from a pure performance level, some of the early PopMart shows were sloppy and some of the late 1993 shows were a band on near exhausted autopilot.

Wembley #1?!?! I was there, great show, amazing version of Bad.
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Post by: markreed on December 16, 2012, 05:19:19 AM
Wembley #1 was "Bad"-less. :(
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Post by: HyperU2 on December 16, 2012, 06:00:27 AM
Any show I couldn't attend.
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Post by: xy on December 20, 2012, 12:21:26 PM
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Obviously Sarajevo, if vocals are to be considered.

Say what you want about Bono's voice on the last three tours, there hasn't been a time when Edge had to completely step into his shoes, such as that night.

I expect The Exile to be along soon to tell you that he was at the Sarajevo show and it was difficult to tell that Bono's voice had gone.  I was listening to it live on the radio and although it was clear his voice went during LNOE, it seemed to recover a bit later on, so that by the end of the show his voice didn't sound much worse than usual.  At least that's how I felt about it.  Bono's voice problems aside, I thought it was a good show made all the more memorable by how significant a show it was for U2.  Clearly it was an emotional night for the band and they weren't going to let Bono's voice going ruin it for them or the crowd, and really, I don't think it did.  They actually performed Miss Sarajevo in SARAJEVO, I mean how cool was that.  Great comments by Bono during the show as well.



I heard the bootleg several times. It's really not hard to tell his voice is gone - not just "hoarse/gone" like at times on the 00's tours, gone as in Edge had to completely cover for him on Pride and play SBS on his own. That whole stretch Pride-I still haven't found/AIWI might be the absolute worst I've ever heard Bono sing.

Like I said, if we consider vocals.

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Post by: shorne on January 31, 2013, 09:59:16 PM
Popmart Vancouver... horrible sound and Bono.... BALD!!!! It was so distracting!
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Post by: markreed on February 08, 2013, 04:42:19 PM
You listen to the haircut?
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Post by: shorne on February 09, 2013, 06:40:08 AM
It was BC Place... terrible sound is a given. The bladness was just the icing on the cake.
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Post by: So Cruel on February 14, 2013, 05:09:04 PM
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Popmart Vancouver... horrible sound and Bono.... BALD!!!! It was so distracting!

I was front row a few feet from the Edge at that show! From the floor the sound was fine, but back then BC Place had horrible sound the further back you were. For the 1st Zoo TV BC Place show I was right at the top of the stadium and when they played Desire I had to ask my friend what song they were playing, the sound just bounces off the wall which was right behind me.
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Post by: MASTER YODA on March 06, 2013, 09:00:03 PM
What happened in Vegas for PopMart???
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Post by: Midnight is Where the Day Begins on March 06, 2013, 09:22:40 PM
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What happened in Vegas for PopMart???

An ill-prepared U2 took the stage apparently. They didn't get enough time to rehearse the songs from Pop, and this resulted in very poor performances of said songs. Staring at the Sun had to be repeated and started over midway on the first try.
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Post by: shorne on March 07, 2013, 04:47:26 AM
So spinal tap!
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Post by: HyperU2 on March 09, 2013, 12:40:44 AM
Well it's not often you get to go to a jam session with a 150 foot television screen, lucky Vegas bastards.
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Post by: Cam501 on June 10, 2014, 08:26:19 PM
Worst show I saw personally was in Atlanta during the tour for Elevation.  I went to both Atlanta shows, the 1st being one of the first 5 shows of the tour and the second being in the final leg and Bono basically admitted they were hungover from an end of tour party.  Worst shows I've heard is tough. Popmart Saraejavo (sp) sounds awful with him losing his voice.  Popmart Nuremburg is pretty rough.  Zoo TV Tokyo 12/10/93 is awful once you get past One as well.  And one last one that may get some flack and though not one of the worst overall, but with a couple terrible performances is the RDS 8/28/93 show. Overall it's decent but the vocals on WOWY and Desire are TERRIBLE!
Title: Re: What is U2s Worst Show?
Post by: briscoetheque on June 11, 2014, 12:50:16 AM
Worst, or rather least enjoyable show I've seen is the 2nd Melbourne vertigo show.

This surprises many who went to both as the set list was good, they played 'the first time' and closed with bad, but I was up in the stands, miles away, with a crowd who were completely not up for it.

I'd been to GA or on the floor for ever u2 show I'd seen and this just convinced me that whilst stadium gigs from the front are fine, stadium gigs from further back suck the proverbial.
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Post by: Droo on June 11, 2014, 05:27:45 AM
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Worst, or rather least enjoyable show I've seen is the 2nd Melbourne vertigo show.

This surprises many who went to both as the set list was good, they played 'the first time' and closed with bad, but I was up in the stands, miles away, with a crowd who were completely not up for it.

I'd been to GA or on the floor for ever u2 show I'd seen and this just convinced me that whilst stadium gigs from the front are fine, stadium gigs from further back suck the proverbial.

Totally agree on the last point. I was further back in the stands at the first U2 concert I went to, and the lack of energy in the crowd really brought the experience down. They played a bunch of NLOTH songs, TUF, Ultraviolet, and Your Blue Room, all of which really excited me as a fan but the lack of enthusiasm from the crowd really sucked all the life out of it.
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Post by: briscoetheque on June 11, 2014, 06:44:14 AM
Down the front also has it's moments though, often you're surrounded by people who have been to 28 shows and are really only there again to either:

a) have another crack at getting pulled out of the crowd
b) hear something they haven't already

Until either of those things happen, they will be rigid.

That's not such an issue at stadium shows as the areas are so much bigger, you do get a lot more folk in who are just up for a good time, but the balance is more than a science I reckon!!
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Post by: an tha on June 11, 2014, 11:47:37 AM
Worst show I attended was first night at croke park of 360

For a hometown show the atmosphere was flat.

The 360 stage failed miserably in that ground, stuck at one end with an empty hill 16 behind it, which seemed to suck the life out of it, the floor wasn't particularly full either people were milling around quite freely (maybe that is down to how many they set under the safety rules as allowed down there) and the band were surprisingly flat for a hometown show.

The new songs didn't catch fire either.

It was the first u2 gig I had attended where I felt short changed.

Saw them at the millennium stadium at the end of that leg and they were better.
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Post by: imaginary friend on June 11, 2014, 12:54:55 PM
I never saw U2 put on anything less than a spectacular show, but I've been in 2 of the all-time lamest crowds they've ever played in front of: Detroit on the Elevation tour and night 2 in Chicago on Popmart. It was embarrassing being in such weak audiences; I wanted to apologize to a member of the band or crew afterwards.
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Post by: KenpoMatt on June 11, 2014, 01:32:08 PM
Honestly, I was embarrassed by most of the crowds on the whole 360 tour minus the South American / Mexico shows. The Moscow crowd stood out as being pretty good as well.
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Post by: briscoetheque on June 12, 2014, 12:29:43 AM
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Honestly, I was embarrassed by most of the crowds on the whole 360 tour minus the South American / Mexico shows. The Moscow crowd stood out as being pretty good as well.

I think iPhones/Smartphones have a lot to answer for to be honest. People are more worried about getting shaky footage than enjoying the show itself. Crowd involvement has definitely become less active in the past 10 years. But add to that U2's ageing crowd base, in general, most are just not as active or in quite as good physical shape as they once were, so jumping around like crazy people is off the agenda.

South Americans however clearly keep fit by having a LOT of sex so they're way more up for some energetic activity.

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Post by: an tha on June 12, 2014, 01:11:06 AM
Phones have definitely killed atmosphere at gigs.

I really don't understand why people want to pay money to experience a show and then spend a large part of it watching it through a 5 inch screen
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Post by: zooshoes on June 12, 2014, 06:03:37 AM
Adelaide on the Vertigo tour.

The crowd was lazy right from the start and not into it at all.

The sound was pretty average.

The venue was tired at best.

Bono referred to the venue as 'Telstra Stadium'...which is in Sydney.  He was in AAMI Stadium in Adelaide.  So it gave the impression that he gave such little sh** about the concert that he didn't even know what city he was in and the crowd acted like they didn't give a sh** anyway because they didn't care right from the start.


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Post by: briscoetheque on June 12, 2014, 06:32:43 AM
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Adelaide on the Vertigo tour.

The crowd was lazy right from the start and not into it at all.

The sound was pretty average.

The venue was tired at best.

Bono referred to the venue as 'Telstra Stadium'...which is in Sydney.  He was in AAMI Stadium in Adelaide.  So it gave the impression that he gave such little sh** about the concert that he didn't even know what city he was in and the crowd acted like they didn't give a sh** anyway because they didn't care right from the start.

Yep, classic Adelaide crowd behaviour. They haven't got excited about a gig in the city of churches since the Beatles in 1964.
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Post by: Chargedvt on June 12, 2014, 06:47:55 AM
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Adelaide on the Vertigo tour.

The crowd was lazy right from the start and not into it at all.

The sound was pretty average.

The venue was tired at best.

Bono referred to the venue as 'Telstra Stadium'...which is in Sydney.  He was in AAMI Stadium in Adelaide.  So it gave the impression that he gave such little sh** about the concert that he didn't even know what city he was in and the crowd acted like they didn't give a sh** anyway because they didn't care right from the start.




I was at the gig.  I was in the front D section and down there people were fairly lively but I've hard horror stories about the lacklustre crowd in the stands.  For crying out loud, the local newspaper actually wrote an article titled "The Night We Forgot How To Rock".
The show itself, from a performance point of view, was very good.  U2 played very well.
Brisco is right.  Adelaide is famous for lacklustre crowds.
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Post by: briscoetheque on June 12, 2014, 07:11:29 AM
Adelaide crowds are famous for not buying tickets until they feel like it, complaining when artists leave them off the schedule either from the start, or pulling shows later, and then when shows do come to town they're just a bunch of theatregoers.

Now I don't mind the place, obviously I'm from Melbourne so it's natural to take the mick, but after the brilliance of the 2 Perth shows for 360 I can't see U2 returning to Adelaide if it's again a choice between Perth and Adelaide (as it has been since 1993)
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Post by: Chargedvt on June 12, 2014, 07:35:58 AM
I watched the Syracuse 1987 concert last night, and whilst it probably wouldn't be their very worst it still seems like it would have been a very average gig to be at... unresponsive and disinterested crowd, band not on fire, Bono's voice dying several times, and a major screw up at the beginning of Bad where Larry had no kick drum.
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Post by: satellitedog01 on June 14, 2014, 05:52:19 AM
And they didn't notice it?
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Post by: LToy on June 14, 2014, 01:15:01 PM
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It was BC Place... terrible sound is a given. The bladness was just the icing on the cake.
My first reaction to seeing Bono with a completely shaved head in Vancouver, BC was "He just applied for the job to be the new spokesman for Mr. Clean cleaning products."  Baldness aside, the real issue was Bono suffering from laryngitis on 6 DAYS rest between Mexico City #2 (12/3/97) & Vancouver (12/9/97).  What other lead singer in the world suffers from laryngitis after having 6 days off between concerts?  To add insult to injury, he somehow miraculously recovered the use of his vocal cords 3 days later in Seattle for the final North American Popmart concert.  I wonder how many fans at the Vancouver concert felt short changed afterwards?
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Post by: shorne on June 19, 2014, 11:30:07 AM
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It was BC Place... terrible sound is a given. The bladness was just the icing on the cake.
My first reaction to seeing Bono with a completely shaved head in Vancouver, BC was "He just applied for the job to be the new spokesman for Mr. Clean cleaning products."  Baldness aside, the real issue was Bono suffering from laryngitis on 6 DAYS rest between Mexico City #2 (12/3/97) & Vancouver (12/9/97).  What other lead singer in the world suffers from laryngitis after having 6 days off between concerts?  To add insult to injury, he somehow miraculously recovered the use of his vocal cords 3 days later in Seattle for the final North American Popmart concert.  I wonder how many fans at the Vancouver concert felt short changed afterwards?

Yup I was there too... bald bono... bad sound... ugh... no Miami... no Do You Feel Loved... was just... blahhhhhhh... a good blahh... but blahh nonetheless
Title: What is U2s Worst Show?
Post by: Starman on June 19, 2014, 09:42:01 PM
From what I could tell on the bootleg, PopMart Pittsburgh sucked performance wise. Plus over half the stadium was empty.

I wish I could find a picture of Three Rivers Stadium during PopMart.
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Post by: Cam501 on June 19, 2014, 10:37:40 PM
I think the Vegas Popmart TV special killed attendance for the 1st N.A leg.  They plain and simply weren't ready yet.  It's not just the Staring at the Sun gaffe, it's also the Pride gaffe where they hadn't figured out Bono could no longer sing it 1/2 step below the album as he had through Zoo TV (albeit with the occasional struggle during Zoo) and had to drop to a full step lower.  For wost shows, Vegas Popmart is up there, so is Saraejevo, so is night two of Tokyo Zoo TV.  They were also exhausted for the second Atlanta Elevation show.  It's hard to pick just one.  Oh and I almost forgot, Nuremburg Popmart was pretty awful too.  His voice didn't completely give out like Saraejevo, but it was pretty bad all night long.
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Post by: Chargedvt on June 20, 2014, 01:47:59 AM
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I think the Vegas Popmart TV special killed attendance for the 1st N.A leg.  They plain and simply weren't ready yet.  It's not just the Staring at the Sun gaffe, it's also the Pride gaffe where they hadn't figured out Bono could no longer sing it 1/2 step below the album as he had through Zoo TV (albeit with the occasional struggle during Zoo) and had to drop to a full step lower.  For wost shows, Vegas Popmart is up there, so is Saraejevo, so is night two of Tokyo Zoo TV.  They were also exhausted for the second Atlanta Elevation show.  It's hard to pick just one.  Oh and I almost forgot, Nuremburg Popmart was pretty awful too.  His voice didn't completely give out like Saraejevo, but it was pretty bad all night long.

Yeah I always wondered with Pride at that Vegas show.... why did he not sing the first verse? Not like it's difficult: it's an octave below the chorus (which he still did an OKAY job of singing)