Beginning with the "Outside Broadcast" leg, footage from the tour's "video confessional booth" was displayed on the video screens during the intermission.
The video crew would then edit together the confessional footage to broadcast later that evening before the encore. Performances of " Desire " were accompanied by images of Richard Nixon , Margaret Thatcher , Paul Gascoigne , and Jimmy Swaggart , and were meant as a criticism of greed;  cash rained the stage and Bono portrayed Mirror Ball Man as an interpretation of the greedy preacher described in the song's lyrics.
Though Bono never reached the President, Bush did acknowledge the calls during a press conference. The following setlists are representative of the tour's average setlist, according to Setlist. Wearing white radiation suits , the band members landed on the beach at Sellafield in rubber dinghies and placed a 3-kilometre-long 1. At the first "Outside Broadcast" show on 12 August at Giants Stadium, Lou Reed performed "Satellite of Love" with the band;  he and Bono dueted using their contrasting vocal styles.
When we played Wembley, Salman showed up in person and the stadium erupted. You [could] tell from Larry's face that we weren't expecting it. Salman was a regular visitor after that. He had a backstage pass and he used it as often as possible. For a man who was supposed to be in hiding, it was remarkably easy to see him around the place. Bono assumed a number of costumed alter egos during Zoo TV performances. During performances of "Bullet the Blue Sky" and "Running to Stand Still", he also appeared on stage wearing a military utility vest and cap, and a microphone headset.
As this character, he ranted and raved in an act he said was set in the Vietnam War. To escape their reputation for being overly serious and self-righteous, U2 decided to alter their image by being more facetious.
Which is what set us up for Zoo TV. We decided to have some fun being other people, or at least other versions of ourselves. Bono conceived his "Fly" persona during the writing of the song of the same name.
The character began with Bono wearing an oversized pair of blaxploitation sunglasses, given to him by wardrobe manager Fintan Fitzgerald, to lighten the mood in the studio. Bono began each concert as The Fly and continued to play the character for most of the first half of the concert. In contrast to his earnest stage persona of the s, as The Fly, Bono strutted around the stage with "swagger and style", exhibiting mannerisms of an egotistical rock star.
He had the confidence and charm to pick up a mirror and look at himself and give the glass a big kiss. He loved cash and in his mind success was God's blessing. If he's made money, he can't have made any mistakes. Mirror Ball Man appeared during the show's encore and made nightly prank calls, often to the White House. MacPhisto was created to parody the devil and was named after Mephistopheles of the Faust legend. As MacPhisto, Bono continued his routine of making in-concert prank calls that had begun with Mirror Ball Man, and he changed his targets with the location of each show.
Many of them were local politicians who Bono wished to mock by engaging them in character as the devil. The Edge said: "That character was a great device for saying the opposite of what you meant.
It made the point so easily and with real humor. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters. Several European shows in featured live satellite link-ups with people living in Sarajevo as the city was sieged during the Bosnian War.
The transmissions were arranged with help from American aid worker Bill Carter. Carter felt such an aim was empty if Bosnia went overlooked, and so he sought Bono's help. Instead, the group agreed to use the tour's satellite dish to conduct live video transmissions between their concerts and Carter in Sarajevo.
Carter discussed the deteriorating situation in the city, and Bosnians often spoke to U2 and their audience. Reactions to the transmissions were mixed, triggering a media debate concerning the ethical implications of mixing rock entertainment with human tragedy.
You were grabbed out of a rock concert and given a really strong dose of reality and it was quite hard sometimes to get back to something as frivolous as a show having watched five or ten minutes of real human suffering. It was like throwing a bucket of cold water over everybody. You could see your audience going, 'What the fuck are these guys doing? You're going to go back to a rock show.
You're going to forget that we even exist. And we're all going to die. U2 recorded their next album, Zooropa , from February to May during an extended break between the third and fourth legs of the tour. Songs from the album were incorporated into the subsequent "Zooropa" and "Zoomerang" legs, most frequently " Numb " and " Stay Faraway, So Close!
Burroughs ' reading of the sardonic poem " Thanksgiving Prayer ". Interspersed between the music videos were clips of so-called "interference", comprising documentary footage, media clips, and other video similar to what was displayed on tour.
Two November "Zoomerang" shows in Sydney were filmed on consecutive nights as part of a worldwide television broadcast. The 26 November concert was staged as a rehearsal for the production crew in advance of the official filming the following night. Clayton recovered in time to play the 27 November show,  which was broadcast in the United States on tape-delayed pay-per-view.
After realising they had not fully developed the concept, the group cancelled the "triplecast", denying themselves income that was supposed to make the Pacific leg of the tour profitable.
Reviews written during the initial arena legs reflected the dramatic change in U2's approach. Many critics published favourable reviews about the tour. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the special effects for supplementing the music. The reviewer wrote, "The often-surrealistic effects always served the songs, not the other way around.
Their Zoo TV show is visually stunning, musically unparalleled, downright moving and, dammit, truly entertaining.
Other critics indicated befuddlement as to U2's purpose. The Asbury Park Press wrote that the long string of Achtung Baby song presentations that opened the show made one forget about the band's past, and that "almost everything you knew about U2 a couple years ago is, in fact, wrong now". The stadium legs of the tour received more consistent praise than the arena shows.
Critics noted that while the show and its setlist were largely the same as before, the tour mostly benefited from the increased scale. He praised the band for "retool[ing] themselves as wiseacres with heart and elephant bucks to burn". Fricke noted that the increased visual effects for the "Outside Broadcast" leg increased the shows' "mind-fuck" factor.
The Independent praised the "Zooropa" leg, with the reviewer stating, "I came as a sceptic, and left believing I had witnessed the most sophisticated meeting of technical wizardry and mojo priestcraft ever mounted. The group and the music industry were unsure how fans would receive the tour beforehand. Where would you be without the hype? You can't pretend all the promotion and all the fanfare is not happening.
By the outdoor legs, many fans knew what to expect, and Pareles observed that Bono's admonitions to never cheer a rock star were greeted with idolatrous applause; he concluded that the show's message of scepticism was somewhat lost on the audience and that, "No matter what Bono tells his fans, they seem likely to trust him anyway. The "Zooropa" stadium leg in played to more than 2. Without those we'd be fucked. Even in our irresponsible, youthful and fatal disregard of such material matters, it was terrifying.
For the Zoo TV Tour, U2 embraced the "rock star" identity they had struggled with and were reluctant to accept throughout the s. After missing the group's 26 November show in Sydney from an alcoholic blackout, Clayton resolved to quit drinking altogether.
The Edge became close with Morleigh Steinberg during her stint as the tour's choreographer and belly dancer. The tour's two-year length, then U2's longest, exhausted the band as the final legs unfolded.
Mullen and Clayton moved to Manhattan, where they sought out music lessons to become better musicians. We were a different band after that and touring was different. The Pixies ' stint as a support act caused a controversy that partially contributed to their breakup. The article featured their criticisms of U2 for the supposed poor treatment the Pixies received.
In , following tensions within the group, Francis announced the Pixies had dissolved. U2's subsequent concert tour, 's PopMart Tour, followed in Zoo TV's footsteps by mocking another social trend, this time consumerism. It's better than Zoo TV aesthetically, and as an art project it is a clearer thought.
Critics regard the Zoo TV Tour as one of rock's most memorable tours. Pepper's of rock tours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Concert tour by U2 in — I sort of took the overview position of saying, 'What do you want?
You don't want a stage show where everything fits neatly into place and it's all nicely organized and people know exactly where the center of attention is at all moments. It was a very big and expensive project to put together. We allowed ourselves to be carried away by new technology. It was constantly evolving and changing and taking on new ideas as it went We changed it consciously for each new area of the world.
Main article: Zooropa. This discrepancy stems from a 7 August show, which was a dress rehearsal for the 3rd leg but featured a paying audience.
Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 26 October Retrieved 28 December The New York Times National ed. Retrieved 23 March In order to put on the tour's massive production, the concert crew used 12 directors, 5 broadcast cameras, speaker enclosures, 18" subwoofers, 10" mid-range speakers, 18 projectors, 26 on-stage microphones, 19 video crew members, 12 Laser Disc players, 1 satellite dish, and two separate mix positions.
A total of 52 trucks were required to transport the 1, tons of equipment, 3 miles of cabling, labourers, 12 forklifts and one ton crane, required to construct the stage. The sound system used over 1 million watts and weighed 30 tons. The tour, partly inspired by CNN's seemingly endless coverage of the Gulf War was, on one level, a straight-faced satire on the media overload that came to define the s. The tour's television screens displayed a mixture of seemingly random images and slogans an idea that originated from the band's video for "The Fly" , featuring found sounds and live sampling from actual mass media outlets.
This stream of media was created by artists such as Kevin Godley, Brian Eno, Mark Pellington, Carol Dodds, Philip Owens, David Wojnarowicz, and multimedia performance artists Emergency Broadcast Network in an effort to reflect the desensitizing effect of the modern mass media. The Zooropa and Zoomerang shows opened with a seven minute piece created by Emergency Broadcast Network, which wove looped images from Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will with various war and news imagery sources.
Following this, the stadium was darkened and moments later Bono appeared onstage, silhouetted against a giant screen of blue and white video noise. The show began with a fixed sequence of songs. In an interview on the Zoo Radio program, The Edge described the visual material that went with the first three of them:. I have been a fan of U2 for about 10 years now. I remember watching this concert on video when I was only 9 and being totally blown away by it, which is probably why I still love them now.
U2 are an amazing band and this live performance will justify that. Even watching it through a TV screen and not being fortunate to be at this concert 1. I was only 9, 2. It is live in Sydney is breathtaking. Bono's voice is a sound of perfection. He sounds better than on CD which is a rare thing with singers. My favourite performances are 'Satellite of Love' with Lou Reed!
This song is just great and I much prefer to watch the live performance than listen to it on CD. This concert is the best I have ever seen and if you're not a fan of U2, then watching this concert will surely change your mind-it made me a fan!
Bono is a great showman and really enjoys what he does, just check out that 'close to tears' look he has when he's staring out at hundreds of thousands of fans, when singing 'Where the Streets Have no Name'. Some may criticise them for finishing with a cover but it's beautifully done and always leaves me with a tear in my eye. Bono slowly walks off stage leaving you shocked, teary eyed and so pleased because you have just seen the best live performance ever.
I tried so hard to impress her and pursued her more intensely than I've ever pursued a woman. That will never happen again. In retrospect, given how she treated me and her opinion of Bono, it's very clear now she simply had rotten taste in men. I offered Porterhouse. She wanted hamburger.
Later on, when I finally saw U2 perform live for the first time, I came to realize Bono's not an asshole. He's blood. Perhaps the most beautiful thing about my college "career" was all the opportunities that helped broaden my horizons and open my mind. The seeds of a bonding were in place when I started to appreciate the lyrics for Pride In the Name of Love. April 4, for one thing, is my birthday. It certainly didn't hurt matters any when a girl in the dorms said I looked like Adam Clayton.
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