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U2 Red Rocks DVD – Initial Review

“What can I say really, what can I say? You know at first we wanted to make this film in the sunshine here at Red Rocks, then we realized that would be very wrong for this group…. This is what’s right for this group and this film, this film’s going all over the world as a record of tonight…. You want to say hello to Japan? Say hello to Japan!” – Bono

Out of Control, Twilight, An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart

The first four tracks on the Live at Red Rocks DVD. The first four songs in the concert. All previously unreleased.

The U2 Live at Red Rocks DVD is a fantastically remastered release.

The VHS release was missing 5 songs from the concert and the first track on the VHS tape was Surrender which is fourth on the DVD.

To see the concert from the beginning, starting with the incredible energy of the band in Out of Control, is a real treat.

The Edge has done a fantastic job on the remastering and regrading on this project. The 5.1 sound mix makes the original release in” VHS hi-fi Stereo” sound like the crap it really was.

I’ve listened to portions of the director’s commentary and it’s fascinating. Among his comments, he thanked the helicopter pilot and crew for getting into the air for the aerial shots for the intro and the concert. Unfortunately, the helicopter pilot, Peter Peelgrane, died in 1995 as a result of injuries suffered in a crash in 1992.

Another review coming a bit later.

Red Rocks Memories – voices of fans who were there

A great video clip with voices of fans who attended the legendary U2 concert at Red Rocks. Also included is commentary from photographer Greg Wigler, who took many of the most widely published photos at the concert.

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Voices from Red Rocks: Memories of U2’s Greatest Concert

U2 Live at Red Rocks DVD details and release date

The U2 Live at Red Rocks DVD will be officially released September 29, 2008. The band will release ‘Live At Red Rocks’ on September 29, along with reissuing the accompanying live album, ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’.

The show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado was recorded in 5 June 1983 and the new format of the concert will featured five previously unreleased songs (FANTASTIC!), plus a a director’s commentary.

The new film will be available in a deluxe edition with both the DVD and CD, and separate editions. ‘Under a Blood Red Sky’ is also available on vinyl.

The ‘Live At Red Rocks’ tracklisting is:

‘Out Of Control’
‘Twilight’
‘An Cat Dubh’
‘Into The Heart’
‘Surrender’
‘Two Hearts Beat As One’
‘Seconds’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘Cry’
‘The Electric Co’
‘October’
‘New Year’s Day’
‘I Threw A Brick Through A Window’
‘A Day Without Me’
‘Gloria’
‘Party Girl’
’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’
‘I Will Follow’
’40’

‘Under A Blood Red Sky”s tracklisting is:

‘Gloria’
’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’
‘I Will Follow’
‘Party Girl’
‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’
‘The Electric Co’
‘New Year’s Day’
’40’

From nme.com

I can’t wait to see this as soon as it comes out.

Memories of U2 at Red Rocks

Here’s a great first person account of the U2 Concert at Red Rocks, June 5, 1983. If you were there and would like to share your memories here, please leave a short comment below and I’ll contact you. Thanks.
Memories of U2 at Red Rocks
I graduated high school in 1981, here in Colorado Springs.
I had already caught U2 on it’s first tour at the Rainbow Music Hall in Denver, Co. and, the October tour as well here. I still have the set list for the U2 Boy tour which includes, “I Will Follow” played twice that evening!
I was also in a band and, we we’re covering alot of U2 tunes at the time so, seeing them made it that much more exciting and , important to us too!
We had camped out for our tickets for the Red Rocks show. That’s how you used to do it back in the day if you wanted good seats. We got general admission tickets which meant we could get close to the stage ,if we got up there early enough.
I went to the concert with my friends piled up in my ,73 Camaro LT, with 8track player still! LOL
We we’re very psyched about the show. The weather was terrible, it was raining and it was very cold. Red Rocks really doesn’t have any shelter. I really thought they we’re going to cancel the concert because it was raining so hard that day.
It ended up that the Alarm and the Divinyls did not go on as scheduled. Finally, U2 hit the stage and
I think was surprised at how many people were still there in attendance.
U2 had us in the palm of their hands that evening. They played with so much emotion and, seemed like they we’re out to prove something too. The crowd loved all the “War” material and, I enjoyed hearing songs from, ”October.”
We happened to be in the first 20 rows. I had my Mod raincoat with me, because I was bootlegging the show, with my cassette recorder! I still have the tape but, haven’t listened to it in ages.
The lights at Red Rocks and ,the fog made for such an incredible sight.
Also, Bono was waving a flag around and it made for such an incredible visual too.
The songs I remember the most we’re, New Years Day, Party Girl, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday.
I have been too alot of great shows and, every band has one of them in them but, I will always remember this show because U2 did’nt have to play this show, they could have packed it in.
The fact that they came out and, wore their hearts on their sleeve and, made us apart of the experience was special and gained them that much more respect.
Also, they played the next night at McNichols Arena for free! All you had to do was to bring your ticket stub in!
I was glad I was there, I am looking forward to the new DVD release and, that concert will always be special because not everyone was at that particular show. There are some shows that are legendary and the U2 at Red Rocks is up there with the greats!
Thanks for letting me put more than my 2 cents worth! LOL
Dave Arvizu

Red Rocks video intro secret.

The U2 Live at Red Rocks show on kcuvradio.com right now just had an interview with one of the producers for the video Under a Blood Red Sky. He stated that the helicopter pilot was unable to take off from Denver due to the horrible weather. After he said how badly he needed the shot for the introduction to the video, the pilot suggested putting the helicopter on a truck and driving it to another location. This was accomplished, the helicopter got airborne and the shot was in the can as they say. See the image below. I’m a pilot and I wouldn’t have flown in that weather.

Red rocks intro

In case anyone is wondering, the music from the intro is “Theme From Harry’s Game” by Clannad.

U2 Show Still Echoes at Red Rocks – Denver Post

A great story on the U2 concert at Red Rocks from the Denver Post

Be sure to read the story as there are lots of great details on the concert from those involved with it.

Some quotes;

It was no accident that U2 chose Red Rocks as the location for their live video experiment, an outing that cost the band their life savings, they said at the time.

Looking back at the 25-year-old footage, it’s amazing how powerful it remains. The band couldn’t have purchased those kinds of special effects: The sleety mist softened all the edges, and the steam coming out of Bono’s mouth with each word gave the footage an otherworldly feel.

“One person remarked that it was a religious experience, and it was,” said Greg Wigler, one of three professional photographers at the show. “The show was way beyond anything I’d seen before.”

Fans agreed. “Under a Blood Red Sky” is the all-time best-selling recording in the U.K. Fey jokes that he recouped his investment very quickly.

“But had it been another 78 degree day, it would have been just another concert,” Fey said. “Instead it was an amazing concert. You knew you were seeing some kind of history. I stood alone at the side of the stage, and my feet were locked. I couldn’t go anywhere.”