"City of Blinding Lights (Live at Brooklyn Bridge)" - U2
The day after the “City of Blinding Lights” single was commercially released in the UK and Europe, an additional track was released as a digital single through iTunes in the UK. This digital single was a recording of “City of Blinding Lights” taken from U2’s performance in Brooklyn New York on November 22, 2004. The song was only released digitally through the iTunes store in the UK, and was not available in other iTunes stores worldwide. The cover art with this digital single is the same as the commercial cover for the “City of Blinding Lights” featuring Bono on stage performing against a yellow tinted background.
U2 had spent that day in November riding around a flat bed truck, filming the video for the single release of “All Because of You” in Manhattan. At the end of the day a “surprise” concert was held in Brooklyn, New York, at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. The concert was filmed and portions of it were broadcast for an MTV special. During that concert U2 performed eight tracks in the main set, and three in the encore, including doing “Vertigo” at the start and end of the concert. The main set list was “Vertigo”, “All Because of You” (released here), “Miracle Drug”, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own” (released here), “City of Blinding Lights”, “Original of the Species”, “She’s a Mystery to Me”, “Beautiful Day”. The encore was “Out of Control”, “I Will Follow” (released here), and “Vertigo” (released here). The band played to an estimated audience of 5000 people.
The Brooklyn performance of “City of Blinding Lights” was also released on the DVD single for “City of Blinding Lights”. That performance is longer at 6:53 in length and features Bono’s introduction to the song which is cut off in this shorter edit released through iTunes.
Four additional tracks from this performance in Brooklyn were released as an exclusive EP on the USA iTunes store, including “All Because of You”, “Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own”, “I Will Follow” and the encore version of “Vertigo”. “She’s a Mystery to Me” was released as a b-side on the “All Because of You” single in the UK, Europe, Australia and Japan. “Out of Control” was released as a b-side to the “City of Blinding Lights” 3-Inch single. Many of the songs from this performance, including “City of Blinding Lights” were televised on MTV.
The iTunes UK site initially had the following description available on the site regarding this track: “Only the biggest band in the world could ride around Manhattan on a flatbed trailer shooting a music video. U2 did just that on November 22 of last year, capping the day with a stunning live show across the East River at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Check out this emotional version of “City of Blinding Lights” from that performance, exclusively on iTunes.”
No traditional liner notes in this digital single.