"Live at the Apollo For One Night Only" - U2
Fan Club Album
Track Listing Notes:
Although the track listing of this gift has not been announced yet the following are the tracks played that night at the Apollo Theater, June 11, 2018:
- I Will Follow
- The Electric Co.
- Out of Control
- Red Flag Day
- All Because Of You
- Beautiful Day
- Pride (In the Name of Love)
- Get Out Of Your Own Way
- American Soul
- Angel of Harlem
- When Love Comes To Town
- Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
- Every Breaking Wave
- Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
- Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
The first four tracks of the encore were performed with the Sun Ra Arkestra. Recordings that have aired on SiriusXM to date have excluded the track “Red Flag Day” and run about 80 minutes in length.
The 2021 subscriber gift was announced on December 22, 2020. The gift will be an audio release on CD of the concert that U2 performed at the Apollo Theatre in 2018. The full contents of the gift have not been announced at this time, and a further announcement of tracks, formats, etc. will follow in early 2021. The announcement itself lists only, “Now the set will be released in a special commemorative CD and download package, the latest of our U2.com limited editions.” This is the first official release of this concert in any physical format.
Initially announced on May 15, 2018, U2 played a special one-off concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem between dates on the Experience + Innocence tour to approximately 1500 people. The show was open to contest winners only, with most winners attending via SiriusXM but there were also smaller contests held via U2.Com as well.
The concert was aired on U2’s own SiriusXM station, “The U2 Experience” a couple of days after the event on June 13, 2018. The first airing was at 5pm ET. The show featured all of the tracks played in concert with the exception of “Red Flag Day.” (“Red Flag Day” was initially performed between “Out of Control” and “All Because of You”) The show was re-run multiple times during the remainder of the two month run of “The U2 Experience” and has since been replayed on other SiriusXM Channels. Of note, one song, “Vertigo” has also been played as a standalone track from the concert on SiriusXM, and also was released via YouTube as a standalone track for promotion of the station and the concert, in advance of the full show being aired. The concert returned to SiriusXM on March 17, 2020, this time in a new edited form. “Red Flag Day” was still absent from the airing, but additional changes have also been made. “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” now followed “Love is Bigger Than Anything in its Way” at the end of the broadcast, instead of the reverse order in which they had been played. It was this new edit of the show which was used when U2 X-Radio launched, and was aired a number of times in July 2020 on the new station. (This last airing, without “Red Flag Day” is an 80 minute recording which would fit on a single CD).
Bootlegs of this show exist, in vinyl, CD and DVD formats. The audio for these bootlegs is taken from the SiriusXM station airings, and is the equivalent in sound quality to a low quality mp3. This new release through the fan club will be the first release in true uncompressed audio, and should be a leap forward in audio quality. None of these previous releases are official, with the exception of the streams on SiriusXM channels.
The Apollo concert was also filmed with 360° cameras, for a possible web project that has never been released. We have been told that the audience was jumping so much that the vibration of the theatre caused problems for the footage done with the 360° cameras, especially the one located on the stage. Traditional video footage of the show exists as well, with U2 releasing one minute clips of “When Love Comes to Town“ and “Angel of Harlem“ via YouTube.
The full announcement of the release on December 22 reads:
In June 2018, U2 played a one-off show at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theatre and it was a night to remember.
‘Felt like something you’d never come across again,’ was how Stereogum put it.
Performing before just 1500 fans and originally aired for Sirius XM radio subscribers in the US, the show rapidly gained a stellar reputation amongst fans.
Variety caught the vibe.
‘None of the dazzling special effects that have become a hallmark of their big-room shows; just lights, a stage, and one of the greatest live rock bands in history at full throttle, roaring through songs from their nearly 40-year catalog.’
Including an encore to take your breath away when the 13-piece Sun Ra Arkestra appears from the back of the stage for a dazzling Rattle and Hum moment featuring ‘Angel of Harlem’, ‘Desire’ and ‘When Love Comes to Town’.
Now the set will be released in a special commemorative CD and download package, the latest of our U2.com limited editions.
The artwork used with today’s announcement is the same art that was used for the T-shirt given to attendees of the concert, and was also printed on the lanyard given at admission to the venue. However, instead of blue, like the T-shirt and lanyard, the image with the announcement is red. It is not yet known if this is the final artwork for the release, and U2 have changed things in the past after the announcement of the gift.
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