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Old 03-25-2002, 02:42 AM   #1
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Best Opening Song

What do you think is the best opening song of a U2 show.

Early shows - 11' Oclock Tick Tock
JT tour - Streets
Zoo TV - Zoo Station
Popmart - Mofo
Elevation - Elevation

I think those cover the "openers".
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Old 03-25-2002, 02:44 AM   #2
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I saw Zoo TV which was a great opening.

Popmart was good but...

Elevation has to take the cake!!

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Old 03-25-2002, 02:50 AM   #3
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I can't decide if it's actually the song, or the fact that they came in with the house lights on. That was the feckin' coolest thing ever!
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Old 03-25-2002, 03:07 AM   #4
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Elevation tied with Zoo Station.
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Elevation -- but I can tell Zoo Station must have rocked.

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Old 03-25-2002, 12:44 PM   #8
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Streets with Elevation close behind...

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Old 03-25-2002, 12:51 PM   #10
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Zoo Station.

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Old 03-25-2002, 04:15 PM   #11
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Elevation was great, but ZOO STATION works best as an electrifying opener. I think Elevation would fit in other places in the show just as well.
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Old 03-25-2002, 04:55 PM   #13
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Musically, Elevation wins it for me. The ultimate start-me-up, which is sustained through the entire song.

But if we include production, the Zoo Station opener to the Outside Broadcast tour was truly incredible. I thought after the first few lines, the song became average.

Same for Mofo - the boxer opening was great, but the song didn't do very much for me after the opening sequence.

And let's not forget Out of Control - a fantastic opener during the War tour.
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For power--> Streets

For the Image--> Zoo Station

For in your face rock'n'roll--> MOFOOO

... last, but FIRST goes to--> Elevation. It just simply worked soooooo well and created a mood that lasted throughout the whole set.

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I never saw Zoo TV live except for the Sydney video and I can imagine the craziness as The Fly kicked and dances his way across the video screens as "zoo station" grooved its way through the p.a.

BUT, I did see Popmart live and "Mofo" takes the cake for me. Yes, "elevation" was great and the fans went nuts - but "mofo" has that raw edge fury in it.


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