Viva Italia (Godfather Records GR 581/582)
Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy – October 8th, 2010
Disc 1 (74:03): Intro Space Oddity, Return of the Stingray Guitar, Beautiful Day, I Will Follow, Get On Your Boots, Magnificent, Mysterious Ways, Elevation, Until the End of the World – Anthem, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Bad – All I Want Is You, Mercy, In A Little While, Miss Sarajevo, City of Blinding Lights, Vertigo – Teenage Kicks
Disc 2 (65:23): Relax – I’ll Go Crazy (remix) – Two Tribes, Sunday Bloody Sunday – Get Up Stand Up, MLK, Walk On – You’ll Never Walk Alone, One, Amazing Grace – Where the Streets Have No Name, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, With or Without You, Happy Birthday, Moment of Surrender. Bonus tracks, Atatürk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey – September 6th, 2010: Mothers Of The Disappeared, Yigidim Aslanim Burda Yabyer
U2’s 360° tour, when it finally ends in Pittsburgh in July 2011, will have had seven legs with over one hundred shows across the world (except Japan, where they’ve not played since 2006). The third leg ended on October 8th at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy in front of 75,000 attendees.
Godfather utilize a stunning quality audience tape for Viva Italia. Even though it’s taped in a large arena, there is very little of the distortion present on many tapes made in such a venue. Rather, it’s almost close to being professional sound quality and stands as one of the best U2 titles produced by Godfather of this particular tour.
The label also include an insert with a short review taken from the U2 website: “‘Thank you for this welcome… We’re on stage tonight and a lot of people thought that was impossible. And I for one feel very fortunate to be standing on this stage with my three best friends…’
“Two months and twenty two shows after U2360 opened up again in 2010, the European leg ended in the grand setting of the Olympic Stadium in Rome tonight and thanks to the good folk from U2place.com the Italian U2 community made it a night to remember with an extraordinary set of choreographed flags. ‘Still Haven’t Found’ brought the reveal – a dazzling Irish flag, Italian flag and the word ‘ONE’ in red on white. It was a breathtaking visual moment, for the band, as much as everyone else in the stadium. ‘Viva Italia!’
“That segued into another great moment with a rare appearances for ‘Bad’ and, even more unusually, a snatch of ‘All I Want Is You’. And then came ‘Mercy’ one of the six new and unreleased tracks that the band have surprised us with at different shows this summer. Dallas Schoo got a special shout-out before Bono thanked everyone on the crew ahead of In A Little While. This audience was pumped all night long and delighted to hear Bono speaking so often in Italian. ‘I wanna thank all the people who helped us build this dream of ours…’
“As this European leg came to a close all the phones came out and the stadium was transformed ‘into a beautiful piece of jewellery.’ Everyone felt just as fortunate as the singer to be here tonight…”
Godfather include two bonus tracks from the September 6th show in Istanbul, their first ever show in Turkey. It features the tour debut of “Mothers Of The Disappeared,” performed with Turkish folk musician Ömer Zülfü Livaneli. At the end of the song Zülfü leads U2 and the crowd in singing his song “Yiğidim Aslanım Burda Yatıyor.” Bono dedicated “Mothers Of The Disappeared to Fehmi Tosun, an ethnic Kurd who disappeared after being arrested in 1995.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)