Opening Act(s): Utah Saints, Claw Boys Claw
Zoo Station, The Fly, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Dirty Old Town, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Angel Of Harlem, When Love Comes To Town, Satellite Of Love, Bad-All I Want Is You, Bullet The Blue Sky, Running To Stand Still, Where The Streets Have No Name, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Desire, Ultraviolet (Light My Way), With Or Without You, Love Is Blindness, Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Bono’s alterego MacPhisto debuts during this concert’s encore, replacing 1992’s alterego, Mirrorball Man, who was a televangelist parody. MacPhisto appears during the encore of every subsequent ZOO TV concert and is featured on the ZOO TV Live From Sydney video release. Some facets of the stage differ from the 1992 Outside Broadcast stadium leg too, but the setlist is largely unchanged.
U2 / Einsturzende Neubauten
by Ernst Mehlich
It’s a day of great contrasts, full of sunshine and a very special birthday boy.
While 50,000 stream into the massive football stadium to experience the start of the ‘Zooropa 93’ spectacle, the backstage area is still dominated by slepy silence. At least Paul McGuiness, Larry, Adam and The Edge enjoy the intimate small talk behind the monstrous stage set.
They seem to be exuberant and amused by the Neubauten team appearing desolate. They, having flown in from Seattle to support five shows in Holland, France, Spain and Portugal, at the express wish of the headliners, are not only jet-lagged but upset. Part of their equipment has not survived the flight. Blixa and Co wander barefoot through the gigantic catacombs looking lost. In other words they are getting hassles from the security guys.
But the situation changes as soon as the five guys from Berlin confront the surprised audience with amazing sounds and provocative slogans. As a result they are bombarded with missiles. The fans are furious and the musicians angry and this means an early finish for Neubauten.
But even U2 do not enjoy a much better tsart. After an hour of embarrassment from the DJ sounds of hip hop and dance, Bono and co get lost in the mishmash of an oversized stage covered in ariels, TV screens and Trabant cars. It looks like a miniature Cape Canaveral.
The band presents virtually the same set as last year’s Zoo TV show, but the emphasis lies within the new material from ‘Achtung Baby’.
Descending dusk not only changes the atmosphere but even the songs. The rather super cool attitude of the band begins to fade. Bono gives some entertaining anecdotes and the leather clad star in the sunglasses turns into the human performer that we know and love.
The set included ‘New Year’s Day’, ‘Party Girl’ and ‘I Will Follow’. The band keeps the surprises coming with an acoustic version of ‘Satellite Of Love’ by Lou Reed and the unforgettable ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. Next they play ‘Bullet The Blue Sky’, ‘Running To Stand Still’ and ‘Pride’.
But after the set there is a change of mood. Bono appears in the costume of a camp Mephistopeles and plays the part of an ageing schizophrenic rock star and orders a ticket at Schipol Airport with an amplified telephone. Don’t ask why.