The Best Rockumentraries: #10 U2 double feature

@JohnRoberts (61433)
Los Angeles, California
August 23, 2017 8:45am CST
Four years separate “Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky” (1984) and “U2: Rattle and Hum” (1988) and there is a difference. The former is considered a brilliant concert performance while the latter disappointed U2 fans. Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado is a premiere concert venue and U2 helped enhance that status. There is no other stage as unique as Red Rocks. Rain was predicted for the evening of June 5, 1983 but the band insisted on going on and director Gavin Taylor’s cameras caught the action. The Red Rocks setting plus rainy weather created an ethereal atmosphere ideal for the Irish rockers. They performed early hits “I Will Follow,” “New Year’s Day” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and their energized performance (especially Bono’s) took U2 to superstardom. Director Phil Joanou (who later did “Gridiron Gang”) pitched the idea to the band who initially financed the project until Paramount bought it. “Rattle and Hum” is a mix of live and studio material. Joanou shot two nights at McNichols Area in Denver during the Joshua Tree tour. U2 performs 22 songs including “Bullet the Blue Sky,” “With or Without You,” “Pride (in the name of Love)” and “Where the Streets have No Name.” “Rattle and Hum” misses. A bit flat or perhaps pretentious.
Video and sound were remastered for my favorite songs from the legendary red rocks concert of U2.
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@teamfreak16 (41167)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
23 Aug 17
We were actually on our way to get tickets for the Red Rocks show when we decided not to go. I still kick myself for that. Didn't know they filmed Rattle and Hum at McNichols, though. Interesting.
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@snowy22315 (51352)
• United States
23 Aug 17
I would love to go to that Red Rocks venue sometime. I bet it is such a gorgeous place.
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• United States
23 Aug 17
Red Rocks is right up the road from me here John, yet I had never been to a concert there only to tour it.
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@JolietJake (51114)
• United States
27 Aug 17
Just realized I have Rattle and Hum on a VHS tape in a box of tapes my youngest brother gave me, might pop that in later today
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@FourWalls (14719)
• United States
24 Aug 17
I remember that video of the Red Rocks show where you can see Bono's breath because it's cold.
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@just4him (124507)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Aug 17
I know the group U2, but not their music. I just heard about Red Rocks as it's the site of an upcoming concert featuring Chris Tomlin and several other Christian artists. That should be a rockin' night too.
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