- 02 Jan 18
U2 have always been hugely aware of the potential of live films to spread the gospel. As a result, they've made some of the finest ever concert movies. Square eyes: Pat Carty
While we live in hope of a U2: Live At The Baggot Inn release, the history of U2 on DVD and Blu-Ray, and VHS before that, has been one of big gigs from big tours. The acknowledged masters, alongside Springsteen, of the stadium show, they differ from the Boss in their embrace of the latest performance enhancing technologies, although they’ve never allowed any smoke and mirrors to dim a show’s emotional power. There have been retrospective releases, such as the Live From Paris DVD included with The Joshua Tree 20th Anniversary edition, but we’ll stick to their original live “filmography”, in order of release. It’s a musical journey…
There’ll be more of course, a document of the current Joshua Tree celebrating tour, a rock band performing against a live John Ford movie, will be with us as sure as Christmas, but for now go for the Slane show for the emotional wallop, and the Zoo TV and Innocence & Experience shows for the visuals. That being said, they all have something to offer. If U2 have ever recorded a bad show, and there’s little evidence to suggest they have, then we must presume it’s buried very deeply indeed, probably beside that Live At The Baggot movie.