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U2 to release DVD of last year's Rose Bowl performance

March 23, 2010 |  2:20 pm

U2 This just in from U2 headquarters: The Irish band will release a DVD of last year's massive Rose Bowl concert sometime in 2010, according to U2's website. Details remain foggy, but apparently they want the info out immediately, before they finalize the decisions: "The band are still working on the content of the DVD," reads a note on their site, before asking fans to register to get the latest updates.

The news isn't a big surprise, considering the band partnered with YouTube to stream the concert live.

Do you need the DVD? Times pop critic Ann Powers, in her review of the show, suggests maybe yes:

[A]fter three decades as an important band, U2 is long past simple uplift. Its music is as much about emotional entanglement (as in "Ultraviolet" on Sunday) and disorientation ("Vertigo"). Ultimately, it is a meditation on space: the majestic natural landscapes that the Edge's guitar playing often describes; the crowded dance floors or train platforms Clayton and Mullen's rhythms evoke; the inches between a whispering mouth and a lover's ear, or the infinite journey of a prayer hurled into the air.

The Space Station allows U2 to make those musical and lyrical preoccupations physical in a new way. At the Rose Bowl, it created a new experience even for the most jaded concertgoer. U2 concerts have often included moments in which raised voices build goodwill, or shaking hips stimulate joy. But for the first time, perhaps, this band's noise resulted in a kind of silence and stillness -- not a literal one, but the rapture that comes when nearly 100,000 people relax together, as if held within a gentle, open hand.

Here's the set list of the show:

"Breathe" 
"Get on Your Boots"
"Magnificent"
"Mysterious Ways" 
"Beautiful Day"
"I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For," with a coda of "Stand by Me"
"Stuck in a Moment"
"No Line on the Horizon"
"Elevation"
"In a Little While"
"Unknown Caller"
"Until the End of the World"
"The Unforgettable Fire"
"City of Blinding Lights"
"Vertigo"
"I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight"
"Sunday Bloody Sunday"
"MLK"
"Walk On"
"One"
"Amazing Grace"
"Where the Streets Have No Name"
"Ultraviolet (Light My Way)"
"With or Without You"
"Moment of Surrender"

Pop & Hiss will keep you posted on details.

-- Randall Roberts

Photo: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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