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Boston.com, a news site for the city of Boston wanted to find out what the best concert was in Beantown. Respondents were clear in their answers. U2 came out on top ahead of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Joan Baez, Tool and even The Beatles.
The concert in question was from their 1992 tour, Zoo TV. U2 played at the old Boston Garden now called TD Garden. That tour was in support for the 1991 album, Achtung Baby. You can watch a clip of the gig below and check out the setlist from the concert.
One of the reasons as to why the concert resonated so much with Bostonians was that it was held on St. Patricks Day. The Irish community is prominent in Boston and U2 on Paddy’s day was the perfect celebration for the strong Irish contingent. Readers of Boston.com left many comments about the concert.
“Most Irish band in the most Irish city in the U.S. on the most Irish day.”
“Patrick’s Day + U2 + The Old Boston Garden … How is that NOT a great experience? 18,000 people inside, 100,000 outside in the streets looking for tickets. Had front row of the secondary stage (which was a way back from the main stage). But for 4 or 5 songs, we were feet away. Edge shook my hand after ‘Angel of Harlem.’ Great experience!”
“U2. Boston. Old Garden. St Patrick’s Day. Fans were out of their heads. Banners, signs, and NO CELL PHONES”.
“Watching U2 live at the Garden on St. Patrick’s Day was an unbelievable experience — the atmosphere was electric. Boston never felt more Irish than that night.”
U2’s set list
- Zoo Station
- The Fly
- Even Better Than The Real Thing
- Mysterious Ways
- Until The End of The World
- Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
- Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around The World
- Angel of Harlem
- Dirty Old Town
- Satellite of Love
- Van Diemen’s Land
- Bullet the Blue Sky
- Running to Stand Still
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- Pride in the Name of Love
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
- Ultraviolent (Light My Way)
- With or Without You
- Love is Blindness
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