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Classic DVD Review: U2 | Elevation 2001: U2 Live From Boston

Bono and co. redeem themselves with this outstanding back-to-basics performance.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The Main Course: A spellbinding, electrified performance from Bono and co., recorded in Beantown during the band’s back-to-basics Elevation tour earlier this year.

Side Dishes: Plenty — a making-of documentary; a time-lapse photographic journal of a day on the road; unseen videos for Beautiful Day, Elevation and Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of, taped in various cities; trailers for Zoo TV and PopMart; web links; DVD-ROM screensavers; a feature that allows you to view the gig from different camera angles; snazzy packaging and a nifty book with photos and an essay.

Easter Eggs: At least one at the end of the first disc (though I’m still trying to crack it).

Final Verdict: Frankly, the extras are mostly a case of quantity over quality. But the gig itself — a career-spanning 19-song set performed on a low-level stage outfitted with a giant, heart-shaped walkway that takes the performers out into the middle of the crowd — is outstanding. Between their last album and this essential release, they have redeemed themselves for their ’90s excesses.