Animals escaped the city's zoo after it was damaged in overnight bombing, and as a result, rhinoceroses, pelicans and flamingoes wandered around the next morning while people were sifting through the rubble. During recording, Eno created several prototype mixes of the song. The Edge recalled how these different mixes assisted the band in creating the final version of the track.
Sometimes you can end up with something completely distinctive. Although "Zoo Station" was not released as a single , it was included on a inch promotional recording to promote U2's Zoo TV Tour in North America, along with studio and remix versions of "Lady with the Spinning Head".
As the first track on an album that was a major reinvention for the band, "Zoo Station" was an introduction to U2's new sound. The song features layers of distorted guitar and vocals, and industrial-influenced percussion.
Irish rock journalist Bill Graham cites David Bowie 's album Low as a major influence on "Zoo Station", which he called a "new brand of glam rock " with "Spartan rhythms and sudden flurries of melody". On the second half of the third beat , the song's signature guitar riff , a distorted descending glissando , enters. Much like the song's guitar sounds, the drums' timbre is noticeably different from previous U2 songs as it exhibits a "cold, processed sound, something like beating on a tin can".
Fifteen seconds later, the song returns to the previous chord progression and the introduction ends. Guitarist The Edge explained that some of the sounds in the introduction that resemble keyboards were actually created by him on guitar. After the introduction, the song follows a conventional verse-chorus form. Along with introducing the band's new sound, the song opens the album as a statement of intent.
Bono cites the enjoyment of his first child born in as a major influence on Achtung Baby , as was his wife's second pregnancy during the album's recording. Upon the release of Achtung Baby , "Zoo Station" was praised by many critics. Steve Morse of The Boston Globe said the song was one on which "sonic assaults are teamed with dreamily processed vocals that recall Beatles psychedelia ".
He also noted that Bono's voice was "electronically masked and the band's old style traded for a pushy bassline and a percussive stomp, although U2 can't resist some sweeter interludes". And we're all going to die. U2 recorded their next album, Zooropa , from February to May during an extended break between the third and fourth legs of the tour.
Influenced by the tour's themes of technology and mass media, Zooropa was an even greater departure in style from their earlier recordings than Achtung Baby was, incorporating further dance music influences and electronic effects into their sound. A number of songs from the album were incorporated into the subsequent "Zooropa" and "Zoomerang" legs, most frequently " Numb " and " Stay Faraway, So Close!
Burroughs ' reading of the sardonic poem " Thanksgiving Prayer ". Interspersed between the music videos were clips of so-called "interference", comprising documentary footage, media clips, and other video similar to what was displayed on tour. Two November "Zoomerang" shows in Sydney were filmed as part of a worldwide television broadcast.
The 26 November show was to be a rehearsal for the production crew for the official filming the following night.
However, Clayton, who began drinking excessively on the latter stages of the tour, suffered an alcoholic blackout from the previous night and was unable to perform. Clayton recovered in time to play the 27 November show, which was broadcast and was the only show used in the resulting video release. However, the group cancelled the "triplecast" after realising they had not fully developed the concept.
Reviews written during the initial arena legs reflected the dramatic change in U2's approach. Many critics published favourable reviews about the tour. The San Francisco Chronicle praised the special effects for supplementing the music. The reviewer wrote, "The often-surrealistic effects always served the songs, not the other way around. Their Zoo TV show is visually stunning, musically unparalleled, downright moving and, dammit, truly entertaining. Other critics indicated befuddlement as to U2's purpose.
The Asbury Park Press wrote that the long string of Achtung Baby song presentations that opened the show made one forget about the band's past, and that "almost everything you knew about U2 a couple years ago is, in fact, wrong now". The stadium legs of the tour received more consistent praise than the arena shows.
Critics noted that while the show and its setlist were largely the same as before, the tour mostly benefited from the increased scale. He praised the band for "retool[ing] themselves as wiseacres with heart and elephant bucks to burn". Fricke noted that the increased visual effects for the "Outside Broadcast" leg increased the shows' "mind-fuck" factor.
The Independent praised the "Zooropa" leg, with the reviewer stating, "I came as a sceptic, and left believing I had witnessed the most sophisticated meeting of technical wizardry and mojo priestcraft ever mounted.
The group and the music industry were unsure how fans would receive the tour beforehand. Where would you be without the hype? You can't pretend all the promotion and all the fanfare is not happening. By the outdoor legs, many fans knew what to expect, and Pareles observed that Bono's admonitions to never cheer a rock star were greeted with idolatrous applause; he concluded that the show's message of scepticism was somewhat lost on the audience and that, "No matter what Bono tells his fans, they seem likely to trust him anyway.
The "Zooropa" stadium leg the following year played to more than 2. Without those we'd be fucked. Even in our irresponsible, youthful and fatal disregard of such material matters, it was terrifying.
For the Zoo TV Tour, U2 embraced the "rock star" identity they had struggled with and were reluctant to accept throughout the s. After missing the group's 26 November show in Sydney from an alcoholic blackout, Clayton quit drinking altogether. The Edge began dating the belly dancer Morleigh Steinberg during the tour,   and the two later married in The tour's two-year length, then U2's longest, exhausted the band as the final legs unfolded. Mullen and Clayton moved into Manhattan apartments in New York City, where they sought out music lessons to become better musicians.
We were a different band after that and touring was different. Although The Fly character was retired after the tour, Bono began to wear tinted glasses, similar to his Fly sunglasses, in most public appearances. The glasses have since become a stylistic trademark of the singer in both his musical and activist roles. The Pixies ' stint as a support act produced a controversy that partially contributed to their break-up.
The article featured their criticisms of U2 for the supposed poor treatment the Pixies received. In , following tensions within the group, Francis announced the Pixies had dissolved.
U2's subsequent concert tour, 's PopMart Tour, followed in Zoo TV's footsteps by mocking another social trend, this time consumerism. It's better than Zoo TV aesthetically, and as an art project it is a clearer thought. Critics regard the Zoo TV Tour as one of rock's most memorable tours. Pepper's of rock tours. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Concert tour by U2 in I sort of took the overview position of saying, 'What do you want? You don't want a stage show where everything fits neatly into place and it's all nicely organized and people know exactly where the center of attention is at all moments.
It was a very big and expensive project to put together. We allowed ourselves to be carried away by new technology. It was constantly evolving and changing and taking on new ideas as it went We changed it consciously for each new area of the world. Main article: Zooropa. Sources conflict on whether this is considered an official show from the tour. For purposes of completeness, it is counted in this article, bringing the show total to Rolling Stone.
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Although there are a lot of great songs that have great intros, in certain cases, the opening bars of a track become so instantly recognisable and iconic that they transcend the song that spawned them. We're talking about intros that don't just encourage but compel you to keep listening, either because they build anticipation and lead into something great, or they're just so damn hooky that, even if you did turn them off, they'd still be in your head two days later.
In the first part of our new song anatomy series, in which we'll be highlighting great examples of specific parts of an arrangement, MusicRadar's editorial team have selected their favourite intros of all time, telling you what makes them particularly special.
If you can think of other intros that top our selections, let us know. There's no magical arrangement work going on here: just the piano and bass playing the same, timeless riff; the guitar holding station on a single, chugging note; and, on the second pass through, some spritely strings.
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