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Elevation: Live From Boston

Elevation 2001: Live from Boston is a concert film by Irish rock band U2. It was released as a two disc DVD set by Island Records in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2001, and by Interscope Records in the United States a month later. The video documents three concerts by the band performed in Boston,Massachusetts during the first American leg of their 2001 Elevation Tour (see 2001 in music). It was the first of two video releases from the tour, the second being U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland.

Elevation 2001 has received certifications in several regions including Mexico, where it was certified gold based on imports alone,[2] and the United States, where it became the band's best-selling video album.[3]

The first disc contains the concert footage shot in the normal perspective, while the second disc contains alternate camera feeds from a small recorder inBono's trademark glasses, showing unique footage from the band while on and off stage. Several bonus features were also included on both discs.


 [hide*1 Background and filming

Background and filming[edit]Edit

U2 started their 2001 Elevation Tour on 24 March at the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the final concert held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on 2 December. The tour was divided into three legs, two in North America and one in Europe, and also included two concerts at Slane Castle—one of which was documented and released on U2 Go Home.

Two "Easter Eggs" are also included on the DVD, these are the Bono Cam views of "Until the End of the World" and "Elevation" from June 9, 2001 in Boston. In fact the whole DVD/VHS although labelled as being from June 6th, is actually mixed footage from June 5th and 6th, with additional Bono cam footage from June 9th. The concerts were filmed by Hamish Hamilton and produced by Ned O'Hanlon. Both of the two mentioned have worked with U2 on several other occasions including U2 Go Home and Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago.


Elevation 2001: Live From Boston captures the band's return to performing to indoor venues, making for a more intimate experience. The band had played mostly large outdoor stadiums over the previous decade on their Zoo TV and PopMart Tours.[citation needed]

The film also showcases a more simplified, strip-downed stage design, free of the elaborate technologies of the previous two tours. The DVD features the concert in the PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1audio formats.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Elevation"
  2. "Beautiful Day"
  3. "Until the End of the World"
  4. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
  5. "Kite"
  6. "Gone"
  7. "New York"
  8. "I Will Follow"
  9. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  10. "In a Little While"
  11. "Desire"
  12. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
  13. "Bad" / "40" (snippet)
  14. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  15. "Bullet the Blue Sky"
  16. "With or Without You"
  17. "The Fly"
  18. "Wake Up Dead Man"
  19. "Walk On"

Bonus features[edit]Edit

  • Disc 1:
    • The Making of the Filming of "Elevation 2001: Live from Boston"
  • Disc 2:
    • Another Perspective – Concert with alternative angles: fan cam, director cam
    • Road Movie – Time-lapse footage of a day on the road
    • Additional tracks
      • "Beautiful Day" live from Dublin, September 2000 (Although on the DVD it is listed as "Toronto, Canada")
      • "Elevation" live from Miami, first show souvenir, March 2001
      • "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" live from Hanover, Dublin, and France, July 2000
    • Trailers


Guitars used:

Best buy promo CD[edit]Edit

On Black Friday in 2001, Best Buy distributed a free exclusive promo CD entitled 3 Live Tracks from Boston. It features three songs from the Elevation 2001: Live from Boston DVD. The CD lists all performances as being from the concert on 6 June 2001; however, "Gone" was actually recorded on 5 June.[4]

  1. "Beautiful Day" – 4:56
  2. "Gone" – 5:05
  3. "I Will Follow" – 5:34

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit

Chart (2001) Peak


Australian Top 40 Music DVDs[5] 1
Danish Top 10 Music DVDs[6] 3
Ireland Top 20 DVDs[7] 2
Swedish Top 20 DVDs[8] 2
Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[9] Platinum 8,000x
Australia (ARIA)[10] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 5,000x
Brazil (ABPD)[12] Gold 25,000
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 5× Platinum 50,000^
France (SNEP)[14] 3× Platinum 60,000
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 25,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[2] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 2× Platinum 200,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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