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U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle

U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland is a concert video release by rock band U2 from the European leg of their Elevation Tour. Recorded on 1 September 2001 at Slane Castle on the band's featured stop in County MeathIreland, it was released on DVD in November 2003. Although Slane Concerts at Slane Castle are traditionally held once a year, U2 played two concerts. This was the final concert of the first European leg of the Elevation Tour. The film was the second of two concert releases from the tour, preceded by 2001's Elevation 2001: Live from Boston.


 [hide*1 Background


The Elevation Tour was a worldwide concert tour by the Irish rock band U2, launched in support of the group's 2000 album All That You Can't Leave Behind. The tour was designed by Willie Williams and Mark Fisher, designers of a number of U2's tours.[1][2]

The key feature was the stage, which included a large heart-shaped ramp which jutted halfway out onto the arena floor, creating a glorified catwalk. Some general admission ticket-holders were placed inside the heart, on top of which band members could walk, getting closer to the audience on both sides. Visual images were presented on scrims mounted high among the lighting rigs, sometimes in dynamic swirling fashion such as for "Kite", and even on the entire indoor surface.[3]

Williams would win Live Design magazine's 2001 EDDY Award for his work on the tour;[4] the award stated, "While U2's current Elevation tour is striking in its simplicity, Williams created an almost complete amalgamation of lighting and video by using the entire space of each arena as a projection surface."[3]


"It was twenty years since we'd played Slane. And it was thrilling to go back to our home town and play to that many people. But Bob's funeral really felt like the end of an era and it took the edge off a huge occasion. The second show, a week later, was completely different."

—Larry on U2 playing Slane Castle[1][2]Slane Clastle where U2 played the concert

The film features the band playing Slane to more than 180,000 people,[5] the second of two concerts played at Slane Castle on the Elevation Tour. The performances were the band's first at Slane since 1981 when they opened for Thin LizzyBono had lost his father to cancer several days before the concert.

Their first night at Slane was on 24 August, a day after his father was buried. Bono also dedicates "Kite" to his father. U2 Go Home was filmed on Saturday, 1 September 2001 the same day Ireland secured a place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off where Ireland would defeat Iran. The match was shown to the football-crazy Irish crowd at Slane Castle prior to the concert, adding to the already festive air.


The DVD includes a documentary of the making of the album The Unforgettable Fire (part of which was recorded in the castle's ballroom) and a bonus track, "Mysterious Ways" (left out of the setlist on the DVD). It was performed between "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Pride (In the Name of Love)". All songs performed that night (except "Mysterious Ways") appear unabridged and in order. The DVD features the concert in the PCM StereoDolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1audio formats.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [6]
Entertainment Weekly B+[7]
The Music Box [8]
PopMatters (very favourable)[9]
Rolling Stone [10]

Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Elevation"
  2. "Beautiful Day"
  3. "Until the End of the World"
  4. "New Year's Day"
  5. "Out of Control"
  6. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  7. "Wake Up Dead Man"
  8. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
  9. "Kite"
  10. "Angel of Harlem"
  11. "Desire"
  12. "Staring at the Sun"
  13. "All I Want Is You"
  14. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  15. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
  16. "Bullet the Blue Sky"
  17. "With or Without You"
  18. "One"
  19. "Walk On"
Bonus tracks
  1. "Mysterious Ways"
  2. The Making of The Unforgettable Fire

Charts and certifications[edit]Edit

Chart (2003) Peak


Austrian Top 10 Music DVDs[11] 2
German Albums Chart[12] 42
Ireland Top 20 DVDs[13] 2
Netherlands Top 30 Music DVDs[14] 1
Spanish Top 20 Music DVDs[15] 2
Swiss Top 100 Albums[16] 25
Chart (2004) Peak


Australian Top 40 Music DVDs[17] 1
Japanese DVDs Chart[18] 49
New Zealand Top 10 Music DVDs[19] 1
Chart (2005) Peak


Belgium (Flanders) Top 10 Music DVDs[20] 2
Belgium (Wallonia) Top 10 Music DVDs[21] 5
Danish Top 10 Music DVDs[22] 1
Italian Top 20 Music DVDs[23] 2
Norwegian Top 10 DVDs[24] 1
Portuguese Top 30 Music DVDs[25] 3
Swedish Top 20 DVDs[26] 2

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