"[54], On The Joshua Tree Tour, "Where the Streets Have No Name" was most often used to open concerts. On the tour's opening night, this reminded Bono that he had originally written the lyrics in an Ethiopian village. U2 Live from Mexico City. U2 performed this at halftime of the 2002 Super Bowl between the Patriots and Rams. [2] It was one of several songs mixed by Steve Lillywhite in the final months of recording The Joshua Tree. The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive. 2009. The music for "Where the Streets Have No Name" originated from a demo that guitarist The Edge composed the night before the group resumed The Joshua Tree sessions. One accurate version. But it also contains some of the biggest ideas. [81] At the Glastonbury Festival 2010, The Edge accompanied rock band Muse for a live cover version of the track,[82] later playing it with U2 while headlining Glastonbury in 2011. That's one of the paradoxes I've come to terms with. 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[52] Bono said of it, "We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. I wanna run, I want to hide I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside I want to reach out and touch the flame Where the streets have no name [91] A live recording from Boston during the Elevation Tour was featured in the concert film Elevation 2001: Live from Boston,[92] and on the "Walk On"[93] and "Electrical Storm"[94] singles. Bono said that producer Brian Eno reassured him about the unfinished lyrics. [43] The song opens with a short piano piece before the rest of the band begins to play. [77][78] The band paid tribute to the 9/11 victims during their performance of the song at the Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show on 3 February 2002. Pet Shop Boys did a mashup of this song with the Frankie Valli hit ". I remember having this massive schoolhouse blackboard, as we call them. Trace Bundy playing "Where The Streets Have No Name" by U2. The guitar fades in after 40 seconds;[9] this part consists of a repeated "chiming" six-note arpeggio. [further explanation needed] Two minutes into the video, U2 are seen on the roof of a liquor store at the corner of 7th St. and S. Main St., and perform "Where the Streets Have No Name" to a large crowd of people standing in the streets surrounding the building. [27] Prior to filming, a week was spent reinforcing the roof of the liquor store to ensure it would not collapse if it were to be intruded by a group of fans. [42], "Sweetest Thing" was written by Bono as an apology to his wife for forgetting her birthday. A version featuring an extended introduction was performed on the closing nights of the third leg of The Joshua Tree tour, again in Tempe, Arizona, on December 19 & 20, 1987, and footage from the performance was featured in the Rattle and Hum film. [20] The 12-inch single featured "Race Against Time" on side A of the record (despite being a "B-side"),[21] and the cassette single featured all four tracks on both sides of the tape. I wanna run, I want to hide / I wanna tear down the walls / That hold me inside / I wanna reach out / And touch the flame / Where the streets have no name / I wanna feel, [49] The Rocket wrote that the song builds a "wall of sound" that Bono's vocals cut through with a "wail of desperation, as the lyrics agonize the need for personal spirituality". Here we'll transcribe some interpretations from different people. The song was performed on a Los Angeles rooftop for the filming of its music video, which won a Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video. "[2], "Where the Streets Have No Name" is played in the key of D major at a tempo of 126 beats per minute. Thanks to a Newsweek article, there was a long-standing rumor that Bob Dylan stole the song "Blowin' In The Wind. In an upstairs room at Melbeach House—his newly purchased home—he used a four-track tape machine to record an arrangement of keyboards, bass, guitar, and a drum machine. The TV show One Tree Hill got it's name from a song of the same name on U2's Joshua Tree album. Were we worried about being arrested? [63] Concerts from this tour were elaborate multimedia spectacles that Bono performed as a variety of characters, but for the end of the main set, the group reverted to playing classics, including "Where the Streets Have No Name", straight. Not at the time...", Red lighting across all the video screens has become a recurring feature of live performances of the song, shown here from a 1992, Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can't Take My Eyes off You), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Grammy Award for Best Performance Music Video, Hasta la Vista Baby! [38], "Silver and Gold" was written in support of the Artists United Against Apartheid project, which protested the South African apartheid. Live performances of "Where the Streets Have No Name" appear in the concert video releases Rattle and Hum,[85] Zoo TV: Live from Sydney,[86] and PopMart: Live from Mexico City,[87] as well as the respective audio releases of the latter two concerts, Zoo TV Live[88] and Hasta la Vista Baby! 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Some of Bono's lyrics have been described as reminiscent of John Lennon. "[34][35] The bass riff in the song, inspired by the bodhrán, was played by The Edge, but stemmed from some of Clayton's unused bass parts. [48], NME lauded the song as the opening track by saying the album "starts by spitting furiously". I wanna run, I want to hide / I wanna tear down the walls / That hold me inside / I wanna reach out / And touch the flame / Where the streets have no name / I wanna feel, [41] The studio version was also included on the limited edition B-sides bonus disk of the band's first compilation album, The Best of 1980–1990. Hamlyn was almost arrested following a confrontation with the police. some others lines such as "i go there with you" make reference to his wife, ali, who he went there with. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal He returned home late that night, perhaps on purpose. [20] Three B-sides were featured on the single, including "Race Against Time", "Silver and Gold", and "Sweetest Thing", except for the 7-inch release, which only featured the latter two tracks. [51] The service's Steve Huey, in a review of the song, praised its "insistent, propulsive rhythmic drive and anthemic chorus", qualities he singled out for making it a fan favorite. [23] The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart,[24] and it topped the Irish Singles Chart.[25]. [46] The San Diego Union-Tribune said of "Where the Streets Have No Name", "the music charges, like someone fleeing for life". [27], During the shoot U2 played an eight-song set, which included four performances of "Where the Streets Have No Name". The band attracted over 1,000 people during the video's filming, which took place on the rooftop of a liquor store in Downtown Los Angeles on 27 March 1987. 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