Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago

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Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago
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Released14 November 2005 (2005-11-14)
Recorded9–10 May 2005 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Length139 minutes
LabelIsland / Interscope
DirectorHamish Hamilton
ProducerNed O'Hanlon
U2 chronology
Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago
Zoo TV Live

Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago (sometimes titled Vertigo '05: Live from Chicago) is a concert film by Irish rock band U2, showcasing two concerts recorded at United Center in Chicago, Illinois during band's 2005 Vertigo Tour. The film was released on DVD later in the year on 14 November by Island Records in most parts of the world and 15 November the United States by Interscope Records. The DVD was released as a one-disc standard edition and a deluxe edition with a second disc featuring bonus material and a documentary. It was the first of three concert films from the tour.

The video was a worldwide success, topping the Music DVD charts in eleven regions and has received certifications in over seven areas. As of January 2007, it has been the band's best-selling DVD, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the United States.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

U2's Vertigo Tour was launched in March 2005 to support the group's latest studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, whose lead single, "Vertigo", gave the tour its title. The tour went through a total of five different legs and ended with a final concert in Honolulu on 9 December 2006.

The two concerts featured on Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago were recorded and performed at the United Center in Chicago on 9–10 May 2005. The audio of the concerts was recorded by Robbie Adams and was produced and mixed by Carl Glanville, who had recorded most of the songs on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, with mastering by Arnie Acosta. The video for the DVD was directed by Hamish Hamilton, who had previously directed Elevation 2001: Live from Boston, with Ned O'Hanlon, who also worked on Elevation 2001, as producer.[2]

The documentary on the second disc was directed by Erica Forstadt with Ned O'Hanlan also acting as producer. The bonus material on the second disc featured surveillance cuts directed by Willie Williams, edited by Mark Reynolds, and produced by Sam Pattinson and an alternative music video of "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" directed by Phil Joanou with production again by Ned O'Hanlon.[2]


The footage used in the DVD was shot live from two nights of the band's four concert stop in Chicago. The second concert was held on Bono's birthday, 10 May, providing a ceremonious backdrop to the concert. Footage of the stage crew celebrating his birthday can be seen on the bonus second disc.

Although the recording was edited and cut between songs, the songs themselves are rarely edited; mistakes made by the band members are left in the DVD. During the bridge of "Elevation", Bono skips a few words when he is forced to clear his throat.

Along with the extra lights used to facilitate filming, Willie Williams and his crew used the United Center's LCD rings that circle the seating area (which generally display scores or advertisements during sporting events) to display additional patterns that correlated with the stage lighting, as well as static during "Zoo Station." Williams discusses this in his online diary on U2's website.

A clip of "Original of the Species" was used in commercials for Apple's first video capable iPods. Furthermore, the icon for "Artists" in the Music App of Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch is a silhouette of Bono singing "Original of the Species" during this concert.

"Party Girl" was performed both nights, on 9 May with Bono and a fan, and the second night with the full band and the same fan. However, neither was included on the DVD. A brief clip of the band rehearsing the song at the 10 May soundcheck can be seen on the documentary found on the second disc. All other songs performed between the two nights were included on the DVD, in the correct order. Audio was recorded for playback in the Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, and PCM Stereo formats.

Before the band takes the stage, a snippet of Arcade Fire's song "Wake Up" is played.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

Vertigo 2005 received generally favourable reviews. Cammila Albertson of Allmusic felt that the concert DVD accomplished its purpose, but that the lighting or camera movements in some scenes did not capture the moments as well as they should have.[3] Despite an overall positive review, John Murphy of MusicOMH felt that most fans do not need to purchase the DVD if they have Elevation 2001: Live from Boston or U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland.[4] Mike Shiller of PopMatters felt that the concerts were well-filmed but that the DVD was typical.[5] John Cruz of Sputnikmusic felt that the band is one of the best live rock acts, but that too many songs from Achtung Baby were used and it was not a great concert.[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "City of Blinding Lights"
  2. "Vertigo"
  3. "Elevation"
  4. "The Cry/The Electric Co."
  5. "An Cat Dubh / Into the Heart"
  6. "Beautiful Day"
  7. "New Year's Day"
  8. "Miracle Drug"
  9. "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"
  10. "Love and Peace or Else"
  11. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  12. "Bullet the Blue Sky"
  13. "Running to Stand Still"
  14. "Pride (In the Name of Love)"
  15. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  16. "One"
  17. "Zoo Station"
  18. "The Fly"
  19. "Mysterious Ways"
  20. "All Because of You"
  21. "Original of the Species"
  22. "Yahweh"
  23. "40"

Bonus disc[edit]

A second disc was issued in the "deluxe" digipack cardboard case edition of the DVD. It includes the following bonus features:

  • Beyond the Tour-Documentary
  • Surveillance Cuts: Filmed during the tour with remotely controlled infrared cameras
  1. "Love and Peace or Else"
  2. "An Cat Dubh/Into the Heart"
  3. "Cry/The Electric Co."
  4. "Running To Stand Still"
  • "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own": Alternative Video


Charts and certifications[edit]


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  6. ^ a b Cruz, John (17 March 2006). "U2 – Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago". Sputnikmusic.
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