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Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The Loudest U2 Concert

Think back to all the concerts you’ve ever been to and try and remember which one was the loudest.  Chances are that no matter which gig you think of, it wasn’t as loud as the show U2 played at the Stadio Flamino in Rome on May 27, 1987, during their Joshua Tree tour. 

They had the amps cranked up so high that they actually set off earthquake alarms in two different neighbourhoods.  Phone lines were jammed with people calling the police and emergency authorities.  Buildings shook, windows rattled, and, in some cases, furniture moved.

There’s even a bootleg of the concert called Earthquake in Rome.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 thoughts on “Ongoing History of New Music Daily: The Loudest U2 Concert

  • Good dsy, Sir. Was introduced to your podcast last summer and have listened to and love the content, ever since.

    Quick question regarding episode 3 if the Digital debris.

    You mentioned the liner notes on Big Star were written by Robert Gordon, the singer, who had Link Wray play guitar on an earlier album.

    Was it not Robert Gordon the music journalist who wrote the notes?
    I certainly don’t question your vast knowledge, but just seeking clarification.

    Thanks again and I look forward to all the future episodes.

    Sincerely Humphrey Swarbrick.

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