U2 Start

I wanted tonight to put you good people – especially you good people who are U2 fans – onto a great site I recently learned about.

U2 Start.com is, as they describe it, “The ultimate website for any U2 fan.” That’s a pretty bold statement, but I think U2 Start backs it up. First, they have a huge forum, with discussion topics ranging from older U2 material to speculation on the upcoming album. Maybe that’s pretty typical stuff for a fan forum, but here’s what makes U2 Start really cool: They have a HUGE collection of U2 boots available for free download. They claim to currently have 1,059 recordings in their databases and you do not have to upload, pay, or subscribe to anything in order to get access to their collection. All you have to do is register – and that’s free.

To put that claim to a test, I searched for the last U2 show I attended: The Zoo TV Outside Broadcast at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 30, 1992 (long time ago, yeah, I know). And I’ll be damned if I didn’t find it. The recording is of so-so quality, but I was looking for something specific, not something of excellent quality.

The recordings are all reviewed and rated by sound quality, so you’ll know what you’re getting before you download. The site also lists “most downloaded,” “user’s favorites,” and “best reviewed,” among other categories. It’s very user friendly and organized and if you’re a U2 fan and haven’t yet been to U2 Start.com, you need to check it out.

Here are a couple of songs from the aforementioned Dodger Stadium show. As noted, the sound quality isn’t great (that’s why I’m not posting the whole show), but you’ll get the idea.

The Fly.mp3
New Year’s Day.mp3

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