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U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland

U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland
Video by U2
Released 17 November 2003 (2003-11-17)
Recorded 1 September 2001 at Slane Castle in Slane, Ireland
Genre Rock
Length 132 minutes
Label Island / Interscope
Director Hamish Hamilton
Producer Ned O'Hanlon
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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 Meath, Ireland, 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.


  • Background 1
  • Filming 2
  • Release 3
  • Reception 4
  • Track listing 5
  • Charts and certifications 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 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
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 Lizzy. Bob Hewson, the father of lead singer Bono, died of cancer several days before the first concert.

U2's first night at Slane was on 24 August, a day after Bono's father was buried. He dedicated the song "Kite" to his father. U2 Go Home was filmed on Saturday, 1 September 2001 the same day the Republic of Ireland beat the Netherlands to secure a place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Play-off where Ireland would go on to defeat Iran. The match was shown to the 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 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 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 audio formats.


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

  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


  1. ^ "Paul McGuinness on U2's World Tour".  
  2. ^ "Announcing the U2 360° Tour".  
  3. ^ a b Catherine McHugh (2001-12-01). "The 2001 EDDY Awards: Willie Williams". Live Design. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  4. ^ Ellen Lampert-Gréaux (2001-11-21). "10th Anniversary EDDY Awards Presenters Announced". Live Design. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  5. ^ McCormick (2006), p. 384
  6. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle [DVD] - U2".  
  7. ^ Willman, Chris (21 November 2003). "U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle Ireland Review".  
  8. ^ Metzger, John (February 2004). "U2 - Go Home: Live from Slane Castle / 2001 Elevation Tour (DVD Review)". The Music Box 11 (2). Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Beaumont, Michael (20 January 2004). "U2: Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, Ireland [DVD]".  
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (7 January 2004). "U2 - Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland: Review".  
  11. ^ "Austria Top 40 – Musik-DVD Top 10" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / U2 / Longplay". Music Line (in German).  
  13. ^ "Top 20 DVD, Week Ending 27 November 2003" (JSP).  
  14. ^ "GfK Dutch DVD Music Top 30" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Top 20 DVD Musical: Semana 01, 2004" (PDF).  
  16. ^ (DVD)"Go Home – Live from Slane Castle"U2 – (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report (Issue 734)" (PDF).  
  18. ^ "Artist Ranking DVD".  
  19. ^ "Top 10 Music DVDs" (ASP).  
  20. ^ "Ultratop 10 Muziek-DVD" (ASP).  
  21. ^ "Ultratop 10 Musicaux" (ASP).  
  22. ^ "Musik DVD Top-10: Uge 30 – 2005" (ASP). Hitlisten (in Danish).  
  23. ^ "Archivio: DVD Musicali: Settimana 29, 2005" [Archive: Music DVDs: Week 29, 2005] (PHP).  
  24. ^ "Topp 10 DVD Audio: 2005 – Uke 32".  
  25. ^ "Top 30 DVD's Musicais – Semana 34 De 2005" (PHP).  
  26. ^ "Sverigetopplistan".   Search for U2 and click Sök.
  27. ^ "Argentinian video certifications – U2 – Go Home - Live from Stane Castle".  
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 DVDs".  
  29. ^ "Brazilian video certifications – U2 – Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland" (in Portuguese).  
  30. ^ "French video certifications – U2 – Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland" (in French).  
  31. ^ "Certificaciones – U2" (in Spanish).  
  32. ^ "New Zealand video certifications – U2 – Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland".  

External links

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