30 years ago today U2’s fourth full album The Unforgettable Fire was released. Larry described UF as, “‘Bringing light, shade & experimentation to the music.” I couldn’t agree more. I have always loved UF. Tracks “Pride,” “Bad” and “Unforgettable Fire” have always been favorites of mine – in my top 10 until 2001 and “Pride” is still in my top 5. “Bad” is amazing live and “Unforgettable Fire” has always held a special place in my heart mostly because of the video. I love Larry in the “Unforgettable Fire” video, in fact the UF era is my favorite look for Larry. I love when Larry looks up and flashes that sweet smile.
U2 have played “Pride” and “Bad” at every tour I’ve been too, but it wasn’t until the U.S. 360 tour opener in 2009 in Chicago that I finally heard “Unforgettable Fire” live in concert. I was SO excited, and very emotional, but unfortunately U2 changed it and cut out my favorite part – “Stay this time, stay tonight in a lie. I’m only asking, but I, I think you know. Come on take me away, come on take me away. Come on take me home, home again.” But it was really cool when Bono sang the first verse of “Unforgettable Fire” to us in Charlottesville a month later.
Other favorites off The Unforgettable Fire for me are “A Sort of Homecoming,” “Promenade,” and “Wire.” In fact, Orioles hall of famer Cal Ripken Jr played “Wire” as his walk up music. Happy 30th UF!