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Initial release
20 November 2001 (USA)


Ned O'Hanlon

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26 November 2001 (2001-11-26)

5, 6, 9 June 2001 at Fleet Center in Boston

Initial DVD release
26 November 2001 (United Kingdom)

Porin Award for Best Foreign Video Programme

Music director
The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr.

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Elevation 2001: Live from Boston is a concert film by Irish rock band U2. It was released as a two disc DVD set by Island Records in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2001, and by Interscope Records in the United States a month later. The video documents three concerts by the band performed in Boston during the first American leg of their 2001 Elevation Tour (see 2001 in music). It was the first of two video releases from the tour, the second being U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland.


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Elevation 2001 has received certifications in several regions including Mexico, where it was certified gold based on imports alone, and the United States, where it became the band's best-selling video album.

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The first disc contains the concert footage shot in the normal perspective, while the second disc contains alternate camera feeds from a small recorder in Bono's trademark glasses, showing unique footage from the band while on and off stage. Several bonus features were also included on both discs.

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Background and filming

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U2 started their 2001 Elevation Tour on 24 March at the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the final concert held at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on 2 December. The tour was divided into three legs, two in North America and one in Europe, and also included two concerts at Slane Castle—one of which was documented and released on U2 Go Home.

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Two "Easter Eggs" are also included on the DVD, these are the Bono Cam views of "Until the End of the World" and "Elevation" from June 9, 2001 in Boston. In fact the whole DVD/VHS although labelled as being from June 6, is actually mixed footage from June 5 and 6, with additional Bono cam footage from June 9. The concerts were filmed by Hamish Hamilton and produced by Ned O'Hanlon. Both of the two mentioned have worked with U2 on several other occasions including U2 Go Home and Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago.


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Elevation 2001: Live From Boston captures the band's return to performing to indoor venues, making for a more intimate experience. The band had played mostly large outdoor stadiums over the previous decade on their Zoo TV and PopMart Tours.

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The film also showcases a more simplified, strip-downed stage design, free of the elaborate technologies of the previous two tours. The DVD features the concert in the PCM Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio formats.

Track listing

  1. "Elevation"
  2. "Beautiful Day"
  3. "Until the End of the World"
  4. "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
  5. "Kite"
  6. "Gone"
  7. "New York"
  8. "I Will Follow"
  9. "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  10. "In a Little While"
  11. "Desire"
  12. "Stay (Faraway, So Close!)"
  13. "Bad" / "40" (snippet)
  14. "Where the Streets Have No Name"
  15. "Bullet the Blue Sky"
  16. "With or Without You"
  17. "The Fly"
  18. "Wake Up Dead Man"
  19. "Walk On"

Bonus features

  • Disc 1:
  • The Making of the Filming of "Elevation 2001: Live from Boston"
  • Easter egg No. 1 – To access the Easter egg, click the "Making of the Filming of". Fast forward to the end and look for the Dreamchaser logo in the credits. At the top of the logo, you will see a little Bono head. Click on it as quickly as possible. Next, you will see a screen with flashing cubes. Enter the following: "1 enter, 9 enter, 7 enter, 6 enter" while the cubes are flashing to access the special BonoCam feature for the first 4 minutes of "Elevation". Also the audio during this is straight from Bono's ear monitor.
  • Disc 2:
  • Another Perspective – Concert with alternative angles: fan cam, director cam
  • Road Movie – Time-lapse footage of a day on the road
  • Additional tracks
  • "Beautiful Day" live from Dublin, September 2000 (Although on the DVD it is listed as "Toronto, Canada")
  • "Elevation" live from Miami, first show souvenir, March 2001
  • "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" live from Hanover, Dublin, and France, July 2000
  • Trailers
  • Zoo TV: Live from Sydney
  • PopMart: Live from Mexico City
  • Easter egg No. 2 – To access the Easter egg, go to the help menu (the question mark in the bottom left). When in the help menu you enter "1 enter 9 enter 9 enter 1 enter" and you see "Until the end of the world" from the BonoCam.
  • Equipment

    Guitars used:

  • The Edge – Gibson SG, Gibson Explorer, Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul Custom, Rickenbacker 360, Fender Telecaster, Taylor acoustic, Fernandes Decade.
  • Bono – Gibson Hummingbird, Gretsch Country Club, Gibson ES-137.
  • Best Buy promo CD

    On Black Friday in 2001, Best Buy distributed a free exclusive promo CD entitled 3 Live Tracks from Boston. It features three songs from the Elevation 2001: Live from Boston DVD. The CD lists all performances as being from the concert on 6 June 2001; however, "Gone" was actually recorded on 5 June.

    1. "Beautiful Day" – 4:56
    2. "Gone" – 5:05
    3. "I Will Follow" – 5:34


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