On Oct. 27, 1988, the U2 film Rattle And Hum had its world premiere in the group’s hometown of Dublin. It would be released in the US a week later. The film documented the band during the third leg of its Joshua Tree Tour, the fall tour of North America in 1987. The film’s title comes from a phrase in the song “Bullet the Blue Sky.”
Roger Ebert panned the film and Janet Maslin’s review in The New York Times was tepid. Many described it as pretentious. Is it a self-indulgent hagiography? Perhaps. I’ve always enjoyed watching it.
As drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. says, “It’s a musical journey” —
— from the opening Beatles’ cover, through the group’s cover of Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” at the “Save the Yuppies” mini-concert in San Francisco, to visiting The New Voices of Freedom gospel choir in Harlem and recording at Sun Studio in Memphis.
(“Helter Skelter”) http://youtu.be/sLmqjcYtH3c
(“All Along the Watchtower”) http://youtu.be/aRqWuoMxvPU
(“Bullet the Blue Sky”) http://youtu.be/AGvNHH_Ebtk