I was listening to the show tonight, New York 1, and during Streets Bono sang “I want to take shelter, from the summer rain,” and it made me think of this song, so instead of picking at random I picked Summer Rain. One of the b sides from All That You Can’t Leave Behind, and it should be reviewed in the summer, although this is Texas so there’s no chance of any rain for the next couple of months.
Just like yesterday it’s a fun song, a little Pop-like, a Pop-Tart if you will, there for entertainment but not much else. They’ve never played it live, which suggests that it was a bit of a throwaway, although I don’t have any kind of stats on how many b sides have actually been played live. There are obviously many of them though, so maybe Summer Rain should feel a little left out. It would be a little bit of an oddity to play it though, but then again they played October tonight for the first time in 25 years, and not only that but it’s July, so in theory anything could happen live, right? Not going to hold my breath though.
The songs starts with just guitar strumming, then Bono comes in with the first verse, and it sounds peppy and bouncy (boy do I feel like I’m rewriting yesterday’s review). It goes that way for a bit, through the first chorus and into the second verse, and at that point the rhythm section come in, and it sounds pretty good at that point. There is another U2 song that goes like this, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it is. I really think it’s this song, but the bass and drums sound much stronger in the version I’m thinking of (and I’m sure I don’t have another version, I have the one on the 1990-2000 cd and the one on the 7 cd, which I think are identical versions). Whatever it is I’m thinking of, it’s a case where the bass is bone-shakingly good, feeling it deep down. Maybe I’ve just played the song really loud in the past, with the bass turned up high?
“When you stop taking chances you’ll stay where you sit, you won’t live any longer, but it’ll feel like it,” this is the takeaway line for me. I so often feel like life is drifting by, I’m not getting anywhere with it. Something like going to Chicago to see U2 four times, that feels like a magical adventure, but one that doesn’t happen nearly often enough. I’ve been sitting here the last few days staring at calendars, at Ticketmaster, trying to figure out how I can get to New York and see a few more shows in the next week. It’s really not possible, and I’m afraid I may be stopping taking those chances. Is this what a mid-life crisis feels like?
Crazy things happening on the tour. Can’t wait for every night. Online, not in person.
My rating for Summer Rain: 5 / 10