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U2 delivers a seldom-seen rendition of Darlene Love’s timeless Christmas song, showcased in their Rattle and Hum tour film.
During their December 15th show at the Las Vegas Sphere, U2 surprised fans with a special Christmas treat, presenting their rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for the first time in 36 years. The Irish band’s last performance of this cover, originally by Darlene Love and released in 1963 on “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector,” took place on December 20, 1987, during the final date of their extensive Joshua Tree tour at Tempe, Arizona’s Sun Devil Stadium. Although the song appeared in the subsequent tour documentary “Rattle and Hum,” it was not included in the film’s soundtrack album. Nevertheless, an official video for the festive hit was recorded in November 1987 at the Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before the band’s concert. This video was released in conjunction with the charity compilation album “A Very Special Christmas.” Check out the performance below, featuring stand-in Dutch drummer Bram van den Berg.
Originally intended as the concluding performance of their residency at the Las Vegas Sphere on Saturday night, the group decided to extend their stay into 2024 by adding new dates on February 23 and 24, as well as March 1 and 2.
Guitarist The Edge expressed his enthusiasm about the Sphere, emphasizing that it transcends being just a venue, as it functions as both a gallery and an immersive experience for U2’s music. When the initial set of dates was unveiled, The Edge highlighted the groundbreaking technology of the Sphere, featuring the world’s most advanced audio system integrated into a structure prioritizing sound quality. Additionally, he underscored the possibilities for immersive experiences within both real and imaginative landscapes.