Elevation 2001: Live from Boston

Elevation 2001: Live from Boston
Video by U2
Released 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26)
Recorded 5, 6, 9 June 2001 at Fleet Center in Boston
Genre Rock
Length 107:58
Label Island
Director Hamish Hamilton
Producer Ned O'Hanlon
U2 chronology
The Best of 1980–1990
Elevation 2001: Live from Boston
The Best of 1990–2000
Professional ratings
Review scores

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.

Elevation 2001 has received certifications in several regions including Mexico, where it was certified gold based on imports alone,[2] and the United States, where it became the band's best-selling video album.[3]

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.

Background and filming

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.

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.


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.

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


Guitars used:

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.[4]

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

Charts and certifications

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Top 40 Music DVDs[5] 1
Danish Top 10 Music DVDs[6] 3
Ireland Top 20 DVDs[7] 2
Swedish Top 20 DVDs[8] 2

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[9] Platinum 8,000*
Australia (ARIA)[10] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 5,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[12] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 5× Platinum 500,000^
France (SNEP)[14] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Germany (BVMI)[15] Gold 25,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[2] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 2× Platinum 200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  7. "Top 20 DVD, Week Ending 6 December 2001" (JSP). GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
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  10. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 DVDs". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  11. "Austrian video certifications – U2 – Elevation Tour 2001-Live" (in German). IFPI Austria. Enter U2 in the field Interpret. Enter Elevation Tour 2001-Live in the field Titel. Select DVD in the field Format. Click Suchen
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