Elevation is the third track and third single release from U2s 2000 album, All That You Cant Leave Behind. It was also the second number one single in the Netherlands. The song lent its namesake to the bands Elevation Tour, Elevation started with a guitar sound that the Edge got with a vintage pedal that Daniel Lanois had brought to the sessions. Afterwards, the Edge hit on a part and programmed a quick beat box rhythm and the band started playing against it. The song has a hip-hop rhythm, the Edge stated that Elevation was a light relief in a heavy sequence of songs, unlike Stuck in a Moment You Cant Get Out Of, Kite and Walk On that are farewell songs of one kind of another. The song was played at all 113 concerts in Elevation Tour, shows would traditionally open under the venue house lights with the Influx Mix of Elevation playing as the bands intro music. During live shows during the Vertigo Tour, it was played without drums and bass for the first verse and it has been played at almost every U2 concert since it was debuted until the Innocence + Experience Tour where it was only played sporadically during the B-stage set. When reviewing the album, Adam Sweeting from The Guardian praised the song, calling it a mix of crude techno. New Zealand Herald editor Russell Baillie called it a grand surge noting the songs guitar and vocals which he described as churning and giddy, NME was positive toward the song for the well-exercised U2 template. Brent DiCrescenzo of Drowned in Sound gave a review of the song, labelling Bonos lyrics as. The drums in the version are also harder. The name comes from its role in the soundtrack to the movie, Lara Croft and this arrangement is how U2 have performed the song since its release. Elevation won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2002, Elevation Partners, a $1.9 billion private equity company of which Bono is a co-founder and managing director, is named after the song. In 2006, when the NFL asked teams to stop using Rock and Roll by Gary Glitter as a touchdown song, Elevation also appeared on the soundtrack to the video game NBA 2K13. The song also appeared on the HBO series The Sopranos, Elevation is played during the opening of the popular Machinima series Clear Skies. The music video for Elevation was directed by Joseph Kahn and is one of the most expensive videos ever filmed. It is set around Lara Croft along with Bono and a rescue of the Edge from his twin brother. The video begins with Bono receiving a phonecall from his evil counterpart known as evil Bono and you are surrounded and not even Lara Croft can help you now
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Bono and the Edge in Kansas City during Elevation Tour in 2001
U2 (as "Evil U2") in the music video for "Elevation".