June 7, 2009

A U2 Fan: In His Own Words

I love finding stories from true U2 fans, like this one I found online at alotofit.com

Because of it's length, I pasted the first two paragraphs here, and linked to the rest on its original site. If you have a story like this, I'd love to hear it!


My Music Memories: My Time With U2 Concerts

Written by Ian Sawyer
Last Updated: June 5th, 2009

The year was 1987, when I was 15 years old, my father took me to see U2 at, what was then, Foxboro Stadium. It was the Joshua Tree Tour, in support of their Grammy winning album that would go on to catapult them to the top of the rock ‘n roll food chain. I was old enough to appreciate the vibrant synergy of the audience and the incredible hold the band had over so many people. But I was too young to fully commit to each song, and took away more of the awe of being amongst 50,000 people than the awe of being in the presence of Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., and Adam Clayton. I remember squinting to see Bono, in a cowboy hat and an arm sling (he had separated his shoulder the night before in New York) because he was so far away. For days after the show, I wore my concert t-shirt with pride even though it was too big for me and hung lifelessly off my bony frame. My friends, and even some strangers, would praise me in the hallway, impressed that I had actually seen U2 live. One year later, the t-shirt would be worn through and reduced to a dust rag.

By the time U2 returned to Foxboro in August of 1992, supporting Achtung Baby!, I had just turned 20. Things had certainly changed. While I wasn’t technically of drinking age, I will admit that the pre-show tailgating before the concert was one of the most glorious times I’d ever had in a parking lotuntil then, at least. The show itself, featuring an immense stage, inspired set list, and compelling onstage antics, would go down in the history books as one the most over-the-top and impressive live concert events ever. To say that the crowd was into it is like saying a starving man is into filet mignon. It was awesome. Highlights of the Zoo TV Tour included a stage so tall that blinking air-traffic lights were required, a gorgeous belly dancer seducing Bono during “Mysterious Ways,” and Bono phoning the White House to talk to President Bush between songs. In retrospect, the entire production was one long highlight.

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