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My first time
« on: October 19, 2017, 11:58:52 AM »
I was 15 when I first saw U2 at crime park Dublin in 1987 - the Hogan Stand might as well have been a terrace because nobody was using their seats - we’d already seen the pogues and Lou Reed, and we were nicely warmed up. It was twilight when U2 took the stage - to streets of course - and the place started thumping - you could literally feel the upper deck of the hogan stand vibrating - not to the bass - to the feet jumping up and down in synch.

A drunk guy climbed up on the roof of the Cusack stand and bono stopped the show to urge him to get down before he breaks his neck. Tricolor flags were everywhere and of course the cigarette lighters came out for BAD.

We walked across town looking for a #65 bus still singing “how long to sing this song” - the Dublin bus people had agreed to extend bus service to the wee hours to accommodate us so the entire 45 minutes bus ride home was a U2 singalong - good times
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Re: My first time
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 09:19:02 PM »
Since you mention that show I may as well post this here.

I saw an old World in Action documentary about U2 from 1987 centred around their homecoming gig in Dublin's fair city.  The episode is called Anthem for the 80s.  It's a nice watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjAChpbyhIo

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Re: My first time
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 09:43:31 PM »
Yeah that’s a great show...... captures the moment all right


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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 07:44:34 AM »
My first time...believe it or not, although I've been a big fan since the early 80's when Boy first hit, for many reasons I did not see U2 live until 2015. I turned 60 in December of 2014, was looking at major-major surgery in January of 2015, so bought myself tickets for SOI as a reward for those two things! Went to both Phoenix shows, saw Adam & Bono close-up (we were about 6 people deep in the crowd so didn't get autographs) the 1st night, met Adam & got his autograph the 2nd night (!) and I will never be the same. The shows were everything I ever dreamed of, and more. I will NEVER forget the opening (after Bono was done with all of those whooo whooo's) when Edge played the first chords and Larry kicked in and OMG.

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Re: My first time
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 08:03:49 AM »
Since you mention that show I may as well post this here.

I saw an old World in Action documentary about U2 from 1987 centred around their homecoming gig in Dublin's fair city.  The episode is called Anthem for the 80s.  It's a nice watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjAChpbyhIo
This is awesome. Thanks
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Re: My first time
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2017, 11:22:18 AM »
My first time...believe it or not, although I've been a big fan since the early 80's when Boy first hit, for many reasons I did not see U2 live until 2015. I turned 60 in December of 2014, was looking at major-major surgery in January of 2015, so bought myself tickets for SOI as a reward for those two things! Went to both Phoenix shows, saw Adam & Bono close-up (we were about 6 people deep in the crowd so didn't get autographs) the 1st night, met Adam & got his autograph the 2nd night (!) and I will never be the same. The shows were everything I ever dreamed of, and more. I will NEVER forget the opening (after Bono was done with all of those whooo whooo's) when Edge played the first chords and Larry kicked in and OMG.
Great story!
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2017, 04:26:54 PM »
My first time...believe it or not, although I've been a big fan since the early 80's when Boy first hit, for many reasons I did not see U2 live until 2015. I turned 60 in December of 2014, was looking at major-major surgery in January of 2015, so bought myself tickets for SOI as a reward for those two things! Went to both Phoenix shows, saw Adam & Bono close-up (we were about 6 people deep in the crowd so didn't get autographs) the 1st night, met Adam & got his autograph the 2nd night (!) and I will never be the same. The shows were everything I ever dreamed of, and more. I will NEVER forget the opening (after Bono was done with all of those whooo whooo's) when Edge played the first chords and Larry kicked in and OMG.
Great story!
Thanks...I still get goosebumps just thinking about it! I know a lot of our members have been to many, many shows...I am SO VERY THANKFUL to have finally seen the boys live.
I went to a lot of concerts in the 70's...but nothing compares to U2 live.

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Re: My first time
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2017, 09:54:42 AM »
Sat at the very back at Earls court on the Elevation tour. Could hardly see a thing. Didn't know all of the songs. Was introduced to Amnesty International, the Burma campaign and and Rock stars with politics!

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Re: My first time
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2017, 12:58:55 PM »
I was able to complete the circle this year since my first time was TJT87, Olympic Stadium in Montreal.  We were near the top row to the left of the stage.  I had just purchased a very nice 35mm SLR and snuck that in with a zoom lens under my coat.  Attempted to take a few pics from the top row which I still have.  I saw it with my yet to be wife.  Though Streets is not a favorite of mine, hearing it live for the first time was certainly magical.

The circle was completed this year when I saw TJT30 down in Gillette Stadium.  This time was with my wife (same girl after all these years) and 14 year old son.  It was different of course, but then not different if you know what I mean and equally as memorable.
 
 
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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2017, 02:21:38 PM »
I was able to complete the circle this year since my first time was TJT87, Olympic Stadium in Montreal.  Wee were near the top row to the left of the stage.  I had just purchased a very nice 35mm SLR and snuck that in with a zoom lens under my coat.  Attempted to take a few pics form the top row which I still have.  I saw it with my yet to be wife.  Though Streets is not a favorite of mine, hearing it live for the first time was certainly magical.

The circle was completed this year when I saw TJT30 down in Gillette Stadium.  This time was with my wife (same girl after all these years) and 14 year old son.  It was different of course, but then not different if you know what I mean and equally as memorable.
Very cool...

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Re: My first time
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2017, 04:59:13 PM »
I was able to complete the circle this year since my first time was TJT87, Olympic Stadium in Montreal.  We were near the top row to the left of the stage.  I had just purchased a very nice 35mm SLR and snuck that in with a zoom lens under my coat.  Attempted to take a few pics from the top row which I still have.  I saw it with my yet to be wife.  Though Streets is not a favorite of mine, hearing it live for the first time was certainly magical.

The circle was completed this year when I saw TJT30 down in Gillette Stadium.  This time was with my wife (same girl after all these years) and 14 year old son.  It was different of course, but then not different if you know what I mean and equally as memorable.

That's crazy because I was there too, and was also at the left side of the stage.  I wish I had a camera with me! I would have had great shots! 
Since then I've seen Zootv in Vancouver in 92, (life happened so didn't get to see Popmart, elevation or vertigo) Saw 360 in Vancouver and Seattle, both SOI shows in Vancouver, as well at JT2017.  Looking forward to one or two shoes for SOE!
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Re: My first time
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2017, 05:37:59 PM »
My first time seeing U2 was at the Conspiracy of Hope tour in Chicago.  They only played for maybe 40 minutes tops, since other acts were in on it too.  Then I later saw them in Detroit and Cleveland in stadiums for the original Joshua Tree tour.  Seeing them live was a revelation to me.  The opening chords of "Streets" started the show, and it was truly a spine-tingling moment.  In his younger days, Bono was of course a much more physical performer.  His intensity and passion were unmatched by anything I'd ever seen.

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Re: My first time
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2017, 10:09:12 PM »
My first time seeing U2 was at the Conspiracy of Hope tour in Chicago.  They only played for maybe 40 minutes tops, since other acts were in on it too.  Then I later saw them in Detroit and Cleveland in stadiums for the original Joshua Tree tour.  Seeing them live was a revelation to me.  The opening chords of "Streets" started the show, and it was truly a spine-tingling moment.  In his younger days, Bono was of course a much more physical performer.  His intensity and passion were unmatched by anything I'd ever seen.

Lucky you.....I've only seen that era on TV.
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Re: My first time
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 08:14:59 AM »
Lovetown in Melbourne as an 11 year old.

Mind. Blown.

It wasn't the first concert I'd been to, but it was the first time I can recall the physical pounding of the kick drum in my chest and the lights. The LIGHTS

I can vividly remember Angel of Harlem, the rest of the show has got fuzzy over time and I no longer know if I remember it or I remember other people's memories/recordings/shows.

But I loved it. Met Adam afterwards. Twas cool.

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2017, 09:55:35 AM »
Lovetown in Melbourne as an 11 year old.

Mind. Blown.

It wasn't the first concert I'd been to, but it was the first time I can recall the physical pounding of the kick drum in my chest and the lights. The LIGHTS

I can vividly remember Angel of Harlem, the rest of the show has got fuzzy over time and I no longer know if I remember it or I remember other people's memories/recordings/shows.

But I loved it. Met Adam afterwards. Twas cool.
Wow...Lovetown! Did they do Hawkmoon?
And, isn't Adam just such a nice guy? I was lucky enough to meet him also.