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May 12th, 2005

United Center 5/9 @ 10:30 am

I'm currently feelin: chipper chipper
I'm currently hearin: Party Girl

It feels so strange to only go to 1 U2 show! I hope to get some GA for the 2 Sept. shows when U2 comes back to Chicago. I am constrained by the cost this time around and that sucks. I feel lucky I got a pair of tix for $75 each on eBay after U2 sold out United Center.

So I saw the boys Monday night and wish I was down in GA b/c a show is so much better closer to the stage. I was up in the nosebleed seats behind Adam. For Elevation I lined up early, but not early enough to get inside the heart, and ended up just outside the heart. I had my 35mm camera and took some really kick ass, professional looking photos of Bono & Edge. No photos this time around.

My opinion of the May 9th show? It was good but not one of the best performances. I think my crappy seats had a lot to do with it and where I sat the fans actually sat down during some of the songs. What whankers! How could they sit as if they were bored? I wanted to smack 'em all over the head! I guess they didn't care this concert was being filmed or didn't think it mattered up in the 300's behind the stage.

I LOVE U2 and have seen them many times since 1992. I've seen amazing shows, good shows and even one bad show, if you can believe it. I must say that I think the Elevation tour was far superior to HTDAAB but HTDAAB is better than Pop and Zooropa but not better than ZooTV. The music just seemed so much more passionate than it did this time around, not to mention the energy of the crowd was so incredible!

But how awesome it was to hear U2 play Electric Co. and An Cat Dubh and 40! Songs I never thought I'd hear live. And how cute it was when Bono brought a little girl on stage and held her hand as he walked singing Into the Heart. I think her name was Tatiana and she looked about 6 yrs. old. It also was amusing when he brought a girl up on stage to play Edge's guitar and she was really tall. Bono made a comment about big girls and that made me think of one of their B sides about big girls. Bono asked her what song she'd like to play and she said, "Party Girl". So she strummed along, making some mistakes but understandable considering she was playing on stage with Bono singing right next to her in front of thousands of fans!

It was great to be there and I really hope to go see them again! And I don't care what the stupid critics have to say about Bono and U2. I met Bono once and got to talk to him for a bit and he is so down to earth when not on stage. It's great that he still takes the time to connect with fans!
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Date:May 12th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)

Hey whats up

Hey my name is Ashley and I am a huge U2 fan I an so glad I found people that like them as much as I do.
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey whats up

Did you ever want to know how to go about meeting Bono?

I met a woman from Detroit sitting in the row in front of me at the first U2 show I ever saw for indoor ZooTV. She and her husband met Bono and the others several times. My sister and I asked her how the hell people do that so she told us some tips and they worked!

One way is to find out what hotel they are staying at and book a room at the hotel or eat in the hotel restaurant or have a drink in the bar. Just so you are a patron of the hotel and have a reason to be in the lobby. My sister met Edge and got photos of Edge, Adam and Bono as they were walking through the lobby to their limos. To find out what hotel they are staying at, call around and ask the desk person if you could leave a message for Paul McGuiness.

The other way is to wait outside the entrance where U2 will come in for sound check. This is how I met Bono twice. The first time there were a lot of fans so we weren't sure they would come out. Larry and Adam went in right away but Edge walked up the ramp a bit and waved. Bono walked all the way to the end of the ramp shaking a couple of hands and signing a couple of autographs. He'll come out to greet fans when there is small groups of fans or in that case, when all of us fans were kept behind a cement barrier and plenty of security was around.

I was so freakin' nervous, excited, stunned when Bono came up to me I was absolutely speechless. I had this fly puppet on my hand and he asked if that was for him. I shook my head yes and he took the fly. My photos did not come out very well.

The 2nd time was way cool b/c I actually talked to him. This was outside Soldier Field and there were only about 15 of us. Bono's car drove by and went in so we didn't think we'd have any luck. But appearantly Bono told the driver to pull back around. The driver parked under a tree and Bono got out of the car and all of us were like, "wow, is that really Bono? yes it is!" And b/c all of us were respectful we just walked on over - not run like a bunch of fanatic idiots. Bono met with each one of us, posed for pictures, signed autographs and talked. It was the coolest thing in the world!

So . . . if you want to meet Bono go for it! Just be patient and be persistent. Show up early, be willing to wait, be willing to accept that you might not get lucky and tell other fans waiting with you not to be idiots.

Oh, and while I'm sharing this story I may as well tell you about my ex who went to the hotel after one of the shows in Chicago. I didn't go b/c of work. He and a bunch of other fans were there. The hotel actually set up a table outside and the fans lined up b/c they were told U2 would sign some autographs if everyone would be cool. Their limo showed up. Larry & Adam went inside but Edge and Bono sat at the table. The drive popped open the trunk and pulled out a bunch of pizzas for all the waiting fans! I kid you not! My ex got to eat some pizza while waiting in line to meet Edge and Bono. I kick myself for not blowing off work to be there! But my ex did get my jean jacket signed by Bono and Edge. Bono on one sleeve with a little flower he drew and Edge on the other.

Hope you feel inspired by these accounts!
Date:May 12th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Bono made a comment about big girls and that made me think of one of their B sides about big girls.

I LOVE that song.

I'm so glad you had such a good time!
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Date:May 12th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
how interesting people are still having that same reaction as I did when I saw them in San Diego. Great, but not the best. I thought maybe it was cuz of the first night or my crappy seats too.

I am real curious to see how things will be in November at Staples. I have GA tix for that and they will be very comfortable with touring by then so we shall see.

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Date:May 12th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
She played guitar with them at the May 10th show too.

and it was really funny, because she's so tall..Bono goes "where's the beautiful giant from chicago?"

and then she got up on stage and Bono goes "i have one birthday request...could you sit down??"
haha and he was like "it was a joke!"

she did a lot better too.
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Date:May 13th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Wow - that is so cool! Totally awesome for her too considering these shows were filmed! Hopefully she won't be edited out.

I am so going to save up money over the summer so I can go to more shows. 2 Chicago, 1 Milwaukee, 1 St. Louis and 2 Detroit. That sounds good to me!
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Date:May 13th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
i'm going to the first Detroit show!

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