October 31st, 2001

Ray in South Park

U2 rocks the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI....

I almost had to laugh. What a name for a venue! I think I should buy the rights to name an arena, and name it BLACKOUT WEENIE WRAP PAVILLION. How's that??!!

Venue: Dunkin Donuts Center on October 30th, 2001
Opening Act: Stereophonics

Main Set:

Elevation
Beautiful Day
Until The End Of The World
New Year's Day
Out Of Control
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
Kite
Angel of Harlem
Please (Bono & Edge - acoustic)
Bad
Where The Streets Have No Name
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Pride

Encores:

Bullet The Blue Sky
What's Going On
New York
One
When Will I See You Again
Walk On
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Bono, Michael Stipe and Moby

Does anyone have a picture of Bono's impromptu performance with Michael Stipe and Moby? I was reading Moby's journal that he has on his site and he mentioned seeing a picture of the three of them and how he [Moby] looked fat and should lay off the vegan chocolate. Hehe.. Has anyone seen any pictures from this? Thanks. Jen PS- it's snowing outside!!! wahoo!!
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Halloween, Celtic tradition, and Larry :)

October 31st.

Leprechauns, demons, ghosts, pumpkins, children in costumes, the beginning of the winter in the northern hemisphere, the "adoption" of Celtic traditions by the Christians, and the Rock Group U2.

What do all this has in common?
I'll explain: October 31st.

The leprechauns, demons, ghosts, pumpkins and children in costumes are part of Halloween, the "festival of horrors", "witches day", October 31st.

October 31st, for the ancient Celts, marked the beginning of the winter. The frozen soil, apparently lifeless, forces the germination of the seeds, thus making possible the growth of the plants in the spring.

In the Celtic tradition, this was a day for introspection and reverence to the spirits of the ancestors. A magical day in which all kind of supernatural beings roamed the world.

The Christians later adopted the festival, which they celebrate a day later on November first, with a new name: "All Saints Day", or "All Hollows", whence comes the name "Halloween".

October 31st was and still is a magical day, of beginnings and ends, where everything is possible.

And U2? What does U2 have to do with October 31st?
I'll explain: Larry Mullen Jr.

It's in the least a curious coincidence that the young man who took the initiative to start U2 was born on this day, of all others. A magical day, of beginnings and ends, a day where everything is possible.

Larry is the beginning, and potentially the end of U2. Bono has already said that, just like Larry created the band, only he can "disband" it. Only Larry can put an end to the band. Beginnings and ends.

And we all know that, with U2, their music and their ideology, everything is possible. U2's music is magical, and has the power to change people's lives for the better.

Bono, in an interview from the time when the band was just beginning to record ATYCLB, declared himself uneasy with this magical side of U2. He doesn't want us fans to think that U2 could be involved in "black magic"

Perhaps I can explain this one too, and humbly offer a theory that might dispel this doubt of our favorite rock singer...Even in the worst times of the "witch hunting" of Medieval Europe, the Church would make a distinction between two kinds of magic: "Black Magic" (or "Ritual Magic"), that was connected to the "Old Religion" and therefore considered "demoniacal" and "Natural Magic", which was not only tolerated, but also considered a blessing.

The difference between these two kinds of magic is that "Natural Magic" (as opposed to the "Ritual Magic", which is not "demoniacal", by the way) can't be controlled. The recipient of this kind of magic knows it exists, can recognize it when, and if, it happens, and knows that it can only do good. But he cannot "summon" this magic. All he can do is pray, and hope for the best.

"Natural Magic" is a talent, a gift from Heaven. Something that either is,or isn't there. It's Divine Grace itself.

And in my opinion this is U2's "magic", a magic that exists and comes down from Heaven to bless the band ever since a certain note was pinned to the notice board of a certain school in Dublin by Larry Mullen Jr., who was born on October 31st.

Happy birthday, Larry!!!!
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ANYONE THAT KNOWS ...

Okay U2 fans that know ... I am going to Denver on the 5th of November to see the 7th of November show at the Pepsi Center. I am concerned about the hotel and that there are going to be obviously a ton of people that have already got their rooms by a credit card .. which I don't have to reserve anything ... but that's not my main concern ... my main concern is the time in which my boyfriend and I need to be in the GA line. You see, we've seen the elevation tour on the first leg, but wasn't lucky enough to get GA tickets ... now that we've got the tickets we are really worried about not getting inside the heart or anywhere close to it. Does anyone know about what time to be there and what the GA line is actually all about? Please take some time out to write me and let me know ... from a worried U2 fan --- nicky
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Hello, new member, old(er) fan

I've just joined this community, and I managed to finish reading all the posts so far. :) I've been a U2 fan for over 14 years (half my life, eep) and have seen them on the Zoo TV, Zoo TV Outside Broadcast, PopMart, and Elevation tours - one show each of these four tours. I've never been the girl who gets pulled onstage, sadly, but I did get Bono's autograph and he used me as a writing desk. :) I live in NC, so I saw them in Charlotte on the Elevation tour, and I was miffed that I didn't get to see PJ.

Anyway, that's my rambling introduction, and here's my question: Does anyone know where I can get a "Poptart" shirt like Adam wore onstage during the PopMart tour? I've been kicking myself for not getting that shirt when I saw that tour, because now I can't find it. I scour eBay whenever I have the time and I have yet to find one. If anyone can offer any suggestions, I will be eternally grateful. :)
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