Take this information down because you'll thank me later.
I live in midtown Atlanta. There is a high probability that U2 will indeed be coming through here, most likely to the Phillips Arena. I would be happy to show anyone around Atlanta and guide you to the Phillips Arena (or wherever they are playing). I live at 10th and Piedmont in midtown Atlanta and I have a huge parking garage available to anyone who wants to use it. I'll happily stand by with my remote controller to let you in :) Just up 10th street about three blocks is MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rail Transit Authority); think the NYC subway system in it's primal infancy. There is a subway stop at Phillips (where incidentally is the CNN center). I will be taking Marta (cost as of this notice is $1.25 one way) and will most likely be there VERY early.
If the concert starts at 7pm don't think I won't camp out :-P Naugh I don’t know exactly what I will do. Last time when I had GA tickets for the heart I got in line about 8am (memory lane adventure here, skip down unless you don’t like warm fuzzy feelings). I was about 20th in line and sat with some marvelous people. They held my place while I ran the 10 blocks or so back to my hotel because I forgot something. We sang songs together. They told me all the little things I should know: the back of the heart is the best place; don't forget the second wrist band etc. By 6:30pm the line had grown to well over 500 people. It stretched (literally) around the entire arena. Suddenly security appeared looking just as dumb as ever. They proceeded to SPLIT the line in half and bring those people around to form a new line; thereby creating two lines.
Security then did the worst thing they could have ever dreamed: they walked away. Suddenly the doors fly open and everyone RUSHES the door. I linked arms with two girls (imagine the scene) and strong armed our way into the arena, got our wristbands, and within 20 seconds of walking through the door we had run our happy self’s down and into the heart. Nelly Fratada got on stage and everybody left (I’m making this short for your benefit). What everyone DIDN'T KNOW was that you HAD to get the second wrist band or you WOULD NOT be allowed back in the heart. This was a Phillips Arena thing not U2 (or so I’m told). When the boys came on stage there were approximately 20,000 people pressed all around us...outside the heart. Inside there was only 100 (if that). WE HAD DANCING ROOM! The FLY danced with the Belly Dancer (an outstanding sight) and for two and half solid hours I was no more than four feet from Bono; and I've got pictures to prove it!!! hehe.
Anywhos that is just one of the many stories I have about going to the concerts. At a U2 concert I have met some of the nicest people in life. I've seen the first and only act of random kindness (while standing in line no less!) at the concert. I've also been very fortunate to have gone period. SO! To help my other fellow fanatics I am willing to do whatever I can help others get to the concerts.
Now mind you at of this posting I live in a 700sq ft studio but because I am a rather poor college student there is no furniture which leaves a good bit of space for sleeping bags; I have an air mattress that you have to re-inflate every two hours someone can have. I live a few blocks from the Marta station. I have free parking.
Spread the word: When the time comes for us all to head to the great temple of the Fly, the Mirror Ball man, the Lemon, and our father Mr. McPhisto I will be happy to put anyone up, give directions, lead around etc. Here is my contact info:
250 Tenth Street NE
Send me your plans, requests, etc. and if I can help I will. If the tour is after this December I will (most likely) be in a bigger apartment upstairs or in a house. Not sure. In any case the email address will be valid for the rest of my life, if I can help it.
Okay enough down memory lane and being all lovey dovey. I gotta head to work!!!! LOL
Be well, Godspeed, and Take me to that other place :)
These were taken March 30th 2001 at my first Elevation concert. Cute captions printed below picture!
Does this remind you of something?
That should've been ME he was reaching to!!!!
Alas he looks right past me :(