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June 17th, 2003

*sigh* @ 08:45 pm

_words_unspoken:
So since this is a U2 community, I thought I'd vent to all of you because I'm sure many of you (if not all of you) would understand.
I fell in love with U2 the first time I heard them blasting from my older brother's room when I was in the 3rd grade. To this day "With or Without You" stands as the only song that has ever brought me to tears and "All I Want is You" will be my wedding song, no question. I would give ANYTHING to see them live, but whenever I've tried tickets have always a) sold out in .5 seconds or b) been too expensive for me. I love every album they've made (even Pop haha) because they're all so unique and can match any mood I happen to be in, and I'm so pathetic that whenever I watch a tape/dvd of them performing I start to tear up because I wish I were there so badly, seeing them in person, hearing bono, feeling the emotion.
If any of you have any stories/experiences about U2 (seeing them live, meeting them, etc.) please comment because I would love to hear them :)

Later.
 
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From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:01 pm (UTC)

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oh boy that's a shame haha, but at least you got to experience a little bit.
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From:vetinari
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)

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Yessssssss

My sister, well she is a BIG fan. She has meet the whole band and has all the signatures as well as being given thigns by them. Lucky bitch - LOL
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:06 pm (UTC)

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holy crap! luuuucky.
what kinds of things did they give her?? how did she meet them?
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From:vetinari
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:11 pm (UTC)

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She won the chance and she has been to Ireland quite a few times and met I believe Larry over there (she was in their hotel I believe). She hasn't told me the full story nor what stuff she got, cos I would nick them - LOL
If I do find out, I shall let you know!
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)

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wow that is so cool...

thanks!
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From:vetinari
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)

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I know she once got an old fashion style microphone or something that they gave away at an interview. (They gave out loasd of stuff). But it got grab off of her, she was slightly younger back then and they were bigger!
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From:vetinari
Date:June 17th, 2003 06:29 pm (UTC)

Sorry, pushed wrong button..

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I buggered up - pressed the wrong button - thankfully my comment was sorted on my computer...

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I know exactly how you felt - their early work was sooo emotional! I almost cried when I heard "All I want is you", the video is amazing too!
My all time fav song though is Mysterious Ways - there is no other song like it!!

My story is that the only time I have (thus far) seen U2 live was at the Wembly Arena for the Zooropa Tour (however it was spelt), but when they got to about their third song, I had to vacate the concert as I had a major Migraine attack and ended up Vomitting everywhere. People thought I was drunk!!
Next time I get a chance to see them, I am overdosing on painkillers and headache tablets!
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From:boomtownrat
Date:June 17th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)

Some of my show memories

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Seeing "Running To Stand Still" live for the first time made me appreciate and love the song more than I ever had before, and now it's one of my favourites. It makes me cry just to remember Bono's theatrics (bathed in blue light, he mimed shooting up heroin during part of the song, which sounds cheesy but it really wasn't, it gave a visual representation of the person the song was written about and I guess I got swept up in the emotion of the moment).

My first U2 stadium show (during the Zoo TV Outside Broadcast Tour) was amazing because, all around the top of the stadium, there were small towers topped with flashing red lights, meant to warn low-flying airplanes. The smoke and steam rising into the sky made them look like gigantic emergency flares, which was a stunning visual accompaniment to "Bullet the Blue Sky".

Before my second U2 show (the same stadium show), I got to see Bono and get his autograph. There was a crowd, so I didn't really get to talk to him - I just thanked him. But as I was waiting my turn, he took someone else's piece of paper, turned to me and put the paper on my chest (practically copping a feel in the process ;>), and used me as a writing desk. After that, I got something signed, so it was almost like getting two autographs. I just wish I'd been able to say more to him, but as I said, there was a crowd, and besides, I was a dumbstruck 19-year-old meeting her idol. I had nothing to say that he wouldn't have heard 1,000,000 times before. ;)

I'll probably never forget the start of the Elevation Tour stop in Charlotte, NC, when they took the whole crowd by surprise. The house lights were still on when they took the stage (as seen on the Boston DVD), so it wasn't until the music started that most of the crowd knew they were even onstage. That was a brilliant show, but my seats were pretty awful.
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 18th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC)

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haha wow that's so cool! haha, I pretty much AM that dumbstruck 19-year-old right now, so I would have died had he done that to me.

yeah I have the boston dvd, but I could only watch it once, I can't bring myself to watch it again because it upsets me so much haha.

Thanks so much for sharing! :)
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From:scriblix
Date:June 18th, 2003 01:27 am (UTC)
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Don't feel pathetic about being moved by songs/performances. That's their power, and U2 just know how to use the power. *nods*

And "All I want is You" was my wedding song *grin*

My U2 experience? heee.

Well, I'm Irish, so when U2 announced the Popmart Gigs in Ireland, my friends and I got tickets for the first night at Dublin. Very Excited, oh yeah.

THEN, they announced a night in Belfast, where I lived at the time (as a student) and the gig was on these playing fields that my University owned. So naturally, I was stood outside that gig all night, and it was great, even though I couldn't see a thing.
Then on the Saturday, my friends and I all drove down to Dublin, and we were there from about 2pm or so, and already the queues were kinda big. Ash were supporting them for the Irish gigs, if not most of the UK/Europe gigs, and my husband (or Husband-to-be, as he was then) knows Ash, he used to be in a crap-band with Tim Wheeler, so when they walked past the queue and saw him, and came over to talk to him, we all were like O.O and when they'd left, Husband got a LOT of crap about why we weren't in the first enclosure. *grump*

So then, anyone who was at Popmart, they'll know that there were 2 different areas in the standing bit, and there was a walkway between the two areas, where the band walked in. We were right up against the barrier, in the middle, so we had a brilliant view. When the guys started to come on stage, however, the whole crowd pushed forward.

Just as Bono walked past us, I... I kinda passed out, since I'm not the biggest person in the world, and I couldn't breathe... so, Bono walks past just as I'm getting crowd-surfed INTO the walkway, for the security guy to grab me and carry me to the First Aid tent (or so I am told). I came round to find Husband stood beside me, but staring up at something. I turned round to see what it was, and realised that Hey! We were Right Beside The Stage. The Edge was about 2, maybe 3 metres away, playing Mofo (I think)... heee...

So then we were let out to watch the rest of the show. It was classy. *nods*
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 18th, 2003 02:47 pm (UTC)

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wow! amazing! haha sorry about the fainting, but you know what? I can totally see that happening to me if I ever saw them. I mean, I screech and cry when I see them live on TV, imagine what I'll do at a concert! haha, thanks for sharing!
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From:u2biscuit
Date:June 18th, 2003 08:17 am (UTC)
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I almost feel bad posting concert experience for someone who hasn't seen them live, because I don't want to make you unhappy with envy!

BUT....

I have seen them...wait for it...12 times. Three on PopMart, and nine Elevation shows. Of those the two coolest were opening night of Elevation in Miami, and the first Slane castle show in 2001.

I got the ticket for Slane on the internet months before the show. I had always wanted to see Ireland and had always wanted to see U2 in Ireland, so I went for 2 weeks, saw a lot of the country (esp. the west coast which is beautiful), and I met a ton of U2 fans who had travelled from all over the world to see the show. There was actually a listserve of people who were going to this show, so we spent months talking about it online, arranged our own transportation to the show (we chartered two buses), and we all met up in Dublin to see the U2 sites and party. I've never felt so comfortable with a group of people as I did with my fellow U2 fanatics! lol. I'm still friends with some of those people, including some who belong to this community (they're actually the ones who turned me on to LJ).

Anyway the show...Bono had buried his father the day before the show. The opening bands were wonerful. I discovered Coldplay that afternoon when they performed (one of my favorite moments of the day was when Chris Martin introduced Yellow by saying, "there's been a lot of talk about this next song. This song is not a rebel song, this song is Yellow!!" so funny!), then Red Hot Chili Peppers, who I already were my second favorite band. The U2 performance was incredible. Funnily enough, due to some crowd craziness, I ended up right underneath a video screen and speaker scaffolding, so I couldn't see the first two-thirds of the show, but that didn't dampen my enthusiasm. I cried during Kite, when Bono was singing about his father (you could here the pain in his voice). After Kite, they played A Sort of Homecoming for the first time in 14 years. Sunday Bloody Sunday sent chills down my spine, being performed in Ireland and all (particularly since the concert was held in the Boyne River valley, where the Irish conflict started 400 years ago). During One, Bono talked about his father and the screen showed footage of his father from the video for that song. After U2 left the stage, the sound system played The Unforgettable Fire while a big fireworks display lit up the sky (I knew the whole time it was just a something to keep us there while the band made their getaway back to the city ahead of the traffic, but I didn't really care). I was totally drained by the end of the show. But as you can imagine, it was probably the best day of my life!

Sorry I rambled a bit, but I hope you enjoyed the read! :)

And do whatever you can to get to a show next time they tour!!! You haven't truly experienced U2 until you've seen them live! Seriously.
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 18th, 2003 02:44 pm (UTC)

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I did enjoy that very much, thanks so much! I love hearing other people's experiences, it's almost like I'm living vicariously through them haha. Wow, what an experience you had. I would love to see them in Ireland one day.
My current boyfriend is determined to get me to a U2 concert (I told everyone I know that I would marry the person who got me tickets, girl or boy hahaha) so hopefully when they go on tour next year for their new album I'll be able to see them.

Thanks again for sharing!
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From:pontificator
Date:June 18th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)

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I was lucky enough to meet the Edge and Adam Clayton backstage at the PopMart show in Seattle. It was a backstage meet and greet while Smashmouth was playing. The Edge was unbelievably cool. He is not as tall as you'd think, and very down to earth. We spoke for a couple of minutes and I was really impressed. Adam Clayton was a bit strange and more aloof than the Edge, but a decent enough guy. Bono and Larry Mullen weren't at the meet and greet, unfortunately. The concert itself was killer. I had seen the Eugene, Oregon Popmart show a few months earlier, and Seattle, even with the poor acoustics in the Kingdome, was a better show, IMO.
From:_words_unspoken
Date:June 18th, 2003 07:46 pm (UTC)

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oh wow, that's cool. yeah adam seems like he'd be a little standoffish haha, but cool nonetheless.

thanks for sharing :)

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