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August 31st, 2004

First U2 Concert..... @ 05:16 pm

stdivine:
When was your first concert??

Where did it take place??

Which band/bands opened for the boys??

Your age at the time???

Which songs were you dying to hear???

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)
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I thought it would cool to share the experience of seeing U2 for the first time since the boys are going on tour next year and there is going to be WHOLE LOTTA fans going to see them for the first time.
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My Details:

6/21/1997

LA COLISEUM

Rage Against The Machine

14

Still, Streets, Disco, AIWIY, EBTTRT, MW and WOWY

Highlights:

*When Bono stared at ME for what seem like eternity but was just about 30 seconds, maybe, a girl can dream though right??
*The Boys entrance to the place, they pass right by where I was,
*Davey Jones scaring the crap out of Edge
*Seeing a whole lot of "Stars" in the audience when the lights when up
*Singing every damn word to every song and even making up some words
*Going to the concert with my older siblings


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From:gravitysdream
Date:August 31st, 2004 06:03 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??

My very first concert was at Death Valley Stadium in Clemson South Carolina for the POPMART tour.

Where did it take place??

Clemson, SC.

Which band/bands opened for the boys??

Rage Against the machine

Your age at the time???

14 or 15 I think

Which songs were you dying to hear???

WITH OR WITHOUT YOU!!!!

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)

For me it was just an orgasmic expierence. I remember when the Lemon rolled out and they started playing Discotheque I couldn't really see them but I didn't mind it so much but then suddenly they kicked into WOWY and I was in a full blown panic attack. I stumbled over chairs as fast as I could to get close enough to see and I stood up on a chair and closed my eyes and held out my hands and let the wonders of WOWY wash over me. I lost my voice that night and it was the best night of my whole life. That is until I went to see Elevation tour and got to be within 5ft of Bono the whole time ;-) !!

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From:sirensong984
Date:August 31st, 2004 08:35 pm (UTC)
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This was my first U2 concert too!!
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From:stateless
Date:August 31st, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
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that show was my first as well! i was 15.

i seem to recall i really wanted to hear with or without you, playboy mansion (died when he put it into streets), gone, last night on earth and bad. oh man did i want to hear bad.

highlights for me:

- walking in onto the floor, through the cement tunnel i knew they'd walked under
- realising the place was about half the size i'd imagined
- seeing them walk onstage - U2, in the flesh - for the first time
- screaming "NO!" back at bono during mofo
- singing during pride
- davy jones!
- streets (need i say more?)
- them coming out of the lemon
- "tonight the moon is a mirrorball"

etc, etc.

changed my fuckin' life.
From:stdivine
Date:August 31st, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Damn, you are so lucky that you had the floor, I cant even imagine what it was like. I was freaking out when the boys past me right before they turned to walk to the catwalk. *palm to face* I completely forgot "Bad". I know what you mean about it changing your life bc it did for me too. Going to the show I wanted to play bass in a band but now I want to be a lead singer of a band but the problem is finding the band to be a singer for, LOL!!!
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From:lightningspark
Date:August 31st, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??..... 5/31/97

Where did it take place??..... east rutherford, nj

Which band/bands opened for the boys??..... the longpigs and fun loving criminals

Your age at the time???..... i turned 16 that night. happy birthday to me.

Which songs were you dying to hear???...... streets, hold me, thrill me.... one... just about everything.

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)............. singing the monkey's 'day dream believer' with the entire stadium, follow the bouncing ball style, and bono givning up halfway through cus we were AWFUL at following said bouncing ball on the screen, Please performed live, and ::this killed me:: Stand By Me being performed, at least a verse of it, since it is my favorite song of all time and not even a u2 song!
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From:bonoinakilt
Date:August 31st, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??

May 24, 1997

Where did it take place??

Columbus Ohio..dont know the name of the stadium..lol probably OSU or something

Which band/bands opened for the boys??

oh god. i dont remember. i think it was fun lovin' criminals.

Your age at the time???

11. 11 or 12.

Which songs were you dying to hear???

i wasnt dying to hear any song in particular..because it was my first concert and my first U2 concert...i was excited beyond belief. It didn't matter what songs they were playing...i was just too excited.

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)

-the crowd singing Stand By Me....we messed up and Bono laughed at us!
-Also, Bono made a little speech about having a girlfriend from dublin who came over here and visited OSU, "came back from this university, no bra, an Ohio state t-shirt, and not very much interested in myself...so i am very PISSED OFF AT THIS PLACE!!" lol and someone had a -"kill bono" shirt on...and Bono put it on and durin bullet the blue sky..said somethin like "how much do you think i could get for this shirt? One hundred? two hundred? three hundred?"
-and i also remember Larry doing the start of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and me and friend both flipped out..and then they went into another song. we were angry they teased us like that. lol
- my friend and i screaming out the lyrics to every single song and the people around us looking at us like we were crazy
- blowing up the inflatable lemon and playing with it before U2 went on.
- being there with a few of my good friends who love U2 as well.

one of the best nights of my life.
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From:pornrockangel
Date:August 31st, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
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that was my first u2 concert as well :)
I don't remember too much of it.
I wish I'd been able to go to the 80's and early 90's concerts.
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From:siorai_gra_
Date:August 31st, 2004 07:43 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??
May 4, 2001

Where did it take place??
Lexington, KY-Rupp Arena

Which band/bands opened for the boys??
PJ Harvey

Your age at the time???
15

Which songs were you dying to hear???
Pride, Beautiful Day

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)
Actually seeing the band I'd been in love with! I was in like the nose bleed section, but I was still amazed. got me addicted and I went many more times! :D
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From:la_vation
Date:August 31st, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert? Good Lord, 17th June 1983.

Where did it take place? Los Angeles Sports Arena. That's next door to the Coliseum

Which band/bands opened for the boys? The Alarm

Your age at the time? Nineteen. It was my first ever concert

Which songs were you dying to hear? I had no preconcieved ideas, that was a mistake. I knew after An Cat Dubh/Into The Heart they were my band.

Highlights of the show? Bono was screaming into the microphone most of the night. There were 12,000 people there, it was the biggest audience U2 had headlined up to that time. They all wanted to make the arena into a small room, Bono confessed that they already had done that. The crush in front was ridiculous. The constant request, move back, take five steps back was always being repeated. "Nobody gets hurt at our Party, this is Party Girl." Bono went into the crowd on the loge (second level) he couldn't get back to the stage. He jumped from the loge to the floor, that was 20 feet or so. I caught his boot! I think I sweated off five lbs. I'll always remember lining up (it was General Admission) and watching people run onto the floor. It was as good as ever, I'll never forget it.
From:stdivine
Date:August 31st, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Thats so cool, Chris!! Btw I dont know if you saw my journal entry thanking you for the boots, I got them on Mon,
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From:recoil_
Date:August 31st, 2004 08:32 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??
November 2, 1997

Where did it take place??
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Which band/bands opened for the boys??
Third Eye Blind

Your age at the time???
15

Which songs were you dying to hear???
"Bad" [didn't play], "Where the Streets Have No Name," "Staring at the Sun"

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)
**Gosh.. when they first stepped on stage.
**When they stepped out of the Lemon.
**When the Lemon started turning like a discoball during "If you Wear That Velvet Dress" and the lights sparkling over everyone in the stadium [from nosebleed seats, it was quite nice]
**The 5 drunken college boys in front of us, hugging each other during "With or Without You" and singing to each other.
**"Where the Streets Have No Name" was, natch, brilliant.

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From:sirensong984
Date:August 31st, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??
May 17, 1997

Where did it take place??
Death Valley Stadium, Clemson, SC

Which band/bands opened for the boys??
Rage Against the Machine

Your age at the time???
12

Which songs were you dying to hear???
Mysterious Ways, only song I knew.

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)
*Bono passing right in front of me
*IGWSHA snippet played
*Karaoke with the Edge
*The Lemon opening
*Lights during Streets
*Forming a habit that led me to another Popmart show, 4 more Elevations, and a close encounter with Bono!!
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From:simu2fan
Date:August 31st, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert?? April 20, 1987

Where did it take place?? Los Angeles Sports Arena

Which band/bands opened for the boys?? Lone Justice

Your age at the time??? 21

Which songs were you dying to hear??? Bad and just about everything else...LOL

Highlights of the show?? (if you can remember them): Bob Dylan coming on stage to sing I Shall Be Released and Knocking on Heaven's Door. KILLED THE HELL OUT OF ME!! Bono's snippet of Candle in the Wind during Bad. That's my favorite Elton John song. Just the insaneness of the whole concert. My fandom was clinched after that!!! ;D
From:stdivine
Date:August 31st, 2004 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Awesome, I am so jealous!! If there was one tour I could have seen beside Popmart and Elevation it would have been JT but I was way to young when that tour was going on.
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From:echoboom
Date:September 1st, 2004 12:48 am (UTC)
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When was your first concert?? zooTV april 1992

Where did it take place?? The Summit, houston Tx

Which band/bands opened for the boys?? the pixies

Your age at the time??? 14

Which songs were you dying to hear??? PRIDE, mysterious ways,

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them) im pissed that i didnt leave from my crappy seat behind the stage....
i do remember adam coming to the back and saying hi.
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From:samuti
Date:September 1st, 2004 02:40 am (UTC)
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When was your first concert?
8th August 2001

Where did it take place??
Palau San Jordi, Barcelona :D

Which band/bands opened for the boys??
The Stereophonics :)

Your age at the time?
16 - would be 17 two days later though!

Which songs were you dying to hear???
Ahh, all of them. I think "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Kite".

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)
All of the audience singing Happy Birthday to Edge! Also, being in the heart was absolutely AMAZING - I stood inches away from the band. The performance was fantastic, and the atmosphere in there was incredible. Gah, I wouldn't stop gabbling about it for weeks afterwards! :D
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From:stdivine
Date:September 1st, 2004 07:46 am (UTC)
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Yes this show is awesome, *has vcd of the show*
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From:scriblix
Date:September 1st, 2004 05:08 am (UTC)
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When was your first concert??

30th August?, 1997, Popmart Tour

Where did it take place??

Dublin. :D Not the night on the Pop Home bootleg, though. The first night.

well, that was my first official Concert. I was living in Belfast at the time, and they did the Belfast gig earlier that week, so I went and stood outside the concert and heard all of it as well. :D

Which band/bands opened for the boys??

Ash! Who my husband knows, since he went to school with them all. So we're stood in the queue, waiting to get in, and Ash walk past, see my husband and start talking to him, and then go "oh! Shit, we're late!" and run off to start sound-checking or something. And no, my husband did NOT go "Hey, lads, back-stage passes?" because he is an IDIOT. yes.

Your age at the time???

I was 19.

Which songs were you dying to hear???

All I want is you, Where the streets have no name (because I always get goosebumps when I hear that song), One, Discotheque.

Highlights of the show??(if you can remember them)

I really don't remember very much, actually, because when the lads walked in and went along the wee walk-way bit in between the two parts of the crowd, we were right at the front of the second part, and I got crushed in the crowd-surge. Passed out, got crowd-surfed into the walk-way and caught by a security guard. I'm told that Bono walked past, right at that moment, so that would have been interesting, if he'd caught me... ehehe. Anyway, I came round in the St. Johns part, which was right beside the stage, and Edge was about 2 metres away from me, happily playing Mofo, I think it was. Husband was well impressed with the view, forgot to check that I was okay.

The rest of the night was a happy blur.

Oh, and beforehand? There was a plane flying overhead doing advertising for Playstation, and back then, the slogan was "We've got the edge"... this made us all panic a bit, wondering if Sony were going to hold him for Ransom, but no, he turned up okay. XD
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From:carobanano
Date:September 1st, 2004 02:37 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and beforehand? There was a plane flying overhead doing advertising for Playstation, and back then, the slogan was "We've got the edge"... this made us all panic a bit, wondering if Sony were going to hold him for Ransom, but no, he turned up okay. XD

That made me laugh. :D
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From:canadanne
Date:September 1st, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
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When was your first concert??
- 22nd August 2001, a date burned forever into my memory.

Where did it take place??
- Earls Court in London.

Which band/bands opened for the boys??
- JJ72, who were pretty cool. I was so relieved to get them as a support act, after crap like the Stereophonics and Kelis and Nelly Furtado had been opening most of the other shows!

Your age at the time???
- 18.

Which songs were you dying to hear???
- I was disappointed not to get In A Little While or Bad. I was glad they played New Year's Day though, I'd been wanting to hear that intro live for a long time!

Highlights of the show?? (if you can remember them)
- It is a bit of a distant blur now and I must admit I remember the negative aspects a lot more than I remember the positive ones. I did enjoy the songs where *everyone* would be singing along at the top of their lungs, though, like in Pride, Stuck In A Moment, All I Want Is You and Sunday Bloody Sunday. I also thought New York kicked some serious arse, and Out Of Control was great too. But I think my favourite part of the day was before the concert started - it was so amazing just to be gathered outside with so many other U2 fans, looking at all the different T-shirts and stuff. I was wearing horns and gold clothing, and I got such a buzz when some foreign-sounding girls pointed and squealed "MacPheesto!" ;o)

If anyone is at all interested in wading through the whole rollercoaster of my U2 concert experience, the relevant journal entry is here.

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