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"The most beautiful sound I'd ever heard".........Discovering U2's music as a teenager in 1992 had made quite the impression on me to say the least.  So, in 1997 when I saw them for the first time, it was a life changing experience in a whole other way.  It was the PopMart Tour at Giants Stadium.  The tickets were a gift from by boyfriend (now husband) for my birthday. I felt very lucky indeed, despite having the worst seats!  I could barely see the band but it did not change the fact that being able to hear them perform live the music that meant so much to me- to be in the presence of these four men making that amazing music- was the most exhilarating experience!  Even days later, I felt like I had been part of something incredibly momentous.  Something that can't be put into words properly.  And it's something that has stayed with me over the years and is felt at every U2 concert I've attended since.  That's my #UnforgettableGig and for the Miracle of U2, I shall always be grateful.  -Melinda Prather

popmart 1997

Photo of me pre-gig with my custom Bono jacket and Zooropa T-shirt.

Edited by Sunflower1mdp

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Zoo TV Tour - Torino

 

July, 12 1993

 

My first concert ever. I went to the show with four friends of mine, but I was the very U2 lover.

 

We had a gigantic bed sheet, 4 x 4 metres, in which we wrote "IN U2 WE TRUST". Before entering the stadium, an important italian daily newspaper reporter, came to us and asked for a photo of the sheet. I then asked him whether he was going to the backstage to interview the band and he said "Yes".

 

So I said: could you give my telephone number to Bono?

Of course, he answered.

 

I gave him my number (home number of course, there were no cellular phones at the time).

 

The day after, in the entertainment page of La Repubblica, there was my picture, my name and my phone number!!!!!

 

After the first shock, I thought: well, during the shows Bono uses to make a phone call, maybe he will call me.

 

I spent the next 5 days glued to the telephone, waiting for that call. I was called by many boys and girls from the whole Italy - some of them pretending to be Bono and speaking in english. Of course it's very easy to recognize an italian while speaking english, but it was funny and I had the opportunity to speak with many U2 fans.

My father used to take my place when I needed to go to the toilet or to allow me to sleep a couple of hours sometimes.

 

The sixth night I surrended. My parents and my friends were trying to make me give up, saying: oh c'mon, he will never call you!!!

 

Finally they persuaded me to go out and to stop to live close to the telephone.

 

But I couldn't really quit. As my father doesn't know ANY word in english, I thought him to give some basic answer in case Bono called. So he was trained to say: "Sorry, she's not home. Please call later" or "Give me your number and she will call you back as soon as possible" and so on...

 

That night, when I went back home, I asked my father about the calls and he said that there were many calls, as usual, but one in particular was strange. Infact, when he answered that I wasn't home, everybody unveiled themselves and - speaking italian - left name and number, just to meet and chat a little about U2. 

 

But - my father said - one of them persisted in speaking english and pretending to be Bono. And my father also noticed that he spoke "a different english", not the same as everybody else.

 

I know that it wasn't Bono at the phone but, this is my question: BONO, DID YOU CALL ME ON JULY 18, 1993, DURING OR AFTER THE SHOW IN BOLOGNA?

If yes, I'm sorry. I missed the most important call of my life.

 

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While I have seen many U2 shows, my first 18+ show at Avalon (used to be on Landsdowne Street in Boston) was to see the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.  Up to that point my music tastes were around U2, REM, and classic rock bands from the late 60's and early 70's.  I had a niche.  I stuck to it.  At the behest of my good friends from high school I was told to "branch out" and come with them to see the show.  I was a little nervous at first being that this was what I'd call a real alternative show.  Here I was, a simple preppie kid from the suburbs and did I also look the part.  

 

The show?  It blew my mind.  I didn't know that there could be that many layers in a live show and how the entire audience moved (and moshed) in unison with every ska beat.  But the more important things was that it opened my ears to a wider variety of music than I had ever encountered.  It was something that led to talking with my friends about other bands they were listening to that I hadn't heard of.  Bands from the early 80's and the influencers of my favorite bands like U2.  My music collection began to expand to include all these new groups and genre's.  

 

Sometimes it takes one moment or show to open your ears to what is possible for music.  I never learned to play an instrument but from this show I was able to be a quality listener to music and how the various sounds work together in harmony.

 

Also this album would look good next to my Zoo TV North American Tour (Spring 1992) announcement record!

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21st Decenber 1981 The Human League , Bingley Hall , Stafford .

 

This was my first gig , being 17 I had been into all kinds of music for many years ( my cousin gave me a copy of Boy just after it came out , he had one listen and said that`s not for him , his loss my gain :)) but had never got round to going to a proper live show so now was the time.

After hearing of my friends trip to see The Human League in Liverpool , I decided to get tickets for Stafford , after securing tham my next obstacle was the fact I had not long started my first job and was keen not to get off on the wrong foot with my employers, so I went to the doctors and said I wasn`t feeling well he signed me off work for a week , I didn`t  think I was that convincing :unsure:.

On to the day of the concert off I went with a friend and my wedge haircut and Tukka boots on , I did try and have a bit of fashion at the time :), we were travelling by train as Stafford was about 60 miles from home, so we got on at Runcorn and made our way down to Stafford, it was a cold winter and British Rail didn`t let us down as it was colder in the train than it was outside :wacko:.

We had never been to Stafford before so we had decided to walk to the venue as it didn`t look too far on the map , as we had arrived in Stafford everywhere was white as it had snowed quite a lot , as I said we were walking to the venue but we didn`t know till we set off it was 4 miles away :( , I can tell you it seemed like 10 miles trudging up a long country road in the snow and it was freezing at this point and the Tukks boots were doing a great job of acting like a sponge and my feet were soaking wet and numb :(. We got there after what seemed like forever and joined the queue, it was that cold waiting outside people were piercing each others ears with no pain at all as their ears were numb from the cold.

We finally got into the venue and most people gathered round the stage as you do for a good view but more importantly to warm up which took a while because I believe the venue was used mainly as a agricultural/cattle market so it was vast and open.

The band were touring their big hit album `Dare` including the smash single `Dont You Want Me`, The song I remember them playing more than any other was a cover of The Rezillos song `Destination Venus` :huh:, it was a good gig though :) Lots of booming noises from all kinds of directions and explosions of colour`s. things I had never experienced before it was uplifting.

After the gig it was back to station, the positive being it was mainly downhill :P. Arriving back at the station we found out there was no direct train until 7am, but we could wait an hour and get to Crewe and wait 2 hours for a connection there, this was the best plan as everythig was shut in Stafford even the waiting room at the station, we were so glad of the Crewe train when it came because it was actually warm, it didn`t take long to get there and the other plus of being in Crewe was that the cafe stayed open all night :).

While we were sat having a drink, there was one of those moments that however trivial stays with you, anyway there was a couple across the way having a drink and the woman spills her coffee and all you can hear is her partner shout `Get it down you` and start laughing. well 2 minutes later he goes and does exactly the same thing so we shout to him `Get it down you` :lol: , I know you are probably thinking what am I going on about, I guess you had to be there.

The train finally came and took us to Runcorn we had to get on a bus then a double decker and it went straight past my work as people were going in, so I had to get down on the floor so no one saw me, I finally got home and I was so glad to see my bed, I didn`t have any money for Xmas as I had been signed off work :( but I had my first concert experience and many more since :) .

I wish I could have shared some photos but I wouldn`t have wanted to take my hands out of my pockets, but hopefully you can build a picture from my descrption :) and also my ticket is nowhere to be seen but the memory remains just about :rolleyes: .

By the way my best u2 gig was the Point Depot Dublin 30/12/89 if I had gone on about that show the competition date would have passed as I would have gone on forever talking about it :D

Edited by lemonkop

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This was back in 1994...I'm from Brazil...but i live in the very south in a city called Porto Alegre  ( Happy Harbor :) ) and in those days no one would play a gig down here...Then the Ramones came to Brazil, but Sao Paulo only.1200 kilometers away from me...

I was broke, had no car, no way i could get on a plane, had no ticket..nothing, but still a huge fan. Then i got myself on a bus to Sao Paulo. It took me 22 hours to get there and it was hell on earth ( there was everything inside that bus, from a nonstop crying baby to a squeezed orange juice box inside my backpack that made me smell like a rotten orange until i got back home ) .But i got there. And still no ticket. While i was waiting outside figuring out a way to get inside the venue a guy from Ramones staff came up to me and asked where i was from ( i suppose he did it because i was a really rotten-orange-mess carring this huge backpack ) . Thern i told him my story ( no money, no ticket , huge fan, blablabla ) and he said "hold on a second " ...then he got back with a ticket for me, as a gift. I was outta words to thank him and it was all working out right, finally. But things got even better : 5 minutes prior door opening the same guy came up to me and asked me to follow him inside the venue, where i could store my backpack properly and run to the front row. That was one of the best moments of my life. After the concert ( perfect, by the way ) i met some girls who offered a ride back to the bus station, but first they would stop for a while at the hotel and try to meet the Ramones. Got lucky again : after waiting a while came in this van with the Ramones...got to meet Joey and CJ, but since it was '94 i had no camera for a picture...Then these girls took me to the bus station and in the morning i started my trip back home, but this time with this huge smile on my face :)

That's my story...

 

There is another story telling you how i met Bono in Rio in 1997, but i'll tell you another time :)

Regards

Alex, from Brazil

Edited by bife

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My unbelievable night ??? Easy look at my picture .... my first time under the stage of  a U2 concert !!!! 2001 Elevation tour Earls Court Londonpost-389413-0-01673500-1412877154_thumb.jpg. You can see my broken arm you can immagine the pain............... ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)  ;)

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