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 june 1983 red rocks.what a night almost didn't go because weather was terrible.my it was the 1st u2 concert for my wife and myself.who were these boys from Ireland that were the same age as us? when we arrived at red rocks { possibly the best place to see a concert in the world } a lot of people did not show so we were told to move closer to stage. 6th row ,WOW! the next 2 1/2 hrs changed our life musically!! with so many no shows u2 held a free show the next night in nearby bouder  { inside thankfully}.those were the first 2 of our 55 u2 shows over the last 31 yrs! we have seen them in over7 states { including an utterly awesome show in Hawaii, which might be our second fav show}.u2 has changed our lives and we are blessed and thankful for that.   RED ROCKS 1983

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Are you really going to read all these stories? Wow!

 

... Of course I can mention all of U2’s concerts I attended.

... Of course I can vaguely reminisce my first U2 concert in 1982 in ‘t Heem in Hattem.

... Of course there was the infamous concert in 1989 in the RAI in Amsterdam, when Bono apologized for losing his voice and the encore with BB King was cancelled.

... Of course there was the legendary catch up concert for the abovementioned bug, later in 1990 in Ahoy, Rotterdam.

... And of course I can still recall what they did during their latest 360ᵒ tour, which I saw in London.

 

But here’s a real rock and roll story.

 

It was July 1986. I was one of the founders of a local music festival, called Dijkpop (still existing after more than 30 years) and in our third year we dared to take the step from hiring local and regional bands to hiring a nationwide known and at these days successful band, called Vitesse.

 

Vitesse was to be the ultimate icing on the cake for our 1986 festival, but their guitar player Willem van Eijk had crashed the week before during their tour in Germany and died. Nevertheless Vitesse came to play for us and I had an interview about 15 minutes before they went on stage with their drummer / lead singer Herman van Boeyen. I asked him why they didn’t cancel their booking and suggested that it would be very hard for them to perform.

 

“Anyway”, Herman said, “the show must go on. It’s only rock and roll”.

 

I’d never seen an artist crying just before he went on stage and they played a lousy set, but only a couple of years ago when I heard Bono sing “It’s only rock and roll” together with Mick Jagger, it reminded me of this moment …

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Mom & Daugher in the ellipse

My most memorable U2 concert was in Montreal in the 1990's.  My daughter and I had general admission tickets so we managed to make our way up to the stage walkway.  As Bono passed the first time, my daughter started crying.  When he passed the second time, she vomited.  The crowd stepped aside, asked if she was okay, and then just moved back into place and enjoyed the rest of the show.  I was so taken by their caring that the impact remains with me today - Hurray U2 fans!!

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Ciao Ragazzi, partecipo senz'altro a questo"contest" ...non sarà facile avere questo LP... certo è che la mia vita non sarebbe la stessa senza la mia colonna sonora preferita, sfumato il concerto a Napoli Zoo Tv Tour a causa di una tragedia intima mi organizzai per il mio primo concerto a Reggio Emilia, poi il mitico POP MART TOUR, indimenticabile la trasferta dalla mia Sardegna in terra d'Irlanda per assistere a The Celebraton in Slane Castle, quando avevo già il biglietto in tasca per il VERTIGO TOUR di Milano un'altro imprevisto in famiglia mi obbligò a cedere il ticket ad un'amico... e poi lo spettacolo del 360 TOUR a Milano, non sazio di tutto ciò nel 2010 partiti in macchina da Madrid con destinazione Coimbra per il bis del 360 TOUR... e ora? dove mi porterà il cuore? in angolo del mondo andrò per incontrare i miei 4 amici irlandesi? avere questo vinile nella mia specialissima collezione sarebbe come riceverlo direttamente dalle mani di Bono o di Edge come anche di Larry o Adam... un sogno... chissà...

ALL I WANT IS U2

love and peace

Domenico

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Early 1985. U2 is announced as the headliner for Torhout/Werchter later that year. I was 15 at the time and asked my mum if I could go. A defenite NO was the answer.

What to do..... At that time I had a penpall who lived about 100 km away from me and her parents were very open-minded. She asked her mom and she got the ok. So we made a little plan. I would say to my mum I was going to stay at my friends place for a week and then we would secretly go to Werchter. In the event my mother would call; my friends mum would say that we were out to the beach or something like that.

So off we went!!! By train to Belgium and hitch-hiking the last bit. There was no festivalcamping at that time, so we put our tent up in the bushes across the festival enterance. Stayed up all night to party with the locals....

The festival was amazing and U2 was so intense, I had no words to describe it. A week after we got home Live Aid happened and I was jumping in front of the tv and told my parents I did go to Werchter. They weren't even that mad at me :)

 

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La primera vez que vi a U2 en directo fue hace muy poco tiempo, en la gira 360º. Siempre había oído hablar de los directos de la banda, pero nunca tuve oportunidad de ir. Fue en Barcelona, en el concierto inaugural, y tuve la suerte de poder asistir a los dos conciertos. Fue increíble. Senti la energía que desprende la banda como solo lo he vivido con Bruce y fue desde ese momento que empezó una nueva relación con U2, para siempre!
De esa gira fuimos a Sevilla, a San Sebastian, a Roma y los dos conciertos que dieron en Anaheim (california).
Lo dicho: PARA SIEMPRE!
 
The first time I saw U2 live was very recently on tour 360. I had always heard of the direct band but never had a chance to go. It was in Barcelona, ​​at the inaugural concert, and I was lucky enough to attend two concerts. It was incredible. I felt the energy released as the band have just lived with Bruce and it was from that moment that began a new relationship with U2, forever! 
In this tour we went to Seville, San Sebastian, Rome and the two concerts held in Anaheim (California). 
 
I said: FOREVER!
 

 

(sorry for my Inglish)

 

 

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Mine wasn't a concert experience, but something that has since led to many concert experiences.  It was the summer of 1989, and my big brother Chris was a U2 fan.  At that time, I wasn't.  I (then 14) vividly recall driving with my brother (then 16) on Berkshire Boulevard in Albany, NY on a particular warm summer afternoon in my parents' red Ford Tempo.  He popped his clear with white lettered copy of Rattle and Hum into the car cassette player, and on came Desire.  I can remember hearing that opening twang of Edge's guitar, and then Bono's "yeah", and off went the song.  That moment was the spark that set off the flame of my lifelong allegiance to U2, and perhaps even bigger, with music itself.  I consider that moment as having shaped a lot of what is me, and so I'm grateful to U2 for that.  Of course, I then went out and purchased all the cassettes for the albums before Rattle and Hum!  And when Achtung Baby! was released, I was the second person in line at Tower Records in Boston to buy it the night it was released (back when people had to get off their bums to buy music!).  And the rest, well, is history, and history in the making!  Thanks for letting me share!   

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The most beautiful show I'd ever seen has been surely The U2 360° live from Turin,6 August 2010. It hasn't been my first U2 concert(and also not the last),but for me has been the most special of ever for different reasons: it was on my city,it was the first date of the world tour 2010,after Bono's injury and U2 played two new songs for the first time:north star and glastonbury...simply amazing!!!

And also because has been the concert where i was closer to them,on the pit down the stage..and it looked like to be on the stage with they,and to be one only thing with all the people inside the stadium(and also the people outside the stadium without the ticket...and were very much people outside to listen U2!!!)

The most exciting moment of the concert,for me has been when Bono singed Miss Sarajevo in italian:a great present for all italian fan.

I remember also the days before the concert,when U2 stayed for one week in the city for the practice of the show...and the last night before the concert they gave pizzas to all the fan outside to listen at them...only people with a great heart can make a thing like that,and this remember will stay always in my heart!!

The day of the concert,I meet the great Rock'o,the stage manager of U2,i post also a picture of the event,in the picture there is my brother,my best friend,Rock'o,and for last me! then i post also a picture of the ticket of the concert,the t-shirt,one of the show,and the original poster of the concert,that I have been really really lucky to find,asking to the district of Turin,and that,now,i take gelously in my room!!!

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First, let me say that seeing U2 at TCF Stadium in Minneapolis in a raging downpour was awesome...but it was not as formative as the story I am about to relate :).

 

The year was 1995.  I was 19 years old and was beginning to come into my own identity as a music fan.  During the college years, so much of life is about embracing both new discoveries as well as holding on to things one has been given.  One day, when I was much younger, I was sitting in the back seat of my parents' car and the song "Like a Rolling Stone" came on the radio.  My father explained to me who was singing the song.  It was Bob Dylan, he said, an enormously talented man who wrote complicated songs.  In the years between that first experience of Dylan and when I was 19, I had begun to grow in my appreciation of his music.  In the early 90's, I had seen certain performances on television by Dylan wherein he looked tired and his voice was incomprehensible.  Despite those experiences, early in '95 I saw that Bob Dylan would be playing three shows at the Hollywood Palladium in May.  I decided that I needed to go and see this legendary performer, whatever my impressions were.  A few friends and I made our way into Hollywood.  I grew up about 20 miles from Downtown LA, and going into the city was not rare, but it was always exciting.  As the time of the show drew near, the line outside the Palladium began to get longer.  There was no set seating at the Palladium, so all of us would wait until the doors opened and get the best spot we could for this show.  The capacity at the Palladium is 3700, so this was going to be a relatively intimate show, especially considering Dylan's prowess.  One passerby observed me and my friends in line and stated loudly, "Looks like we got some young Dylan fans here tonight!"

 

PJ Harvey opened that night.  I remember enjoying her set, but I have never followed her career, so I don't remember much of anything about it.  My friends and I ended up sitting in the balcony with an obstructed view.  It was close to the stage, but we couldn't see the whole stage.  Fortunately however, we could see the front of the stage, and there was a lone microphone by the edge of the stage where the man himself would be standing during his show.  Then, I heard the words I still remember: "Ladies and gentlemen, Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan..."

 

I have several impressions from that show that still stick with me, almost 20 years later.  Dylan sang with a clear and familiar voice.  This sounded like the man I had listened to in my room and on the radio, and it was thrilling.  I remember the chill that I got when he first blew into his harmonica during an acoustic performance of "Mr. Tambourine Man".  Of all the songs he sang that night, I remember that one the best.  I still remember hearing the lilt in his voice when he reached the all important lyrical passage in "The Times They Are a Changin'."  I was deeply moved that night by his performance of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright".  He sang it with such a charisma that when I recall the performance, I can still feel the emotions that I felt when I first experienced it.  As I left the Palladium that night, I knew I was hooked.  I would listen to Dylan whenever I could.  

 

In the years since that first show in '95, I have seen him two other times.  I look forward to seeing him yet again as he comes to my adopted hometown of Minneapolis to perform next month.  The father who introduced me to Dylan (and who accompanied me to my second Dylan show in 1998), has since died.  It is impossible for me to listen to Dylan and not think of my father and of that wonderful night in LA almost 20 years ago.  It will forever be a major part of my musical journey.  Those nights are priceless, even though I only paid $25 for the ticket.

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