#unforgettablegig Wow, where do I start? Would the most unforgettable gig in my life (and I am a really regular concert-goer) be U2 in October 2001 in Baltimore? So little time after 9-11 and me being an expatriate in the US (I originate from Germany) and having experienced this tragedy without family or close friends in a foreign country, this concert was so soothing and emotional that I will never forget it. Or would it be seeing Kate Bush live on stage just last month? A dream of thirty years coming true - and I was not the only one bursting into tears several times during the show. Well, I think my most unforgettable gig will be U2 playing Gelsenkirchen on 12 June 2005. Odd choice you might think but this gig truly changed my life! It was the first time I ever met people from "my" forum (u2-forum.com; forum of u2tour.de, the biggest German-speaking fansite around) personally. I had never done anything like that before but we agreed in our forum to meet to queue for the concert around midnight - and most certainly were in front of one of the lines for GA. I am the one in the middle of the picture, sporting the Larry Mullen Band shirt During the long wait (which did not feel long) I got to meet so many new people and had so much fun. The show was just a blast! We ended up on the catwalk on Adam's side and the concert was fantastic!
But that's not the end of the story, not by far! The next day, I met even more people from the forum when we got into the TV studio where U2 performed live in Germany for the first time ever. They were so close!! Just brilliant! And again, that's not the end of my story! I went to see five U2 shows altogether that summer, something I would not have done on my own - it was great to find a group of fellow-minded U2 fans to travel and hang out with! Through the years (and U2 tours) friendships started and I found many concert buddies. In 2009/2010 I saw 18 U2 shows - again, something I would not have done on my own (including the long queueing in front of the venues) and I got to see places I wouldn't have travelled on my own (Horsens, Coimbra, Helsinki, etc.). We had huge gatherings in Dublin with dozens of people and after the final European concert in Rome in 2010, we spontaneously went out for dinner with about 40 people. So, in addition to seeing brilliant U2 concerts, my life was enriched with meeting fellow U2 fans - and that does not only include fans from German-speaking countries but fans from all over the world. And I look forward to seeing them again during the next tour and to sharing all the fun.
While I meet some concertbuddies only during U2 tours, there are friendships that started back then that go way beyond. We meet for other concerts or events although we are from all over the place. We travel abroad for fun or concerts (or both) when U2 are not on the road and so on. To cut a (really!) long story short: this very concert in Gelsenkirchen on 12 June 2005 really changed my life - and not only mine. I am sure that many more can tell a similar story and I hope that the band know that their music unites people, literally.