Dec 12 1997
Seattle, US / Kingdome
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Introducing my son to U2
I remember getting tickets in the first row of the upper tier, so I wouldn't have to mind my then 12 year old son in the mosh pit! He became a fan that night! Ending the show with "40" brought back memories of the old days....
My first live U2 experience
This was my first live U2 experience. My girlfriends (at the time) parents got me 2 tickets for my birthday in February. I had to hold onto these with anticipation for 10 freaking months. Then, the day of the show, and my girlfriend is sick. She's not sure if she is going to go or not, finally I told her I needed an answer as to if she was going with me or not about 3:30, She gruffly told me to take my other friend who I had as a backup. We were on the road from Tacoma by 4 I was never a huge U2 fan... Until I saw them live. You know how there is that "moment" that kind of connects you to a band and or their music and you just "get it"? That moment arrived for me when Edge (suffering from a cold) came out and played "Sunday Bloody Sunday" solo. Amazing!!! I had also hoped they would play "Until the End of the World" and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me", and they did! An utterly amazing night!! Ultimately all was forgiven with the girlfriend when on Christmas morning she opened the U2 shirt I got her @ the show. It was her favorite present that year. Then we broke up 3 months later... A little less than 12 years later I saw U2 again in Vancouver BC on October 28th 2009, will see them in Seattle on June 20th 2010, and hope to catch them on back to back nights in Brussels, or possibly in Paris in September 2010. Set list is as follows: 12/12/1997 The Kingdome - Seattle, Washington, USA Mofo, I Will Follow, Gone, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Last Night On Earth, Until The End Of The World, New Year's Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love), I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Stand By Me, All I Want Is You / Never Tear Us Apart (snippet), Staring At The Sun, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Bullet The Blue Sky, Please, Where The Streets Have No Name encores: Discothèque / Love To Love You Baby (snippet) / Whole Lotta Love (snippet), If You Wear That Velvet Dress, With Or Without You, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, Into The Groove (snippet) / , Mysterious Ways / My Sweet Lord (snippet), One, Wake Up Dead Man, 40
Last show at the Kingdome
We ended up getting moved because of where the soundpit got located. We ended up closer to the stage, so it was all good. I have the playlist from the side of the soundbooth, I will have to track it down and post it. I agree about Smashmouth. I like that band but that was throwing them right in the fire. A gut next to us had just seen the Stones in Tacoma and said U2 put on a much better show.
First U2 Concert!
I've been a fan for nearly seven years before I got the chance to see them live! Smash Mouth was the support act and to be brutally honest they really were not up to the task. Most of the time you could not understand the singer except when "Walking On the Sun" was played to a small approval of the fans waiting. Though it took over an hour to have U2 come on stage it was a sight to behold. Bono, complete with shaved head, got the crowd going with "Mofo" and the band never looked back after that. The most memorable parts of the show included the second stage set after the band exited from the giant lemon and the two songs that Bono had the band stop playing in order to hear the crowd of nearly 60000 people all singing together. The songs were "Pride" and "Streets" and it was great to see Bono's face on the videoscreen stare out in wonder at the crowd. Though my girlfriend at the time was a bit of a pill during the concert it was still one of the best moments of my life!
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