U2 Elevation Charlotte 3.29.01 – my 1st GA show

MyMusicalJourneyA few days after the opening shows in Florida, I flew to Charlotte on March 29, 2001 for the third show on U2’s Elevation Tour. It was on my way home to Baltimore. This show was my first U2 GA (General Admission) show. It was assigned seats for the previous two tours, ZooTv and Popmart. I don’t know why I opted for seats for the first two Elevation shows, but I am glad I did. It gave me sense of the show, seeing it from a little distance. I was able to see the entire catwalk, or ‘heart’ as we came to call it.

5-elevation-charlotte-3-29-011I arrived at the Charlotte Coliseum a couple of hours before the doors opened and got in the GA line. Soon, I would be camping out over-night to be toward the front of the GA line to get a good ‘spot’ inside the arena, but this was my very first GA show and I didn’t know the procedures yet. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I got a great spot at the tip of heart – meaning at the center of the catwalk. Nelly Furtado opened for U2, and I did not like her at all. Bono sounded amazing that night in Charlotte. Bono had been a bit under the weather for the opening shows, and his voice wasn’t all there. Bono was literally in front of me for half the show as he stood at the tip of the heart so he could be in the center of the arena more accessible to everyone. After being introduced, Larry stood right in front of me. At the time, this was the closest I had ever been to Larry. Apparently the bad weather caused U2’s plane to arrive just before showtime, so the set list in Charlotte was shorter than the opening shows in Florida. There was no “Discoteque,” no “Angel of Harlem,” no “Unchained Melody” at the end of “One,” and still no “Gone” or “I Will Follow.” There was, however, a full band version of “Staring at the Sun” and “Ground Beneath Her Feet” made its return from opening night.

The complete set list for Elevation Charlotte 3.29.10 was as follows: Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until the End of the World, New Year’s Day, Stuck In A Moment, Staring at the Sun, New York, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Sweetest Thing, In A Little While, Ground Beneath Her Feet, Bad, Where the Streets Have No Name, Mysterious Ways, The Fly, Bullet the Blue Sky, With or Without You, One, Walk On.

Check back next Friday as I find my picture with Bono in the Tacoma newspaper.

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I have finally found what I am looking for - all because of U2. I am writing my U2 memoir called "On the Road with U2: my musical journey." It is about the 75 U2 shows I've been to since ZooTv, including my three-month road trip during the last leg of the 360 Tour where I drove to every US concert. More than just the concerts, it is about the places I've been, the people I've met, and my quest to meet Larry.