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Old 02-26-2002, 07:39 PM   #1
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This Day, February 26, In U2 History...Sing This With Me, This Is '40'!!!

This day, February 26, in U2 History:

February 26, 1980: Concert: Dublin, Ireland. U2 closes out month-long Ireland tour at the National Boxing Stadium, which
holds 2,000 people. About 1,000 people actually show up.


February 26, 1983: '40' debuts as closer.
U2 kicks off the War Tour with a sold-out show in Dundee, Scotland. This show marks Edge's vocal debut, as the band plays "Seconds." It also marks the start of a long tradition: U2 closing a show with "40."


February 26, 2000: Bono and Edge sing at Festival of San Remo. Bono and Edge perform together on the last day of Italy's Festival of San Remo. They play acoustic versions of "All I Want Is You" and "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" -- the latter song receiving its first-ever live performance. The appearance caps several days in Italy for Bono, who successfully lobbies the Italian government to drop some of its debt from Third World countries.

February 26, 2001: U2 wins and performs at the Brit Awards. U2 receives the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the Brit Awards, the UK's equivalent of the Grammys. The band also wins Best International Group and performs four songs.


This day in U2 history is especially poignant with February 26, 1983 being the day that U2 debuts '40' as a closer. A closing tradition that would carry on for the War Tour, The Unforgettable Fire Tour, The Joshua Tree Tour, and many of the shows on the Lovetown Tour.

As someone who had the privilege of attending a show where '40' was a closer, nothing comes close to the communal uplifting that you felt with everyone singing in unison, "How long...to sing this song", as the crowd spilled out into the streets, and the long night swallowed us back in to our own worlds...but in the lingering of that moment, the words of that song stayed with you, and for that little while, everything seemed okay in the world.

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How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long...how long...how long...
How long...to sing this song

I got chills everytime the fans started singing 40 at the concerts.

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On my birthday even. *grins*
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i wish they'd bring 40 back as the closer.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARITYAT3AM!!! I hope you've had an awesome birthday today!

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i wish they'd bring 40 back as the closer.

Some day they will. Even if it's no sooner than the last concert they ever play.

I did get to hear a snatch of it during Bad at the concert I went to. THat was pretty amazing--Bad plus 40. I felt privileged.


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awwwww this is awesome! thanks chris!!
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Yes, "40" as the closer again...100.000 people singing that song again...one day...like it hapenned in So Paulo, Jan 31st 1998. Next time Ill be there.
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love those U2 flashbacks, thanks, Chris!
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ah, thanks for bringing up those memories. amazing how the feelings can well up so many years later at just the mention. powerful. peace, lynn
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My birthday as well.

**wishing that the Grammy's were one day earlier**
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At the Detroit show, when everybody singing "40", it seemed like it ended too soon, so I kept singing. At first I felt stupid because nobody else was, but then the people behind me started to sing again and so did others close by. It was so cool.


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Why is the "Rock's Hottest Ticket" my favorite Bootleg show??

Because it ends with '40'. Listening to the fans sing along as the band plays this song with all their hear brings tears to my eyes every time. I have had to stop listening to it while driving

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When I saw them on ZooTV at Yankee Stadium (August 92 or 93, can't remember) every person in that stadium sang "40" as we all filed out of the stadium to the parking lot! It was awesome and goose-bumpy. One person just started it,and everyone sang along and I remember just walking out of the stadium with this feeling of, "U2 fans rock"!

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When I saw them on ZooTV at Yankee Stadium (August 92 or 93, can't remember) every person in that stadium sang "40" as we all filed out of the stadium to the parking lot! It was awesome and goose-bumpy. One person just started it,and everyone sang along and I remember just walking out of the stadium with this feeling of, "U2 fans rock"!

I remember that! I was there....
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