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Old 10-10-2009, 01:46 AM   #1
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October 9, 2009 - U2 Concert - Raymond James Center Tampa - FL

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Old 10-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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Long story short...AWESOME SHOW!!! 72,000 people gathered peacefully in Raymond James Stadium. The fans in line before the show were all really nice, as per usual at U2 shows. Muse was a good opening band. After Muse, when Space Oddity came on, the stadium went ape-shit...then Kingdom for your Love...then Larry, The Edge, Bono and Adam...and Breathe. The heat index was 102-degrees in Tampa on Friday, major heat and humidity...I think this hit the band when they came out, but it quickly loosened them up too...the crowd was loud and energized and U2 steadily gained momentum. Bono commented on the Bucaneers' pirate ship in Tampa Stadium, "You've got a pirate ship, we've got a space ship." Highlights for me were Ultraviolet, COBL, Moment of Surrender, but all the songs were played with perfection and Bono's voice sounded strong (he hit the high notes with ease on One, WOWY, and Crazy Tonight). The show seemed to end too soon. The Claw is simply amazing...awesome graphics...and I felt almost as close to the band in the stadium as I've felt to them in Madison Square Garden and the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
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I was collected by ramblinrose and her cousin from my hotel at lunchtime who not only gave me a lift to the stadium, but also gave me a GA ticket! So big big muchos gracias Rosa!

It was a furnace of a day, unbearably hot for me. When we got around to the GA line around 2pm, security had unbelievably made everyone stand up squashed together in small pens. I saw one person vomiting, and another being treated by paramedics. Just what were security thinking?

We waited to see the band drive into the stadium a bit after 4pm, Bono put his window down to wave and shout at the fans, but he didn't come out to say hello, apparently cos they didn't have enough time.

I got into the gig just at the end of Breathe cos I had to meet an ol chum Kelly and her mate to pass on two tickets. The crowd was quite thick at the back of the field where the GA entrance was, so I thought it would be a really busy field, but it was only a bottleneck as there was a lot more space further in. I actually got into the pit on Edge's side during Boots, so it's still not filling up. But I went back out to the centre of the field after ISHFWILF, as I prefer that spot with a full view of the stage to standing at the side of the pit (I could have squeezed through to the centre of the pit but didn't bother trying).

Some random observations:

- very hot gig, so the band were drinking lots of water, and Bono removed his jacket after SBS, I'm sure Mala was happy

- new video intro before Ultraviolet, this one has the cartoon baby face from Achtung Baby morphing into an image of the steering wheel mic; I thought it might be an intro to Zoo Station as they did on the Vertigo tour, but alas no

- the video link-up chat with the first clown in space is a very nice idea but just seemed to be a bit of an ostentatious show n tell - "hey! look! we can talk to people in space during our concert!" So there was the usual "Earth looks very beautiful but very fragile" chat

- they followed the video space station chat with Elevation which was better than In A Little While for restoring the atmosphere, although personally I think it's slipped into the "Overplayed" category, along with Mysterious Ways

- bring back Unknown Caller!

- I liked Bono's little joke that "we bought this space ship ... actually YOU bought it, we built it"

- Bono saluted the Stars n Stripes flying on the stadium after praising Florida and the US before ISHFWILF (I think), and the fluttering flag was shown on the video screen at the start of Streets too, as well as Bono dedicating Stand By Me to anyone in the audience with relatives in the American forces;

- there was a small plane with an LED display on the underside of its wings flying around during the concert with adverts, although it also had messages in Irish like "Failte Go Tampa U2" (Welcome to Tampa), and "Pog Mo Thoin" (kiss my arse - an Irish swearie word) which was a nice touch

- there was a girl on someone's shoulders in the pit during One who ignored all the security's flashlight waving to tell her to get down, you go girl!

- my mates arrived very late but managed to get a parking space at the front of the lot, we were the first out of the lot and onto the main road, so I was back at my hotel by 11:30pm, hope everyone else had no probs getting out!

- can anybody explain what Bono is on about when he brings a boy onstage for CoBL and says he's looking for the face he had before the world was made? He's giving his shades to the lucky wee chap to keep
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I think Bono's reference to "looking for the face he had..." has to do with a statement he made a few years back about how different he looked when he was first in U2 (up through the 80's I believe) He said there was something about his eyes. So my interpretation of his current quote is that he's looking for that younger version of himself, the one from before his current life.
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I think it's referring to some Biblical quote about God knowing you before you were born. That's just my opinion.

Anyway, I was there and I have to send out props to you folks in GA -- I know a lot of people had to leave due to dehydration, etc. It was one extremely humid Florida night (so much so it was Adam that stripped off his shirt at the end of the first round ... and then had his shirt coyly pulled up over his stomach for the final encore)

I've always said in the heat that Bono should ditch that jacket and was glad to see he did.

Really hot, but it didn't seem to deter them from putting on a great performance. They said that that show had the most people inside Raymond James stadium *ever* -- including the Super Bowl.
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I hope for some pictures of B without the jacket
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I posted part of this in the setlist party thread, but I'm lazy so I'll just quote it again here

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My sister went to the restroom about 4 songs into U2 saying she wasn't feeling well. She came back during COBL to tell me that she was going to wait outside in the hall because it was too hot. One started playing, and the paramedics came to get me because she was dehydrated.

She's okay now and we didn't have to go to the hospital. We did get to see one of the busy medical room at RJ stadium where there were about 5 other people in the same or worse shape she was in and they were bringing in two more when we were leaving. Thanks to the paramedic guy who drove us to the car, you were great even though you had trouble starting the golf cart

On the plus side, it was probably the best show I've been to for the 360 tour and we didn't have to fight any traffic getting home.

On the other hand . . .
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First, what a show, what a night!

It was indeed a hot day. Even for a Floridian like me, that kind of heat deserves some serious respect.

It was a great day, and despite the heat, my wife and I enjoyed our hours in the GA line. It was a pleasure to meet all of the fellow fans!

My wife is relative newcomer to U2. Being younger than I am, she grew up on late 90's Pop. But she loved it just as much as I did. Great experience for both of us.

I'm more of an old timer to tha band, and even have a joshua tree and an Achtung Baby tatooed on my leg. (I swear I was about to fall over when the baby was talking to us in his Zooropa getup. Pretty funny.)

I can sometimes tend to go on a bit, so I'll keep this brief. Just wanted to say hello to all the fellow fans, and to say what a pleasure it was to meet everyone.

Regarding the COBL thing. I've always felt that song was one about youthful exuberance, and the loss thereof as we grow older.

I have three children, and I was moved to tears to hear the things Bono was singing to that boy. No doubt the kid had no idea or real appreciation for what he was saying, but what an experience nonetheless!

If you just think about the lyrics... "Don't look before you laugh, look ugly in a photograph." To me, those are just words of wisdom for handling life. It says "Have fun. Do something light and fun. Enjoy!".

The part where he asks the little boy if he can see the beauty inside of him, to me, was a little more poignant. I think that part is very personal for Bono in the way he presented it. He's giving the kid the glasses, laying himself bare, and asking "Can you still see the kid in me". I'm not trying to read Bono's mind too much, but I see a father of four, who lost his own mother and found fame/adulthood at a very young age making a little personal connection a with a kid.

I think it is wonderful, personally. Bono is a superstar, undoubtledly one of the biggest in the world. But I think that part of the performance is a nice little glimpse at Bono as a person, father, and family man. During that part of the song he's just a father who's not with his kids, connecting with a kid from the audience. As a father myself, I think that's really cool!

That's just one guy's take on it. I'm sure other's opinions may differ.

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My review can be found here...Random Thoughts - You've got a pirate ship, we have a spaceship.

Be warned, it's very Adam-centric.
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My review can be found here...Random Thoughts - You've got a pirate ship, we have a spaceship.

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Nice! Although copy and paste is a nifty feature of keyboards you should consider using

Does your hubbie never get jealous of your Adam love?

I was the sweaty Irish eejit standing just behind youse when the band entered, pity they couldn't come out for a mo, even though the sound check was actually about half an hour after they went in.
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I don't know how people didn't die in that GA line around 4 pm. My friends and I drank about a gallon of water each, and by the time U2 got on stage we were alreary dehydrated again.
I'm not even one to complain about heat. I live in Miami and I've traveled around in the middle of humid summer in a car without a/c. I went to the Everglades in jeans in September, and it was still nowhere near as hot as it was. Security made a HUGE mistake in cramming us together so early on. Two people around us fainted, and that was before the lie that we would be getting inside at 5 pm. More like 5:30 pm.

It got very hot for me about ten minutes into U2's set where I kept forcin myself to breathe in deep. The biggest disadvantage to being short is that there is no fresh air at my nose level.

complaning aside, it was an AMAZING show, but I wouldn't want to do GA next year.
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We arrived at the stadium at about 5:30 and were told to get in line for wristbands. After waiting in line for a few minutes, we were told that the wristbands were gone and to just get on the GA line. We wound up centerstage about 5 rows back from catwalk with people who were waiting since 8 a.m. The show was fabulous because the crowd was fabulous. I attended the first Giants Stadium show in NY and have to say that I was pleasantly surprised that the show in Tampa was even better! The heat was hard to take but the band seemed to not be bothered by it. They were sweating bullets but having a great time as was the audience. We had to take ourselves to the back of the stadium for some hydration before Ultra Violet and wound up staying there and enjoying the full view of the claw from a distance. The fans were just as loud and crazy in the back of the stadium as up front. All in all, it was a great, great night.
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Nice! Although copy and paste is a nifty feature of keyboards you should consider using

Does your hubbie never get jealous of your Adam love?

I was the sweaty Irish eejit standing just behind youse when the band entered, pity they couldn't come out for a mo, even though the sound check was actually about half an hour after they went in.
We heard them soundchecking Elevation while we were waiting to get in while standing in the area with no shade that we were moved to back from the gates and told to stay there for 45 minutes even though the gates were supposed to open at 5 p.m. (not that I'm bitter or anything ).


The upside is that I decided to go to Oklahoma next weekend

Yay, for non sold out shows and credit cards
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My review can be found here...Random Thoughts - You've got a pirate ship, we have a spaceship.

Be warned, it's very Adam-centric.
Did you see Adam take his shirt off the first time they left the stage? We were on opposite side of the stadium, but we saw it.
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Did you see Adam take his shirt off the first time they left the stage? We were on opposite side of the stadium, but we saw it.
I'm praying someone in GA managed to get that photographed.
I do believe my heart stopped.

And I have the most amazing husband in the world, he not only supports the Adam-love, but encourages it. He was the one who had my Mrs. Clayton hat made for me. I knew I made a good call by marrying a huge U2 fan!
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