The U2 360 show in Salt Lake City was fantastic - better than the opener in Denver, even though I didn’t get any Larry love. The audience at the University of Utah was so much more into the show than the crowd in Denver. The set list was the same except for the addition of Love Rescue Me and a couple other Bob Dylan covers in tribute for his birthday. I almost cried when they played Love Rescue Me as it is my 2nd favorite song off Rattle and Hum. I still really miss I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. All I Want is You is good, but doesn’t have the same uplifting inspiration as Still Haven’t Found. I love the addition of Pride though.
Before going to the U2 show, we went to Emigration Canyon and had lunch at the historic Ruth’s Diner. It was probably the best baked mac n cheese I’ve ever had.
I left for Rice-Eccles Stadium just after 3pm and although it was only a couple of miles from my hotel, I didn’t actually get into the GA line until almost 4pm. It took a while to find the general parking lot and then to walk to the stadium from that lot. The good thing was that parking was free – free! That almost never happens at a U2 show. I wasn’t going to get in the GA line. My plan was to hang out for a bit in the GA line and then go wait out for the band to arrive, but I ended up talking to some people in the GA line and running into Jason, a friend I have been talking with on Twitter the past few months and finally got to meet in person. I also signed up (again) for the One campaign, talked to people about my trip to all the US shows and handed out some U2TourFans stickers.
I decided to stand on Adam’s side of the stage in the inner circle. I had a nice view of the stage, but then it got so crowded. I think they let too many people inside, so I moved over more toward the side. I again ran into my friend Mike. I also ran into Matt and Melissa, my friends from Elevation. It was great to see U2 with them again. I decided to go over to Edge’s side to watch U2 enter again. Larry did not see me or wave to me this time though. I did get 4 photos of each band member entering, but they are blurry. I also got video of their entrance, but it is a little shaky.
Enjoy this short vide of U2 entering Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsRWT8WCXyI
It was still light out when U2 took the stage. After watching U2 enter, I went over to Adam’s side to watch the show. Then I went back to the soundboard during Walk On to watch the end of the show. I have never seen it from the back. It’s really cool with all the screens and lights on the claw, and I especially enjoyed the Joshua Tree footage during Streets.