Out of Control in New Jersey U2 360 7.20.11
The U2 360 show in New Jersey was good, but it ended great with Out of Control when Larry asked Bono if they should play one more. U2 also played both The Fly and Magnificent, so we got 2 extra songs in Jersey and Edge came out to greet the fans before the show. Please watch my video of an overview of the U2 360 show in New Jersey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbRp0SJ6jHY
I stayed at the Homestead Suites next to the Sheraton and across from New Meadowlands Stadium, but I couldn’t walk to the stadium because of the highway. So I walked over to the Sheraton and took their shuttle over to the stadium. I picked up my redzone ticket and wristband and walked around to where everyone was waiting for U2 to arrive. I met Anisha, Melissa, Krystal, Sadie and Dafna whom I’ve been chatting with on Twitter and Facebook for months. I also met Patrick, who is Chuck’s friend from Austin and the lead singer of Austin’s U2 tribute band, and Matt’s cousin and his girlfriend, as well as talked friends with Barb and Alice.
U2 finally arrived, well everyone except Larry. Paul McGuinness drove in, then Adam, then Edge and then Bono. Edge came out to greet everyone as he did in Chicago. About two hours later around 6:30 or so, Larry finally arrived. There were still a few of us left waiting, but he didn’t stop. Please watch my short video of Edge greeting the fans in New Jersey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPcBFOsgC-Y
I ran into Mike, my oldest U2 friend. We saw a set list that someone had that said there was going to be an encore of Out of Control, Bad, and 40 closing the show. We didn’t believe it. Interpol didn’t come on until about 7:45. I realized that the lead singer must be an Elvis fan. He has Elvis-like sunglasses and says, ‘Thank you very much.’ I like their first two songs, but then his voice starts to get on my nerves.
I had redzone on Adam’s side of the stage, but decided to watch U2 walk in as I always do. I didn’t want to walk all the way around to Edge’s side to watch them walk onto the stage because the sun had really worn me out. So I just stayed on Adam’s side because they were walking out of the tunnel on his side. It was pretty exciting to watch U2 walk all the way down the tunnel – usually I just see them walking up to the stage. Please watch my video of U2 entering New Meadowlands Stadium http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvwD2th_01o
After U2 walked by, I ran over to the redzone to watch the show. It seemed I was a bit more excited than everyone else there, especially when U2 added an extra song, Magnificent, after Get on Your Boots. Just like in St. Louis, Bono read a set list from a show they did 30 years ago in Jersey. Also, Bono said the exact same band introductions as in St. Louis, except without my ‘shout out.’ He did say Larry was still upset about U2 changing their name to the Larry Mullen Band, but left out the part about there are people here who agree with him. Please watch my video of Bono and Larry singing LET ME IN THE SOUND from Get on Your Boots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_cWmygwo1M Please watch my video of the beginning of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZCfVyYk-0 and the end of Pride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IsZS_Cy8_g
The redzone was more crowded than I thought it would be. I stood 2 people back from the catwalk and had a side view of the stage, so I could see everything. I still like my spot behind the stage better though. It’s closer and a better view of Larry. Also, Bono and Edge go behind the stage more than they come over to the catwalk on Adam’s side where I was. The redzone was great for I’ll Go Crazy if I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight though. I got to see Adam, Edge and Larry up close – not just Larry. Please watch my video of I’ll Go Crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6ZWSFi4gBo
After I’ll Go Crazy, I went to my usual spot behind the stage and felt right at home. It was less crowded and I was closer to Larry – and Bono when he came back for Sunday Bloody Sunday and Streets. Someone rushed the stage from behind the stage on Edge’s side during Streets. I saw Sammy and a security run after him, but couldn’t see what happened. Throughout the show, Bono kept commenting on how hot it was even though it was way hotter in St. Louis a few days earlier – it was 110 in St. Louis and not even 90 in New Jersey. But Bono was really struggling with the heat – speaking the lyrics a lot instead of singing. Please watch my video of Bono’s rap during Sunday Bloody Sunday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWQizvqu4eA Please watch my video of Lary’s drum solo during Scarlet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21rB3SNXH8 Please watch my video of intro to Streets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzESy0EUNI8 and the end of Streets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-0jSDR7sdU
During With or Without You, I walked back to the tunnel to wait for U2 to leave. Paul McGuinness was standing behind me watching. After Moment of Surrender, they walked to the front of the stage and took their bows. I was of course watching Larry and saw him lean to Bono and say something like, ‘Do you want to play another one? It’s up to you.’ Then Bono said, ‘Let’s do one more.’ I heard the beginning of Out of Control and ran back to the stage, but some folks had left, so I was able to stand at the side. It was SO great! Please watch my short video of a bit of Out of Control http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8O6lZRAilA
After, I went back to the stairs to watch U2 walk off stage and then ran back to the tunnel to watch them leave. As Edge and Bono approached the tunnel, they hugged this man. Security said it was Bruce Sprinsteen, but I didn’t think it looked like him. Please watch my short video of U2 leaving New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_LTIzatLyg
I had to wait over an hour to catch the shuttle back to my hotel after the show. Unfortunately the morning after the U2 show in New Jersey, I had to drive 7 1/2 hours to Ohio and the next day I drove over 13 hours to Minneapolis for my second to last U2 360 show.