My Musical Journey ends with a hug from Larry – U2 360 Pittsburgh 7.26.11
My final U2 360 show ended on amazing high note, more than I could have hoped for, more than I imagined – Larry hugged me on his way to the stage! So the first few songs on my last U2 360 show were pretty much a blur. It was a standard set list but then U2 ended the show with Bad, one of my favorite U2 songs – haven’t heard it since Chicago1 in 2009. So glad Bad is the last song I heard U2 perform. When Larry walked off the stage and toward the tunnel, he saw me, smiled and gave me a thumbs up – twice. It looked as if Larry was walking toward me, but then he was ushered toward the tunnel. So glad Larry smiling at me is the last image I have of the U2 360 tour. Please watch my video of U2 360 in Pittsburgh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md6eL2aSHFw
I began today as I have for the previous 15 U2 360 shows – walked dogs, ate breakfast, watched tv, napped, ordered lunch and went to the stadium in the afternoon to wait for U2 to arrive. I met Abby and Anisha in the lobby of my hotel, and we took the shuttle over to the stadium at 2pm. It was a beautiful day – 80s, sunny, breezy, and not humid. I saw many friends old and new. But the surprise were Matt, Melissa, her parents and Kim. I had no idea they were coming and were very happy to see them – and it turned out to be very fortunate for me.
U2 arrived just around 5pm. Bono and Edge came out to greet the fans. I couldn’t get close enough to talk with them, but I did see Larry and Adam get out of their cars and walk inside. Matt and Melissa talked with Bono and selflessly told him about me and how I’ve driven to every US show and would like to meet Larry. Brian, Bono’s security guy, told them to wait there and he would see what he could do. Brian came out later and told me Larry was in a meeting, but he told Larry about me and Bono told Larry about me. Maybe Bono and Larry knew he was talking about me, since I talked with Bono in Seattle and Oakland about meeting Larry and Larry sometimes waves to me as he walks to the stage – and Brian said he’s seen me at the shows. Brian took my phone number and said he would look for us inside. Please watch this video of Bono greeting the fans and talking with Matt and Melissa (I did not shoot this video) http://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisMullen?feature=mhee#p/c/AAE35BC51599E88D/66/_f9qEsXM6Vw
We went inside, and Abby and I waited on Edge’s side of the inner circle with Deb and her husband to wait for U2 to enter. Brian came over and told me that he was still working on getting me to meet Larry. Interpol didn’t take the stage until about 7:45 and played their usual set. I’m not sure when U2 came out, probably just about 9pm. When they walked out of the tunnel (on Adam’s side) I noticed that Larry wasn’t first as usual. Adam and Edge were first and Larry and Bono were behind them, so I kind of thought something was up. But then somehow Larry moved up front. As Larry walked up the ramp, he locked eyes with me and was smiling. He walked across the platform and then down to me and hugged me. He didn’t say a word, he just put his arms around me. I think I muttered a ‘thank you.’ Larry gave me the biggest, best hug ever and then went on stage. I burst into tears, as I am doing now while writing this. Everyone around me congratulated me and hugged me, which made the moment even more special. I was so excited that I don’t really remember Even Better Than the Real Thing or The Fly. I don’t think I came to until Mysterious Ways when Larry’s drum kit turned around and faced me behind the stage. I never thought Larry would walk over to me and hug me on his way to the stage before the show. If anything, I thought he may shake my hand after the show walking off the stage on the way to the tunnel. Please watch Deb’s video of Larry walking over to me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phshdCyqDXs Please watch this video of Larry hugging me – it’s not close up, but you can see it at the end in the far right side behind the squiggly lines (I did not shoot this video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjYuBeC6OUg
Two other great moments of this last show in the US on the 360 tour was when Matt and Melissa were dancing on stage during With or Without You and when U2 closed the show with Bad. I was already way behind the stage at the tunnel on Adam’s side waiting for U2 to leave when Bono announced that this is Matt and Melissa’s 60th shows over 3 tours and they were on stage dancing to With or Without You – beautiful! U2 played Moment of Surrender, took their bows and then played Bad with a little snippet of 40 at the end – fantastic! Please watch the video of Matt and Melissa on stage dancing to With or Without You (I didn’t shoot this video) http://www.youtube.com/user/MemphisMullen?feature=mhee#p/c/AAE35BC51599E88D/65/F4Pv6xIT7Nc
My final show of the U2 360 tour in Pittsburgh was my 16th show of this leg of the 360 tour, 24th show of the 360 tour, and my 75th U2 show ever. I will never forget Larry walking toward me smiling and then giving me that great, big hug – what an amazing moment!!! Thank you Matt, Melissa, Brian, Bono and of course LARRY! I will never forget this night!
Please watch my video of Larry and Bono singing LET ME IN THE SOUND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbsWc4V1GQM Please watch my video of Bono chatting and band introductions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfXEzk4tDws Please watch my video of Larry starting I’ll Go Crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MklcznCgeaM Please watch my video of the intro to Streets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL6RaTieQoQ Please watch my video of U2 leaving Heinz Field http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt5ZmKkLvak