First Union Center Philly Elevation – my U2 Concerts A to Z

I chose the Elevation concert in Philadelphia on June 11, 2001 at the First Union Center as my favorite ‘F‘ U2 show because it was a significant, if not a watershed, show. It was this Elevation show that started the whole “Larry Mullen Band” craze and joined four U2 fan together as friends.

34-larry-mullen-band-in-phillyIt was at this Elevation show in Philly 13 years ago that a “Larry Mullen Band” shirt was thrown onto the stage. Larry put the shirt on his drum kit and it remained there for the rest of the show. I of course took pictures of “The Larry Mullen Band” shirt hanging off Larry’s drums and posted it on some U2 website. A girl named Jenny saw these pictures and commented that her friend Paola was the one who threw the shirt on stage. That show was Paola’s birthday and being a huge Larry fan, she made the shirt for him. We all became fast friends, along with my friend Tasha whom I had met a month before at the Pittsburgh show. Paola made us each a “Larry Mullen Band” shirt. This is what I wrote about that Elevation show in Philly:

I woke up at 5:30 am Monday morning June 11th, drove to Philadelphia, and was in the GA line at First Union Center by 8:10 am. It was a long, hot day in the sun. I made some new friends in the GA line. Inside the arena, I stood up front at the rail just to the right of Adam. U2 played a bit of “Night and Day” after “Beautiful Day.” Other than that, it was the standard set list with the addition of “In a Little While.” A “Larry Mullen Band” shirt was thrown on stage, and Larry put it on his drum kit and it remained there for the rest of the show.

32-gone-in-phillyElevation Philly1 6.11.01 Set List: Elevation, Beautiful Day/Night and Day, Until the End of the World, Mysterious Ways/Sexual Healing, In My Life/Stuck In a Moment, Kite, Gone, New York, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday/Get Up Stand Up, In a Little While, Desire/Gloria, Stay, Bad/40, Where the Streets Have No Name, Pride, Bullet the Blue Sky, With or Without You, The Fly, One, Walk On.

This is part of my Blogging from A to Z Challenge about ‘My U2 Concerts A to Z.’ Thanks for stopping by. Please come back tomorrow as I write about my favorite ‘G’ U2 show.

About Deena 'On the Road with U2' Dietrich (321 Articles)
My name is Deena Dietrich. I live in Ellicott City, Maryland with my 2 dogs Elvis and Cilla. I am making my way as a Social Media Manager, Blogger and now Author. I have just written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 90) U2 shows I have been to ZooTv to 360 and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met along the way. My motto is “It is better to regret something you have done, than something you haven’t.” So follow me on my journey as I pursue my passions in music and sports: U2, Broncos, Elvis, Grizzlies, LMP, Orioles, NKOTB. Please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at

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