I spent the day in my hotel room conserving my energy for tonight’s show. I left for Angels Stadium at 2pm. I got a little lost walking to the stadium – I went the wrong way twice. I got to the stadium shortly after 2:30, even though the stadium is just a few blocks from my hotel. I was tired and sweaty, as June Gloom brought the humidity today. I think I got a little overheated and dehydrated because I had a terrible migraine the rest of the day and throughout the show.
Arriving at the stadium, I noticed 2 GA lines on opposite sides of the stadium. I walked around to where I thought the band would drive in and found most of my friends already there waiting. Of course we were all in the wrong place, so we moved around to the right place about a half hour later. U2 arrived around 4pm, not in their usual black towncars, but all in one white van. No one stopped, but Larry did smile as he drove by – I like to think it was because he saw my Larry Mullen Band shirt. This was the first time Bono has not stopped in the US this leg.
Please watch my video of getting to Angels Stadium http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4DWlNVA0v0
We got in the GA line and listened to the soundcheck, which included both The Fly and Ultra Violetbut neither were played in tonight’s show. We entered the stadium just after 5pm, got our stamps to re-enter the inner circle and then went up to the stands to sit and relax in the shade. Anaheim Stadium is a beautiful baseball park.
Lenny Kravitz and his band arrived to the stage in golf carts. They played from 7:30 to about 8:15 and the same set list as the previous four shows I’ve seen. After Lenny’s performance, I went back to wait for U2 to walk in. The venue security tried to get us to leave, but Rocco told them we were allowed to stay there to wait for the band. U2 walked to the stage just after 9pm and Larry once again smiled and waved at me as he entered.
Please watch my video of U2 walking to the stage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeumBjvJPOo
Please watch my video of Even Better Than the Real Thing intro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDVbrMII62E
Please watch my video of Larry and Bono during Get on Your Boots http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT6miRWeSiA
The inner circle was very crowded, probably because of all the VIPs. I stayed behind the stage for the entire show, which is fine because that’s the best view of Larry anyway. Bono’s band introductions were great. He thanked Larry for everything that U2 was, saying they would be nothing without him. Bono also brought Paul McGuinness on stage for the first time ever. Yesterday was Paul’s birthday, so we sang Happy Birthday to him.
Please watch my video of Bono’s band introductions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEy7RYyeVSw
Please watch my video of Larry during the beginning of I’ll Go Crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdlHTVzsMxk
Please watch my video of Larry’s drum solo during Scarlet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aPgLgJasA
During With or Without You, I went back to wait for U2 to leave. I stood in the same place I did in Seattle, hoping that Larry would once again grace me with a handshake. He didn’t, but he did smile and wave at me. So a smile and wave from Larry on the way into the show and on the way out of the show isn’t too shabby.
Please watch my video of U2 leaving the stage at Angels Stadium http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXv8GaCjM3Y
Tomorrow there is another U2 360 show at Angels Stadium in Anaheim. This is the only time in the US that U2 are playing two back to back shows in the same city, so hopefully they will change up the set list a bit. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to blog about it tomorrow night or post videos or pics. I have to get right to sleep in preparation for my 3000 mile cross country drive to make it to the Baltimore U2 360 show on Wednesday. Please send good thoughts my way 🙂