U2 360 Baltimore 6.22.11 – a sort of homecoming

They call me Memphis Mullen, but I was born and raised in Baltimore – I moved to Memphis 3 years ago. This U2 360 show in Baltimore was my hometown show. It was my 66th U2 show and my 7th of this leg of the 360 tour. It was the 10th anniversary of the last show on the 1st leg of Elevation (6.22.01). It was 10 years ago in Baltimore on the Elevation tour when Larry hugged me. It was also the first show Tasha and I were seeing together. Before it even started, this U2 360 show in Baltimore was special to me.

I arrived at my parents’ house, about 20 minutes from Baltimore, at 11:30am the morning of the U2 show, after my long 3 1/2 day drive from Anaheim. I unloaded the car, got the dogs settled, and ate a peanut butter sandwich. Tasha arrived around 1 and we were off. Luckily we found parking quickly and very close to the stadium. I used to have Ravens season tickets, so I kind of had an idea of where to go. We walked around the stadium to see where U2 would arrive, sat under a tree and waited. They drove in a couple hours later, but did not stop.

U2 360 Baltimore 6.22.11

We got into the inner circle, and it wasn’t crowded yet. We would have had a great view, but we decided to walk around. We ran into our friends at the soundboard and watched Florence and the Machine. She was good, but a little screamy.

the claw in Baltimore

As I do every show, I went behind the stage to wait for U2 to enter the stadium. This time they came out of the tunnel on Adam’s side, but still walked onto the stage on Edge’s side. As Larry walked by, he smile and waved at me like usual but the look in his eyes was one of surprise that seemed to say, ‘You’re here too? Didn’t I just see you in Anaheim?’ He kept looking at me. Then I was jolted out of my Larry bliss by a severe pain in my arm. A woman I had just met, Cindy, was standing next to me and was SO excited to see Bono walk by that she pinched my arm so hard that it hurt for 3 songs!

I watched the show from Adam’s side, but still behind the stage so I could watch Larry. And actually Adam’s side behind the stage has a better view of Larry – more profile. But when he turned around during Mysterious Ways and Sunday Bloody Sunday, he is facing more towards Edge’s side – so both sides have their advantages.

Let me in the Sound!

At the beginning of I’ll Go Crazy, Larry started walking toward the back and Sammy had to catch up to him to give him his conga. Larry looked down at me and smiled. Then I ran around to the other bridge on Adam’s side to wait for Larry to make his way back to the stage. He smiled at me as he ran by before he threw his conga to Sammy.

Larry I’ll Go Crazy

At the end of the show, I wanted to watch U2 leave thinking maybe Larry would come over to me like he did in Seattle. We could see their cars parked in the tunnel – they were almost inside the stadium. When they left the stage U2 walked straight to their cars, they didn’t even look over to us. But I kept watching Larry. He was almost at his car when he tore off his shirt, and I saw his naked back! Then he put on a black robe. That was almost as good as a handshake. We watched the cars pull away and stood there soaking in the moment. Then someone from the crew came over to me and gave me the set list.

U2 360 Baltimore set list 6.22.11

The set list for Baltimore was similar to Anaheim2. Magnificent was still not played, and they kept The Fly and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. One and Streets were moved back to their regular spots. 40 was soundchecked, but not played. The Baltimore audience went nuts for Beautiful Day and again for Streets. They really sang along with Still Haven’t Found and Pride, proving my point that these two songs should never leave the set list. This Baltimore audience was the most enthusiastic I’ve seen so far – making it almost tied with Anaheim2 for my favorite show on this leg so far. It was definitely the hottest U2 show I’ve been too.

Please watch my video of U2 entering Baltimore’s M & T stadium http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7aQUfFZQPk

Please watch my video of Let Me in The Sound http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=643zU5BnEzo

Please watch my video of Bono’s Sunday Bloody Sunday rap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6QCT8rBLWY

Please watch my video of Larry during I’ll Go Crazy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcTb9yMUzDg

Please watch my video of part of I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69VbIayr-sQ

Please watch my video of the end of Pride http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slQhQTpoYLo

Please watch my video of the intro to Streets http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJOFNQng4Cw

Please watch my video of the band introductions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg6BeZt2o3M

Please watch my video of U2 leaving Baltimore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dls9o76S_B8

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