I can’t believe there are only two more weeks left on my U2 360 tour across America – only 5 shows left. I have been on the road for 60 days and driven over 14,000 miles so far. The time has just flown by. I’ve had such a wonderful time, met so many great people, and visited lots of great places. I have seen 11 fantastic U2 shows – the best being Anaheim2 and Chicago, with Nashville, Seattle and Baltimore being close seconds.
Anaheim2 was wonderful because for the first time on this leg of the tour, U2 completely changed the set list opening the show with 5 songs from Achtung Baby. It was also special for me because they brought back my favorite song I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, and I cried like a baby. It was a very emotional show for me. Chicago was amazing because U2 ended the show with an impromptu performance of One Tree Hill, which they haven’t played in its entirety in the US since 1987. One Tree Hill is off my favorite album The Johua Tree, so I was beyond excited. Almost equally as exciting was the performance of Out of Control, which hasn’t been played in the US on the 360 tour, and I have been waiting for it since May. After the back to back to back playing of Out of Control, Get on Your Boots and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, I knew the Chicago show was going to be one of my favorites.
You can read about what I thought about all the U2 shows I’ve attended and my travels along the way here on my blog and in my book, which I hope to have published by the end of the year. But you won’t be able to read about my journey on U2TourFans, as I am no longer associated with them. I want everyone to know that I funded my road trip myself, never got a sponsor as I was promised, but did receive a few donations from fellow U2 fans. I am just a U2 fan sharing my musical journey through my blog and my book.
Tomorrow I start the last leg of my U2 360 tour across America, my last 5 shows. I’ve had a nice 4-day rest at my parents’ house in Maryland, but tomorrow it’s off to Phialdelphia. I will be staying at what I assume to be the fabulous Hotel Palomar as they have already upgraded me to a suite for my 3-night stay. I’m seeing Soundgarden at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing Wednesday night. I have GA tickets I bought through the fanclub, and we get let in a half hour earlier than the regular GA folks. Then Thursday is the U2 show at Lincoln Financial Field – GA there too like always. But before the show, I’m meeting my old Elevation tour friends for lunch. The Elevation show in Philadelphia 10 years ago is the reason we’re all friends! I’m going to relax in my suite at the Palomar the day after the U2 show in Philadelphia, then it’s off to St. Louis, New Jersey, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh.
If you’re at any of these last 5 US shows, please look for me in my straw cowboy hat and black Larry Mullen Band shirt and say Hi. Before the shows, I’ll be waiting for the band to arrive and during the shows hopefully inside the inner circle behind the stage watching Larry. I hope to see you the next 2 weeks On the Road with U2.