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.

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