Jersey1 Elevation – my U2 Concerts A to Z

46-larry-giving-me-his-drumstick-in-jerseyThe first show in New Jersey on Elevation was one of my favorites of the tour. It was at that concert I had my first encounter with Larry Mullen Jr. I would have two more great encounters with Larry on the Elevation tour, but you always remember your first. I can’t really remember the actual concert, but I remember every second of that brief exchange with Larry. It is a no-brainer that I chose Jersey1 Elevation on June 21, 2001 at Continental Airlines Arena as my favorite ‘J‘ U2 concert. Here is what I wrote that night:

I drove up to New Jersey around 6:30pm Wednesday, the night before the show. I met Tasha at the hotel around 10pm. We got up early Thursday morning and were in the GA line by 6:15am. I was number 30 in line. Tasha tried all day to get a GA, but couldn’t so she stayed in her seat behind the stage. I stood at the rail in front of Adam – again. Jersey1 on June 21st was a great show! A girl two people down from me had a sign that read, “Larry May I please have your drum sticks?” At the end of the show right after “Walk On,” Larry hopped up and walked right over to her. I took a great close up picture as Larry leaned over to give her his drumstick. Then he looked right into my eyes and nodded. I leaned further than anyone, and he gave me his drum stick. I mouthed, “Thank You So Much.” Larry again nodded. As soon as I got the drum stick, I teared up. Then I looked up at Tasha in her seat behind the stage and we both started jumping up and down. I walked back into the middle of the heart by myself and started to cry and shake. Best moment of the tour for me! I exited the arena clutching my drum stick that Larry gave me after he looked into my eyes. I met up with Tasha outside, and we hugged and squealed. I told her the story, and then she cried. I couldn’t get to sleep until about 2:30am and woke up 2 hours later for the final show on this leg of the tour.

49-bono-in-jerseyElevation Jersey1 6.21.01 Set List: Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until the End of the World, Mysterious Ways, Kite, Gone, New York, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday / Get Up Stand Up, In My Life / Stuck In a Moment, In a Little While, Desire, Stay, Bad / Wild Horses / 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 ‘K’ U2 show.

About Deena 'DeenasDays' Dietrich (342 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 written my U2 memoir 'On the Road with U2: my musical journey' (available on amazon) about the 75 (now 100) U2 shows I have been to since ZooTv 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 with Elvis, U2, Grizzlies, Broncos, LMP, NKOTB, Orioles. Please connect with me @DeenasDays on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ or you can email me at

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