Miami Elevation – my U2 Concerts A to Z

109-im-only-happy-when-it-rainsI went to the first show and the final show of the Elevation Tour. It is the only time I have ever done this, part of the reason the Elevation Tour will always be so very special to me. The final show of the Elevation Tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on December 2, 2001 was just fantastic: Set Lists rarities, Larry played with opening act and my friends were on stage. It was an obvious choice as my favorite ‘M’ U2 concert.

Immediately following the show in Tampa, we drove down to Miami arriving at the arena around 5am. 107-sleeping-in-the-car-in-miamiWe got our numbers 108-111 in the GA line and then slept in our car until about 9am. We checked into our disgusting hotel, showered, and then went over to an Irish pub in South Beach to pick up our tickets. With our ETS tickets, we got tee shirts with 12.2.01 Miami and an Elevation picture on the back, as well as a poster with the 3rd leg cities on it. We went back to the arena, checked in at the GA line and then walked over to wait for U2 to drive in but we never saw them because they arrived after the GA line went inside.

108-larry-plays-drums-with-garbageEven though there were 100 people in front of us in the GA line we still were able to get a spot just one person back from the front rail in front of Adam. We were pretty far to the right – just three people from the end of the rail. Garbage again opened. Before their last song, Shirley said their drummer was fired and he left. All of a sudden, I see Sammy dart out to the drum kit then Larry walks out on stage in a navy blue shirt, which he’s never worn in concert. Larry played the drums with Garbage on “Only Happy When it Rains,” which will forever be my favorite Garbage song.

112-jesus-matt-with-bono-and-edgeThis final U2 show on the Elevation Tour in Miami was one of the greatest. It was the first time I heard “In God’s Country.” Bono played the harmonica at the end of it. It was the first time I heard “Mysterious Ways” on that leg of the tour. U2 “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses” and “My Sweet Lord” again as they did in Tampa the night before. Our friend Matt was pulled up on stage to play guitar on “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” with U2. Our friend Dan was pulled up again during “Stuck in a Moment.” During the show it hit me that it was the last show of the tour, that this wonderful year-long, 27-concert musical journey had come to an end. I broke down crying during “Streets” and continued through “Still Haven’t Found” and “Pride.” After the show, everyone who had also taken this magnificent musical journey hung out outside the arena. U2 had already left, so we just watched the trucks pull out for the final time.

115-elevation-endsElevation Miami 12.2.01 Set List for the final show: Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until the End of the World, Mysterious Ways, Out of Control, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Stuck in a Moment, Kite, In God’s Country, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Please (acoustic), Bad / Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Where the Streets Have No Name, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Pride, Bullet the Blue Sky, What’s Going On?, New York, One, My Sweet Lord, Walk On / 40.

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 ‘N’ U2 show.

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