November 14, 1997 – PopMart Miami (when I almost converted)
This Day in U2 History
On November 14, 1997, I was in Miami, Florida at Pro Player Stadium for my last PopMart show. Just like the show in Tampa a few days before, I again did not stay in my seat and stood right at the B stage. This time Smashmouth opened, who were not as exciting as Third Eye Blind was in Tampa. When U2 played their set on the B stage, Bono leaned into the audience with his leg up on the rail. I grabbed onto Bono’s leg, sort of hugged it actually. Although I have always been a Larry fan, I was really digging Bono during Popmart. Besides getting to hug his leg, I really liked how Bono looked on Popmart. His natural color hair was short, and he was in great shape. So yeah, I almost converted and became a Bono girl in November of 1997 – ALMOST! Don’t worry Larry, I still love you best! It was just a momentary lapse.
The set list was the same in Miami as it was in Tampa, except of course U2 played “Miami” in Miami. The set list for my final Popmart show in Miami 11.14.97 was as follows: Mofo, I Will Follow, Gone, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Last Night On Earth, Until The End Of The World, New Year’s Day, Pride, I Still Haven’t Found, All I Want Is You, Staring At The Sun, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Miami, Bullet the Blue Sky, Please, Where the Streets, Discotheque, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, With or Without You, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, Mysterious Ways, One-Wake Up Dead Man
I really enjoyed U2’s Popmart tour. I does not get the credit it deserves. Everyone always talks of PopMart as a failure because it did not sell out. But there were some great performances, and PopMart was visually pleasing as well. There was a giant golden arch like McDonald’s, a giant martini and a giant disco-ball traveling lemon that brought Larry, Bono, Edge and Adam to the B stage. And let’s not forget that exciting entrance when U2 walked through the crowd onto the b stage (where I was standing) and then to the main stage. PopMart was also the only time I have seen U2 in a uniform of sorts. They each had their own T-shirt: Bono was “Bono Man,” Larry was “Hit Man,” Adam was “Pop Tart,” and Edge was “Mr. the Edge.” I also think PopMart was the best U2 has looked as a whole, where each member of the band looked his best.
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