October 28, 2001 – Elevation New Jersey
This Day in U2 History
On October 28, 2001, U2’s Elevation Tour returned back to the Continental Airlines Arena where it had played two shows to end the first leg of the tour in June. Tasha, Paola and I drove to Jersey the night before, as soon as the third New York City show finished. We got our numbers in the GA line (I was number 46) and went to our hotel to sleep. We were back in the GA line by 7am the morning of the show. This was to be Paola’s first GA show. It was the most relaxing GA line, which was a nice change of pace from the New York shows.
Around 3pm, we walked over to wait for U2 to arrive. We waited until 5:15, but they never came. There was chaos when we returned to the GA line. The idiot security people opened up three gates, so those of us who had been waiting all day were right next to people who had just arrived. And all three of these lines were to go through one door. Sensing severe danger, Tasha, Kate and I decided to get out of the so-called ‘line’ and go back to wait for the band to come in and go into the show later. Unfortunately while dealing with all that line chaos, we missed Bono and Edge by about 10 minutes. But we did arrive in time to see Paul McGuinness, but he was too mobbed to talk to. We went into the show after 7pm, leisurely went to the bathroom, got a snack, and watched the show from the soundboard. It was surprisingly close – not a bad view at all. Stereophonics opened. U2 played “All I Want is You” instead of “Bad.”
Elevation Jersey 10.28.01 Set List: Elevation, Beautiful Day, Until the End of the World, New Year’s Day, I Will Follow, Sunday Bloody Sunday, Stuck In a Moment, Kite, Angel of Harlem (full band – electric), Please (acoustic – Bono, Edge, and guest), All I Want Is You, 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, Peace on Earth / Walk On.
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