Elevation Leg 3: 2001 North America

Nov
19
2001
Los Angeles, CA, US (Staples Center)
Staples Centerwith No Doubt
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Fan Review

U2, Elevation 2001, Los Angeles, Monday, November 19th by C.R. Van Dyk

Man, can you think of another band whose performance gets BETTER each time you see them!?!  This was my fourth Elevation concert (Anaheim #2 and #3, Los Angeles #2 and #3 - thanks Propaganda!), and by far my favorite one.  It was this show that I had my ultimate "U2 Experience".  My friend Pete, a long-time U2 fan, unfortunately could not get tickets to the show.  One of his favorite songs is "Bad", and he'd never heard it live before.  So, as soon as the Edge started playing the chords to "Bad", I immediately called my friend on my cell phone - just so he could hear the song live for the first time.  About two-thirds of the way through the song, Bono suddenly makes eye contact with me and reaches out for my extended cell phone (I'm about three people from the front of the stage at this point).  On the tips of my toes and with fans reaching up to touch him (and almost blocking our path), I somehow toss the phone into Bono's hand.  Bono then takes my cell phone up to his ear (as if he were talking to my friend) and with the mic in his other hand, begins singing a portion of "Bad" to my friend Pete - the very song he had so wanted to hear!  Well, needless to say, my friend Pete is still soaring on Cloud 9 (as am I).  Thank you, Bono, for giving Pete and me a truly unforgettable moment.  To the spirited fans in the Heart, thank you for sharing the experience with me - and for getting me my cell phone back.  And to U2, thank you for showing me the best that music can be.  I can't wait to see what you "imagine" next time...

U2, Elevation 2001,  Los Angeles, November 19th by Tiffany Felix

On Monday, November 19th, I saw my very first U2 concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  Not only was it my first U2 concert, but it was my first concert ever and now I am so spoiled!

>From the moment they began playing Elevation as the opening, I was in a different world.  It was a surreal experience - from the lights, to Bono and the rest of the band, and all of my favorite songs.  The most moving part had to be the tribute to New York and it brought us all together as ONE.  My favorite song of the night had to be Beautiful Day.  It was so powerful and was the one that seemed to get the crowd electrified.  

I had the experience of my life at U2's concert and I would go every day if I could.  There is nothing better in this world than being able to bring so many walks of life together - age groups, races, nationalities.  That is what U2 did.  I will never forget my experience and I know that nothing will ever compare. 

Thank you U2 for bringing so much joy to so many people!

U2, Elevation 2001, Los Angeles, November 19th by CALLJOHNNY

Well the turkey's in the oven, the potatoes are mashed, and the yams are ready to be candied.  What better time to  reflect on Monday nights concert and more importantly contemplate what I have to be thankful for. Monday's concert was awesome. Fans went crazy,  never sat down (highly irregular for the critical L.A. crowd).  During "Please" "Out of Control" "Streets",  Bono was "wide awake" exuberating confidence and truly loving his job. Bono/Edge did "Wild Honey" and brought up an adorable ten year old girl.  As he helped her off the stage Bono commented "Where would we be without you"
Thanks U2 for:
- Heart  stage:   intimacy  attained that most bands wouldn't want
- "ATYCLB":  This CD is like a fine scotch, growing better with age.  "Walk On" and "Kite" got me through the night of my mothers passing on April 24th.  "You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been, A place that has to be believed to be seen"
- Touring when America needs you the most
- Exposing us to humanitarian groups
AND
- Music:  Unlike a film, tv show, or book - the gift of a good song is attainable instantaeously and thus given immediate pleasure.  U2's songs are timeless and their interpretation ever changing.  Consider "One" after 9/11.

Thank you God for my family and my life - thank you U2 for enhancing my soul.  Where would we be without you?

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