Unforgettable Fire

Mar 1 1985
Phoenix, AZ, US / Compton Terrace
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Unforgettable Fire
I was there!
So long ago
When I think that this concert was 25 years ago it seems impossible so much time has passed. This was the first concert at the new and supposedly improved Compton Terrace. This outdoor amphitheatre was originally located inside a long gone Phoenix amusement park called Legend City. A few months before this concert, the park was demolished and Compton Terrace was moved to the Firebird Lake area just outside of town. It was clear that very little had been thought out or set up when we arrived. The parking lot was a dirt field with no one directing traffic and once inside we were tightly pressed against the other fifteen thousand or so audience members for the duration of the show. On to the good part... There were several highlights in this show. The first one was that it was the first and only time I ever got to see them perform my favorite U2 song of all time, "A Celebration." Halfway through the show Bono noticed two guys fighting near the stage. He had them pulled out of the audience and brought them on stage. He then asked security to throw them out saying that there was no place for violence at a U2 concert. They then played "Pride" for a second time that night to drive the message home. They were on fire that night and as I watched them it was so obvious that they were bound for legendary status. I have always felt honored that I got to see them early on.
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