Joshua Tree

Apr 2 1987
Tempe, AZ, US / Arizona State University Activity Center
with Lone Justice
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It was a magical night
The first show of the tour was a magical night. Bono lost his voice but the crowd belted out every word to every song. So glad I was there. His voice was back for show number two and it was great, but there was really something very emotional and special about that first night.
Joshua Tree Phase One
There was so much anticipation building up to ths show. I was a student at Arizona State University then. U2 arrived about a week before the opening night to practice inside the ASU Activities Center. Every day after class my friends and I would sit outside and listen to them. The day before opening night a member of their tour staff came over and invited us in to watch. It was wonderful! We got to stay for about an hour and saw them run through about six songs. The night of the first show Bono had lost his voice. it was so sad after seeing how hard he had worked to prepare. He made it through the show getting the audience to help sing along with a good percentage of the songs. It was a very unique night.
December 19, 1987
I was actually at the shows on December 19 and 20 in 1987 in Tempe, the third leg of the tour, but those were the last two dates of the tour. They were filming Rattle and Hum, which made for a very slow concert. They kept stopping in the middle of songs to re-shoot. Over all, it was still a good show. As usual, Bono got on his high-horse about apartheid, but we all expected that now, didn't we.
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