Jun 17 1992
Sheffield, GB / Indoor Sports Arena
with Fatima Mansions
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My Home Town
I finished work on the Friday afternoon and headed straight over to the Arena with my sleeping bag and 3 other mates and there was already a queue. The atmosphere was incredible as we settled in for the night, people playing guitars an portable units and we was given a ticket number by the security guys which reserved our place in the queue. One of my mates slept through the night but the pub opposite, The Noose & Gibbett (still open today) was serving hot soup so we'd nip over if we wanted to stretch our legs. Incredibly despite sleeping out and only being 100 & something in the queue we only managed to get tickets at around row 12 so although close not as close as i'd like. As already mentioned the security on the night were incredibly over dramatic and tried to keep everybody seated and despite the rows in front of us all standing the security guy close to us kept telling us to sit down. Ironically he was a local referee who i knew though my playing career and eventually i told him to f**k off and he backed off. This has to go down as my most treasured U2 gig ever as it was thrilling and chaotic but by god was it brilliant. The moment when Bono appears at the beginning to Zoo Station was just berzerk and from start to finish it was incredible. Bono did his usual and pulled a lady from the crowd at the end of the catwalk and presented her with a bottle of champagne and then opened another to spray into the crowd. This bottle was left at the side of the stage and after the gig i went over and asked for it but security wouldn't give it to me but then a young lady asked for it and they gave it her instead (agghhhh). However they did give me a towel that had been used and i was delighted with it. Just a plain white towel and only i know the true story of where it came from but its mine..lol
The Best
I have never been to a gig since. That can even come close to this one.
Rick Spence (manchester) - U2.com I.D -
I have been to all the tours and by far this was the best. I also queued up overnight to get the tickets whereby we were allocated tickets the morning after. I recall i was number 81. The indoor arena at sheffield was fantastic, only to be made much more exciting by the fact we were close to the front and Bono took my sunglasses from my head during a song (Bad a think), he then wore them for part of the song. This was my first u2 gig ever and most definitely the best. I have tried for many years to see if anyone had any footage of this gig bit have been so far unsuccessful If anyone has anything photos, videos etc it would allow many of my freinds to finally beleive that it did actually happen. Come on U2.com help me out.
the best concert ever
i have been to a lot of concerts over the years including another U2 one........... but this concert still beats them all! firstly to get the tickets we had to que over night in a full arena car park. With U2 tunes blasting out from different portable stereos, and random games of football kicking off, the atmosphere was electric with anticipation.......... not like booking on line i can tell ya !! Then the concert was electric with people over excitedly balancing on the backs of the seats in an attempt to get the best view of their idols! The venue was far superior to the stadiums and the crowd reacted with delight to all the hits, and the newly showcased achtung baby album! this concert was truely amazing ......... dont know if it can ever be beaten??
All night party!
First Indoor U2 gig I'd been to and queued all night for tickets in a real party atmosphere. Got brilliant seats 4 rows from front but no-one really wants to sit at a U2 gig do they? so made our way to the front despite protests from security to sit down. Great sound and a much more intimate setting than the stadiums - Trabants hanging everywhere...
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