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by Joey S

I was 17 years old, a huge U2 fan and seeing them for the first time. I went with my future wife and about 18 of our high school friends. We cut school and arrived at the JFK parking lot at about 9:30 am. My first memory was the horrible odor of about 500 dead heads lingering around and trying to sell us hits. It was horrible but my friend Steve and I did buy 12 cans of Stroh's off of one of them.

I remember the NFL was on strike and a few of us walked over to the Vet where a few players were walking the picket line. Got to meet John Spagnola and Mike Quick. The best part of the afternoon was listening to Larry's drum tech do a sound check on the kit. As a drummer I was blown away by the sheer power of the PA system. Those black Yamaha's sounded like cannons!

We were general admission on the floor and got about 10 feet from the stage. We didn't last much into U2's set as we climbed the front rail to avoid my 5 foot girlfriend from being smooshed to death. We were let back on the field by security and enjoyed the rest of the show from about mid-field.

I have seen every U2 tour in Philly since then but this will always be my all time favorite show. It is still one of the greatest nights of my life!

Bono rocked, broken arm and all!

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