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by John

This was a great show- the last time U2 played Philly in a smaller venue before graduating to arenas. By the way, technical note, the Tower Theater is actually in Upper Darby, PA (the Philly City line is right down the street).

I actually didnt have a ticket- slipped a security guard $20 to open up the back gate (a bunch of us got in that way). Luckily, a fight pre-occupied the ushers, so we were able to push down towards the front of the stage.

A lot of energy in the crowd and one of the loudest shows I've been to. I remember being shook by some of the bass lines. Bono lost his voice a lot- I think during "Two Hearts Beat as One"- but the crowd sang along when he exerted them. I remember one of the songs- there was a Japanese symbol on the screen behind them.

Someone in the crowd tried to slip one of those "Frankie Says" t-shirts for Bono to put on (remember, this was 1984!) But Bono politely declined. I think Bono did some of his climbing in the rafters as well- luckily he didn't get hurt!

This show sold out in minutes. U2 put a ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer apologizing for all those fans who got shut out and promised to come back for more shows in Spring 1985- which they did 2 shows at the Spectrum in April.

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