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by Phil from Hull

My first concert, and what a concert it was. In the year when U2 had conquered the world with The Joshua Tree, i was lucky enough to see them after camping outside a record shop for the tickets which were in huge demand. I remember getting handed an Amnesty International leaflet which had the picture of Bono from the 'One Tree Hill' cover on urging U2 fans to join- which i did. Entering through the tunnels on to the pitch i saw the HUGE slanted 'U' '2' lettering on the side curtains and was blown away. The support acts were superb and the crowd were really up for it. While the roadies were clearing the equipment for the support acts, background music was being played and then during John Lennon's version of Stand By Me (just at the point where the drums kick-in) U2 just appeared and took over the song, it really was exciting. Everyone there knew they were seeing a band at the top of their game. I remember most of what Bono said between songs, especially Sunday Bloody Sunday when he introduced it by saying 'I believe in this song, and i believe in my country, North & South'. The band covered 'C'mon everybody' and in the chorus breaks Bono shouted 'Screw the elections, c'mon everybody'. Following the first cover they did a slowed-down version of the Beatle's 'Help'which gave the crowd enough time to re-group before 'Bad' rang out. The rest of the gig was absolutely superb and the band left the stage by dropping out individually during '40' leaving Larry to end the song with a thunderous drum solo. Myself and the rest of Wembley Stadium exited on a high singing 'How long, to sing this song'....and i'm still singing it to this day.

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