I have been a U2 fanatic since the mid 1980’s.
Back in September 1984 U2 rocked the Apollo Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, but I was too young to have money to get tickets. Now that I think about it, I probably didn’t even know about concerts; My music came solely from tape cassettes and the radio.
U2 came again to Adelaide in October 1989 playing the Memorial Drive Stadium. I had finished high school just three years earlier, yet I still didn’t have the funds to buy tickets. I remember thinking “I am going to save up to see them live!“.
When Bono, The Edge, Larry and Adam returned in November 1993, this time their melodic guitar riffs were heard around Adelaide Football Park. By then I was married and had convinced my lovely wife that the music of U2 was worth the money I had spent on paraphernalia. But I still couldn’t afford tickets.
In November 2006 my wife and I decided it was time. We had better paying jobs back then, so we outlayed sufficient funds for tickets, tshirts, posters, and buttons. I spent a lot. I still have two Vertigo tshirts in their original plastic, untouched. I have a dream they will be my pension – or maybe my kids will wear them one day.
It’s now November 2019. Thirteen years since I attended a U2 concert, and over 30 years of being fan. My life has taken a dramatic change; We now live on Kangaroo Island. Our new jobs don’t allow for much personal spending – so yet again I am missing out on U2 in Adelaide next weekend. It’s a shame. They are performing their ‘The Joshua Tree’ concerts at the Adelaide Oval. Damn, I wish I was there.
The upside: I am now a radio presenter at 5KIxFM90.7 on Kangaroo Island. So instead of going to U2 — U2 are coming to me! Tonight every second song is from each of their many albums. Enjoy…
- No Line On The Horizon – U2 [It’s no coincidence that I named my 2010 SALA Photography exhibition ‘Lines On The Horizon’]
- Versace On The Floor – Bruno Mars (Featuring David Guetta)
- Vertigo – U2
- Young Years – Dragon
- Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix) – U2
- World Where You Live – Crowded House
- The Sweetest Thing – U2
- Levels – Avicii
- City Of Blinding Lights – U2
- Bright Lights, Big City – The Animals
- One Step Closer – U2
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
- Moment Of Surrender – U2
- All You Zombies – The Hooters
- Angel Of Harlem – U2
- She Will Be Loved – Maroon 5
- Beautiful Day – U2
- Beautiful Girl – INXS
- Mysterious Ways – U2
- Mystify – INXS
- With Or Without You – U2
- Eyes Without A Face – Billy Idol
- Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
- Solid Rock – Goanna (Requested By Iris Noyce And Peter Fuller)
- Desire – U2
- Walk This Way – Aerosmith
- New Year’s Day – U2
- Roxanne – The Police
- Silver And Gold – U2
- The Final Countdown – Europe
- Pride (In The Name Of Love) – U2
- Flash – Queen
- When Love Comes To Town – U2 and BB King
- Wild Boys – Duran Duran
- The Unforgettable Fire – U2
- Under The Milky Way – The Church
- 40 (Live) – U2
- We Are The World – Usa For Africa (Includes Bono)
- The Saints Are Coming – U2 And Green Day
- Imagine – John Lennon
- I Will Follow – U2
- Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd
Finishing at 10.59pm
That was a great evening, I thoroughly enjoyed compiling and presenting this list for my listening audience!
I discovered I haven’t yet ripped my Rattle & Hum nor Joshua Tree albums. I will do so in the next few days. So you can hear it during my next 5KIxFM radio show.