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U2 - The Joshua Tree 3rd leg: North America

1987-09-12: The Spectrum, Philadelphia - Pennsylvania

( other U2 shows at this location )

<<< 1987-09-11 - Uniondale | 1987-09-14 - East Rutherford >>>


Review

2009-06-21 - I was there and it was just amazing! submitted by Mike

Some notes about the show:

The crowd was probably the best crowd I have ever seen in after over 100+ shows I have been too. The energy before the show was through the roof and I remember everyone singing to "Stand By Me" by John Lennon right before they came on. There were beach balls being batted around like it was an outside concert. The energy never left, even during the slower songs. You can hear the crowd on the recording and the band really seemed to feed off of us.
When we were leaving the Spectrum, the crowd was unbelievably orderly and we kept singing "40" way out into the parking lot. Everyone was singing LOUD, slowly going up the steps and into the halls, still singing as loud as we were with the band. I have never seen anything like it and I could not believe that it lasted so long and so loudly. I wish I had a tape recorder because even when I think about it today it seems so unreal.

During "Bad", a guy jumped onstage and handed Bono what looked to be a big number one. It was a strange moment and Bono took it politely and gave a confused look to the audience, like he didn't know what it was either. That would NEVER happen today since it looked like a club!

Fans were constantly jumping onstage and Bono never stopped letting them. One girl jumped up and was literally on her stomach trying to pull herself up while Bono sat back and waited. No one tried to pull her back into the audience, and when she finally got up there, Bono had his arms wide open as she charged into him. He caught her and gave her the biggest, longest hug. Again, something you wouldn't really see today. A magic moment for sure!

The one negative was when a male fan jumped onstage and tried to sing along with Bono on "with or Without You.' Bono flipped out on him as you can hear from the recording. I felt bad for the guy, especially since so many fans were allowed up there. Talk about embarrassing!

The PA Inquirer's review of the show called us the "Love crowd" and it really was an appropriate title. I still have the review and my own notes from the show somewhere, and I will try to find them to add them to this review. These are my biggest memories right now!

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