Another birthday! Oh NO! I’ve attended over 200 concerts in my life from every genre of music. Friends have asked me, “What’s your favorite concert of all-time?” Which is probably an impossible question to truly answer. In no particular order, here’s two concerts that would definitely make my Top 10 concerts I’ve attended.
U2 – November 16, 2005 “Elevation Tour” Tampa, FL
The intricate heart shaped stage that let some fans get extremely close to the band but also allowed U2 the freedom to wander all over the arena. This was my first U2 concert, sat within 7 rows of the band, and I was blown away by Bono’s control and master storytelling. He became a preacher, a rock star, and master showman who took an arena and turned it into a small venue. Mesmerizing experience that I’ll never forget. Saw them for the 360 Degree Tour years later, amazing but not as intense as this night.
PETER GABRIEL – July 25, 1987 (My Birthday!) Milwaukee, WI
Growing up in Wisconsin, there was always something magical about Summerfest concerts in Milwaukee as the backdrop of Lake Michigan enhanced the summer night atmosphere. Peter Gabriel’s concert in support of his multi-platinum CD, So, was straight out of a movie script. During the second song, Red Rain, a slight shower came down and the sunset was a crimson hue, amazing! During the show, Peter brought out African artists including Youssou N’Dour for In Your Eyes. He introduced Kate Bush for their duet, Don’t Give Up. During Lay Your Hands On Me he fell backwards into the crowd and was carried all over the arena. Games Without Frontiers featured a parade of international flags. The show ended with a 15 minute epic powered by a massive drumline for Biko, his tribute to the apartheid movement in South Africa. For a young concertgoer, this was an introduction to so many multiple music genres in one amazing show.