Opening Act(s): Dream Syndicate
Out Of Control, Twilight, An Cat Dubh, Into The Heart, Surrender, Two Hearts Beat As One, Seconds, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Cry, The Electric Co., I Fall Down, October, I Threw A Brick-A Day Without Me, New Year's Day, Gloria. Encore(s): Party Girl, 11 O'Clock Tick Tock, I Will Follow, 40.
This was the first of many U2 shows I would attend. I still have the $10.50 ticket stub. The Grand Circus Theatre was a wonderful old building in the middle of Detroit. My brother, two friends and I had been on the road for about three hours traveling from north of Lansing when we finally reached the venue. We were positioned in the mezzanine and had no idea what we were in for.
The show started with songs unfamiliar to us. However, we really didn't care. By the the time they hit "Two Hearts..." we were going nuts. Larry was hitting 'em hard, Adam was popping his funky bass and Edge...well, what can I say...If you are reading this, you are probably a fan, and you know.
Bono, apparently, was curious as to what was going on in the balcony. During the "Electric Co.", He left the stage with a white flag on a pole and two minutes later came running through the doorway. Fans were running down the steps and at one point pinned Bono to the railing. I thought he was going over. Later during "I Fall Down", Bono grew tired of the same guy getting on stage and leaping off into the crowd. With a wave of his hand Larry, Adam and Edge stopped the song. Bono walked microphone in hand over to the edge of the stage and said, "That's the third time you've been on stage. You are going to hurt someone. That's bull....! They then finished the song.
The final memory of the night was the rocking of the mezzanine during I Will Follow. Unbelievable! It was a feeling I would have again while in the mezz at the Fox Theatre, Decemer 8, 1984.
I couldn't believe the energy they had. They were very young and certainly not as polished as they are now. I became a true fan that night and have been since.