May 14, 2015 – Vancouver

Location: General Admission – Front Row Corner Edge-side

Vancouver marked the first show of the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour. My friend Pat (Arkansas) and I ran into some great fans from France and Switzerland near Rogers Arena; and as a group, decided to start the general admission queue.  I was hesitant to start so early, but if we didn’t someone else would have a few hours later — the outcome would have remained the same, irrespective of who started the queue that day.  Matt, Judith, Benjamin, and Bruno were great company; and the queue was made all the more fun with Pat, Nick and later Scott, Sarah, Anna, and Joseph helping out along with several other amazing fans.  I knew that the first show would be a huge reunion and that remains with me a favourite memory – the chance to see familiar faces I haven’t seen for almost four years.  Some memorable moments in the queue was having pizza bought by U2 and delivered to us by their crew to keep us fed; being interviewed by and various media outlets; and meeting their mega-manager Guy Oseary, who was cool to walk in the GA and take pictures of and with us.

The show itself was a stunner, with The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone), Cederwood Road, and Raised by Wolves to be heart-thumping rockers.  Thinking about my fiancée, I teared up during Song for Someone, and listening to Every Breaking Wave was heart-aching.  The songs from the new album proved to be wonderful to hear live.  Classics like Pride (In the Name of Love), Sunday Bloody Sunday, and With or Without You were welcomed by the crowd; however it felt a bit unfinished with I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For as the concert closer.  Nothing beats 40, but I’ll take anything at this time!

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