U2 PopMart begins (for me) in Pittsburgh May 22, 1997

MyMusicalJourneyU2′s Pop was released in March of 1997. I remember seeing the video for “Discotheque” and loving it because U2 was dressed like The Village People, although Larry was a hostile participant. A lot of people criticized Pop for being too techno and not enough like U2. I completely disagree. I love Pop! I would tell those critics to sit down and actually listen to the lyrics on Pop. The lyrics are just as strong as always. In fact, one of my favorite U2 songs of all time, “Gone,” is from Pop. The Pop era, in my opinion, is the best U2 has ever looked, collectively. In fact, it was on the Popmart Tour where I almost switched teams (from Larry) and became a Bono girl, almost.

U2 started their Popmart Tour in America in support of their new album Pop. For this tour, I again went to eight shows, but I traveled further than I had for the ZooTv Tour. Fun Lovin’ Criminals, who had a song out called “Scooby Snacks,” opened the six shows I saw on the first leg of Popmart and the lovely Third Eye Blind opened the two shows I saw on the third leg of Popmart. It was a really fun tour! Everything was very big on Popmart. There was a giant golden arch like McDonald’s, a giant martini and a giant travelling disco-ball/lemon that brought Larry, Bono, Edge and Adam to the encore at the B-stage. Popmart was the only time I have seen U2 in a uniform of sorts. Each had his own tee shirt: Bono was Bono Man, Larry was Hit Man, Adam was PopTart, and Edge was Mr. The Edge.

1a-popmart-pittsburgh-5-22-97My first Popmart show was 17 years ago yesterday, on May 22, 1997 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I had just graduated from college a few days prior. My friend Mike, whom I traveled with on the ZooTv Tour, and I drove five hours from Baltimore. While waiting outside the stadium I met Ken, one of the guys on the crew who drove one of the trucks that carried parts of the elaborate Popmart stage from city to city. Ken was to be a source for a couple cool U2 experiences. The highlight, and surprise, of that show was Edge singing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” karaoke style. Edge continued his karaoke on Popmart, either singing “Sweet Caroline” or the Monkees’ “Daydream Believer.” I left the show that night, as I would after every Popmart show, singing “If You Wear That Velvet Dress.” It wasn’t even the last song of the concert, but for some reason it stuck in my head, and by the end of tour, “If You Wear That Velvet Dress” became one of my favorites from Pop.

Popmart Pittsburgh 5.22.97 Set List: Mofo, I Will Follow, Even Better Than The Real Thing, Gone, Pride, I Still Haven’t Found-Stand By Me, Last Night On Earth, Until The End Of The World, If God Will Send His Angels, Staring At The Sun, Sweet Caroline, Miami, Bullet the Blue Sky, Please, Where the Streets Have no Name, Discotheque, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, With or Without You, Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, Mysterious Ways, One-Unchained Melody.

01 Intro/Mofo

 

02 I Will Follow

 

03 Even Better Than the  Real Thing

 

04 Gone

 

05 Pride (In the Name of Love)

 

06 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

 

07 Stand By Me

 

08 Last Night on Earth

 

09 Until the End of the World

 

10 If God Will Send His Angels

 

11 Staring at the Sun

 

12 Sweet Caroline

 

13 Miami

 

14 Bullet the Blue Sky

 

15 Please

 

16 Where the Streets Have No Name

 

17 Lemon (intermission)

 

18 Discotheque

 

19 If You Wear That Velvet Dress

 

20 With or Without You

 

21 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

22 Mysterious Ways

23 One

24 Unchained Melody

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I have finally found what I am looking for - all because of U2. I am writing my U2 memoir called "On the Road with U2: my musical journey." It is about the 75 U2 shows I've been to since ZooTv, including my three-month road trip during the last leg of the 360 Tour where I drove to every US concert. More than just the concerts, it is about the places I've been, the people I've met, and my quest to meet Larry.

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    U2′s Pop was released in March of 1997. I remember seeing the video for “Discotheque” and loving it because U2 was dressed like The Village People, al
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    I started out not liking the Pop album, I remember thinking on the first listen,’oh no what have they done here’. But, I always give any new album several listens before I judge it. I have to say Pop (for me) has stood the test of time, and is now in my top 5 U2 albums. The PopMart tour sealed the deal for me, it was a very fun tour/show, I’ve always liked it when U2 doesn’t play it safe. They are best when they take it to the edge.

    Thanks Deena for reminding me, and reaffirming my thoughts on PopMart.

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    joepit
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    I continue to have that same conversation some 15+ years later. I was not ready for Pop, mentally or maturity wise. It still remains a tough nut for me to crack. Gone is great and I love Discotecque. With ATYCLB on its heels, Pop took even a further step back for me in the all important rankings of U2 CD’s.

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    Leeny
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    Wake Up Dead Man became one of my favorite U2 songs the first time I sat down with it. It’s an open, honest struggle/prayer; a tune I’d sung many times over in my life before U2 set the lyrics to paper.
    I know it’s not gig worthy, but I sure would love to hear it live someday.

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