How Dave and I scored tickets to U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour will forever be a mystery to me. It had something to do with Dave’s loud-mouthed friend, Joe L., driving to Philly, and a wedding present. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is that Dave and I, one month into our marriage, were at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on September 25, 1987.
I was a concert goer in the mid and late 80’s and was privileged to see some great classic rock acts such as Genesis, Todd Rundgren, and Bruce Springsteen. My favorite among favorite moments was when Springsteen joined Bono to sing Stand by Me.
In 2013, Rolling Stone magazine described the encounter.
U2 was nearly done with their set at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium on September 25th, 1987 when a roadie brought out another microphone stand. “Anybody else want to play my guitar?” Bono asked the crowd. “Would Bruce Springsteen like to play my guitar?” As Bono literally bowed down before Springsteen, the crowd went insane. “I guess you guys know him,” Bono said. “Is he a local boy or something?” They proceeded to play “Stand By Me”
The crowd went insane. I went insane! You see, I was a fan of U2 but I loved Bruce Springsteen. Rumors at the time had been flying among local Springsteen fans that he may show up at one of the U2 concerts in Philadelphia. Earlier in the month when U2 played at The Spectrum, friends who attended confirmed that The Boss hadn’t surfaced. You can imagine my bragging rights as I reported when he did.
Are you or have you been a concert goer? What concerts have been your favorites? If you could see any musician, living or deceased, who would it be?
I hope your week is off to a memorable start ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc