December 8, 1984 - Detroit, Michigan, USA - Fox Theater

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Opening Act(s): The Waterboys


11 O'Clock Tick Tock, I Will Follow, Seconds, MLK, The Unforgettable Fire, Wire, Sunday Bloody Sunday, The Cry, The Electric Co., A Sort Of Homecoming, Bad, October, New Year's Day, Pride (In The Name Of Love). Encore(s): Party Girl, Gloria, 40.


The crowd gets more intense as the concert goes along, and the pushing up front leads U2 to consider not playing its encore. They do come out and play, but fans continue to push and fight with each other. Backstage guests are told after the show that the band is too upset by the violence to see any visitors.

Fan Review:

By Larry Madsen

It was a very good show; we were sitting pretty much dead-center, front-row of the mezzenine, which at the Fox, is a mini-balcony of about 8 rows between the main balcony and the floor. The bouncing balcony definitely got our attention; it was the first time I'd seen it bounce like that (although I later witnessed other shows - Pretenders, Clash - who got it going good, too.) We had a bird's-eye view of everything except the balcony over our heads, in fact, we could even read the set list on the sound board. The sound was great; like I said, we were dead-center and heard everything perfectly. At one point, Larry was playing a solo baseline with only a single large spotlight outlining him on a black curtain, and I don't know why, but for some reason that moment sticks in memory.

As for the fighting... it looked like only slightly-more-frenetic-than-usual moshing to me. When Bono stopped the show to tell everyone to stop fighting, ("No one gets hurt at a U2 concert!) my first reaction was, "Alright, great, let's get back to the show, Bono." But after a few days, it just seemed silly. I can probably point to that incident as the very first time that I starting realizing how pretentious Bono can be.

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