"Maybe that is the step forward on this record, to be able to have the freedom to have humour sitting alongside songs that are deadly earnest, and the two actually balance out each other."
-- Edge, on All That You Can't Leave Behind
U2 Lists: Top 5 U2 Concert Programs
December 18, 2013
[Ed. note: This is the 54th in a "U2 Lists" series, where @U2 staffers pick a topic and share their personal rankings on something U2-related.]
This list comprises my favourite U2 concert programs from the early days right up to the present. Some are from concerts I have attended that have meant something to me, and others from ones I wish I had attended! Then there are the ones that, if money was no object, I'd be adding to the collection and some that I had to include on the list because of their visual appeal!
1) Love Comes to Town Tour Program
This program is a reminder of the first U2 show I attended, so it's on the list not because there is anything special about it in terms of layout or design, but because it has sentimental value to me and will always be one I am glad to have in my collection.
2) Popmart Tour Concert Program Book
I love this progam mainly because of its visual appeal. To me it epitomizes disco U2 in all their glory - a far cry from the grey and more serious programs of the early days. Complete with a pop-up Edge, it’s a must for any collection. What's not to like?
3) Elevation Tour Program
This was the first U2 tour I missed since attending my first concert in 1989. Tickets sold out within a matter of minutes for the shows at Slane Castle, and unfortunately I had to wait until U2 Go Home was released a few years later to experience the Elevation tour. When I started collecting U2 memorabilia, I bought an Elevation Tour program, so even though I missed the tour, well at least I had the next best thing: the tour program.
4) War Tour Program
If I had a windfall on the lottery, this is definitely one I would be adding to the collection! An original tour program from the spring of 1983 and a tour that, had I been old enough to attend, I would have definitely not missed!
5) 360 Tour Program
This tour started my addiction for attending multiple U2 shows and is a reminder of early starts and GA-line ups. But most importantly, it reminds me of the fun times spent with great people.
(c) @U2/Foster, 2013.