It was a last minute decision. We did it anyway and how glad was I to have seen it. U2 in their prime on the Zoo TV Tour of 1993. Despite ANZ Stadium (it’s name at the time) being a shitty venue in Brisbane and one they would sadly return to on two other occasions, Zoo TV was always going to outshine any venue it played in. So there we were, Jason and myself standing on the top of a truck just outside the venue with a clear view of the stage and all the proceedings. It was a monumental night and it was also my first concert. It didn’t cost either of us a dime. The show opened with Zoo Station and from there we were treated to a barrage of well known and obscure songs. For it’s time, Zoo TV was light years ahead of anything else on the circuit at the time or in previous years.
The concept of multiple TV stations running simultaneously behind the band on stage was a concept taken from Nick Roeg’s “The Man Who Fell To Earth” picture that starred David Bowie and was first released in 1976. Whilst our view of the screens was not as clear as we would have liked, it still made for a gripping experience. You know those moments in life where you thank yourself lucky to have been in a particular place at a particular time? Well my friends, this was one of them. I remember a couple of girls being pulled from the crowd to share some champagne with Bono during Running To Stand Still. I was thinking at the time if only it was me. It wasn’t.
As the main set ended, I felt a little bummed out because they hadn’t played Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car. Then, low and behold, out they marched for an encore and what was the first song of said encore? Yep, you guessed it. It made the night complete for me. The memories remain vivid to this day. What’s more, Mr Macphisto made an appearance to sing the song.
As part of each show, Macphisto would make a phone call to a local celebrity at each stop. For this show, he phoned up then Australian cricket captain, Alan Border who, in a not so polite manner, told Mr Macphisto to “piss off” before slamming the phone down which was met with a massive roar from the audience.
It’s a shame that concert goers in recent times have had to endure the dire dross of Adele and Justin Beiber concerts. Neither are a patch on U2 as they parade around a stage singing homogenized and tedious pop music that fails to deliver and substance or style. I’m just glad I made the choice to go along on November 20 1993. It’s a night I will never forget.
Zoo Station/The Fly/Even Better Than The Real Thing/Mysterious Ways/One (Unchained Melody)/New Year’s Day/Numb/Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World/Angel Of Harlem/Stay (Faraway, So Close!)/Satellite Of Love/Dirty Day/Bullet In The Blue Sky/Running To Stand Still/Where The Streets Have No Name
Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car/Lemon/With Or Without You/Love Is Blindness/Can’t Help Falling In Love