20 years ago today, U2 opened their Zoo TV Tour in a
is smack-dab in the middle of Lakeland
and Tampa in central Orlando
and, at the time at least, was a not very big town. Needless to say, the fact that U2 chose Florida
as the place to re-launch and re-invent themselves live, was a huge deal. I was 17 and in the days and weeks leading up
to the big show, my friends and I would hangout outside of the Lakeland
and listen to the band rehearse. At the
time I was also a HUGE fan of U2. Just
three years before their music had completely changed my life and finally I had
the opportunity to see them perform.
Sadly that didn’t happen. I wasn’t
one of the lucky 8000 to score a ticket and didn’t have enough cash to buy a
scalped one the night of the show. I did
however get a t-shirt and concert program but went home without seeing my
favorite band play live. To this day I
still haven’t seen U2 live, but I’m okay with it. I’m not willing to pay the exorbitant amount
it costs to procure a ticket to one of their concerts, plus with over 20 years
of build-up, there’s no way that the show wouldn’t be disappointing on some
level. I will never forget however those
weeks leading up to the show and the great times I had with my friends. Lakeland
Here’s the clip from MTV News that ran reporting the opening of the tour. I think I may actually still have this on some VHS tape somewhere (yes I totally recorded it).
Thanks to Slicing Up Eyeballs for the find and the trip down memory lane.