Welcome to U2 week on Soundcheck!
We hope you like Irish rock-band demagoguery, because this is U2 week on Soundcheck. We have no choice, considering their 360 Tour (a.k.a. "the biggest tour in history") comes to Raymond James Stadium on Friday night. The power of Bono compels us!
All week, we're taking a look at U2's tour history in Tampa, so if you've ever seen the band in our town, you'll want to check back all week for setlists, pictures and memories from fans who were there. We'll also be talking to Bono (sort of ... more on that soon) and previewing Friday's supermassive concert with Muse. The doors open at 5 p.m. for a 7 p.m. show; tickets are $30-$250. Get details here, and check back later this week for a special preview of Friday's show.
Friday's show is a milestone for U2 -- it's the band's 10th concert in Tampa, by our count. They've been playing Tampa since 1981, when they kicked things off with a show at a long-gone sports bar called the End Zone. "The Beginning Zone is more like it," Bono reminisced during a Tampa concert in 2005. Good one, Bono.
In 1982, on their October Tour, U2 opened for J. Geils Band at Curtis Hixon Hall, and the next year, they headlined the same venue in support of War.
And by 1985, U2 was officially one of the hottest bands in the world when they performed to a sold-out crowd of 11,200 at the USF Sun Dome on their Unforgettable Fire Tour.
And so that's where we'll begin our journey this morning. Click here to get started.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo by Getty Images.