U2 in Toronto – Maple Leaf Gardens – 1985
In March 1985 I had a lot I wanted to forget, for one, my older brother’s horrific motorcycle accident 6 months previous. The accident left had him paralyzed and spending the next year in rehab. Music is the one place I always went to in good times and bad….
This was my first U2 show. Not bad I guess because I know U2 had only been to Toronto a couple times previous. (El Mocombo 1980, Massey Hall 1984) I had pretty good seats to start with but in short order I improved my sightline and proximity to the stage a great deal. I actually ended up right at the stage and I had my trusty Olympus OM 10.
There are some very poignant moments during the show. I recall a tug-o-war over an Irish flag and Bono angrily saying, no…no…that is what we are all about stop the fighting…” and during beginning of BAD he was talking about the drug problem in Ireland at the moment and pushing one sleave up to expose his arm as if to signify preparation for a fix. Classic!! If this stuff doesn’t give you goose- bumps you better check your pulse!!