We’ll be heading out to the Rosebowl for the U2 360º show shortly and I have to say, I don’t think I’ve stressed out (or possibly feared) a concert as much as this one.
You see, there will be roughly 96,000 people (yes, I said ninety-six THOUSAND) at this show. They’re anticipating MAJOR traffic jams up and down the 210. Knowing how crazy the Rosebowl traffic can be just for a USC game where there’s usually only 30,000 or so people in attendance, you can imagine what a traffic nightmare this could be. They know that there won’t be enough parking, so of course they’re suggesting mass transit (how we’ll be getting in) and car pooling.
They’re also suggesting that folks get there 3-4 hours before the show even starts…to either sit in traffic, walk in from where you parked, or tailgate in the parking lot. Of course, I’m still trying to figure out how if I didn’t drive, and I can’t bring a hibachi and alcohol into the Rosebowl, how can I expect to actually tailgate..without an actual tailgate?? No worries, we know people (ha!) and will hopefully be spending a little time at one of the hospitality tents enjoying martinis. If all goes well, that is.
On top of all that, I can’t help but wonder what to wear. I mean right now it’s 75 or so. Later tonight though, for the walk back to the Metro, it will probably be in the low 60’s. So I’m thinking a t-shirt for now with a sweater in the backpack. I’m also bringing along extra sunscreen and a baseball hat. I mean, we’ll be standing in the sun for at least 2-3 hours. I figure once the sun goes down, I have about 60,000 of my closest friends nearby to help keep me warm.
I can’t recall the last time I put such an effort into attending a show. Maybe back when I saw the Police doing their big Synchronicity tour back in ’83. And well, let’s face it…I was a LOT younger then – a wee 14 and living for the moment.
That said, it’s time to finish getting ready and to head on out. I’ve set up my Cinch account for audio updates on my twitter feed (if you care to hear what’s going on). And I’ll post photos some time tomorrow or so.
If you’re at the Bowl, feel free to send me a Tweet and maybe we can enjoy a frosty beverage or two while we scream along with the band.
Don’t forget, even if you’re not at the show, you can watch the concert live tonight on YouTube starting at 8:30 Pacific…