On November 11, 1987, U2 came to San Francisco and played a free concert [ostensibly to Save the Yuppies] at Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero. It was at the height of The Joshua Tree frenzy and was, in my just-turned 17-years-old brain, like, the MOST amazing thing ever. Of course, I had to go to school that Wednesday, and probably had basketball practice too… so I did not go. It caused a giormous stir because Bono spray painted “Rock and Roll Stops the Traffic” on the Vaillancourt Fountain in the Plaza.
I did attend their concert at the Oakland Coliseum three days later, when Bono brought the sculptor on stage to apologize/justify his behavior. The sculptor seemed pleased by the attention. We felt redeemed. And the show (opened by the BoDeans and The Pretenders – aiyah!) went on.
I am not sure why these old memories are on my mind these days… but there you have it – another one from the vault.