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What I Learned: U2 in Hershey, PA, 1992

By on July 1, 2007 in The Things You Learn with 4 Comments

U2 in Hershey - newspaper scanWe all know that U2 spent about a week in the Hershey, PA, area doing rehearsals for the Zoo TV Outside Broadcast Tour in August, 1992. That much is common knowledge.

But up until last night, for that 7-day period, U2 Diary only had two entries: One for August 1st, the day the band arrived; and one for August 7th, the day of the rehearsal gig.

Then a U2 fan named Stacey S. emailed me a bunch of scans from the local newspaper’s coverage all week long of U2’s time in the area. How did that help? Here’s a list of what I learned:

  • U2 rehearsed every night except their first night, which I would’ve guessed, but it’s great to have confirmation.
  • They stayed at the Hilton hotel in Harrisburg, PA.
  • They stopped to chat and sign autographs with fans every day outside the hotel.
  • About 200 fans per night hung out near the stadium to listen to rehearsals.
  • Local police received about 200 calls during the week from people complaining about the loud noise, and one guy even filed a complaint against Hershey Entertainment (owners of the stadium).
  • During a break in rehearsals one night, Bono and Adam did an interview with the local newspaper.
  • The rehearsal was announced and tickets went on sale the same day that week.

There are some good photos in the newspaper scans, so I’ll be in contact with the paper to see about getting permission to use 1-2 of those in the book.

Beyond all of this, there are also some stories in BP Fallon’s U2 Faraway So Close book, so what used to be two basic entries for that week is now a much more detailed and comprehensive look at what happened while U2 was rehearsing in Hershey, PA.

Thank you, Stacey!

If you think you might have scans or clippings of other unknown appearances and such, please contact me with details. Thanks, folks.

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  1. scott says:

    I was there that week…we all were chanting “tear down the hefty”. They had all this “garbage bag” looking material up to block us from seeing them practice.


  2. Kerry Kenney says:

    My friends and I hung out outside the fence that week and listened to the show. I was 19. Bono would address us sometimes, I remember him saying “we are trying to get you in for a show” and we cheered. The tickets were $15.00 for the concert. It was The Edge’s birthday and Bono sang a special modified happy birthday to the Edge “Trying to throw your arms around The Edge”
    Beautiful week, beautiful memory. Totally cool. I am sure there were more than 200 people there. We knew we were lucky to have them for a week. The paper scans were probably from the Harrisburg Patriot News, the biggest local paper.

  3. Kelly Leonard Weaver says:

    U2 is my favorite Band of all time! I was one of the privileged fans to see that concert. My sister, Sue worked at Hertz Car Rentals at the Harrisburg Airport at the time. She heard the announcement on the radio and was right on the phone to get tickets for her, her husband, our cousin and myself. It was a night to remember! It was also my first concert I was ever too! I still think about it often and remember the great time we had. I want to say thank you to the Band for an awesome night and fond memories that will last a lifetime. I hope I get to go to see them again!

  4. Ralph says:

    Is this thread still alive? Lol… I was there close to stage. They opened with SBS with Bono in full Fly gear plus a top hat. That was never an opener on Zoo TV. They played half of Wild Horses then restarted, the vibe was real loose. Sang happy birthday to edge. Tickets were cheap, like $15.00. My brother caught a zoo dollar during Desire/mirror ball man… THEN he helped hershey clean up and wait for it… met Bono & Edge. He described the smell of leather, smoke and Heinekens. Bono signed the dollar, still framed to this day 🙂

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