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U2, BLACK EYED PEAS ROCK OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STADIUM Students, alumni, Oklahoma residents swarm to see concert ASHLEY BERNTGEN Daily Staff Writer
The OU campus was engulfed in sound Sunday as rock band U2 and pop group Black Eyed Peas played to a large crowd at the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. The concert was a part of U2’s 360 tour that includes a rotating, circular stage placed in the middle of the venue, which can only be held at large sports stadiums or comparable spaces. OU alumna Cassie Baldwin made the trip from Houston to see the concert and share the experience with her younger sister and economics senior Shelby Baldwin. Cassie Baldwin said seeing the Black Eyed Peas is an added bonus, but she was really looking forward to was seeing U2. “I thought it would be really neat to see such a big band play at our stadium,” Cassie said. Shelby was equally excited about the concert, but for different reasons. “I’m just excited to extend my OU-Texas weekend,” Shelby Baldwin said. For some, the opportunity to see U2 in concert fulfills a more personal interest. OU graduate student Brandon Norris and his wife Lori Norris, originally of Edmond, have been long-time fans of U2. They said part of the appeal to attend the concert was that they have never seen a U2 concert before. One of U2’s songs has a special significance to the couple, and it is the one they are most looking forward to hearing. Brandon said the couple listened to the song, “In a Little While” while they were dating.
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“I am a massive U2 fan. I live in Boston, Massachusetts, and I saw them in Boston … It’s really cool because I was here in 1997 when the Rolling Stones played.” -MEGAN CLICK, ENGLISH EDUCATION GRADUATE FREE — ADDITIONAL COPIES 25¢
HUNDREDS OF U2 FANS LINED UP FOR HOURS, EAGERLY ANTICIPATING U2’S CONCERT AT OKLAHOMA MEMORIAL STADIUM. THE DAILY’S TROY WEATHERFORD ASKED THEM WHY THEY WERE LINED UP SO EARLY FOR THE CONCERT.
“U2 is one of the best big stadium rock bands. I don’t really want to miss out on it, and the stage is amazing.”
“I came to see the U2 concert. Bono’s my hero.” -LAUREN SCHMITZ, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND MARKETING JUNIOR
-NICHOLAS JONES, AEROSPACE ENGINEERING SOPHOMORE © 2009 OU PUBLICATIONS BOARD
“I’ve always been a big U2 fan. They are one of the best. They don’t tour that often, and they’re just an incredible act.” -HENRY HOCH, ACCOUNTING SENIOR VOL. 95, NO. 42
Monday, October 19, 2009