What was the best concert you ever attended in Greater Boston?

U2 released a classic Boston concert for a 20th anniversary reissue, reminding us how much we miss live music.

The Edge and Bono perform during U2's 2001 "Elevation" tour. Vevo

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You remember concerts, right? You know, back when we’d all gather together in a big room and listen to musicians play live music. Sometimes we’d dance, or sing along, or pump our fists in the air. Come on — guitars, beer, people in tight pants? It wasn’t that long ago.

Well, for those of you who’ve forgotten what the concert-going experience was like since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down music venues last spring, U2 has a reminder. As part of the 20th anniversary of the legendary Irish band’s album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind,” U2 has released an audio version of “Live in Boston,” a full Fleet Center concert from their 2001 “Elevation” tour, previously only available on home video. (Yes, we realize there’s a faction out there who still consider the two-decade-old “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” to be one of U2’s “new” albums. We know who we are.)


In addition to reminding us how much we miss live concerts — when you could be packed in together like proverbial, or perhaps even literal, sardines in the middle of a heart-shaped pit in front of the stage without giving a second thought as to who might be breathing on you — the release had us longing for some of our great Boston concert memories. Would U2’s “Elevation” show count for you? How about Bruno Mars at TD Garden? Bruce Springsteen at Fenway? Letters to Cleo at the Paradise? *NSYNC at Foxboro? The Beatles at Suffolk Downs? Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, and In Flames at the Pavilion? (Oops, that last one’s not until next summer. But we’re sure it will be epic.)


Answer our poll below (or here) to share your concert memories, and check back for the results next week.

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