Thirty Years Ago U2 Played St. Louis for $750; Last Night's Show Grossed Around $5 Million
|U2 was touring under its "Boy" album when it played Wash U.'s Graham Chapel for $750.|
That's not $5 million in profit, mind you, with the band spending Lord knows how much renting out the ballpark and setting up, dismantling and transporting its massive stage.
Still, it's a far cry from the $750 that concert promoter Steve Schankman paid the band to play its first-ever gig in St. Louis in April of 1981. That show was held at Washington University's Graham Chapel, and as Schankman recently told Fox 2, the band played its hit "I Will Follow" twice because they ran out of material.
"I remember the show being ovation after ovation because the thousand people who came to that show -- and paid the $15 or whatever it was back then -- really knew about this band, probably more so than I did. But think about what's happened ever since then," says Schankman, who still has the contract he signed with U2 in 1981.
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