I thought I'd write a sort of introduction entry and let you all know a bit about me. I'm new to this public blogging thing so I hope I don't make a complete arse of myself. Many thanks to Jon and Rita for getting me over to U2 Station, I love it here already!
I have been a U2 fan since 1987, at the tender age of 5. I was introduced to The Joshua Tree by the way of my cousins. We'd often watch MTV and listen to music when they babysat me, and dancing to "Where the Streets Have No Name" was always fun for me. I eventually got my parents to buy me the tape. Needless to say, I wore it out.
From 1988 to 1991, I got lost in other more embarrassing music acts such as New Kids on the Block and MC Hammer...don't fault me too much, I was a kid after all. But in 1992, I heard Mysterious Ways on the radio. I remember calling the radio station to ask who it was and was surprised to hear it was U2. My mom took me to by the tape of Achtung Baby and the rest was history, I was hooked.
My first U2 concert was on the PopMart tour, April, 28, 1997 in San Diego. It could have been in 1992 when U2 hit Sacramento, but my mom stated Zoo TV was "too adult for me". I never let her live it down. Anyway, my mom took me to the San Diego concert and I'm still not sure who was more excited, myself or her. Long story short, however, it was something I'll never forget. The lights, the music...it cemented U2 as the best live band in my head and heart. Since 1997, I've been to 4 (5 if you want include the inaugural concert this January) shows. I will be adding Chicago I, Las Vegas and Los Angeles to my experiences this year.
The music, though, is what keeps me coming back for more. There is no other band that has made music that gives me what I can only describe as being on an emotional, bipolar rollercoaster. I can be dancing, singing, pumping my fist, crying and laughing all at the same time. The lyrics, driving beats, guitar stir something in me that I can't describe. The question of favorite U2 song is something that changes monthly, sometimes weekly, depending on mood. Currently, I'm quite partial to "Deep in the Heart". But songs that will always remain in my top favorites are "Walk On", "Rejoice", "Zooropa", "Surrender" and now "Magnificent".
In March, my dream of meeting U2 came true. Without too much fangirling detail, I drove to LA on a whim and a prayer while the band was promoting the new album, figuring it might be easier to meet them on the promo tour. I was right. After meeting Adam, Larry, Bono and The Edge, I gained far more respect for them than I knew possible. I have met many so-called celebrities in the past, but they by far are the most humble and patient, as I stumbled over my words and name numerous times. It was an amazing experience for me as someone who has respected the music for so long to finally meet the men who created it. And to hug and kiss the man who's lyrics have literally saved my life was incredible, but that's a story for another time.
My philosophy on my love of U2 is this, if you love something, to laugh and poke fun is a way of showing that. I will poke fun at U2 here, because even the men themselves do...and they are people, with senses of humor who don't take themselves as seriously as people seem to think...
Anyway, my point is, laugh and love at the same time. We can celebrate the music and the band themselves, but having a laugh is healthy...and it's what I hope to bring here, amongst other things once the US leg of the tours starts.
"The right to be ridiculous is something I hold dear"...
Happy to be here!