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  1. What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    I'm envious you've so many bookshops waiting to be discovered. I'm happy from your passion for the written word in physical books. I hope your writing is going well, paw.
  2. What Good Thing Happened To You Today (Continued)

    I resolved an ongoing argument. I realized the other person was being a total dick in our final talk. I use the word final because I realized I'm done trying to be friends. How many times can a person say, "I'm sorry", and mean it even though no apology is necessary? I feel sorry for him. He has no friends. He comes from a brutally abusive past. It's good I'm not going to get manipulated any longer. It's good I realize it's hopeless because he chooses it to be. I embrace hope. wow Drama. oh no! I've been dancing and singing my freaking ass off all day and it feels fricking wonderful. I also have the sweetest Irish Terrier in the world sleeping with his head right next to me on the couch. He's 17. I'm loving every single second and it's good.
  3. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Yeah. It's another instance of me knowing this band, rediscovering something and BOOM it's new again in a different direction. Nobody does that like U2.
  4. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    People have mentioned Acrobat being a song they really want to hear on this tour. I never really listened to Acrobat (sat and concentrated and listened to it). I am not sure why. It must have been the point in AB where I had to use the restroom or needed a beverage-so I was up and about doing something when it played. I made myself really listen to Acrobat earlier and it finally hit me why so many people mention it. It is an amazing song. I'm not sure why I did not realize this until now; up and about doing things or not. Many thanks to those who mentioned it. I might never have realized this had y'all not been so passionate. I now want it on the setlist, this tour, as well.
  5. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    That is something which I never would have imagined. Love Is All and then Streets to open the show? That would be awesome and they'd oblige the need for Streets at the beginning of the show, while leaving the rest for SOE and all those rarities we are anxiously anticipating for the rest of the show.
  6. New Members Introduction Thread

    Welcome to the Zoo, Fuzzyduck, No need to be shy here, however; do be careful not to get trampled by 26 neglected and lost elephants.
  7. The Mood Thread (Reboot)

    Worried here too because I cannot find my sport pair of Maui Jim sunglasses and do not want to have to buy another pair. many times have I spent an hour or so looking for them only to realize they are hanging from my left pinky finger because my hands are full of other things. Why would I look at my left hand when I'm right handed? I've even searched for aforementioned sunglasses only to realize they are on my head. Neil Young was right when he sang, A Man Needs A Maid. (male or female, of course) I'm really worried I'm not going to find my sunglasses. It's been three days.
  8. I'm such a pig. I've got at least a dozen jokes I want to type but they are mostly obscene. I'm not sure they'd be funny to anyone else. One can hope. I sure am laughing.. You succeeded again, Doc.
  9. This is not to argue your opinion: If the Beatles went out with Abbey Road, we'd have no Let It Be. The Doors ended with LA Woman because Jim Morrison died. I'm not sure that would have been their last album had he not. I remember hearing where they got hold of him and told him how well the album was doing, etc. He had sheltered his self in Paris by then. It did not seem like it was their last album, from what Ray Manzarek said, but JM was gone shortly after that. I agree that LA Woman is a phenomenol album. I still love playing The Cars Hiss By My Window on the guitar. It's a lot of fun mixing up the dynamics and the riff is not that difficult. I thought I was the coolest person on this Earth when I figured it out in 1980. Where did the last 38 years go and how did they pass by so quickly? Thanks to my parents for letting me turn my music up to 11.
  10. I concur. I love No Line On the Horizon. I'm not crazy about Boots. There are still a lot of songs I listen to, often on a daily basis, off No Line. It's interesting how one person sees it one way and another hears it the other. Cedars and White as Snow are two of my favorite U2 songs. Breathe kicks serious ass. Moment of Surrender...not even gonna touch how great that song is.
  11. I don't think U2 has any say in how the GA lines are run, at least in America. The venues decide the rules according to each city's ordinances. The venues set the times and enforce the rules-in conunction with the city council. For anyone going to Chicago and unaware-The United Center is an awesome venue. (So is Soldier Field) I seriously doubt any presupposed queues would be respected. If so, I'd demand security take charge and put those who consider themselves 'elite' back in their place...behind all those who got there first. Didn't anyone object and get security? It angers me to think of this happening. That is so not U2.
  12. There is no way I would tolerate this from anyone for anything. The rules apply to all of us. If this happens-why not have a fit and get security from the venue? They are responsible for the line...not a fan or fans. That's bullshit. I don't care how big the other guy is or how many...there's no way I'd ever tolerate that type of behavior, nor would I idly sit by and let another fan endure it. I would not get violent but I'd throw a fit the likes of which only U2's sound system could drown away. That is complete and utter bullshit. Those fans who take a bully pulpit and deem themselves first should be last and have that be their attitude. There is no way anyone would get away with that around me. I doubt they'd get away with it in Chicago in the first place. I'm absolutely disgusted to read what you wrote and think of it happening. Wow. I'm apalled.
  13. How has it been determined that they are at their highest peak? People said that with The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby and Zooropa, yet look at what they've done since. They said this band was dead with the 'flop' of Pop, yet it's many Zootopians favorite U2 album. (it's one of my faves) No offense, 504jumper; I'm not addressing you in particular. How do any of us know this band is at their artistic peak? I measure them by their music. I think they just released some of their best. That's just my opinion. One could argue that the Beatle's peaked with Sgt. Pepper's, yet look at all the great music they put out after that album. I don't like this, 'They should hang it up.', attitude. They're gonna do whatever they are gonna do as they deem fit, or so it seems to this fan. I'll be with them all the way. They are great musicians, songwriters and one of the best bands in the history of rock and roll. Why are we discussing their end? I don't understand this thread. I'm not knocking anyone expressing their opinion, but why are we discussing the finality of something so awesome and in the middle of yet another triumph? They'll be time enough to discuss this after the fact. Some of us will be dust when that happens. If we want to discuss the end, why not address THE end. We're all gonna die. So what? Why not enyoy what we have here and now? None of us can say they are at their peak. Only they can determine that. They show no sign of fading away anytime soon. If anything, they've amped it up with SOE. This thread has bothered me since its inception. No offense to whomever started it. My dog is 17 years old. I don't dwell on him dying. I thank God for every day I have with him right now. Does one pass a rose and not enjoy the wafting of its perfume because it's only going to wilt one day? Perhaps I'm missing something or misunderstanding this thread. I don't like discussing the end whilst in the middle of something great. this is harsh but just my shade intended.
  14. New Members Introduction Thread

    Welcome to: u2guitarnab852 and carolastoria01
  15. On First Looking into Chapman's Homer BY JOHN KEATS Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He star'd at the Pacific—and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise— Silent, upon a peak in Darien. I especially love these lines: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken;
  16. How often can one lose 25, I mean 26, elephants? We had two cows get loose in Milwaukee and it made the healines for our local news. It was even breaking news! (pathetic attempt for local ratings) Have you no rational order in Wales? j/k Did someone say GA? There is a good chance I might do GA the second night of Chicago. The problem is nobody will go with me as they are going the first night. "Why would you go see them two nights in a row?". I love them but my friends are cluelessly silly. That's how one gets old. I say go every night possible and rock harder as the shows progress. My point: If I do GA by myself...are people in line cool about saving a person't spot when the bathroom is needed or some form of water or whatever? I presume U2 fans are pretty cool about that. Anyone? I want to do GA for U2 more than I can express. It's gotta be so awesome to be up front and feel that sound go through one's chest.
  17. Meet and Greet

    We have a huge music festival in Milwaukee called Summerfest. It's the forgotten great music festival. It goes for 11-12 days. It's incredible. Buddies of mine did the spotlights and such. One got me backstage passes for quite a few of the smaller shows (Midnight Oil, Los Lobos, Flogging Molly, The Head and the Heart three times now, O.A.R.) I find being backstage, from a theatrical point of view, fascinating. As far as being around the bands-I find it very uncomfortable. Standing to the side of the stage is the last place I'd choose from which to see a show. The sound is terrible. You can't really see the show as a whole. The best part for me was free beer as it is Milwaukee. I always went out and stood in the crowd. It's a much more pleasant concert experience. I did get to talk to a couple of my favorite songwriters about writing. That was cool. If it was just an exchange of pleasantries-I never found it very fulfilling. The lead singer of O.A.R. always sneaks behind stage and checks out the crowd shorty before the show. They have a thing with Summerfest. It was really cool to watch him do that because he looked like a little kid at Christmas when he'd see the crowd. He'd go the whole way across the stage, hiding from veiw, and get the biggest grin on his face as he did. That was cool to see. Save that-being backstage is more about staying out of the way than anything else; at least for me. I hate seeing shows from the side of the stage. If need be, I'd rather stand way in back because the sound is much better. I must admit it's pretty cool to walk around with a backstage pass on my shirt. That I kinda got off on and I feel guilty as I'm not better; just fortunate.
  18. Meet and Greet

    I've seen where a few bands are very gracious to their fans with paid meet and greets. Rush was one. Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee were very personable and actually engaged in conversations. Neil Peart did not because he thought it was weird. Fans shook hands and spoke with them for a while and many even hugged them. I had some negative things to say about meet and greets and what I've seen. I wanted to say something positive. Also-I realize my above comments about the status of Heart were off topic. Pardon me. I'm still trying and aware of the need to stay on topic in threads.
  19. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    For me, U2 is the only band that can be mentioned with The Beatles. It's not that other bands are not that great. (U2 is still the best though!) It is because U2 is the only band I've heard come up with so many unique sounds and use them in so many ways that had previously never been done in music. I concur.
  20. This SOE is shaping up to be a gem

    Thank you. I'll be fine. This I know. A lot of good has come from bad. Then Pope, now Saint John Paul II gave my Godfather, who is a priest and was celebrating a private mass with the Pope, his own rosary and told my Godfather to give it to me and know that he was prarying for me by name. My Godfather had mentioned me to him. For me, life cannot get any better than that even if it hurts a lot. It's still pretty hard to fathom that I have Saint John Paul II's personal rosary, or one of them. I imagine there were a few. I am not trying to impose any beliefs upon anyone in speaking this. It is one of my best expeirences and this thread is about Songs of Experience so I mention it. So much good has come from it all. When Elton John was last in Chicago, I went and was in really bad shape. The show ws sold out. I politely asked the floor manager if there was anything he could do and he said he doubted it but he'd try. They did more than try. They put me in the head honcho VIP section. There were a lot of very famous people up there, but I ddn't care. I was in the second row with no one in front of me. I got to watch Elton John's fingers play the piano for the whole show. I was just a little behind him, but to the right and could see every finger hit every key. He also had on a very sparkly Captain Fantastic cape. Oh my gosh...Captain Fantastic in rhinestones on Elton John performing in front of me? I could not have been happier. Concerts are the best medicine for me when I could listen to music. I had to stop but was able to restart again-that is in a post earlier in this thread. Toward the end, they let a few of us go up by the stage. He let me go first! Elton John looked at me and smiled when I walked up by him. I was standing right beneath Elton John when he played and sang Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me and The Bitch is Back and a few others. I remember going to buy the 45 for Don't Let The Sun...the second I first heard it on the radio. I didn't even wait for the song to finish. I was on my purple three speed bicycle frantically pedalling to the store and I paid for that 45 with 149 pennies. Suddenly life comes back round full circle and I'm standing beneath him, now an adult, and he's looking down while he sings that song. I felt like the luckiest guy on the face of the Earth. So many good things have come out of facing challenges. I will be, and am, just fine. I hope the same is true for your friends. Thank you very much. Again, not to impose, but if you PM or give me the fitst names of your friends-I promise I will pray for them using the rosary I was given and just mentioned in this post. If not it's all good because I'll pray for JCF and the two friends who hit hard times.
  21. What's Your Be Attitude?

    LMAO. I remember watching that and thinking how awkward it was. Even the bartender says, "I'm not that old.". I'd love to know the backstory and anything else associated with this. That is so fricking funny. I completely forgot about it. Adam says, "We have modern technology." Hysterical. I completely forgot. Thank you so much. I'm gonna be chuckling all evening. Poor Phil. Blessed are those who can think on their feel whilst interviewing U2 during a night of drinking at a bar in Ireland after defining rock tours for the modern age.
  22. Tranquility

    I hope you get well and are back to good soon, pain. I'm sorry to hear you are being challenged. I'm not sure why I called you a her. I think I presumed because I look at your art and you have many portraits of a girl with black hair. I presumed they were self portraits. I am sorry. I look at your work and really enjoy it.
  23. Have to Count - the new and improved one :P

    43 278 Pawa- are you studying wriring?
  24. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    I'm cool with this gift too. I really like my TJT vinyls. If I am overdoing, please pardon me. I'm trying to find a way to channel all the discontent into a positive response; nothing more. I love U2 and this site. I'm going to resubscribe whether the gift is this or that or if there is a tour or not.
  25. 2018 Subscription FAQ Thread

    An observation: there were complains about these gifts as well (from mild to very, very loud)... How anyone could loudly complain about From The Ground Up is beyond me. That gift had to be a very expensive endeavour.