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  1. I remember our Southwest trip with my Dad and Stepmother at the time in '91. I listened to The Joshua Tree the whole time because this was my first time to the desert and I could imagine what an impact it had on U2 and also myself. The whole drive I was looking out the window for the actual Joshua Tree on the album. This was before google so I had no idea where they took that picture. My dad and my brother thought I was crazy. Which I am. When we went to Death Valley we stopped at a lookout point and suddenly it looked very familiar. I ran back to the car and grabbed my Joshua Tree tape case. We were at the very spot where U2 took the picture for the tape case cover which was different from the vinyl version. So my Dad being the professional photographer that he is took this picture to recreate the actual cover photo. I was in heaven. Not so crazy after all. Anyways, I think I'll submit this photo and the story on U2.com. They want fans to submit stories about the impact of The Joshua Tree on your life. For me it meant everything. I fell in love with the desert and I sensed what the band felt on their voyage through the desert. It's emotional just thinking about that time. I think that was the only album I listened to on my Walkman for two years. No joke. I also tried to learn every song on that album on my guitar. I even looked at the credits in the back of the U2 concert program from the Silver Stadium show to figure out what guitar strings The Edge used and proceeded to go buy them at House of Guitars in Rochester, NY. I even found their Managers name at the time, Ellen Darst, and called her in NYC. I think she was the tour manager since Paul McGuiness has been their manager since the beginning. I am crazy. My brother and I even painted our car for the ZooTV tour. I lived and breathed U2. I got the chance to meet the band in Dublin after a session outside their old studio. I waited 6 hours. Awesome!! I even received an email from Bono on my birthday. The only way he knew my birthday was because I left a CD earlier that day at his house that had U2 covers I recorded on my four track. I attached a label on the front with all of my information. When I met him later that night i asked him if he received it. He said "That was you?" and I replied "Yes". He then said he picked it up. Who knows if he ever listened to it but at least he thought of me to email me and wish me happy birthday. That email is framed and hung on my wall next to a personal autograph from him as well. Subsequently, my friends and l have attended several concerts since then. They were as hooked as I was. Our first show was at Silver Stadium in Rochester, NY for The Joshua Tree tour. The band promised to come back to Rochester but they never did. We couldn't get enough. We even chased their limo in Toronto from their hotel until a truck cut us off. That was when we painted our Chevy Nova with images from Achtung Baby and large ZooTV graphics on both sides of the car. I forgot about this but we actually got to talk to Edge and Bono after the show that night. So I got to meet them three times after different shows and once in Dublin. I can die a happy man. I know many of you will think I'm crazy but music has always been a big part of my life and there is no other medium that can transport you back to that time. That's why it's so important and influential on one's life. Well, I hope I haven't bored you all. I'll see some of you in Cleveland and Buffalo. Don't make fun of me if I cry. LOL. Check out the photo attached from Death Valley. Justin Beal (BonoEdgeAdamLarry) (mod edit, email removed) Rochester, NY
  2. I remember our Southwest trip with my Dad and Stepmother at the time in '91. I listened to The Joshua Tree the whole time because this was my first time to the desert and I could imagine what an impact it had on U2 and also myself. The whole drive I was looking out the window for the actual Joshua Tree on the album. This was before google so I had no idea where they took that picture. My dad and my brother thought I was crazy. Which I am. When we went to Death Valley we stopped at a lookout point and suddenly it looked very familiar. I ran back to the car and grabbed my Joshua Tree tape case. We were at the very spot where U2 took the picture for the tape case cover which was different from the vinyl version. So my Dad being the professional photographer that he is took this picture to recreate the actual cover photo. I was in heaven. Not so crazy after all. Anyways, I think I'll submit this photo and the story on U2.com. They want fans to submit stories about the impact of The Joshua Tree on your life. For me it meant everything. I fell in love with the desert and I sensed what the band felt on their voyage through the desert. It's emotional just thinking about that time. I think that was the only album I listened to on my Walkman for two years. No joke. I also tried to learn every song on that album on my guitar. I even looked at the credits in the back of the U2 concert program from the Silver Stadium show to figure out what guitar strings The Edge used and proceeded to go buy them at House of Guitars in Rochester, NY. I even found their Managers name at the time, Ellen Darst, and called her in NYC. I think she was the tour manager since Paul McGuiness has been their manager since the beginning. I am crazy. My brother and I even painted our car for the ZooTV tour. I lived and breathed U2. I got the chance to meet the band in Dublin after a session outside their old studio. I waited 6 hours. Awesome!! I even received an email from Bono on my birthday. The only way he knew my birthday was because I left a CD earlier that day at his house that had U2 covers I recorded on my four track. I attached a label on the front with all of my information. When I met him later that night i asked him if he received it. He said "That was you?" and I replied "Yes". He then said he picked it up. Who knows if he ever listened to it but at least he thought of me to email me and wish me happy birthday. That email is framed and hung on my wall next to a personal autograph from him as well. Subsequently, my friends and l have attended several concerts since then. They were as hooked as I was. Our first show was at Silver Stadium in Rochester, NY for The Joshua Tree tour. The band promised to come back to Rochester but they never did. We couldn't get enough. We even chased their limo in Toronto from their hotel until a truck cut us off. That was when we painted our Chevy Nova with images from Achtung Baby and large ZooTV graphics on both sides of the car. I forgot about this but we actually got to talk to Edge and Bono after the show that night. So I got to meet them three times after different shows and once in Dublin. I can die a happy man. I know many of you will think I'm crazy but music has always been a big part of my life and there is no other medium that can transport you back to that time. That's why it's so important and influential on one's life. Well, I hope I haven't bored you all. I'll see some of you in Cleveland and Buffalo. Don't make fun of me if I cry. LOL. Check out the photo attached from Death Valley. Justin Beal (BonoEdgeAdamLarry) (mod edit, email removed) Rochester, NY
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