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I became a fan of U2 back in 1983, listening to my older sisters War album. And the first album that I could afford to buy for myself was the Joshua Tree in 1987. I really wanted to go to one of the gigs in 1987 but my parents said no, they said that I was too young then. So I'm very happy that I can finally attend a Joshua Tree gig in 2017, 30 years later.... 

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Before the internet and smart phone apps, I stood on line with my sister for hours, and hours, and hours to buy tickets to see U2.  I  - this would be my first concert as an adult.  I recall encountering some people who had verbalized their desire to not want to stand next to me because I am AA.  This was offensive, but I did not let that deter me.   I snagged tickets for Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands!!!  I still have my ticket stubs! The song that I wanted to hear the most was Exit.  This song is my favorite from The Joshua Tree.  It is so haunting, beginning so low and almost inaudible, then building up to a pulsating crescendo.  

 

The night of the show finally came!  This was a dream come true for me!  When my brother and I found our seats, before the show began, this guy in another section had yelled out:  "Why don't you stick to your own music...rap music," meaning that we should not have been at a rock concert.   Of course we did not pay him any attention, but it certainly was not a pleasant experience. An acquaintance of mine told me that had she experienced that, it might have discouraged her from attending the show.  I understand her sentiment, but I would not have thirty years of memories had I let small-minded comments and glares deter me.

 

That's terrible!  :(  Thumbs up for not letting it get to you.

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Before the internet and smart phone apps, I stood on line with my sister for hours, and hours, and hours to buy tickets to see U2.  I  - this would be my first concert as an adult.  I recall encountering some people who had verbalized their desire to not want to stand next to me because I am AA.  This was offensive, but I did not let that deter me.   I snagged tickets for Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands!!!  I still have my ticket stubs! The song that I wanted to hear the most was Exit.  This song is my favorite from The Joshua Tree.  It is so haunting, beginning so low and almost inaudible, then building up to a pulsating crescendo.  

 

The night of the show finally came!  This was a dream come true for me!  When my brother and I found our seats, before the show began, this guy in another section had yelled out:  "Why don't you stick to your own music...rap music," meaning that we should not have been at a rock concert.   Of course we did not pay him any attention, but it certainly was not a pleasant experience. An acquaintance of mine told me that had she experienced that, it might have discouraged her from attending the show.  I understand her sentiment, but I would not have thirty years of memories had I let small-minded comments and glares deter me.

 

That's terrible!  :(  Thumbs up for not letting it get to you.

 

That is terrible.  I hope those people have corrected their thinking now.

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Bullied for loving U2 ??? Join the club ..... Thing is people are always gonna hate you for something.....

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Hey everyone,

 

With Joshua Tree Tour 2017 less than months away, I've been listening to this awesome album more closely than I have in years.  I've been trying to re-experience it by playing it loudly on my new speakers in my car.  Trying to recapture the feelings I had when first heard this CD thirty years ago is hard.  I needed to filter out all of the noise and just hear it.  What are great album.

 

I wrote a blog post on remembering the album that represented the band's love affair with America.  They charged ahead with a bold, new sound and blew us all away.  

 

If you're so inclined, please take a look.  I'd love to hear about your experiences.  Thanks.  :)

 

https://achtungninja.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/let-me-in-the-sound/

 

 

 

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My Joshua Tree collection:

 

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Looking forward to adding the vinyl box set and a couple of shows in June.

Awesome!

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