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THE JOSHUA TREE at 30. Share your JT memories / collection / adventures / dreams


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The first time I saw U2 was on MTV, Bono on the rooftop, singing Where the Streets Have No Name. I was in love! At 12, my mom was not going to let me go see The Joshua Tree concert and I was devastated. I made a goal to save my allowance and purchase every single U2 tape ever made! Years later, I convinced my Aunt Helen to take me to see my first U2 concert, PopMart! I remember it like yesterday when Bono came out with fly looking glasses and big boots! Chicago Soldier Field looked like Vegas! We have never missed a concert since. My Aunt suddenly passed away this past November. I miss her every day and this will be the first time I will see U2 without her. I will cry when they sing With or Without you thinking of her but I am sure her seat will be better than mine. Also, I will remind my mom that I seeing the Joshua Tree tour on Saturday, making up for not going 30 years ago. Rock on U2 fans and welcome to my city, Sweet Home Chicago!!

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1 hour ago, Anita said:

The first time I saw U2 was on MTV, Bono on the rooftop, singing Where the Streets Have No Name. I was in love! At 12, my mom was not going to let me go see The Joshua Tree concert and I was devastated. I made a goal to save my allowance and purchase every single U2 tape ever made! Years later, I convinced my Aunt Helen to take me to see my first U2 concert, PopMart! I remember it like yesterday when Bono came out with fly looking glasses and big boots! Chicago Soldier Field looked like Vegas! We have never missed a concert since. My Aunt suddenly passed away this past November. I miss her every day and this will be the first time I will see U2 without her. I will cry when they sing With or Without you thinking of her but I am sure her seat will be better than mine. Also, I will remind my mom that I seeing the Joshua Tree tour on Saturday, making up for not going 30 years ago. Rock on U2 fans and welcome to my city, Sweet Home Chicago!!

  WOW.........I loved hearing your story and how you have this special U2-bound with your Aunt......I'm sure Chicago will explode with craziness !!!!  Have fun !

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Hey, I can't share my memories really, unfortunately - we had no friggin' wifi! But this wee clip gives a flavour. Only briefly at the very end do we get the energy everyone had as younger human beings back in the day at the old Croke Park - that split second of raw energy when 'Streets' kicks in .

We've come a long way it's fair to say. I love this. A young Dave Fanning kicks it off. Many of you may be familiar already.

Like I've said mostly this year - every year that passes and every year that I get an opportunity to see a band that swallowed me musically from my very early teens -  is a bonus. Really fortunate to have been around to see them then. Really fortunate that they and I are still around to do it all again.

 

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51 minutes ago, yardie said:

Hey, I can't share my memories really, unfortunately - we had no friggin' wifi! But this wee clip gives a flavour. Only briefly at the very end do we get the energy everyone had as younger human beings back in the day at the old Croke Park - that split second of raw energy when 'Streets' kicks in .

We've come a long way it's fair to say. I love this. A young Dave Fanning kicks it off. Many of you may be familiar already.

Like I've said mostly this year - every year that passes and every year that I get an opportunity to see a band that swallowed me musically from my very early teens -  is a bonus. Really fortunate to have been around to see them then. Really fortunate that they and I are still around to do it all again.

 

...Always intrigued to see the world before I was born (just approximately 7 months away from the time of this video) and especially U2.......

Seems like Bono was chewing gum (one can also observe it on the Paris Dvd that we got with the 20th anniversary  TJT reissue ).

Love how that crew-member is having his/her arms crossed but dancing from the waist down at the beginning of Streets and the wild reaction of the public  whose age was around U2's age at the time (27) or less.....Indeed...roaring energy !!!

What " young " band conjures that much energy and happiness today, I'm wondering......YES......It's still them......It's U2 !!!!!!!

Luv the nostalgia feel in what you say Yardie.....I can feel it too......

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I've been around since then:) My JT memory is primarily me with a shoe microphone belting out "With or Without You" when I was 10 years old:) My sister and I saved our allowance and bought our mom JT for her birthday. Of course, I played it myself and sang along a bit after we gave it to her:). Although I didn't really become a real fan until I discovered Pop at the age of 18, I have quite a few memories of u2 as a youngster. 

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Anybody else notice how the screen of the 2017 TJT Tour Stage is curved to the inside in the middle and has those spot-lights encompassing it, just like Anton Corbijn photo-film-reels which represented U2 in the desert and you had the sensation someone was pulling the photo by its sides and everything else was shapeshifting while U2 was sitting still in the center or just the whole photo running in front of your eyes like a mirage .....

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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.
 
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