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    : Zoo Station
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    MUSIC (live whenever possible), writing, reading, movies, walking
  • Favourite U2 Album
    ***Achtung Baby***, SOE, War, POP, HTDAAB, NLOTH, Boy
  • Favourite U2 Single
    The Fly, All I Want Is You, The Little Things That Give You Away (tie)
  • First U2 Gig
    June 15, 1986 - "Conspiracy of Hope" tour - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
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    July 1, 2018 - Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
  • Best U2 Gig
    Apr. 7, 1992 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX (...but that most recent MSG show...hmmm...)
  • Favourite U2 Person
    I love them all...
  • Fav. Other Bands
    Led Zeppelin, The Who, Genesis, The Beatles, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Yes, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Dire Straits, The Fixx, Stone Temple Pilots, Bauhaus, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Interpol, Suede, Metallica, Rush, Porcupine Tree, New Order, Joy Division, Roxy Music, The Cure, R.E.M., The Police, Simple Minds, INXS

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  1. ...and I was just given confirmation by email that my vote for this primary was received and tabulated today! Consider this a small blow against the tyranny expressed by those who would prevent us from being able to vote from home! πŸ‘
  2. ...and this is a great "making lemonade when life gives you lemons" story. Trent Reznor had planned a continuation of his "Cold, Black, and Infinite" tour from 2018 for the autumn of 2020. As well all know, a certain pandemic got in the way of the intended tour's actually occurring. He had all the halls rented out and even had merchandise made for the tour. He sent out an e-mail to his e-mail list, saying that he was really bummed about not being able to do the tour. So, he came up with a good idea. For all the cities NIN was going to play in, he is now selling the already-made merchandise on the NIN website and is using all the profits from them to be given to food banks for those cities. That's how you make a good thing out of a bad thing. So, food banks in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids (MI), Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Toronto will be getting money from the sales in the somewhat near future from NIN.
  3. Are other ideas for metaphorical get-togethers here on-site still welcome, or has this thread for all intents and purposes run its course? Either way, it’s fine - I was just curious. In any case, it was a great idea! A nice fringe benefit for me personally is that I finally got to hear all of these shows in surround sound for the first time. Of course, all of these DVDs/BluRays had surround versions the whole time; however, they came out before I had my system set up. It was very interesting to hear the difference, both between the stereo versions and the surround versions, and between the surround versions for each of the shows (the surround mixes definitely improved over time from 2001 onward). If there is more to come somehow, let us all know. Thank you!
  4. Whether or not this would qualify as "beautiful" would be in the ear of the listener, but Robby Krieger, guitarist of The Doors, has been giving guitar lessons for some of The Doors' most beloved songs for the last 6 weeks or so - he has done four songs so far: "Roadhouse Blues", "Moonlight Drive", "People Are Strange", and "Spanish Caravan" - I suspect that he will do more of these as the weeks go on. So, if you are a guitarist and/or just a fan of The Doors, he has now released four songs where he walks through how to play the guitar on each - enjoy: https://thedoors.com/category/news
  5. ...and... I meant to post this a lot sooner. Back in 1847, the Choctaw Nation (a tribe of Native Americans) gave $147 (approx. $5000 in today's dollars) in relief aid to the people of Ireland during their great famine. The people of Ireland have long memories and like to repay debts - so they have been raising lots of money in a GoFundMe campaign for Native Americans suffering from the coronavirus. That's how one repays a debt...story here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/05/06/coronavirus-irish-donate-native-americans-cite-great-famine-help/5174302002/
  6. ...and this donation has even attracted the attention of a special site now! A lot of people relate to news and statistics better if it can be visualized effectively. One site created by statisticians has made a business of creating data visualizations to make statistics easier to understand. They even created a new section of their site that emphasizes only good news occurring in the world. Well, U2's donation has made it into one of their visualizations! Here is the link: https://informationisbeautiful.net/beautifulnews/1294-individuals-given-millions/ (If you look right side at the bottom of the visualization, you will see our band. 😊) They will even send these good news visualizations to your inbox once a week - it is one of the emails I look forward to opening every week. You will see for yourself that not all news in the world is bad. Just click on the little envelope icon at the top right of the webpage and you can subscribe for yourself (you can also subscribe by social media sites too). The "Information Is Beautiful" group has even published books of their data visualizations in the UK and US - their main book is called "Information Is Beautiful" in the UK; its US title is "The Visual Miscellaneum". They are quite amazing books. Their whole website is quite interesting too - if you click around, you'll find something that will catch your eye. Enjoy!
  7. Final thanks to @Madfl3a and everyone else for collectively watching all these shows and hanging out at (relatively) the same time. πŸ‘ I've been in the habit of writing further thoughts after our viewings (mostly because I have been unavoidably late for so many of them), so I'll polish off the tradition with one more assortment of observations for this show. You could tell by following them in 1983 that this was going to be their pivotal year. It had to be. Bands generally were given three albums to break through before their labels started getting cold feet. I don't think Island Records ever gave them any difficulty, but the band members themselves and Paul McGuinness wanted this album and touring cycle to be their breakthrough - fortunately it was; they had literally banked their future on it. (The Wikipedia article has a good summary of all the challenges - if you weren't aware of them before, you'll be even more in awe of what they accomplished in such adverse circumstances: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U2_Live_at_Red_Rocks:_Under_a_Blood_Red_Sky The even more amazing thing is that this was their second high-profile triumph in less than a week - on May 30, a mere six days before the Red Rocks show, U2 played the US Festival in California. The festival itself was far from a financial success (it lost quite a bit of money despite Apple co-founder Steve Wosniak being one of the show's producers); however, it gave U2 a lot of exposure that they wouldn't have otherwise had. They played on the same day as Little Steven, Quarterflash, Berlin, Missing Persons, The Pretenders, Joe Walsh, Stevie Nicks, and David Bowie - quite a lineup. The four-day event had approximately 670,000 people at it. So, their profile before the War tour and the one they had after it were night and day, if not only for these two shows. (If you can find their show at the festival somewhere, you'll be witnessing one of Bono's more gymnastic performances - he climbs to the top of the scaffolding during the show; he starts doing it while carrying a white flag...which he unfortunately drops on the climb up.) Once the Red Rocks concert was constantly shown on MTV and eventually the VHS tape of it was released to buy, it was no secret that U2 were one of the best bands around and would be worth keeping one's eyes on from that point onward. It was the beginning of their significant live performances too: these two shows in less than a week in 1983, then LiveAid in 1985, then the "Conspiracy Of Hope" tour the following year (the Giants Stadium finale of which was televised very widely) - those all set the stage perfectly for a certain album they released in 1987, and we all know how that went... It can be easy to forget that after their first two albums and the tours to promote them that U2 were operating at a financial loss. Betting it all on themselves in 1983 is what allowed them to become the band we love, then and now. Well this show will always be one of my favorites - just too many great memories watching it so often back in 1983 and so often beyond that point. The expanded version released in 2008 just made a legendary show even better (only a camera malfunction during "I Fall Down" prevented it from being a complete show). In any case, a perfect finale for our time here together.
  8. I hope there will be other thread ideas as well - I'm sure there will be. Thank you for representing the next generation of fans! I'm glad you are not alone here too.
  9. Anyone who didn't acknowledge the brilliance of this show back in the day you knew didn't have a good ear for music. Classic show, regardless of band.
  10. I agree - it was played on last in LA on the i&e tour; before that it was last regularly played on the Elevation tour. It needs to come back.
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