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About jjwankenobi

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  • Interests
    My children, Cycling, toy collecting, tomfoolery
  • Favourite U2 Album
    Toss up between Pop and Achtung Baby!
  • Favourite U2 Single
    Gone and/or One
  • First U2 Gig
    1987 Joshua Tree Tour, Vancouver
  • Recent U2 Gig
    I + e Tour, Vancouver
  • Best U2 Gig
    1992 ZOO TV Outside Broadcast, Vancouver
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  1. We queued in an atrociously long line up at 7pm, was still in line 30 minutes later when Mumford And Sons started their set, then got to the door where they scanned my credit card then handed me two stubs. We got to see Mumford's last 2 songs. We were in line for 1 hour and 15 minutes. But don't let the reports fool you. It wasn't just the credit card entry that caused the backlog of ticket holders waiting to get in. B.C. Place had half of their entrances opened and only on person per door was taking tickets. Thankfully, the concert washed all of my frustrations. I hope Seattle's entrance situation was better...
  2. Last night's performance was very much A Sort Of A Homecoming as I remembered watching The Joshua Tour in 1987 at BC Place. 13 year old me in '87 was floored by the sounds and spirit of 4 lads from Ireland. Just a year before I had discovered "Wide Awake in America", drawn to U2 from an obsession for The Beatles that my father instilled in me, as well as the searing passion of the live version of "Bad" found on WAIA. (When I say "floored" I'm being literal...I had chaotic floor seating, battered by the punishing reverberation caused by BC Place's old roof) 13 year old me in '87 was massively impressed by a young Bono Vox (clearly losing his voice yet giving it his all) who ensnared us all with his pony tail and Stetson and charisma, drawing each and every one of us +50,000 Vancouverites onto the massive stage they trepidatiously explored. 13 year old me in '87 lost his voice that night. I distinctly recall losing my sh*t when the opening chimes of "Bad" began. I've read that "Where The Streets Have No Name" is about going to heaven. How apropos...that's exactly what happened on that cold and wet November day in 1987. 43 year old me in 2017 at BC Place. The Joshua Tree Tour again. And I went to Heaven again. Except this time round it wasn't a voice-breaking euphoric high Heaven. It was a reverent, transcendent Heaven, where every song I knew and loved came to life with new visuals and meaning. Like reconnecting with long lost friends who have clearly aged but wear their wrinkles and silver streaks proudly and beautifully. It was a visit to Heaven where St. Peter welcomed me to the Pearly Gates, stopping me at the entrance with hallowed stories of old (Sunday Bloody Sunday, New Year's Day, A Sort Of A Homecoming...which I admit losing my sh*t to, MLK and Pride) as I stood and cheered and sang while somewhat confused yet anxious to get in. Then "Streets" started with the familiar crimson (just like 1987) and then the gates flew open. And it was the whole album. Through and through. A few years ago Roger Waters rolled through town and played The Dark Side Of The Moon from start to finish. I loved it, but part of me wished Gilmour, Mason and Wright were onstage too. So for that reason, seeing Bono, The Edge, Adam and Larry, ALL silhouetted against the red screen of "Streets" was truly transcendental. Unlike previous outings, this tour is truly for hardcore fans of U2's music rather than just their "hits". Between "Running To Stand Still" and "Trip Through Your Wires" a fellow 2 rows behind me kept yelling "Play 'Beautiful Day'!!!". Even my wife wondered why I was singing so loudly to "Red Hill Mining Town". I could sense a quarter of the audience thinking "WTF???" as they played the trippy visuals and predatory sounds of "Exit". For me, it was fitting that poetry was projected onscreen beforehand, because the show was very contemplative once the The Joshua Tree was played in sequence. In my mind, the show is an observance of 4 young men and their discovery of a new world, from the perspective of those same men years later. It wasn't a cynical retrospective, by any means...rather, it was a done with appreciation and without shame. Through Anton Corbijn's visuals, the whole album came to life like a document of the feelings the band must have had when American opened up to them for the first time. Highlights for me were the revamped "A Sort Of A Homecoming", the searing red intro for "Streets", Edge's timeless stinging guitar on "In God's Country", Las Madres and 'El Pueblo Vencera' during the hymnal "Mother's Of The Disappeared", and the reworking of "Ultraviolet" into a long overdue ode to Womankind. My only complaints have to do with the underwhelming live version of "Red Hill Mining Town" (for a song I was so highly anticipating hearing live for the first time, shelving Edge's guitar in favour of piano and brass really fell flat for me), as well as the choice of "Beautiful Day" to start off the encore set. Maybe it was the fellow 2 rows behind me, or maybe its just a song I've heard live too many times, but it felt out of place after leaving Heaven via "Mothers...". As the lights came up and my wife and I queued to leave I couldn't help but imagine seeing my 13 year old self wandering around the general admission floor, half-deaf and drunk on the lingering sounds of "40" from that cold and wet November day in 1987. And my 43 year old self thought of the wide-eyed wonder and innocence that he thankfully outgrew, as the lingering sounds of "The Little Things That Give You Away" faded into that cold and dry May night in 2017.
  3. Drove by BC Place 'round 8:30pm last night. Sadly, no sounds of rehearsing like the previous week. Ridiculous construction on Expo Boulevard that runs underneath the stadium. Hopefully they clear that up before Friday or it'll be B A N A N A S traffic for the concert. Dream Out Loud! I'll be the one in the cheeky Popmart '97 t-shirt!
  4. Vorsprung durch Technik

  5. LOL. You're about 10 years too early. Think: More spandex and mirror ball lemon vehicles...
  6. Last time, @u2.com hosted the pre-tour meet up at Doolin's Irish Pub on Nelson Street. The meet-up was the night BEFORE the first show, so you could still go to the meet up, and then get in the GA line early the next day, and meet even more fans from all over the world. I'm coming from out of town, and would have no idea what the good pubs would be to do this at. The Irish Heather is 5 minutes away from B.C. Place. https://goo.gl/maps/7ZrMawCcpDM2 And the Boys are known to frequent whenever they're in town.
  7. Yup, $600 each!! I was at the original Joshua Tree concert and paid $75 for tickets and that was crazy expensive at the time. Definitely no Craigslist. I pick up my tix at Will Call so if I find someone to trade with, it'll have to take place once inside. I can understand the need to keep out scalpers and all but the credit card only entry is problematic for honest people. Last summer, a friend bought us tickets for a concert on his credit card and then he couldn't go. I was screwed! There has to be some exceptions implemented. Holy Fek...$600??? Do you get a vial of Bono's blood or trimmings off Edge's goatee for that??? *Jaysusmarynjoseph!!!... *best said with a singsongy-County Cork Irish accent, like The Lucky Charms leprechaun
  8. I'd love to help (and I'd love your seats) but something tells me I won't be able to afford your tickets either. Crazy to think my seats in Section 253 were $70 CAD each whereas yours were likely a small ransom. Good luck, nonetheless. I guess Craigslist is out of the question since yours are credit card entry like mine.
  9. My vote is for the Irish Heather in Gastown http://www.irishheather.com/ $5 Guinness during Happy Hour (3pm to 6pm daily), Irish Whiskey galore...and the Johnny Walker wisdom runnin' high!
  10. OK...wow. I'm thankful for my presale access now. I think JT '17 will draw a wider range of U2 fans versus their previous outings. My colleague was kicking himself for not getting onboard with my presale purchase. He's a fan of the "older stuff" and skipped the I+e Tour but he was super psyched about the 30th Anniversary Tour.
  11. El Pueblo Vencerá

  12. Now that I have a minute to actually count the shows I've been to... 1987 Joshua Tree - Vancouver 1992 ZOO TV - Vancouver 1992 ZOO TV Outside Broadcast - Vancouver (both nights) 1997 Popmart - Eugene; Edmonton; (both nights); Vancouver, Seattle 2001 Elevation - Calgary (both nights); Vancouver 2005 Vertigo - Vancouver (both nights, plus attended the filming of "City Of Blinding Lights" video) 2009 360 - Vancouver (both nights); 2011 360 - Seattle 2015 I+e - Vancouver (both nights) 2017 Joshua Tree - Vancouver So...19 shows. 20 if you count the music video. 21 if you count JT '17, Needless to say, seeing them at BC Place this year will be Sort Of A Homecoming...
  13. Gotta be better than post-renovation. Pretty sure my brain and ears bled for Popmart at BC Place, then bled some more at the old Kingdome in Seattle right after. The last concert I saw there was...U2360! I wore earplugs (which I always do nowadays, ya young whippersnappers). I got some fluorescent earplugs I can share with you. My wife refuses to wear them. Her (hearing) loss...
  14. El pueblo vencerá

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