Hello Hello... I'm looking for 2 GA tickets for tomorrows Toronto show (July 7th).
I'm a huge fan of U2. Unfortunately this will be my last U2 tour, so I'm trying to see them as much as possible. You see, over 2 years ago I was diagnosed with ALS, which is a terminal illness. 80% of people with ALS die within 3-5 years. So I feel certain this is my last U2 tour. I was at the opening show in Vancouver and just saw them in Montreal where we had floor tickets and I went with a group of friends and my wife and daughter.... it was an amazing night.
For me U2 is more than music. It's a movement, a passion for life. A calling even. Inspirational. Because I have ALS and also a political background I started advocating with ALS Canada and lobbied the federal government to enhance compassionate care benefits to help families struggling with the economic burdens of ALS. We met with dozens of MP's including Justin Trudeau, the finance minister and the Prime Minister’s Office, and was thrilled when the government extended the compassionate care benefits from 6 weeks to 6 months in the 2015 federal budget.
As I lobbied for these supports I would often ask myself... "How would Bono sell this? How would he position our ask?" He's a very effective communicator and advocate. He certainly provided me with guidance and leadership by example. I took my cues from Bono and applied them successfully to my own advocacy on the Hill. So when Bono came to Ottawa last week to meet with political leaders, Justin Trudeau graciously invited me to his meeting with Bono, knowing I'm a huge fan. It was such an incredible moment to be able to spend a few brief minutes with my hero and inspiration. I was also lucky to have “met” Bono in Ottawa back in 2004 for a 15 second photo op. The next year during the Vertigo Tour Bono pulled my then 9 year old son up on stage in Montreal during Sunday Bloody Sunday, to chant “NO MORE!” which was pretty mind blowing! That was the day after U2 performed in Ottawa on my 40th birthday!!
Why am I saying all this? Well, I’m making my case and proving that I’m a die-hard true fan with an unusual circumstance and a passion to talk the talk and walk the walk. If you are uncertain on what to do with your Toronto GA tickets, hopefully you will consider selling them to me. J