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U2’s 2nd Favorite Tour Stop!

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“This is where it all began for us…Boston, Massachusetts”.  Bono, March 11th, 2009. When I say Boston, what’s the first thing to pop into your mind? Clam chowder? Cape Cod? Harvard? Paul Revere’s ride? The most dominant sports city in the world? World’s best hospitals? U2? Two hundred years after the Mayflower and the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, came the Irish in their coffin ships, starving and looking for a new beginning. A century and a half later, the hands that built America have nestled into the arms of America very nicely, and nowhere more than my backyard, Boston Massachusetts. U2 took those Irish need not apply signs of the mid 1800’s, an unfortunate backdrop of Boston’s history, and tore them up like the famine did to Ireland back in the 1840’s. Tearing those signs up while tearing their way up the charts here in the United States was due mainly to a Boston DJ that heard something in U2’s music a decade before they would become the biggest band in the world. Carter Allen, a Boston DJ for going on four decades now, and who is credited with being the first DJ in America to play U2s music, heard something in the group from Dublin and continued to play their music, even though no other station in America would give them a listen. Carter has gone on to write two books about U2, (Outside Is America and The Road to Pop) and can still be heard today on Boston airwaves on WZLX 100.7 on your FM dial. Both books I highly recommend.

There are many reasons why U2 probably considers Boston its second home, but none more so than Boston’s Irish connection. South Boston (or Southie, as it is referred to here), might as well be Dublin West. You can’t throw a rotten potato without hitting an Irish man, woman or child in Southie. The Irish are not confined to Southie however. The Irish influence in Boston can be seen in its architecture, its food, pubs and music (YouTube Drop Kick Murphy’s). Even the Boston Celtics, with their Leprechaun mascot and green uniforms, honor what the Irish have meant to Boston. This is why Boston is a major stop on every tour. When U2 decided to capture the essence of the Elevation Tour on DVD, they chose Boston. When U2 chose to test run songs for NLOTH before embarking on the 360 tour, Somerville, a suburb of Boston was chosen. Experiencing the energy of a U2 show in Boston should be on every U2 fans bucket list. If Dublin is 1, Boston is 1A.  From Club Paradise, the club that Bono name drops during I Will Follow in the Elevation DVD, all the way to Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots, it doesn’t matter if it is 80 or 80,000 fans, Boston has lifted U2 onto their shoulders and has held them up for almost 4 decades. Being Boston Strong, we will continue to hold them up as long as they want. Do yourself a favor & try to see U2 in Boston if you can. You will not regret it.

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  • #8813

    joepit
    Moderator

    “This is where it all began for us…Boston, Massachusetts”.  Bono, March 11th, 2009. When I say Boston, what’s the first thing to pop into your mind?
    [See the full post at: U2’s 2nd Favorite Tour Stop!]

  • #8815

    Ana
    Participant

    Will they play there first week of June next year? That would be the only chance that I will have to see them there.
    If so, may I wear my Manning’s jersey or i would be killed by a Patriots crazy fan like you? 😉

    • #8817

      Leeny
      Participant

      Ana, you and I will both wear Manning t-shirts to a U2 gig someday! :)

  • #8816

    Leeny
    Participant

    When thinking of Boston I used to only picture the Aquarium, whale watches, and the six lanes of traffic near the finish of the marathon.
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    Now I’ve added Woburn’s delight 😉 , JT, the Somerville Theatre, and a crazy mofo who figured out how to get friends from all over the world to teach his geography lessons for him.
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    But honestly, I’m still not convinced that U2 is as into Boston as Boston thinks they are. Do any of the band members have a residence in Boston? Have their children gone to college there?
    Has Boston not figured out that U2 says how much they love the city at every gig they play? 😛
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    U2 may very well appreciate the enthusiasm of the Boston audience (that is something I hope to see for myself someday), but aside from the Edge’s ecological ordeal in California, U2 has made it very clear that their home across the pond, their heart is in NY.

    • #8822

      Chris
      Participant

      What Ordeal did Edge unleash upon California ??? Please tell me it’s something related to some experimental extended solos of his !!!

      • #8830

        Leeny
        Participant

        Chris, some of Edge’s CA neighbors were not happy with his idea of “landscaping”.
        I’m sure you can find more by googling it if you’re interested.

  • #8819

    Ana
    Participant

    Agree Leeny, Boston has nothing to do with the City of blinding lights.

  • #8820

    joepit
    Moderator

    Clearly, you’re both delusional. 😉 Boston is U2’s home away from home. Anyone who wears a Manning shirt in Patriot country will be banned from all U2 shows. 😉

  • #8821

    Chris
    Participant

    That Celtics Logo is very Cool..I remember getting it as a surprise-sticker in bubble gum packages when I was a child !

  • #8827

    Leeny
    Participant

    When Bono pulls me in my Manning jersey up on the stage in Boston, I’ll be a mile high!

  • #8828

    Ana
    Participant

    I’ll be a mile high when he takes tthat shirt off me… 😉

  • #8829

    Ana
    Participant

    @anafpaz said:
    I’ll be a mile high when he takes that jersey off me… 😉

  • #8831

    Leeny
    Participant

    Hmmmmmm, I thought we used to be able to send PMs here. (Chris, I sent it on FB instead)
    Am I really delusional?
    I see the little quote balloon icon, but when I click on it, it doesn’t take me anywhere. :(

  • #8832

    Leeny
    Participant

    Joe, is there any way we could petition to have Drop Kick Murphy’s be the opening act for U2’s future Boston gigs????????????????????? 😀

  • #8833

    joepit
    Moderator

    Leeny, from your mouth to U2’s ears. Drop Kick Murphy’s have played numerous times with Springsteen here in Bosssssstown!

  • #8900

    Brook
    Moderator

    Favorite moment from Boston Elevation show: “London, Belfast…Massachusetts.” (crowd scream)
    Great nuggets of U2 history in here, Joe!

  • #8901

    alma
    Participant

    I HAD to look up my Boston / Kennedy-family question, so I found this online in some info about the Kennedy family (& Fitzgeralds): “The overwhelming influx of Irish immigrants alarmed staid Bostonians, who reacted with suspicion & outright bigotry.” So that history might well be where I got the negative part of my Boston associations from. If so, I’m glad to finally realize where that part of my negative/positive associations came from – the negative part (in my mind). But like u basically said, Joe, that history was back when. I don’t want to be thinking or feeling any negative about any place or person based on such a long time ago. Do u see what you’ve done, Joe? You’ve helped Boston already (just by asking your question about it). :)

  • #8902

    Leeny
    Participant

    Now if he could only help Tom Brady.

    • #8951

      alma
      Participant

      Lol to Leeny’s comment ‘Now if he could only help Tom Brady.’

  • #8905

    joepit
    Moderator

    So, it’s settled Psm, Alma, Brook & I will be at a show together in U2’a 2nd favorite tour stop, Boston. Leeny & Ana can go sightseeing.

  • #8906

    Brook
    Moderator

    I will need to do some sightseeing as well, seeing as how I’ve never been to Boston. Ultimate day=sightseeing in Boston, running into U2 IN Boston, and then attending the U2 show in Boston immediately thereafter!

    • #8907

      joepit
      Moderator

      Brook, great city. You’d love it, just like U2! 😉

  • #8908

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe, of course I would also love to go sightseeing to get to know the great architecture you described here. But Leeny and Ana would have to be at the concert, too!

    Brook, that ultimate U2 day would be incredible indeed!

  • #8909

    Pam
    Participant

    Btw, good morning! You are awake so early! :)

  • #8912

    Pam
    Participant

    Oh, I understand, Joe! Hope Ana and Leeny will recognize Boston as an important U2 tour stop so that we´ll be at a show all together. You are busy when you already go to the gym. I think I would need a few cups of coffee to have enough energy at such an early time. Have much fun! :)

  • #8914

    Ana
    Participant

    I keep saying U2’s favorite tour stop in USA is New York, they played there 91 times, 51 times in Los Angeles and 30 times in Chicago, they “only” played 26 times in Boston. Maybe you can make me change my mind when we meet there next year :)

    • #8957

      Leeny
      Participant

      I keep saying U2′s favorite tour stop in USA is New York, they played there 91 times, 51 times in Los Angeles and 30 times in Chicago, they “only” played 26 times in Boston.
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      Ana, for this reply alone I can’t wait to meet you!!! 😉

  • #8916

    joepit
    Moderator

    Ana, where did you get those numbers? Do your Boston numbers include the Worcester Centrum, Orpheum and Gillette Stadium? Is LA just for LA or all of California? I’d be shocked if U2 played LA more than Boston? Also, do those numbers include multiple dates or just stops?

  • #8917

    Ana
    Participant

    u2gigs.com

    By state:
    Massachusets: 45
    California 118 (Los Angeles 51)
    New York 120 ( NYC 91)

    Take a look there, this numbers includes also songs played in interviews.

    • #8918

      joepit
      Moderator

      My guess is LA because of better weather & NY because of their apartments. Regardless, Boston is 2nd to none for U2, except Dublin.

  • #8919

    Chris
    Participant

    I hate facebook..Step up and spill it out, Leeny…I’m here ! Not on fb !!!

    • #8920

      joepit
      Moderator

      Yeah Leeny, what Chris said! 😉

  • #8921

    alma
    Participant

    All that blah blah blah I wrote about trying to figure out my subconscious feelings about Boston & it occurs to me that it was the band ‘Boston’ who recorded ‘More Than A Feeling.’ (Like they say: that & 5 cents won’t get me a cup of coffee. But i already have a cup of Joe, so i don’t need it anyways!)
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    Let’s hear it for DJ Carter Allen.

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    Chris: if you’re not on fb, who’s that tending the grapes in the vinyard w/ the awesome hat? I’ve wanted to include being at fb for a few months, & just haven’t gotten around to it, but I visited fb zoo areas last week for the 1st time in AGES – I like the fact there are some good people there & I enjoyed the vibe there. I know what u mean about fb though – I’ll probably never get as much into it as a lot of people do, but it has its place & can be good. The thing I never liked about fb & won’t ever get used to is how it’s always throwing strangers at u at some area of your own fb page: it’s like: ‘do u know this person? someone u know knows someone who knows this person – so wouldn’t U like to know this person, too, & send a 100th-removed stranger a ‘friend’ request?’ So believe me, I know what u mean about the negative aspects. But I do like the positive aspects.

  • #8922

    alma
    Participant

    Let’s hear it for u2radio.com! And zoo folks who are multi-dimensional: we can be at u2radio.com, fb, & a couple of other zoo places, but we’ll never give up a Cup of Joe!
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    I know, though – Too bad some tech person doesn’t develop an app that ties in zoo folks (& other folks) to their peeps at various sites by having it all able to show up at 1 place if u want it to. Seriously, someone could make some dough from bringing that to the masses. (Well, we do have bookmarking & windows, which helps.)
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    Leeny, when I said “masses” it made me think of u teaching communion classes & then reminded me of this: unfortunately there had to be a memorial service recently for a wonderful person, but at the service, guess what band’s music I noticed was played? (They played ’40.’)

    • #8925

      alma
      Participant

      (Oops. At the memorial service I went to, they played ‘Yahweh’ – not ’40.’)

      • #8949

        Brook
        Moderator

        Wow! What an awesome song for a funeral.

  • #8923

    alma
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Yeah Leeny, what Chris said! 😉

    Yeah, Leeny – what Chris, Joe, & Alma said. :) But seriously, be wherever – but NEVER give up ‘A Cup of Joe’ at u2radio.com!

  • #8928

    joepit
    Moderator

    Alma: bringing it to the comment section. The group Boston is excellent Alma, but they haven’t been relevant in 30 years.

  • #8944

    James
    Participant

    there’s been a lot of talk, maybe , maybe a little too much talk….bottom line – I WILL BE THERE !!!!

    • #8950

      Brook
      Moderator

      Wish I could thumbs up James’ comment! And BTW, this is not a rebel song.

  • #8945

    joepit
    Moderator

    Good man!

  • #8953

    alma
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    So, it’s settled Psm, Alma, Brook & I will be at a show together in U2’a 2nd favorite tour stop, Boston. Leeny & Ana can go sightseeing.

    Actually, Joe, I want to be at a show in Boston, then go sightseeing, then go traveling to exotic places across the pond & sightseeing there, too, then be at a show in NYC. Or vice versa – in whatever order makes sense.

  • #8954

    alma
    Participant

    @Musicabona said:
    Joe, this is an excellent reference to Boston´s connection to Ireland and U2. Great blog! :)

    It´s nice to hear that DJ Carter Allen discovered and supported our favourite band in the early days of their career. I can imagine the big energy of a U2 show in your native city. It would be amazing to experience a concert together with some Zootop friends. Next year only the time between middle July and early September would be possible for me (sorry Ana). In the summer U2 would have to play at least three Boston shows (one every month) so that many of us have time. And Joe, you would have to be present at every show!

    Does anyone know if seeing U2 in Dublin will be possible for me in my lifetime? Can someone consult the oracle-of-wisdom for me about this (if there’s such a thing)? If someone kisses the Blarney Stone for me in Ireland & asks the universe that question for me, will they get an answer?

  • #8955

    alma
    Participant

    @Musicabona said:
    Joe, of course I would also love to go sightseeing to get to know the great architecture you described here. But Leeny and Ana would have to be at the concert, too!

    Brook, that ultimate U2 day would be incredible indeed!

    Do u realize the 1st initials of Brook Ana Pam Alma Leeny spell “Be. A. P.A.L.” but Joe & Chris’s initials are “J.C.”! Is that scary or what! Lol. Hey, it just came to me. 😀

  • #8961

    Leeny
    Participant

    @Alma said:
    Actually, Joe, I want to be at a show in Boston, then go sightseeing, then go traveling to exotic places across the pond & sightseeing there, too, then be at a show in NYC. Or vice versa – in whatever order makes sense.

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    Alma, it would make the most sense to go to the Boston show before NYC so you’re not disappointed.

  • #8963

    alma
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Alma: bringing it to the comment section. The group Boston is excellent Alma, but they haven’t been relevant in 30 years.

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    I just meant I knew that the negative half of my positive/negative Boston impression had to be because of ‘more than a feeling’ – I realized it had to be from something in the way past – probably something I read ages ago that I’d forgotten. For years, I didn’t like that there was a negative half to my impression of Boston when I was aware that I didn’t understand why. But because u asked your Boston association question, & I had to really think about it & I looked into it, the mystery for me is finally solved & the negative part is gone! Which makes me happy. It turned out to be just something from the far past, by which I shouldn’t judge the present. I’ll leave the football stuff to Ana & Leeny, but your blog has freed my heart to appreciate Boston more. (No violins, please.)

  • #8964

    alma
    Participant

    @Leeny said:
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    Alma, it would make the most sense to go to the Boston show before NYC so you’re not disappointed.

    HA HA HA! If Joe’s computer is off, his ears are ringing. I guarantee it. 😀

    • #8969

      joepit
      Moderator

      I heard that Leeny. It’s like a nail in my tree of pain. 😉

  • #8965

    alma
    Participant

    @LilJ said:
    there’s been a lot of talk, maybe , maybe a little too much talk….bottom line – I WILL BE THERE !!!!

    “James?” :huh: Not THAT James? (THE James?)

  • #8966

    alma
    Participant

    @Alma said:
    “James?” :huh: Not THAT James? (THE James?)

    Ah! The comment said “James.” I quote it & my question is answered because then the post shows “Lilj.” So: Yes – it is THE James: “Lilj”
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    Liljbau, James, Liljay, Lilj, Jack.
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    Oh the creative aliases of the interwebs! (Or maybe the netwebs?)

  • #8967

    alma
    Participant

    @Leeny said:
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    Chris, a secret is something you tell (only) one other person… you should know that! I’ll try u2.com’s PM

    Chris: Just don’t tell Leeny that I tell u secrets in PM! LOL. Well, they’re good secrets that don’t harm anyone or the universe. Oh – and they’re the private kind of secrets – the best kind. Lol.

  • #8968

    alma
    Participant

    Oops. Just noticed it’s past my bedtime. Take care oh beloved zoobies. Catch y’all L8r.

  • #8970

    Ana
    Participant

    And it will be worse when Leeny and I meet in Dublin in two weeks, poor Joe 😉

    • #8972

      joepit
      Moderator

      Ana, the destruction & havoc that you & Leeny are planning to unleash on Dublin, probably will scare U2 from ever playing there again making Boston their #1 tour stop. Great job. 😉

  • #8973

    Ana
    Participant

    When we meet the guys there ( that will happen) they will get so impresed and loved us so much that the only places where they will play will be Dublin, Albany and Vigo

  • #8974

    James
    Participant

    interestingly , no mention of Chicago
    sorry , joe joe …….
    objectively – meaning , i’m NOT FROM Chicago …..our boys have done their best work there
    our boys also go on and on about how awesome Chicago is ….plus many people who attend all over the country , including your town (which I will be joyfully attending too), agree how awesome Chicago always is
    This is not an attempt to rank , just an attempt to include Chicago in the conversation

    • #8981

      Leeny
      Participant

      James
      Participant

      interestingly , no mention of Chicago
      sorry , joe joe …….
      objectively – meaning , i’m NOT FROM Chicago …..our boys have done their best work there
      our boys also go on and on about how awesome Chicago is ….plus many people who attend all over the country , including your town (which I will be joyfully attending too), agree how awesome Chicago always is
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      I feel hugged. <3

  • #8975

    James
    Participant

    the live recording of July 5, 2011 …..not just sound quality , and not just me being blinded by the awesomeness of One Tree Hill BLOWS AWAY Gillete
    Yes, I know this is not a convo concerning where do the boys PLAY the best …..its a discussion of their “second favorite tour stop”
    Just glad that I can see THE BEST SHOW , not just “their fave”

    LOVE the history !!!! LOVE the fact that boston welcomed the boys to the USA …AWESOME

  • #8977

    James
    Participant

    since i’m too techonologically challenged ,I will say hello to ALMA here …..”hello , Alma….yes, its me , LilJBau. Nice to see you here “

  • #8978

    joepit
    Moderator

    Time will tell my friends. U2 say they love everywhere they play, but in Boston you can feel it. Me living here is irrelevant. Get Bono on the phone. 😉

  • #8979

    Ana
    Participant

    He just called me, said he liked Boston and Chicago was great but he loved NYC! 😉

    • #8980

      joepit
      Moderator

      Ana, tell Bono to return my calls. He has my #. 😉

  • #8982

    Leeny
    Participant

    Joe, listen to Jim. Gillette blows. At least that’s what he heard on One Tree Hill.

    • #8983

      joepit
      Moderator

      Home to the 3 time Super Bowl champs is GOLD, Leeny. Boston Garden will be the next tour. You’ll see. 😉

  • #8984

    Leeny
    Participant

    Jim, many US cities have welcomed U2 (including Albany when they were still relatively unknown).
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    Boston was not the first. No, that would be NYC.
    “6 December (1980): U2 play their first American concert at The Ritz in New York City as part of a 14-date tour.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_U2

  • #8985

    Leeny
    Participant

    Joe, how far is Boston Garden from Woburn? 😉

    • #8986

      joepit
      Moderator

      15-20 minutes. Train is right there as well.

      • #8988

        joepit
        Moderator

        Leeny, Woburn to Boston is about 3 hours closer than Parsippany is to NYC. 😉

      • #8991

        Leeny
        Participant

        Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa!!

        Holy Joe, can my penance have something to do with OTB margaritas?

  • #8987

    alma
    Participant

    @Alma said:
    Do u realize the 1st initials of Brook Ana Pam Alma Leeny spell “Be. A. P.A.L.” but Joe & Chris’s initials are “J.C.”! Is that scary or what! Lol. Hey, it just came to me. 😀

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    Testing 1-2-3… I just logged on & was scrolling past where I did the acronym for ‘Be. A. P.A.L.’ & ‘J.C.’ – and I had quoted someone else’s comment there 1st – well, I just noticed that when a person presses the quote button to quote someone, & then adds a comment of their own, then the original quote & the added comment will later get mashed up into one big mashed potato – u can’t see where the original quote ends & the added comment begins. (Bear w/ me – I’m relatively new in this neck of the woods, so I’m still trying stuff out on the u2radio.com dashboard.) So this is just me testing to see if adding little vertical dots will separate a quote from a new comment. Kind of like adding pepper dots to mashed potatoes! I mean pepper gravy…okay, so it’s still dinner time for lots of folks here in America & I have food on my mind. Can u tell? Lol. 😀

  • #8992

    Leeny
    Participant

    Alma, I also love that someone was brilliant enough to play Yahweh at a memorial service, and I’m glad it brought you some comfort.
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    PS Dots are great, aren’t they. 😉

  • #8995

    alma
    Participant

    @Leeny said:
    Alma, I also love that someone was brilliant enough to play Yahweh at a memorial service, and I’m glad it brought you some comfort.
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    PS Dots are great, aren’t they. 😉

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    Thanks, Leeny.
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    And thank u also for the dots, actually, because I learned them from u! :)

  • #8998

    alma
    Participant

    @LilJ said:
    interestingly , no mention of Chicago
    sorry , joe joe …….
    objectively – meaning , i’m NOT FROM Chicago …..our boys have done their best work there
    our boys also go on and on about how awesome Chicago is ….plus many people who attend all over the country , including your town (which I will be joyfully attending too), agree how awesome Chicago always is
    This is not an attempt to rank , just an attempt to include Chicago in the conversation

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    Good addition, Liljay. I have 1 of the Chicago Vertigo concerts on DVD. I love it. Let’s just say I watched it more than a few times! (I got the DVD in 2006, but I think the Vertigo tour performance they recorded there was in 2005, maybe late 2005).

  • #8999

    joepit
    Moderator

    Alma, that’s a great DVD and I’m sure the Chicago shows are off the charts, but watch the Elevation DVD and compare the energy level. Speaks for itself.

  • #9001

    Leeny
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Margaritas it is followed by a U2 gig at U2’s home away from home, BOSTON! 😉

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    Buy me enough margaritas and I will call Boston anything you want. 😉

    (We WILL be in the pitJoe, so there is room to dance. 😉 )

  • #9002

    Leeny
    Participant

    And church on Sunday… I was sorry that didn’t work out last time, you know.

    • #9005

      joepit
      Moderator

      Leeny, I am as well. Next time,I miss our little chats. Alma, welcome to your new stomping grounds. Go get more of our old friends and tell them that U2radio.com is THE PLACE TO BE.

  • #9003

    alma
    Participant

    @LilJ said:
    since i’m too techonologically challenged ,I will say hello to ALMA here …..”hello , Alma….yes, its me , LilJBau. Nice to see you here “

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    Thanks. :) Nice to see u here too. I hope it’s ok that I still call u Liljay like I used to in the old stomping grounds. It’s either that or Captain Kirk (J.T. Kirk), but I have a Cptn Kirk in my life already – that gig is already taken by my brother. So… Lol.

  • #9006

    alma
    Participant

    @anafpaz said:
    He just called me, said he liked Boston and Chicago was great but he loved NYC! 😉

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    Ana, Bono was on the phone w/ me a little while earlier b4 he called u – and he told me he had to go because it was really u he had meant to call – that he just accidentally pressed my number in his phone because it was right next to yours! Ali…Alma…Ana! Just listed alphabetically – it’s like Liljay said about Boston, NY, & Chicago: not trying to rank them! 😀
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    P.S. He apologized to me. He said whenever he’s only got 15 minutes to spare for phone calls, 10 of them have to be for Ana! 😀

  • #9007

    alma
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Alma, that’s a great DVD and I’m sure the Chicago shows are off the charts, but watch the Elevation DVD and compare the energy level. Speaks for itself.

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    Will do, Joe. I don’t have it on DVD but will plan to find it when I can.

  • #9009

    alma
    Participant

    @joepit said:
    Leeny, I am as well. Next time,I miss our little chats. Alma, welcome to your new stomping grounds. Go get more of our old friends and tell them that U2radio.com is THE PLACE TO BE.

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  • #9010

    alma
    Participant

    @Leeny said:
    Alma, I also love that someone was brilliant enough to play Yahweh at a memorial service, and I’m glad it brought you some comfort.
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    PS Dots are great, aren’t they. 😉

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  • #9011

    Leeny
    Participant

    @Alma said:

    Normally, that’s the kind of thing I’d share in PM, but I haven’t tried PM here yet. Well, may everyone here enjoy the ‘dash’ that is their life – and at the same time be truly present in it. In fact, in all of our dashes, as much as humanly possible, may we be truly present, in-depth, to our friends, family, & loved ones (both online & off). Truly see & hear them. Listen to them. And be present to our lives. Luv & Peace.

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    2) What you wrote was beautiful, so I’m glad it’s out there for everyone to read and consider.

  • #9012

    alma
    Participant

    1) Leeny, thanks for the heads up about the broken PM. Knowing that will save me precious time. :)

    2) Thanks.

    L8r, folks. (Logging off.)

  • #9099

    Chris
    Participant

    I posted something here related to the fact that Leeny should address me here not on Fb but it seems the post disappeared !!!

  • #8892

    alma
    Participant

    Hello hello. Chris: u getting a Celtics logo in bubblegum in Romania: cool! Ana: Bono & your shirt: Lol. Leeny: u & U2Brother will be vying for the stage pull-up: stand next to him (look for the mirrorball hat) & u might actually have a better chance because the poor guy certainly doesn’t get pulled up! Lol.
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    But mixed in w/all that is also that Boston is one of my country’s oldest cities & that it has an important place in our nation’s history!! And I’ve always loved American history. And learning about the American Revolution. After that, Boston Baked Beans. And that the 1 place in the U.S. that my poor mom wanted to go to for many YEARS but hasn’t been able to go to is Cape Cod! And that u might be New England, but we’re all Yankees! I mean u & me definitely. And Leeny unless she was raised down South! {Well, ok, I’m definitely a Yankee but w/ Southern heritage. Please don’t tell my mom I said I’m the ‘Y’ word!} :)

  • #8903

    Pam
    Participant

    Joe, this is an excellent reference to Boston´s connection to Ireland and U2. Great blog! :)

    It´s nice to hear that DJ Carter Allen discovered and supported our favourite band in the early days of their career. I can imagine the big energy of a U2 show in your native city. It would be amazing to experience a concert together with some Zootop friends. Next year only the time between middle July and early September would be possible for me (sorry Ana). In the summer U2 would have to play at least three Boston shows (one every month) so that many of us have time. And Joe, you would have to be present at every show!

  • #8910

    joepit
    Moderator

    Pam, until Ana & Leeny admit that Boston is U2’s 2nd favorite tour stop and throw out their Manning shirts, they cannot enter the state of Massachusetts.

    Early yes, the gym waits for no one. 😉

  • #8960

    Leeny
    Participant

    @Chris-88 said:
    I hate facebook..Step up and spill it out, Leeny…I’m here ! Not on fb !!!

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    Chris, a secret is something you tell (only) one other person… you should know that! I’ll try u2.com’s PM

  • #8989

    alma
    Participant

    @Brook said:
    Wow! What an awesome song for a funeral.

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    Yes. I was sitting there & I heard “Take these shoes, click clacking down some dead-end street. (Take these shoes & make them fit.)” & I suddenly realized Bono was singing over the loud speaker. The day & the memorial service were a hard, heartwrending occasion, although the family tried to make the occasion have a positive feeling of ‘celebration for our loved one’s life,’ (w/ balloons being released into the sky afterwards, for example), but it was still a very hard, painful time & my heart was still just broken – but suddenly hearing Bono singing that song – it truly did lift my heart there at the service!! At least for awhile, I can’t tell u how it really helped my heart. Some part of it was that it was kind of like having an old friend put their arm around your shoulder to cheer u up – to bring u back to remembering the good. “Yahweh. Always pain b4 a child is born.” Yes – hearing Bono singing ‘Yahweh’ helped.

  • #8993

    alma
    Participant

    @anafpaz said:
    When we meet the guys there ( that will happen) they will get so impresed and loved us so much that the only places where they will play will be Dublin, Albany and Vigo

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    Ana, Bono’s going to adopt u as his god-daughter, & then where will u be? 😀
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    P.S. Well then u’ll be half-sister to Edge’s daughter – or something like that. Lol.

  • #8996

    joepit
    Moderator

    Margaritas it is followed by a U2 gig at U2’s home away from home, BOSTON! 😉

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