So it finally happened on May 24th, 2011. After waiting two years from when I purchased the tickets, U2 made it up to Rice-Eccles stadium at the University of Utah for their 360 tour.

I was pumped.

Music has always had a big impact in my life. I associate songs, albums, and artists with events going on in my own life. Since U2 has been around almost as long as I have, their impact on me is a story all it’s own.

War (1983) : This album has songs that first introduced me to the band, although it is not their first album. I was only thirteen at the time I first heard ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday” on the alternative radio, but with only one listen, I knew this was my type of music.

The Unforgettable Fire ( 1984) : I didn’t hear nor appreciate this album until 1988, and that was because a lovely little red head named Kristi had my heart, and this was her favourite album. The love for her didn’t last, but the album is a classic.

The Joshua Tree (1987) : Really, what more can I say about this ground breaking album? I just got my drivers license, my first car, an old Ford Pinto that Dad and I fixed up together, put in a tape player with some kick ass speakers, and popped in this album. Nerds unite.

Rattle and Hum (1988) : I had just moved out of my parent’s place, and this was the first movie I went and saw after I moved in. I felt so adult. I also watched this movie again with friends ( the aforementioned Kristi, among others) and tried to make out with her, but kept striking out. That was OK though, as I really would rather watch The Edge play guitar anytime….

Achtung Baby (1991) : This album was with me for a tumultuous time in my life. Breakup’s, job loss, financial ruin, lost friends, but this album was always there for me.

Pop (1997) : Good times, bad times. Living with my brother, hanging out with friends, skin painting parties, dealing with the police, fighting ex-husbands, this year had it all.

All that you can’t leave behind (2000) : It’s ironic that this album’s title was the start of a new chapter for me. Getting back with an old girlfriend and her three children, trying to make a life for all of us. It meant changing my life and doing a complete 180. When that didn’t work out and I lost my job, I ending up moving out of State for new employment, leaving all my friends and family behind.

How to dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004) : I had just moved back home earlier this year, having proved myself to the company I was with. I was re-establishing myself back into the lives of all those I left behind. I felt like an Atomic Bomb most of the time.

No line on the Horizon (2009) :  After many years of hard work and dedication to improving my life, I felt like 2009 was the year that things changed. I equate this album to that kind of change.

So when the show started , I got my groove on, remembered the past, and looked forward to the future with joy, and an open heart and mind.

2 Replies to “U2 360 tour in the SLC (finally)”

  1. I completely agree. Any group of individuals that can stay together for such longevity and still be so creative will be fans of mine.

  2. U2 is awesome.Its amazing how they have stuck together through the highs and lows and still make amazing music.Trish

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