I make no apologies. I am a die-hard U2 fan and will be until the day I die. I recently saw them in concert in San Jose (California that is) and would jump at the idea of seeing them again and again. I have tickets to see the thirtieth anniversary of the Joshua Tree album tour in May. I follow them on Facebook and Instragram and about anywhere else they let me follow them without a restraining order. Suffice it to say I was not one of the people angry about the band providing me with their new album for FREE on my iPhone. I couldn’t have been more thrilled thank you very much.
When I first went to Dublin in 1999 U2, or “The Lads” as they are sometimes referred to in Ireland, were spoken of with a reverence generally associated with royalty or some Irish rebel historical figure. Anything that could be associated with U2 or its members was a tourist attraction then.
The Liffey-side Clarence Hotel which is owned by members of the band and its “secret night club” were constantly strangled by tourists and cameras, fan girls sat outside of Bono’s house in Bray, the U2 graffiti wall outside of the band’s studio in the urban dockside area was covered in young people gooning out for the camera, and Slane Castle’s grounds were still humming with the memory of the band’s famous concert there in 1983.
These days the band and its fans are getting older myself included. Their music is more introspective harkening back to a time of punk and family memory with a sense of sentimentality and sensitivity. I am not sure today’s young people are as in to the band as they once were. Some are instead enamored with Kardashians and ill-behaved Miley Cyruses. Tourist bus stops that used to stop by the docks or the Clarence either don’t stop there anymore or no one hops off of the bus. It makes me sad to think that the band is not as popular as it once was and their presence in the City that belongs to them is not as strong as it has been in the past. But, at the same time perhaps this is just the next chapter in the art and lives of us all?Fore more Irish Musings please click here