In the Name of Love

I went to the U2 concert in San Jose with my BFF Michelle.

Yes, we are Michelle and Michelle. I get it. It’s funny.

The concert was magnificent. U2 played some new songs and a whole bunch of their old hits like:

  • Vertigo
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • Real Thing
  • Mysterious Ways
  • Angel of Harlem
  • Bullet the Blue Sky
  • In the Name of Love
  • Beautiful Day
  • With or Without You
  • Where the Streets Have No Name
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

As far as concerts go, it was outstanding.

The only downside was that it took people so long to get up out of their chairs and start dancing.

Michelle remarked that it was very Silicon Valley-ish to sit through the action advocacy anthems like Sunday Bloody Sunday and Bullet the Blue Sky.

And the woman behind Michelle was complaining when people stood up.

It’s a concert, lady. Take a chill pill, smoke a blunt, and get with the times.

All in all, we had a fabulous time and I enjoyed myself immensely.

Next up:

Elton John at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe – August 8

The Foo Fighters at Shoreline Amphitheater – September 16

Bone Bash at Shoreline Amphitheater – September 19

Got a lot on tap right now, especially with Burning Man coming up August 30 – September 7.

Yay!

iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE

I just bought tickets to see U2 in the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE concert at the SAP Center in San Jose on Monday, May 18th. 2015. It’s been literally years since I saw them in concert and I JUST CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THEM AGAIN.

One friend joked “Was this punishment for something?”

The answer is no. I actually like U2.

They remind me of my youth in the 1980s. I grew up on songs like “In the Name of Love” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”
Just like I grew up on Duran Duran songs like “Rio” and “Hungry Like the Wolf.”

But unlike Duran Duran, U2’s appeal throughout the decades has never waned and they’ve managed to stay mainstream with some pretty significant hits – they’ve had eight number one hits on the U.S. Modern Rock charts which places them fifth all-time. In addition, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and they have sold more than 150 million records.

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So I’m not alone in liking U2.

I remember at the last concert of theirs that I went to it was truly an amazing experience. The music was outstanding but the showmanship really made the show.

Sure, Bono is no Freddy Mercury, but he certainly knows how to captivate an audience.

So come May 18th, you know where I will be – sitting in the cheap seats (well almost) at the U2 concert in San Jose, singing my 13-year old heart out.

What’s on tap…

I’ve been thinking about my next set of activities to take on.

Besides needing to scour Groupon for specials, I’ve come up with the following list:

  • Eat at Manresa
  • See Niagara Falls and get wet
  • See Bruce Springsteen
  • Go to a U2 concert
  • Take a tour of Alcatraz
  • Take a tour of the Winchester Mystery House (I’ve never been)
  • Fly a single engine Cessna again
  • Go to the Korean Spa, again
  • Great White Shark dive
  • Eat at a Burmese restaurant
  • Go to Supper Club in SF
  • See a transvestite show
  • Go to  strip club
  • Drive down Highway 1
  • Drive up Highway 1
  • Go to a book reading
  • Go to an art museum
  • Learn to surf
  • Fly in an acrobatic plane doing stunts
  • Camp in Yosemite
  • Go wine tasting in Napa/Paso Robles
  • Go to the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz
  • Enjoy an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista
  • Take sailing lessons
  • Learn to brew beer at Workshop SF
  • Get a new tattoo

And that’s a pretty good start for me.  I think I’ll start with driving up and down Highway 1.  I love to stop along the way at any place that suits my fancy – like the Olema Farm House in Olema or the Hog Island Oyster Company in Marshall, or Nepenthe in Big Sur.  So much to see and experience.  Time to get cracking!