“Hi, I’m Pam Stevens, and I’m an addict”.
“I cannot resist a U2 show and I have the evidence to prove it.”
Seriously. The itch was first scratched when I was just a kid and they came to BC Place with The Joshua Tree tour. Row ZZ meant that we heard him clap, then saw him clap, heard him clap, saw him clap. Despite the distance, they were mesmerizing. The crowd left the building singing the lyrics to Forty as they climbed the cement ramps out of the stadium and into the city. “How long, to sing this song….” continued for more than a few Skytrain stations. We were all caught up in a collective moment.
Say what you want about him but Bono is electric on stage, he was born to perform. Sure he tells you to take care of the planet and then flies everywhere on a private jet. He tells you to be a stand up citizen and then they move their multi-million dollar business out of Ireland and into Holland for tax reasons but for some reason I start to forgive all the hypocrisy the second the band hits the stage. When an entire stadium starts singing “They took your life, they could not take your pride…” it feels like we’re all together in the church choir and the Gods are loving every minute of it.
If you’ve never had the chance to see them live, I sure hope you manage to get into Rogers Arena in May, either on your own or by winning from us. I do believe you will be converted. Amen to that.