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The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill

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The Joshua Tree – One Tree Hill

I encourage you to listen and watch the video above. I think the footage is from a recording from the third leg of the original Joshua Tree tour.  One Tree Hill was not part of the set in the first two legs of the tour, for Bono felt he would be too emotional to finish the song.  You see, the song is written about Greg Carroll, someone close to him and the Band and who had died just before the recording of The Joshua Tree. Bono met Greg in Aukland, New Zealand in 1984 during the Unforgettable Fire tour.  Apparently, Bono was not adjusting to...

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The Joshua Tree – Red Hill Mining Town

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The Joshua Tree – Red Hill Mining Town

According to legend, Red Hill Mining Town has never been performed live. Bono has said before that he often would write songs that he couldn’t sing.  Apparently, the notes were too high for Red Hill Mining Town, and trying to hit the notes would wreck the show.  I’ve purposefully not read any review, blog post, or set list from this tour and will enter Cleveland Browns Stadium with no preconceived ideas about this concert; however, I have read the intent is to play the complete Joshua Tree album. Seeing Red Hill Mining Town live is going to...

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The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared

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The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared

It’s the last song of the album.  And it got me thinking about last songs, on albums.  Honestly, I can only think of one other album where I know the last song.  Murder by Numbers, Syncronicity, The Police. Here’s a story about that last song, Murder by Numbers. The bar is on the left as you enter.  It’s a three quarter race track bar, with stools on three sides.  On the opposite side of the table from the door, is a popcorn machine, a stack of red plastic bowls sits beside the machine. The pool table sits around the corner,...

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country

  From what I’ve read about The Joshua Tree album, the over arching theme is America.  I believe this to be true and In God’s Country certainly has many ideas about our country.  From the desert theme, which occurs throughout the album, to every other lyrical reference, Bono describes his version of America. As I listened to the song again, two things crossed my mind.  God and our Country we live in today.  Do we really live in God’s Country? As a young boy, one of the many question I asked my Mother, a deeply religious...

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Sunscreen, Betsey Johnson and a Village

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Sunscreen, Betsey Johnson and a Village

Tomorrow is my birthday. I actually enjoy birthdays, and truthfully I don’t even mind getting older. Getting older just means getting better in my mind. I love that I have life experiences to share and hopefully some wisdom to go with it. Older is not the problem, aging is. Aging, that is the thing am battling on a daily basis. Shortly after I turned 30 my skin started rebelling, dark patches appeared almost overnight, and if I even stepped into sunlight, watch out, they became even more pronounced. After a trip to the dermatologist, I...

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The Joshua Tree – Exit

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The Joshua Tree – Exit

I write this on a dreary, rainy morning, which I think is a little like Exit.  Written in one take, on the last day of recording, the song is dreary, haunting, and reeks of desperation.  I’ve read that the song saps Bono of energy on stage and was a difficult song to sing live.  In fact, the song was part of the Rattle and Hum tour set list, but has since only been played live one other time. Is it about murder, suicide?  From what I’ve read, even the band can’t articulate the meaning.  Too punctuate the melancholy, a dude...

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still

The first U2 concert I attended was in college.   Not The Joshua Tree tour, but their next, Zoo TV, which promoted the Achtung Baby album.  Back in those days, you had to either purchase tickets via phone or in person at a Ticketmaster booth.  The phone was dicey, and for concerts that sold out in minutes, there was a good chance you wouldn’t get tickets.  On the A&M campus, there was a ticket booth where you bought tickets to events.  The word on the street was U2 tickets were selling in less than an hour, and a nasty campus rumor...

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525,600 Shows

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525,600 Shows

Like many people I enjoy lists. I like the structure of making a list, I like crossing things off of lists, I like reviewing lists. So the other day when C. Smith and I were discussing how many Broadway shows we had seen, he jokingly said “don’t you have a list.” I did not. So like any good list writer I set forth the very next day to make my list. This was a bigger task than yo might think, mainly because for 6 years we had season tickets to the Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. My list is not yet complete but it got me...

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Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

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Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

Let’s go back to the early days of Joshua Tree.  Bootleg tapes, early recordings.  Peel back the curtain of the creative process.  I uncovered a lost video of Bono and Edge in a basement collaborating on the song, Trip Through Your Wires.   Looks like the song has come a long way.  See below for the alleged first introduction of the song.   Not an echo effect in sight, and the Dylan-esque harp solo, buckskin jackets and Edge’s beret seems right out of the 60’s and 70’s. Bono once said about this song,...

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

  This week, thirty years ago, a somewhat famous Irish rock bank launched an album that would propel them into rock stardom.  U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, would win the Grammy for best album, beating out Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and would eventually reach over 25 million in album sales.  Over time, The Joshua Tree, would be listed on many top 100 album lists and, for many of us who were lucky to be sixteen when released, was a major force in their lives and continues to be an important part of their...

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