The Joshua Tree – Exit
Apr23

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...

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still
Apr03

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...

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525,600 Shows
Apr02

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...

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