The Joshua Tree – Where the Streets Have No Name

We can be in the middle of the worst gig in our lives, but when we go into that song, everything changes. The audience is on its feet, singing along with every word. It’s like God suddenly walks through the room.” –  Bono

 

The big one.

The one The Edge composed as “the ultimate U2 live song” and “one that a fan would want to hear.”

The one the public voted as their favorite of The Joshua Tree Album.

U2’s most recognizable song.

The one inspired by Belfast, Ireland where your income and religion is defined by the street you live on, a place where you are free, a place where the streets have no name.

 

Its hard to imagine a place where you are totally free.

 

A place free of prejudice, free of judgement, a place where the past stays where it should.

A place where there are no troubles, and worries are left at the front door.

A place where there is elation, eruption, and singing bursting so loud your ear drums ring and your throat is scraped raw.

A place where the collective mob is gathered for one shared purpose and will not allow anyone, or anything to stop it.

A place where you can simultaneously be sobbing while lifted high into the clouds.

A place we call a rock ‘n’ roll concert.

 

…a world where there aren’t such divisions, a place where the streets have no name. To me, that’s the way a great rock ‘n’ roll concert should be: a place where everyone comes together… Maybe that’s the dream of all art: to break down the barriers and the divisions between people and touch upon the things that matter the most to us all.” – Bono

 

I give you – April 2, 1987, Tempe, Arizona…its where this train got rolling…

 

 

C. Smith

Author: C. Smith

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