The Joshua Tree – Red Hill Mining Town
Jun20

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...

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The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared
Jun15

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...

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country
May13

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...

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Sunscreen, Betsey Johnson and a Village
May07

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...

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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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