Boston College Heights newspaper
April 01, 2002
CHESTNUT HILL - Despite students' shock and dismay, the Dave Matthews Band
and U2 will play Alumni Stadium next month. Each group will play a four-hour
set, and sources say the two bands "may jam together at some point."
Students reacted to the news with disappointed words and protests.
"I don't know why UGBC thinks the Boston College crowd likes these bands,"
said Jay Kinsella, A&S '04. "They really should have gone for acts that are
Chris Roemer, A&S '03, agreed. "I don't know what makes people think they're
popular now. I mean, sure, U2 was nominated for Album of the Year, but so
was Styx in 1965 and man, do they suck."
Other students wished to see different bands in smaller places. "All I asked
for was Mogwai in the Rat," said Chris Fagiani, A&S '02. "And I have to deal
Alternative suggestions included Flock of Seagulls in Vanderslice 403, EMD
in Starbucks, and Pantera in Mod 20A. "Dude, Pantera Rocks," said Drew Kent,
A&S '03. "F*** U2. F*** Dave Matthews."
U2's songwriting abilities were brought into question as well. "Bono has
definitely lost that songwriting edge he had when he wrote songs like
'Discotheque' and 'Mofo'," said Nick Scott, A&S '03. "It's not like 'Walk
On' or 'Beautiful Day' are relevant songs right now."
Bono defended the UGBC's decision with a statement released yesterday. "U2
knows that wherever we play, we cause controversy. But we just wanted to say
we're sorry we opened the last tour at a certain other Catholic university
out in South Bend." He added that the group seems to be stuck in a moment
they can't get out of.
In a furious public statement, University President Rev. William Leahy, SJ,
said he wanted none of this.
"That's Bulls***. They think they can play here after they betrayed us and
played over at Notre Dame? You know, they're only going to sell about five
tickets for this stupid show. There'll be more people onstage than in the
audience! If I have anything to do with it, it ain't going to be a beautiful
day over there when they play. And don't even get me started on the Dave
Matthews Band. No-talent hippies."
In a related incident, the BCPD is investigating an incident that occurred
yesterday in which a sign that read "DMB Sucks" was hung over the Dustbowl.
The Office of Student Development (ODSD) approved the sign because they
agreed with it according to Dean for Student Development Robert Sherwood.
"Yeah, Dave blows," said Sherwood. "If I were a student here, I certainly
wouldn't pay the ridiculous price they're asking to see two crappy bands."
Tickets are $5.
© BC Heights, 2002.