February 12th, 2008

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The U2 Joshua Tree Landmark

My journey began 20 years ago. On December 19-20, 1987, I attended two U2 concerts that were held at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe Arizona. These shows were the final shows of the Joshua Tree Tour. They were being shot for the upcoming movie Rattle & Hum.

I recall gathering information regarding the Joshua Tree Photo Shoot in the California Desert. Clues provided from books were Brodie, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree National Park. Being a California native, ventures into the desert regions were very easy for me to do. I had found the Melody Motel in the Joshua Tree area around 1988. I was never really sure were the actual Joshua Tree location was. I search and search on my many journeys into the vase regions of the California desert in hopes of finding the tree.

This journey began on February 10, 2008. This time armed with good clues obtained from the internet. I was determined to find it. Driving up the highway into the region described, I felt like I was searching for a needle in a hay stack.

Reaching the location that is mentioned on a website. I thought that there was way to many trees and the mountains looked wrong. So I turned my vehicle around and drove. Joshua Tree’s peppered the landscape on both sides of the road.

Finally out of frustration I stopped the vehicle. Then turn around and parked. I got out of the vehicle and began walking straight out into the plain. I proceeded down then back up out of a wash. This is when I saw the tree on the ground. My heart began to pound as I began to run to the tree. As I grew closer I could see that I had indeed found what I was looking for... 



U2's opinion on the US presidential race

A couple months ago I went to an event for Senator Barack Obama here in Los Angeles. It was amazing, from the musical performers (Ne-Yo and The Goo Goo Dolls) to the personal stories that a lot of the celebrities shared, to, of course, hearing the next president of the united states speak in the same room as me. If you couldn't tell, I'm a HUGE Obama supporter. One of the best things about the night though, was after The Goo Goo Dolls introduced Mr. Obama, they played the chorus to U2's City of Blinding Lights for him to walk onstage to!!
That moment was incredible. What a fitting choice- the presidential campaign that I believe has so much hope to change the world paired with my favorite band of all time!
It feels like the two go hand in hand - listening to U2's music makes me think of Barack Obama and how much I believe in him, and seeing the man speak makes me want to listen to U2!

I was wondering- does anybody know what the opinion of the band is on the race? I know they arent US citizens and that their view doesn't REALLY matter, at least not to those of us who arent U2 fans, but it seems like the rest of the world is getting into this election much more than other times, mainly because of the brilliance of the candidates the democratic party has, and also because who we elect apparently does have an effect on the rest of the world.
I'd love to hear who U2 would endorse and vote for if they were citizens of the US. I have a feeling it would be my Obama.

Obama 08!
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