March 7th, 2009


article in the Dubliner

I was in Dublin this week :) So I picked up a copy of the Dubliner which, unsurprisingly enough, was a U2 special - more than 8 pages devoted to the release of No Line on The Horizon and focusing on how the band reflects the city, as well as how Dubliners perceive the band, more than three decades after they started out. It's a very, very interesting article mixing the social, political and cultural undertones. The previous issue of the magazine (called "why we still love Dublin") expressed the complexity of being a Dubliner, how to relate to the Irish culture when it's become such a diverse city, and how to deal with the past 5 years and their financial comfort to being at the rock bottom of the recession right now.

Because U2 are Dublin kids, have always been and will always be, this article touched me and made me think in more ways than the other pieces. (I also bought Hot Press, that has a fantastic interview, and am now regretting not to have a scanner).

Anyway, that's too much rambling, so, as an expatriate Dubliner, without further ado, I present you Brendan O'Connor's piece...

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Ok, that was long, but I have to say I agree with the part on how U2 seems to appear too big for the social and economic times, that they perhaps have lost the touch on what matters to their primary audience. I also believed that they should have gone back to their early 80s roots in terms of melodies and songwriting. I was pretty excited when they collaborated with Green Day in 07. I believe they have the capacity to make the punk record Dublin - and their international audience - could be interested in right now. All this stories about Bono looking towards Beyoncé and Girls Aloud are just diminishing U2's legitimacy to me. (or maybe he was just trying to please his daughters).

All in all, I know it was a very long article, but I found it very interesting and would like to know what you guys think.
Steven Gerrard
  • scruby

Tour question

Hey, sorry for posting a new message for this but I’ve got an important question.

First of all, I just want to say that I love it that this community is vivid with life since the new album and thanks for everyone who keeps updating us. (:

Ok, U2 has been my favorite band for over 8 years and one of my biggest dreams is to see them live. I live in Israel and they've only been here once in 1997 (When I had no idea who they were) and I couldn't go to the last two tours, because on the first one I just got to know them and on the second I was in the army and I couldn't fly abroad.

But that's it! This time I'm going to see them! I'm going to fly somewhere in
Europe just so I could see them live! (:

So I wanted to know how hard it is to get tickets for their concerts? If I wake up early in the morning on March 9th and go straight to the computer? Will I have enough time to decide where to see them or just click on the first thing I see and buy a ticket? lol. (:
And can I buy a ticket for a concert in a different country without too much trouble? 

I know some of these questions are quite stupid, and I've bought tickets for concerts in England last year without too much troubles, but I'm just very nervous about it because it's one of my biggest dreams and this is my chance to see them and I don't want to miss it because of stupid things.

If you've any tips on buying tickets for a U2 concert please share with me!

Thank you. (: